Monthly consumer dashboards

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    Consumer Dashboard - May 2019


    Eating Out operators feel the chill of the unseasonably cold weather as participation falls from year-high levels in May 2018. Breakfast continues to gain in share of visits, driven by the strongest growth in average monthly frequency across all day parts. Consumers are increasingly eating out at dinner, as dinner time frequencies reach their highest level this year. Despite lunch maintaining top spot with 45% share of meal visits, consumers that are looking to tighten the purse strings are reducing their frequency in this occasion.

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    Consumer Dashboard - April 2019


    The rise of breakfast continues in the Eating Out market.  Breakfast frequency rose strongly from last year, allowing this day-part to claim its highest share of meal visits on record.  Coffee shop/café remains the leading channel in the breakfast market but is losing visit share to fast food outlets, pubs and supermarket to-go.  Troubles continues at lunch, where frequencies continue to fall and share of visits reach the lowest on record, as difficult economic conditions push consumers to cut back on this high frequency meal occasion.  Average spend grew strongly at all meal-times, outpacing inflation, and was particularly strong at dinner, the highest spend day-part.

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    Consumer Dashboard - March 2019


    The start of spring sees positive signals from the Eating Out market as breakfast continues to bloom. Visit frequency was up at breakfast, dinner and snacking while lunch frequency remained stable. The average spend per visit increased at all meal-times, with growth well above menu price inflation at breakfast and dinner. Breakfast is the fastest growing day-part and the largest beneficiaries of this are coffee shops/cafés, offering busy customers a quick, convenient and often on-the-go option alongside their morning caffeine boost.

  • Eating Out Panel Consumer Dashboard February 2019
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    Consumer Dashboard - February 2019


    The early spring mood encouraged an increase in out of home activity in February. Visit frequency was up at breakfast, dinner and for snacks. The average spend per visit increased above menu price inflation at all meal-times, as consumers enjoyed the warm spell in contrast to disruption caused by the Beast from the East last year. Lunch was the only day-part at which frequency fell, as consumers sought to save spend at the most frequent day-part, leaving its share at the lowest level ever recorded on the Eating Out Panel.

  • MCA Eating Out - Consumer Dashboard January 2019
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    Consumer Dashboard - January 2019


    Economic and political anxiety continues to take its toll on the Eating Out market, as consumers reduce their eating out frequency at all meal occasions. Lunch suffered the heaviest decline in frequency and is now at the lowest level recorded from the Eating Out Panel. Consumers, concerned with watching their wallets, are opting to skip lunch or prepare more lunches at home rather than eating out at restaurants, with pubs and chain restaurants experiencing the largest declines in share of lunch visits. Average spend has risen at all meal-times with dinner seeing the strongest growth, outpacing menu price inflation. Sandwich retailers have grown in popularity at breakfast and lunch from last year, reflecting the growing popularity of convenient and affordable on-the-go food.

  • MCA Eating Out - Consumer Dashboard - December 2018
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    Consumer Dashboard - December 2018


    Overall participation and frequency of eating out for breakfast and lunch dropped back in December, but dinner frequency was unchanged from Dec 2017. Evening meal operators benefited from favourable weather conditions, encouraging consumers to take the opportunity to let loose during the festive period after months of cutting back. Rising average occasion spend for breakfast and dinner was ahead of estimated menu price inflation, suggesting some trading up from consumers.

  • MCA Eating Out - Consumer Dashboard - November 2018
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    Consumer Dashboard - November 2018


    In increasingly uncertain times, a declining share of UK consumers are eating out of home, as they display greater prudence with their discretionary spend. Out of home lunch frequency in November was the 2nd lowest on record, after a 3% year-on-year fall, while growth at other meal-times was stagnant. With significant increases in the average spend per occasion at each day-part, menu price rises appear to be having an adverse impact on footfall. A fall in the popularity of the highest value socialising missions at dinner suggests that rising average spend levels are driven by menu inflation, rather than consumers having fewer, but bigger occasions. Independent restaurants have taken the biggest blow, with a fall in share at every meal-time, as many struggle to cope with the array of cost headwinds facing the market.

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    Consumer Dashboard - October 2018


    Eating out consumers continue to show restraint in their spending, faced with the ongoing uncertainties around Brexit and pressures on household finances. Lunch frequency decreased by 4% year-on-year, the fourth biggest monthly drop of 2018. Contract catering channels were amongst the worst hit, as workers and students appear to be packing more lunches to reduce unnecessary costs. Breakfast appears unaffected by consumer cutbacks, with a 4% rise in frequency taking levels well ahead of dinner, for which average visits fell by 1%. The increasing quality of breakfast options seems to be driving rising demand at this day-part, with ‘to have better quality food’ the fastest growing consumer mission or primary reason for eating breakfast out of home.

  • MCA Eating Out Panel - Consumer dashboard - September 2018
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    Consumer Dashboard - September 2018


    Eating out participation fell to 92.3% in September 2018 and average occasions per head per month declined at lunch and dinner. Lunch frequency has fallen to the lowest level on record but breakfast achieved the highest share of meal visits on record. The coffee shop/café channel has performed impressively relative to last year, now the third most popular channel at lunch, overtaking sandwich retailers, and remains the most popular for breakfast.

  • MCA Eating Out Panel - Consumer Dashboard - August 2018
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    Consumer Dashboard - August 2018


    Eating out occasions at lunch decreased in August, continuing a downward trend of Summer 2018, according to the latest data from MCA’s Eating Out Panel.  Breakfast and dinner visits saw an increase in frequency, while also growing the average spend per head per visit.  The highest ticket item, dinner, achieved the highest average spend on record in August 2018, just a penny short of the £20 mark.  Coffee shops/cafés grew their share of breakfast occasions, reaching the highest share at this day part in the last 13 months.  Dinner channels experienced both highs and lows last month, with pubs logging their best and fast food their lowest share of dinner visits since August 2017.  Beef burger was the most popular dish at dinner and came second at lunch, however its popularity was threatened by a decline in share at both day-parts.