BITES

BITES

FOOD-TO-GO STILL ON THE MOVE
New research shows that four out of five shoppers in the UK have eaten a meal that wasn’t prepared at home in the last month. The study, conducted by Shoppercentric, confirms that millennials and generation z customers are at the heart of the trend and are eating out more often than they were two years ago.

EVERYONE’S A (VEGAN) CRITIC
New data has revealed that the number of reviews mentioning the word ‘vegan’ during the first three weeks of Veganuary in 2020 is more than double 2019’s figures. Statistics show that the percentage of reviews mentioning the word vegan has risen 104%.

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY
Consumer spending grew 3.9% year-on-year in January, but the cold weather contributed to keeping consumers out of restaurants on the high street. The conditions kept Brits indoors, with spending in restaurants falling for the third month in a row, while takeaway expenditure grew 11.4%.

YOU’VE NEVER TRIED WHAT?!
While halloumi is consumed by an estimated 3m vegetarians in Britain and enjoyed its own popularity boom around 10 years ago, more than one in 10 (11%) say they have never even heard of the squeaky cheese, and a quarter (25%) have never tried it.

A TASTE FOR WASTE
The UK is making significant steps in reducing its food waste, with total levels falling by 480,000 tonnes between 2015 and 2018. This represents a 7% reduction per person and is the equivalent of filling London’s Royal Albert Hall 10 times over.

IT’S THE NO AND LOW SHOW!
New research has shown that a quarter of all visits to the pub do now not include alcohol. With the predicted increase in non-alcoholic visits, two-in-three licensees are asking for further support to help them maximise the growing ‘low and no’ opportunity.