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"Retailers are building out their prepared food programs to be more sophisticated and take direct aim at restaurants, as well as other retailers. They are differentiating with more on-site restaurants, which can range from a well-known quick-service chain to a fast casual restaurant helmed by a celebrity chef. And while fine-dining restaurants, food hall concepts, and bars serving adult beverages are all offering consumers an experience to remember, retailers haven’t lost sight of the importance of quick and affordable grab-and-go options. Mass merchandisers, in particular, are ramping up their prepared grab-and-go focus. Next, look for online ordering and delivery services to help grow prepared foods’ reach."

Jill Failla, Foodservice Analyst

This report will look at the following areas:

  • Supermarket share of food and drink sales is slipping
  • Meal kits pose a growing threat
  • Health is a leading barrier to purchase

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Overview

    • What you need to know
      • Definition
      • Executive Summary

        • The issues
          • Supermarket share of food and drink sales is slipping
            • Figure 1: MULO sales of food and drink, by retail channel, 2013 and 2018
          • Meal kits pose a growing threat
            • Figure 2: Prepared food attitudes – Net any agree, by gender and age, October 2018
            • Figure 3: Prepared food attitudes – Net any agree, by race and Hispanic origin, October 2018
          • Health is a leading barrier to purchase
            • Figure 4: Prepared food purchase barriers, October 2018
          • The opportunities
            • Prepared foods industry shows growth
              • Figure 5: Year-over-year change in prepared food purchases, October 2018
            • Young, urban consumers are purchasing more prepared foods this year
              • Figure 6: Year-over-year change in prepared food purchases, by CHAID analysis, October 2018
            • Retailers in diverse areas may succeed with on-site restaurant concepts
              • Figure 7: Prepared food concept interest, by race and Hispanic origin, October 2018
            • What it means
            • The Market – What You Need to Know

              • Supermarkets lose share to many competitors
                • Growing at-home sales and online shopping have positive implications for prepared foods
                  • Meal kits hit on the same convenience benefits as prepared foods
                  • Market Breakdown

                    • Supermarkets are losing share of food and beverage sales
                      • Figure 8: MULO sales of food and drink, by retail channel, 2013 and 2018
                  • Market Perspective

                    • Meal kits cut in
                      • Restaurants promote add-on dayparts
                        • Convenience stores up the ante
                          • Figure 9: Sandwich section in a Chicago Amazon Go store
                          • Figure 10: Breakfast section in a Chicago Amazon Go store
                      • Market Factors

                        • At-home sales growth facilitates prepared food sales
                          • Figure 11: BEA food and non-alcoholic beverage sales at home and away from home, January 2010-September 2018
                          • Figure 12: Dining out in 2019 behaviors – Cook more, October 2018
                        • Increasing diversity influences food and drink sourcing
                          • Figure 13: Purchase incidence by channel, by race and Hispanic origin, April 2018
                        • Online grocery grows fast
                          • Calorie counts are now mandatory
                          • Key Players – What You Need to Know

                            • Grocerants take new shape into fine dining, food halls
                              • Made-to-order may not be fast enough
                                • Delivering convenience to your doorstep
                                • What’s Working?

                                  • Standalone restaurants
                                    • In-store restaurant concepts
                                      • Updated menu items
                                        • Are food halls the grocerants of the future?
                                        • What’s Struggling?

                                          • Grab-and-go expands at the expense of made-to-order
                                            • Ingredient and nutritional transparency
                                            • What’s Next?

                                              • Prepared food delivered to your door
                                                • More booze, more bars
                                                  • Blended meals check all the boxes
                                                  • The Consumer – What You Need to Know

                                                    • The prepared foods industry is hot and growing
                                                      • Young city dwellers rely on prepared foods
                                                        • Consumers say they aren’t interested in bars at retailers, but some are already there drinking alcohol
                                                        • Prepared Food Purchases

                                                          • Four out of five consumers purchase prepared foods from grocery stores
                                                            • Figure 14: Prepared food purchases frequency, October 2018
                                                          • Young men are the heaviest users of prepared foods
                                                            • Figure 15: Prepared food user groups, by gender and age, October 2018
                                                          • Asian and Hispanic consumers are heaviest prepared food users
                                                            • Figure 16: Prepared food user groups by race and Hispanic origin, October 2018
                                                        • Prepared Food Purchase Location

                                                          • Most consumers buy prepared foods from supermarkets
                                                            • Figure 17: Prepared food purchase location, October 2018
                                                          • Half of natural grocery shoppers are heavy prepared food users
                                                            • Figure 18: Prepared food user groups, by prepared food purchase location, October 2018
                                                          • iGens prefer to source prepared foods from mass merchandisers
                                                            • Figure 19: Prepared food purchase location by generation, October 2018
                                                          • Over half of lower-income consumers source prepared foods from mass merchandisers
                                                            • Figure 20: Prepared food purchase location by household income, October 2018
                                                        • Year-over-Year Change in Prepared Food Purchases

                                                          • Most are buying the same amount or more prepared foods this year
                                                            • Figure 21: Year-over-year change in prepared food purchases, October 2018
                                                          • Natural grocery consumers are the most likely to be buying more prepared foods year-over-year
                                                            • Figure 22: Year-over-year change in prepared food purchases, by prepared food purchase location, October 2018
                                                          • Young, urban consumers are driving prepared food growth
                                                            • Figure 23: Year-over-year change in prepared food purchases, by CHAID analysis, October 2018
                                                          • Hispanic shoppers also over index for increased prepared food purchases
                                                            • Figure 24: Year-over-year change in prepared food purchases, by race and Hispanic origin, October 2018
                                                          • Convenience fuels prepared food growth
                                                            • Figure 25: Prepared food purchase motivators, October 2018
                                                          • Cost and health are top barriers for prepared food purchases
                                                            • Figure 26: Prepared food purchase barriers, October 2018
                                                        • Prepared Food and Drink Purchases by Daypart

                                                          • Chicken, sandwiches, and salads are go-to prepared foods
                                                            • Figure 27: Prepared food and drink purchases by daypart – Any daypart net, October 2018
                                                          • Prepared foods most commonly serve as a dinner solution
                                                            • Figure 28: Prepared food and drink purchases by daypart – Any items net, October 2018
                                                          • Dinner prepared food purchases are the most varied of any daypart
                                                            • Figure 29: Prepared food and drink purchases by daypart, by correspondence analysis, October 2018
                                                          • Higher-income consumers do not purchase a wide variety of prepared foods
                                                            • Figure 30: Prepared food and drink purchases by daypart – Any daypart net, by household income, October 2018
                                                          • More than half of iGens purchase fresh juice/smoothies at stores that sell groceries
                                                            • Figure 31: Prepared food and drink purchases by daypart – Any daypart net, by generation, October 2018
                                                        • Prepared Food Concept Interest

                                                          • A third of consumers want restaurants at stores that sell groceries
                                                            • Figure 32: Prepared food concept interest, October 2018
                                                          • Women drive interest in prepared beverage stations
                                                            • Figure 33: Prepared food concept interest, by gender, October 2018
                                                          • Millennials are target demographic for grocery store bars
                                                            • Figure 34: Prepared food concept interest, by generation, October 2018
                                                          • Asian consumers propel demand for Asian food stations, sushi/poke
                                                            • Figure 35: Prepared food concept interest, by race and Hispanic origin, October 2018
                                                            • Figure 36: Prepared food concept interest, by race and Hispanic origin, October 2018
                                                        • Prepared Food Behaviors

                                                          • Nearly half of all parents purchase prepared foods for their kids
                                                            • Figure 37: Prepared food behaviors, October 2018
                                                          • Men are more likely to use prepared foods for entertainment solutions
                                                            • Figure 38: Prepared food behaviors, by gender, October 2018
                                                          • Consumers between the ages of 21 and 44 are twice as likely as their older counterparts to drink alcohol at a retailer
                                                            • Figure 39: Prepared food behaviors by age, October 2018
                                                        • Prepared Food Attitudes

                                                          • Customization and transparency are key for prepared foods
                                                              • Figure 40: Prepared food attitudes, October 2018
                                                            • Younger consumers are attracted to limited-time and branded prepared food items
                                                              • Figure 41: Prepared food attitudes – Net any agree, by gender and age, October 2018
                                                            • Hispanics also over index for on-site meal kit interest
                                                              • Figure 42: Prepared food attitudes – Net any agree, by race and Hispanic origin, October 2018
                                                          • Appendix – Data Sources and Abbreviations

                                                            • Data sources
                                                              • Fan chart forecast
                                                                • Consumer survey data
                                                                  • Consumer qualitative research
                                                                    • Abbreviations and terms
                                                                      • Abbreviations
                                                                        • Terms
                                                                        • Appendix – The Consumer

                                                                            • Figure 43: Distribution of generations, by age and race/Hispanic origin, 2018
                                                                          • CHAID Analysis
                                                                            • Methodology
                                                                              • Correspondence Analysis
                                                                                • Methodology
                                                                                    • Figure 44: Prepared/MTO foods/drinks purchased, October 2018

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