If in the last couple of months as a restaurant operator, you have experienced and an eerily quiet quarter, fear not. You are not alone.
According to , the restaurant industry has been lacking its usual buzz recently, with speculation that Brexit is undermining consumer confidence.
he UK’s frugal mentality appears deeply ingrained despite the growing number of individuals who describe their current finances as “OK-Healthy,” according to This mindset is impacting consumers’ discretionary spending, resulting in consumers going out for fewer meals and considering less-expensive alternatives.
However, restaurants can capitalize on current consumer trends to reverse slumping sales. Here are three worth exploring to create opportunities:
We’re continuing to see an increased interest in delivery in the restaurant market. The UK’s big-name brands such as Sainsbury’s, Pret A Manger and Bistrot Pierre have jumped on the bandwagon to partner with online aggregators or launch their own delivery services. Third-party and also have helped traditional eat-in restaurants expand their footprint and join the online delivery space. Such activity has resulted in 48% of consumers saying they have more choice in takeaway options than they did just 12 months ago. It’s not all plain sailing, however, as more choices mean more consumer budgets become stretched across multiple restaurants. In addition, consumers are becoming increasingly bored of the same old deals and promotions ( ), which should serve as a cautionary tale for restaurateurs.
Consumers who are still choosing to eat out are apparently preferring cafés, coffee shops, and burger/chicken bars. Younger demographics are driving this demand, spending their dining dollars predominantly with quick-service restaurants. By comparison, 77% of consumers 45 and over are still willing to spend their time more leisurely and are motivated mainly by an establishment’s good and friendly customer service ().
Health-consciousness is affecting consumer behavior. In fact, 73% of consumers say they are on a strict weekday diet and that they would like to see an increase in the customizability of dishes across restaurants and take-aways. The appetite for such meals may also help explain consumers’ interest in chicken and burger restaurants, with that these outlets offer healthier alternatives at prices offering good value.
If you have been experiencing an eerily quiet quarter, it may be worth examining these trends to find ways to reignite business.
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