Pandemic-Changed Eating Habits Likely To Remain
Consumers are now carrying out (27%) or eating drive-thru (23%) more than they were pre-pandemic, according to the latest “The Why? Behind The Dine™” from Acosta and its foodservice arm, CORE Foodservice.
It’s looking more and more likely that many consumer dining habits have been forever altered by the Covid-19 pandemic. Consumers are showing a growing interest in experiential, cost-efficient, and convenient dining options. The report reveals 70% of diners have recently ordered from a food truck, pop-up restaurant, or a ghost kitchen.? These changes are impacting restaurants – and the way they conduct business - from coast to coast.
Here are some other findings from the report:
- Seventy-five percent of shoppers say they have recently eaten carry-out, dined at a restaurant and/or eaten prepared foods from the grocery store.
- Fifty-three percent of consumers are dining in restaurants less.
- Twenty-seven percent of consumers are ordering carry-out more.
- Twenty-three percent of consumers are eating drive-thru more.
- Over half of diners say they want continued Covid-19 safety precautions in restaurants and 44% report noticing higher menu prices.
- Twenty-eight percent of shoppers say they have recently ordered from a food truck.?
- Twenty-three percent of shoppers say they have recently ordered from a pop-up restaurant.?
- Nineteen percent of shoppers say they have recently ordered from a ghost kitchen.?
- Rising food costs are also a concern for restaurants and consumers alike, with 44% of diners noticing higher menu prices.
Acosta’s “The Why? Behind The Dine” report was gathered via online surveys conducted between August 1 and August 6, 2021.
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