"Restaurant sales are predicted to grow at a steady rate with yearly growth near 4% through 2021. Consumers are craving unique experiences, and legacy chains can no longer rely on what’s worked in the past, especially as the environment becomes more competitive. Across demographics, consumers still find value in a dining out experience that offers something they’re unlikely to prepare at home, whether that’s in a traditional restaurant, retail setting, or gourmet food hall."
- Diana Kelter, Foodservice Analyst
This report looks at the following areas:
- The decline of grocery prices entices consumers to cook at home
- New dining out segments create new forms of competition
- The service equation
The purpose of this Report is to analyze consumers’ attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions surrounding their current dining out behavior and anticipated behavior in 2017. The report will also examine how dining out varies across demographics.
For the purposes of this Report, Mintel has used the following restaurant definitions:
- QSRs (quick service restaurants) – Used interchangeably with “fast food,” QSRs specialize in inexpensive, convenient meals. There is no waiter service, no alcoholic beverages, and low price point. Examples include: McDonald’s, KFC, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, and Pizza Hut.
- Fast casual restaurants – These establishments are characterized by a higher price point than QSRs though not as high as full service restaurants. Fast casuals do not offer waiter service and may or may not serve alcohol. Examples include: Chipotle, Panera Bread, Shake Shack, and Blaze Pizza.
- LSRs (limited service restaurants) – These establishments provide food services where customers usually select and order items and pay before dining. Food/drink may be consumed on the premises, offered as carryout, or delivered to the customer’s location. These may also sell alcoholic beverages. LSRs include both QSRs and fast casual restaurants. The other category within LSRs (as seen in the Market Size and Forecast) includes snacks and non-alcoholic beverage bars, cafeterias, grills, and grill buffets.
- FSRs (full service restaurants) – These establishments have waiter/waitress service in which customers order and are served while seated. These may also sell alcoholic beverages and offer carryout services. They include the restaurant segments: midscale, casual dining, and fine dining.
- MMI (Mintel Menu Insights) – MMI is a quarterly census of restaurant brands covering all commercial segments and US census regions/divisions, with trends going back to Q2 2004. MMI tracks more than 30 unique menu item attributes including flavor, preparation (physical and/or cooking), menu type/section, cuisine type, menu claims, etc., grouped into six major categories from macro restaurant, menu, plate, item dish, and beverage to micro ingredient detail.
- MMI Legacy Data – This data is reflective of the historic MMI database prior to any expansion data being incorporated. This data can be trended back to 2004 and is representative of 580 restaurants and 3,000 menus.
- MMI Expansion Data – This data is reflective of the MMI expansion that increased restaurant coverage from 580 to 1,500 and increased menu collection from 3,000 to 8,000. The expansion data incorporates expanded c-store coverage, including data for hot food, cold prepacked food, breakfast menus, and all self-serve beverage options.