Eating out is on the increase, following the return of schools, and as consumers return to the office, Lumina Intelligence’s Eating and Drinking Out Panel reveals.

Participation in the eating out market has increased by 8 percentage points (ppnts) to 41%, across the four weeks ending 21 March.

The reopening of educational establishments on the 8 March has seen growth in the number of consumers out of home throughout the day in need of meal solutions.

Meanwhile lunch occasions increased by 2.6ppnts, with more consumers returning to pre-coronavirus routines of on-the-go lunches.

Frequency of occasions has remained the same (1.3 per week) signalling that increased lunch visits are the sole benefactor, with dinner share down 0.4ppts.

The QSR channel has grown its share of the eating out market by 3.3ppts, at the expense of restaurants, pubs and coffee shops, where average spend down -0.9%.

Following a period of delivery and drive-thru services only, McDonald’s reopened a number of its sites for takeaway services for walk-in customers from 26 February.