DENVER, Colo., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The fine art of barbeque can be traced back to the caveman era some 1.4 million years ago when roasting meat over an open fire first gained popularity. Remarkably, to this day, the majority of American adults identify most with a "Caveman" barbeque personality(1) when considering their summertime barbeque options. When asked what they look forward to eating most at a barbeque, 56% of U.S. adults indicated that they "can't choose just one -- let's grill them all" according to a recent survey commissioned by the Grain Foods Foundation and conducted by Harris Interactive(R) in conjunction with National Barbeque Month (May). Men (62%) are more likely than women (51%) to fall into the "Caveman" barbeque personality, while women (44%) are more likely than men (29%) to consider themselves "fair weather grillers(2)." While burgers and hot dogs are staples at a barbeque, less than half of adults (43%) are "BurgerDogs(3)" -- a barbeque personality classified by the desire to eat "only the classics" from the grill. Regardless of what type of meat or vegetable consumers put on the grill this summer, the majority of American adults intend to include bread with their barbeque creations. Most (95%) U.S. adults indicated they intend to serve or eat bread at their barbeques this year, and 85% of adults surveyed said that "Bread/Rolls/Buns are Essential" for any barbeque. "Bread contributes a low-fat, low-calorie source of energy to the barbecue menu," according to Judi Adams, MS, RD and president of the Grain Foods Foundation. "Bread is good for you, tastes delicious and provides us with the energy we need to enjoy the great outdoors -- it's essential to any backyard barbeque. A hamburger just wouldn't be the same without a bun." The survey shows U.S. adults like the classics when it comes to their bread. The majority (64%) of U.S. adults indicated that they intend to serve or eat white hot dog rolls and/or hamburger buns. These classics are most popular in the Northeast (74%), followed by the Midwest (63%), South (61%) and West (56%). Just under one-third of U.S. adults indicated that they intend to serve or eat whole grain (30%) and/or wheat (29%) hot dog rolls and/or hamburger buns. Americans may love bread at their barbeques, but their opinions are divided when it comes to grilling their bread or enjoying it straight out of the bag. While men (58%) were more likely than women (52%) to indicate a preference for slightly toasted or grilled bread, rolls or buns, women (55%) were more likely than men (46%) to indicate a preference for bread, rolls or buns straight out of the bag. Regionally speaking, those in the Northeast and South were equally likely to prefer toast or grill their bread (54% and 52%, respectively) as enjoy it straight out of the bag (54% and 50%, respectively). Respondents in the Midwest and West, however, had distinct preferences. Adults in the Midwest prefer eating bread straight out of the bag (63%) as opposed to slightly toasted or grilled (45%). In the West, survey respondents said they were more likely to prefer toasting or grilling their bread (70%) versus enjoying it straight out of the bag (37%). Survey Methodology Harris Interactive(R) fielded the study on behalf of Grain Foods Foundation between April 13 and 17, 2006, via its QuickQuery(SM) online omnibus, interviewing a nationwide sample of 2,564 U.S. adults 18 and older. Data were weighted to be representative of the total U.S. adult population on the basis of region, age within gender, education, household income, race/ethnicity, and propensity to be online. In theory, with probability samples of this size, one could say with 95 percent certainty that the overall results have a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Sampling error for the sub-sample results of U.S. adult women (1,323), U.S. adult men (1,241) and those in the Northeast (630), Midwest 628), South (740) and West (566) is higher and varies. This online sample was not a probability sample. About Harris Interactive(R) Harris Interactive Inc. (http://www.harrisinteractive.com), based in Rochester, New York, is the 13th largest and the fastest-growing market research firm in the world, most widely known for The Harris Poll(R) and for its pioneering leadership in the online market research industry. Long recognized by its clients for delivering insights that enable confident business decisions, the Company blends the science of innovative research with the art of strategic consulting to deliver knowledge that leads to measurable and enduring value. Harris Interactive serves clients worldwide through its United States, Europe (http://www.harrisinteractive.com/europe) and Asia offices, its wholly-owned subsidiary Novatris in Paris, France (http://www.novatris.com), and through an independent global network of affiliate market research companies. EOE M/F/D/V About the Grain Foods Foundation The Grain Foods Foundation, a joint venture of members of the milling and baking industries formed in 2004, is dedicated to advancing the public's understanding of the beneficial role grain-based foods play in the human diet. Directed by a board of trustees, funding for the Foundation is provided through voluntary donations from private grain-based food companies and is supplemented by industry associations. For more information about the Grain Foods Foundation, visit http://www.grainpower.org. (1) Name used by the Grain Foods Foundation to describe the response choice "I can't choose just one, so let's grill them all!" in the survey. (2) Name used by the Grain Foods Foundation to describe the response choice "On a hot & sunny day, I'll go for whatever is simple and easy" in the survey. (3) Name used by the Grain Foods Foundation to describe the response choice "A traditional burger and hot dog, please!" in the survey.
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