With bread’s return to favor in the wellness world, consumers are ritualizing the baking process as an opportunity to slow down. JWT Intelligence, 28 February 2019, Emily Safian-Demers
Carb’s on the rise?
”“Carb” was a dirty word among the healthy set for a long time. But even with the gluten-free mania that’s sweeping the scene, health-conscious consumers who once scorned carbs are embracing bread as a nutritious option for body and mind. Now, with consumers increasingly seek out non-connected pastimes, the ritualization of baking is being launched into a cultural phenomenon.”
Through the WI lens
In this piece, JWT Intelligence charts the rising, and perhaps surprising, popularity of baking bread, and sourdough in particular. Some see the making of bread as a therapeutic antidote to the stress of being constantly online; its mindful and deliberate process as a counter to the often mindless and impulsive firing off of posts on social media. And it turns out that baking sourdough has a special cachet among 20-30 year old techies, predominantly male – who would’ve thought it? There are award-winning bakeries, blogs and even a novel and a TV mini-series to support what is rapidly becoming a cultural phenomenon. So what are the take-aways for the wellness sector?
- Once again, this reinforces the truth that wellness doesn’t have to be about luxury – it can be about finding mindfulness in simple, everyday activities.
- Sourdough baking is a great example of the kind of artisan experiences the tourism industry can offer, and resonates with the popularity of the slow food movement.
- Artisan bakeries represent a significant business opportunity in their own right, as demand grows for hand-crafted and nutritious product. Not for nothing is bread known as the “staff of life”.
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