Dining Out: A 2015 Look Ahead - US - January 2015
“Rising commodity prices have forced foodservice operators to increase menu prices during a time when many consumers are still budget-conscious. However, one demographic that is faring better is men. The changing American family structure has resulted in more fathers taking their children out to eat. Like other demographics, fathers are interested in healthy foods and this is tied to a rising consciousness about the origin of foods and a desire to eat more healthfully.”
– Julia Gallo-Torres, Sr. Foodservice Analyst
This report discusses the following key topics:
- How do foodservice operators keep consumers interested in their offerings, when food prices continue to climb?
- How to cater to dads, the parent who plans to visit restaurants with children more often in 2015?
- Consumers want healthier and safe foods
This report focuses on the full- and limited-service foodservice segments. The market-size estimates in this report cover full-service restaurants, limited-service restaurants, and other limited-service eating places.
An expanding job market and a bump in disposable income at the end of 2014 led to more economic confidence for consumers who enjoy dining out. However, America’s uneven economic recovery means that, for many, dining out continues to be a luxury they cannot yet afford regularly. Thus, freshly prepared meals and components, as well as a slew of restaurant-quality frozen offerings by retailers, continues to be a major threat. These products’ better quality and affordability makes them a compelling way for consumers to save money, while enjoying a restaurant-like experience.
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