BITES GOES BOOKISH
A new annual supplement packed full of business-building consumer insight has been launched by H2O Publishing, the company that produces BITES. The H2O Publishing team selected nine key topics that kept cropping up over the last 12 months and delved a little deeper into those parts of the industry, resulting in Our Guide to Your Guests.
New Cardlytics data has revealed that consumer spend on takeaways and deliveries increased 19% in 2018, with consumers spending more per order. According to the data, which is based on the spending habits of 2.5m UK bank customers, spend per order on food delivery rose from £18.97 in 2015 to £20.56 in 2018; while on-site dining decreased from £21.73 in 2015 to £19.95 in 2018.
Breakfast delivery orders increased 86% from 2015 to the year ending December 2018, with lunch orders also up 99%, according to The NPD Group. There is plenty of room for growth for the morning and lunchtime occasions, with more than 60% of delivery visits occurring in the evening. In 2018, breakfast and lunch combined accounted for 20% of delivery orders, an increase of 74m, almost doubling in size since 2015.
YOU BIG SOFTIE
Soft drinks delivered total value sales in the foodservice and licensed category of £7.1bn in 2018, according to the Britvic Soft Drinks Review. The sales were an increase of +3.8% year-on-year, with total licensed soft drinks value sales accounting for £4.4bn (+4.8%), while foodservice delivered £2.7bn (+2.5%).
TRUCK OF THE TRADE
Food halls, trucks and experiential concepts have been highlighted as emerging channels in the eating out sector in the US. According to Technomic’s latest Consumer Trend Report, 49% of people say that the wide variety of options available at food halls keeps them coming back, while 54% visit experiential concepts equally for the entertainment and the food and drinks.