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Cooking at Home - Indian Consumer Report

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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Cooking at Home market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

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What are the key challenges facing the industry? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Key points included

  • Broaden reach
  • Cooking is personal
  • Women, homemakers remain key

What you need to know

A family affair

Joint households remain steady as the number of nuclear family households (ie a husband-wife pair and their children) grows. Smaller, younger households mean flexibility in dining and typically more influential children. Further, men show an interest in cooking and spending time making meals together appeals to modern dads.

Cooking is the culture

Indians are dedicated cooks. Some 39% of urban women spend at least two hours cooking per day. While busy lifestyles drive convenience products in other categories, Indians won’t be persuaded to use shortcuts unless they offer the same high level of quality, freshness and taste that they expect from made-from-scratch meals.

Authentic and local

An improving infrastructure allows greater accessibility to seasonal and regional foods and ingredients. More Indians today are travelling. Experiencing different cuisines and flavours often drives experimentation with new recipes. In addition, as consumers move across regions, cooking to create a taste of home will drive interest.

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Ranjana Sundaresan, a leading analyst in the Food & Drink sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

Indian consumers will continue to cook at home and attach meaning to meals. Home cooks need to feel confident that any kitchen shortcuts they employ are undetectable by those for whom they are preparing meals. Ranjana Sundaresan
Food & Drink Analyst

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Table of contents


    • key trends

      • Key drivers
      • [Graph] India: Nuclear and joint households, 2001 and 2011
      • Global trends and how they are playing out in India
    • Consumer Insights

      • Who is cooking? Time dedication and skill level
      • [Graph] India: Average daily time spent cooking, by gender, February 2018
      • [Graph] India: Women's average daily time spent cooking, by motherhood and employment, February 2018
      • [Graph] India: Cooking skills, by average daily time spent cooking, February 2018
      • [Graph] India: Cooking skills, by parent status, gender and moms' employment, February 2018
      • Reasons for cooking
      • [Graph] India: Reasons for cooking at home, February 2018
      • [Graph] India: What drives cooking, by household type, February 2018
      • Cooking habits and preferences
      • [Graph] India: 'Packaged cooking sauces are good for everyday meals', by women and moms' working status, February 2018

      • Opportunities
      • Who's innovating
      • Global best practices
    • aPPENDIX

      • MINTEL Indian consumer - OTHER REPORTS AVAILABLE