Lifting the Lid on Today's Cooks at Home; Moen Canada Uncovers

Lifting the Lid on Today's Cooks at Home; Moen Canada Uncovers
Consumer Cooking Activities - And the Differences Between Men and
Women in the Kitchen 
OAKVILLE, ON -- (Marketwire) -- 10/25/12 --  Who's the cook in your
kitchen? More often than not, the woman is awarded this role --
finding recipes, shopping for groceries, cooking the meal and even
cleaning up. But, how do the men weigh in and what's their role in
the kitchen? That's what Moen Canada uncovered in their latest
consumer behaviour study. Moen Canada surveyed hundreds of Canadian
consumers to learn more about their cooking activities -- and how
they differ among couples. Who makes a bigger mess? Who religiously
follows a cookbook; or rarely uses a recipe? 
"We not only wanted to better understand the differences between men
and women in their approach to cooking; but also learn about the
types of cooks out there," explained Jack Suvak, senior director of
market research and insights, Moen. "The study gave us a perspective
on the prevalence of different cooking approaches within Canadian
Moen Canada uncovered four cooking categories:  

--  Family Cook(44%) - Takes care of the family and cooks for other
    people. They enjoy cooking and do it as often as they can.
--  Adventurous Cook (29%) - Tries anything once. Loves creating new and
    exciting recipes in the kitchen. Their family never knows what to
    expect at mealtimes. No cooking task is too difficult -- and they
    rarely use recipes.
--  Carry-Out Cook (14%) - Does not like to cook and avoids it as much as
    possible. They cook when they must. It takes too much time or effort,
    and these folks end up turning to takeout more often than they like to
--  Cautious Cook (13%) - Likes cooking; but it causes concern. They're
    reluctant to try new dishes and are afraid of messing up. They stick
    with the recipes that are tried and true and these cooks require a lot
    of guidance from them.

"In total, more than three quarters of Canadian respondents approach
cooking favorably: 73 percent fall into either Family or Adventurous
Cooks. More women are Family and Adventurous Cooks; and more men are
the Carry-Out and Cautious Cooks," added Suvak. "Our latest kitchen
innovations, including faucets with MotionSense(TM) hands-free
convenience, are perfect for these folks who are active in the
kitchen. A faucet with MotionSense makes it surprisingly easy to
accomplish a variety of routine tasks with speed and efficiency." 
Cook Book? Or Internet?
 Despite the ubiquity of all things digital,
paper cookbooks are not a thing of the past. In fact, while women
tend to gather ideas from other sources; a good, old-fashioned
cookbook still ranks first as the top source of inspiration. Perhaps
it's the comfort of a hand-me-down book that provides a bit of extra
reassurance to tackle a tricky dinner dish for a Cautious Cook. Or,
maybe it's the handwritten notes jotted in the corner that help give
the recipe a little adventurous twist! 
Cook at Home vs. Eat Out
 Moen Canada found that men like to grab
breakfast on the run. Women tend to prepare more meals at home: on
average, three to four meals each day. Possibly it goes back to
women's multi-tasking prowess -- they can cook while juggling work,
kids and more. And men? Well, they just may not be as interested in
reading a morning email and frying an egg at the same time.  
Who Does What?
 Men and women both agreed that the women tend to be
more involved in meal preparation. The details should come as no
surprise to most ladies: 

--  82 percent of women do the grocery shopping
--  85 percent of women prepare the meal
--  85 percent of women cook the meal
--  76 percent of women clean up after the meal

Men do lend a helping hand, however. They tackle an important task:
opening the wine. Fifty-nine percent of men are in charge of
un-corking the evening libations. 
Who Makes a Bigger Mess?
 Another area where Canadian men and women
tend to agree is with regard to cleanliness in the kitchen. Males are
the messier cooks. Fifty-three percent of males and sixty-two percent
of females agreed. "We might chalk it up to those men with
Adventurous Cook energy," says Suvak. 
Now We're Talkin'
 Seems it's true that food brings people together.
Once the groceries have been purchased, messes made, food is prepped
and cooking... over 55 percent of men and women report that talking
to their spouse is the #1 activity done while cooking. In addition,
over 35 percent of men and women also have a television on. About 33
percent of men are sampling the meal, and 39 percent of women report
also listening to music in the kitchen. 
Dreading the Dirty Dishes?
 When asked what their least favourite job
is following a meal, most Canadians agreed that hand washing pots and
pans was the worst; followed by cleaning dishes and putting food
away. The majority of all respondents (more than 78 percent) use a
dishwasher; and -- despite what some dishwasher manufacturers
recommend -- more than 73 percent also pre-rinse their dishes before
loading them. Unfortunately for man's best friend, about 70 percent
of homeowners don't allow their pets to take care of the pre-wash.
(At least they didn't admit it for this survey!) 
Both men and women can tackle dirty dishes with more efficiency if
they had a faucet that made it easier to do so. MotionSense from Moen
can actually sense what the user is trying to accomplish, and with a
simple wave of the hand, will immediately respond to his or her
"Touchless technology is the future of our homes," says Rebecca
Kolls, senior director consumer strategist, Iconoculture/CEB. "Moen's
MotionSense not only makes clean-up easier, but has far reaching
health benefits at home; it prevents cross contamination when
prepping foods, it helps prevent the spread of germs and bacteria
(great for families with children) and for an aging generation
(Boomers are turning 65 years old at the rate of 1 every 10 seconds),
it makes kitchen work effortless for aging joints."  
Suvak concluded, "Great innovations in the kitchen -- ones that can
make prep and clean-up more efficient and convenient -- are welcome
by anyone who cooks. That may seem obvious. But Moen always takes
their new product ideas an extra step. Our people ask questions and
listen to consumers to find out exactly what new features or
functions will truly deliver real benefit to their lives. It's part
of what makes Moen #1." 
For more information about Moen and its products, visit 
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combination of meaningful innovation, useful features, on-trend
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company has been recognized with the 2011 EPA WaterSense(R)
Excellence Award, as well as the 2010 EPA WaterSense Manufacturer
Partner of the Year Award, for its work to protect the future of our
nation's water supply through the introduction and ongoing support of
water-efficient products, programs and practices, while keeping
consumers' needs top-of-mind. 
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which creates products and services that help fulfill the dreams of
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