UK Eating Out Review 2024
The UK foodservice market has shown remarkable resilience in the face of significant challenges. This adaptability paints an optimistic picture for the future. Trish Caddy, Principal Analyst - Foodservice…

UK Eating Out Review 2024

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Stay ahead of the curve and future-proof your business with Mintel’s UK Eating Out Review Market Report 2024. Our full report is packed with consumer-led market intelligence, the latest UK earing out market research, trends and consumer behaviours affecting your business. Get a 360° view of the UK foodservice market including market size, share and forecasted growth to help you align your business strategy with the needs of your audience.

Below, we’ve handpicked the key insights analysed in the full report and summarised the core topics.

Topics Analysed in this Report

  • The impact of rising costs on consumers and the UK foodservice market.
  • The size, growth projections, and key segments of the UK foodservice market.
  • The shifting trends of consumer dining and takeaway habits in recent years.
  • Key factors and behaviours influencing consumer dining out and takeaway choices.
  • A focus on guest satisfaction and unmet needs within the event catering segment.

UK Eating Out Market Outlook

Despite squeezed budgets, eating out remains a popular leisure activity in 2024, with the UK eating out market expected to exceed inflation and grow. While menu price hikes will contribute to the growth, two distinct trends are driving demand: value-conscious diners seeking affordable treats and those spending on special experiences.

  • UK foodservice market size: Mintel forecasts that the foodservice market size will reach £166 billion in 2028.

UK Eating Out Trends, Opportunities and Challenges

Cater to adventurous kids

With a growing number of parents with children under 16 calling for more small portion options of adult dishes for kids, this highlights the growing demand for diverse flavours and cuisines in kids’ menus and a clear need for the UK foodservice market to address this unmet demand.

  • UK eating out market trend: 72% of parents with children aged 16 and under are seeking small portions of adult dishes.

Desire for Nutrition

With more than half of under-35s keen to see nutritional information, such as vitamins and minerals, on menus, this highlights their desire to make informed choices, understand what they are consuming, and tailor their food intake to meet personal health goals.

  • UK foodservice market trends: 55% of under 35s would like to see the vitamin and mineral content of the food and drinks listed on menus.

Purchase our UK Eating Out Review to receive a five-year forecast, consumer behaviour analysis, and recommendations for market opportunities. Readers of this report may also be interested in our UK Pizza and Italian Restaurants Market Report 2023, or our range of Foodservice Market Research.

Companies Featured in the Full Report

KFC, Uber Eats, Greene King, The Ivy Collection, Nibble, ASK Italian, Pret A Manger, McDonalds, Nandos, TGI Fridays, Loch Fyne.

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Expert Insights from a Foodservice Analyst

This report, written by Trish Caddy, a leading research analyst, delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight trends in the UK foodservice market and add expert context to the numbers.

The UK foodservice market has shown remarkable resilience in the face of significant challenges. This adaptability paints an optimistic picture for the future.

Trish Caddy - Research Analyst

Trish Caddy
Principal Foodservice Analyst

Table of Contents

    • Key issues covered in this Report
  1. Executive Summary

    • Opportunities for the foodservice market
    • Market dynamics and outlook
    • Graph 1: foodservice % change in market value, by segmentation, 2019-23
    • What consumers want and why
    • Graph 2: overall eating out usage, 2019-23
    • Graph 3: restaurants and food outlets visited for eat-in meals, 2023
    • Graph 4: foodservice visitation drivers, 2023
    • Graph 5: eating out behaviours, 2023
    • Innovation and marketing
  2. Market Dynamics

    • Market size
    • Market forecast
    • Market segmentation
    • Graph 6: foodservice % change in market value, by segmentation, 2019-23
    • Graph 7: dine-in and takeaway sales as a percentage of total sales, 2019-23
    • Macro-economic factors
    • Graph 8: CPI inflation rate, 2021-23
    • Graph 9: expected responses to rising prices, 2023
    • Graph 10: “Have you been affected by any of these issues over the last two months? Please select all that apply”, 2023
    • Graph 11: the financial wellbeing index, 2016-23
    • Graph 12: the financial confidence index, 2016-23
    • Social, environmental and legal factors
  3. What Consumers Want and Why

    • Eating out participation
    • Graph 13: overall eating out usage, 2019-23
    • Graph 14: restaurants and food outlets visited for eat-in meals, 2023
    • Graph 15: annual changes in restaurants and food outlets visited for eat-in meals, 2022-23
    • Graph 16: annual changes in repertoire of food outlets^ visited for eat in or takeaway, 2020-23
    • Graph 17: annual changes in repertoire of restaurants^ visited for eat in or takeaway, 2020-23
    • Ways to encourage visits
    • Graph 18: foodservice visitation drivers, 2023
    • Eating out behaviours
    • Graph 19: eating out behaviours, 2023
    • Graph 20: eating out behaviours relating to foodservice technology, 2023
    • Graph 21: eating out behaviours relating to nutritional information on menus, 2023
    • Graph 22: attitudes towards smaller portions, by children, 2023
    • Graph 23: attitudes towards independent restaurants, 2023
    • Graph 24: [no title]
    • Event catering
    • Graph 25: events attendance, 2023
    • Graph 26: consumer satisfaction with event catering, 2023
  4. Innovation And Marketing Trends

    • Launch activity and innovation
  5. Appendix

    • Market forecast data and methodology
    • Report scope and definitions
    • Methodology

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