You might not be able to buy your coffee or soda in a store anymore, but you can still get your coffee and soda delivered to you in the same place you buy them, thanks to the massive shift in how people buy and consume these products.
That’s according to a new study published in the Journal of Food and Agriculture.
The study found that coffee and tea drinkers in general are increasingly willing to buy and eat products that are made from locally grown produce.
The paper also showed that there was a noticeable shift in consumption patterns between the three food groups in the United States, particularly among older adults.
“The most notable difference between older adults and younger adults was that older adults consumed less than their younger counterparts,” said study co-author and researcher Michael E. Caulfield of Cornell University.
“These findings suggest that consumption patterns for some food groups are shifting over time.”
The shift in consumer behavior has been driven in part by changes in food price and availability, said the study’s lead author, William R. Hynes, a professor of public health and the director of the Nutrition and Food Lab at Cornell.
“For example, the recent increase in sugar and artificial sweeteners and the recent increases in processed food prices, as well as the availability of packaged foods in convenience stores, has made the cost of buying and eating sugar and other sweeteners more accessible,” he said.
“It is also associated with the consumption of convenience foods and the consumption and consumption of foods with less nutritional value, such as those containing high fructose corn syrup.”
Hynes added that the shift in food purchasing patterns may be partially due to the changing nature of consumption among older Americans.
“We’re seeing a significant shift in the patterns of consumption, especially among older consumers,” he explained.
“A lot of older adults have lost the taste of the foods that they used to eat, which was driven by rising health care costs.”
The new study examined consumer purchases from retailers like Kroger, Safeway, and Whole Foods.
They found that in 2015, people bought just under 8 billion cups of coffee, about 8 billion cans of soda, and 3.6 billion bottles of tea in the U.S. There were also more than 4 billion servings of fruits and vegetables in the country, and roughly 1.5 billion servings from meat.
In comparison, the study found, consumers in 2016 spent $4.7 billion on fruit and vegetables.
The findings are not surprising, said study lead author and researcher Susan E. Lippert.
“Consumers are changing their patterns of buying,” Lippet said.
For example, more people are opting to buy their own food in the grocery store and have access to healthy products, she said.
The research also showed a shift in eating habits in the foodservice sector.
In the past few years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people ordering and ordering large quantities of food, said Lippeth.
“Foodservice companies are responding to this trend,” she said, “by offering a variety of different types of food.
In general, we found that more people were ordering and buying healthier food, such that there were fewer purchases from the food service sector.”