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Latest YouGov Surveys data provides insights into Australian diets

Ahead of World Food Day, latest YouGov Surveys research shows that two-thirds of consumers in Australia (66 per cent) consider themselves as meat eaters.

About a fifth (19 per cent) see themselves as flexitarians who eat a primarily plant-based diet, but still occasionally consume meat and fish.

Only 6 per cent of consumers adopt a fully plant-based diet that may exclude all animal products, such as eggs and milk.

Pescatarians, who eat seafood – but not meat from land animals – in addition to plant-based foods make up just 5 per cent of all Australian consumers.

Across generations, most consumers say they are meat eaters.

But Baby Boomers are significantly more likely to include meat in their diets – three-quarters say they regularly consume meat or poultry – while Millennials and Gen X are significantly less likely to – with less than three in five saying the same.

About one-quarter of Millennials and Gen X consider themselves flexitarians – a significantly higher proportion compared to an eighth of Gen Z and Baby Boomers.

Meanwhile, younger consumers (Gen Z and Millennials) are more likely to adopt a fully plant-based vegetarian/vegan diet, compared to older generations (Gen X and Baby Boomers).

Across all diets, taste is the top consideration for consumers when deciding what to eat.

But this is highest among meat eaters – where three in five rank it as their most prioritised factor – compared to less than half of pescatarians, flexitarians and vegetarians/vegans.

Food cost is the next most significant consideration among meat eaters, pescatarians and vegetarians/vegans, followed by how healthy the food is.

However, among flexitarians a larger proportion indicate health as a top consideration when deciding what to eat compared to price.

Overall, across diet types, Australian, Italian and Thai stand out as Aussies’ as most favoured cuisines, followed by Chinese and Indian.

Local food – Australian cuisine – is most popular among pescatarians and flexitarians, and second most popular among meat eaters and vegetarians/vegans.

Italian is second most popular among pescatarians and flexitarians and ranks among the top five among both meat eaters and vegetarians/vegans.

Thai comes in third among pescatarians, flexitarians, vegetarians/vegans, and fourth among meat eaters.

Chinese cuisine is most popular among meat eaters but ranks fifth among pescatarians and further down the top ten most favourite cuisine among flexitarians and vegetarians/vegans.

Indian cuisine is most popular among vegetarians/vegans, but ranks fifth and seventh among meat eaters and flexitarians, and is not within the top ten among pescatarians.

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