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What is Gen Z drinking? What impacts college students' beverage choices? This report, a study of College Millennial Consumers (CMCs) delivers answers via a survey of more than 1,500 college/university students throughout the U.S. concerning their attitudes toward and consumption of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.

  • 2020 Edition – Published April 2020.
  • Data through 2019.
  • 25+ PowerPoint slides with extensive exhibits, charts and tables.
  • Immediate download, PDF and PowerPoint formats, 3-user access.
The Gen Z and College Beverage Consumer
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Get superior data, market insights and industry perspective to analyze beverage segments, evaluate opportunities and benchmark performance.

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The answers you need

The Gen Z and College Beverage Consumer, conducted for Beverage Marketing Corporation by Riddle & Bloom, a Boston-based college marketing and insights agency, queries college/university students throughout the U.S. on their various beverage consumption habits and attitudes — thus helping to provide marketers with a map of where the college student consumer may be trending. This is the fourth year Beverage Marketing Corporation has teamed with Riddle & Bloom.

Questions answered include:

  • Through a series of charts and commentary, this insightful beverage industry research report looks at behaviors and attitudes of college age millennial consumers (CMCs) towards a myriad of topics, including where they buy or make their coffee, factors taken into account when trying to eat healthy, behavior towards nutrition labels, favorite social media app and more!
  • How much is spent on alcohol and what alcohol segments are most popular?
  • Which beverage do college students view as the most optimal "pick-me-up"?
  • What are the top issues that college students deem important today?

This report features

This unique report pairs the survey data about the attitudes/behaviors of college students with analysis of the beverage industry which explains the "story behind the numbers." This market report is meant to provide busy executives with a quick but comprehensive view of trends. An ideal report to kick off brainstorming sessions or to set the stage for other further research. In this report, users get a feel for college student attitudes and behaviors towards beverages including:

  • Students' view on food and drink and factors that most influence students' purchase and consumption of beverages
  • Beer and seltzer brand preferences and even a frank look into students' illegal drug usage
  • The extent to which students have been influenced to buy a product/service because of social media
  • College students' attitudes towards alcoholic beverage types
  • Attitudes towards bottled water and recyclability that would have future implications for the bottled water industry

Introduction, Objective & Methodology

  • Introduction slide 4
  • Objective and Scope slide 5

The Gen Z and College Beverage Consumer

  • Student thoughts on food and drink slide 7
  • Which of the following beverages do you recall drinking in the past month? slide 8
  • When selecting beverages to drink, please select the factor that most influences your purchase/consumption slide 9
  • When in need of a "pick me up," which beverage type are you most likely to drink? slide 10
  • When drinking cold brew, do you prefer ready to drink or concentrate? slide 11
  • Do you prepare your coffee at home/in your dorm or buy it at the local coffee shop? slide 12
  • How do you get the coffee that you make yourself? slide 13
  • Which best describes why you drink sports drinks like Gatorade or Powerade? slide 14
  • When trying to eat healthy, which of the following, if any, do you consider? slide 15
  • When grocery shopping, do you look at nutrition labels? slide 16
  • Which best describes your water consumption? slide 17
  • How influential is the recyclability of a beverage's packing in your decision to purchase that beverage? slide 18
  • Based on your alcohol consumption over the last year, please rank your consumption of alcohol types slide 19
  • Rank the following beer & seltzer options by preference slide 20
  • How many days of the week do you drink alcohol? slide 21
  • By your estimate, how much do you spend on alcoholic beverages weekly? slide 22
  • Which of the following drugs have you tried? slide 23
  • In your opinion, which is the best social media app? slide 24
  • Have any of the following social media factors influenced your decision to purchase a product/service? slide 26
  • Do you follow any types of social media influencers? slide 28
  • What do you consider as the top issue in this country right now? slide 30

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