JACKSONVILLE, Fla., and CHICAGO — Since 2011, consumer spending in the foodservice channel has seen significant growth, with U.S. diners now spending an average $144 per month on food prepared outside the home—$25 more than two years prior—according to new research published in the third edition of The Why? Behind the Dine.
This annual report from Acosta and Technomic reveals this spend represents 35% of U.S. diners’ total monthly food budget, a jump of 5 percentage points from last year.
“Along with an increase in spending on food prepared outside the home, the market is also seeing a surge in the variety of dining options available, from different types of cuisine to new ways to eat off-premise, such as ordering delivery from sit-down restaurants,” said Colin Stewart, senior vice president of Acosta.
“The rate of consumers dining at restaurants over the last year has leveled off, but look beyond face value and you will see diners’ dollars are now being spread across various out-of-home channels, not only concentrated at dine-in establishments,” said Jennifer Passmore, regional vice president of Technomic. “In fact, many diners anticipate spending even more on food prepared outside the home in the coming year, and they will have a full menu of dining options to choose from regularly.”
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