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    Consumer Dashboard - March 2020


    March spans the transition from Pre to Peak Coronavirus (with 2 week recall capturing meals from mid-Feb). With consumers conscious of social distancing and the Eating Out market restricted to takeaway and delivery at the end of the month, active participation has seen a 9% decrease since March 2019. Dinner, primarily a social meal, has seen the biggest decline with social distancing measures in place. Fast food outlets have benefitted at dinner as consumers, less confident about future finances, opt for speed and good value.

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    Consumer Dashboard - February 2020


    February participation is rattled by two consecutive weekend storms as well as the rapid spread of Covid-19, with participation in the Eating Out market declining by 0.3ppts year-on-year to 93.8%.  All day-parts suffer decreases in frequency and average spend with dinner feeling the biggest impact.  Breakfast is the only day-part to see an increase in share of meal visits by 0.6ppts.  Pubs weather this adversity to increase share of dinner visits by 3ppts, whilst fast food outlets boost their share of breakfast by 2ppts. 

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    Consumer Dashboard - January 2020


    The start of the decade sees participation fall to a three year low, with 91.7% ok UK adults now eating out regularly. Dinner share is increasingly being squeezed by Breakfast as this day part continues its sustained rise, increasing by 10% frequency compared to January 2019. The battle wages on for a share of this growing Breakfast pie. Key channels such as Pubs have lost share at this growing day part, led by a 3pp drop in the Full English.

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    Consumer Dashboard - December 2019


    The Eating Out Market has seen a drop in participation since December 2018, with the share of UK adults eating out of home declining by 0.1pp. Average spend continues to grow, increasing at all day-parts. Breakfast continues to perform well as a day-part, with day-part share increasing by 1.8pp at the expense of lunch, and frequency increasing by 10% to 2.8 breakfast occasions per month. Coffee shops/cafés have lost share at both breakfast and lunch while fast food outlets have seen an increase in share at these day-parts, but a decrease in share at dinner. The strong growth in popularity for cake at breakfast has stabilised this month, while curry has increased by 2pp as a dinner option.

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    Consumer Dashboard - November 2019


    The Eating Out market continues to grow since last year, with participation, frequency, and average spend all up, although this has risen from a low base last November. Breakfast has been a particularly strong day-part, with frequency up 14% since last year. The rate of growth in breakfast and lunch spend has accelerated this month, up 5% and 6% respectively. Pub restaurants have grown their share of breakfast and dinner visits, but growth has stabilised at lunch. Cake has seen growth as both a breakfast and a lunch option, while the more traditional beef burgers, curry and fish and chips are losing share at lunch.

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    Consumer Dashboard - October 2019


    Eating Out frequency has risen across all day parts compared to October last year. This is being led by an increase in frequency of Breakfast occasions. Fast food outlets in particular have increased their share of breakfast visits. Lunch occasions are showing slow growth and are losing share of meal visits as a result. Average spends continue to grow across all day parts as menu inflation pushes up prices.

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    Consumer Dashboard - September 2019


    Overall, eating out occasions have remained relatively stable compared to September 2018, although frequency at breakfast declined slightly for the first time in 2019. Average spend has increased at every day-part and Coffee shops/cafés increased their share of breakfast and lunch occasions. Fast food outlets have lost share at breakfast but gained share at dinner.

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    Consumer Dashboard - August 2019


    Eating out occasions at breakfast increased in August, continuing the upward trend we have seen so far in 2019. Average spend has increased at every day-part, with spending on breakfast and dinner being the highest compared to any other month this year. However, falling participation levels at lunch and dinner are potentially a warning sign of tougher times ahead, as political and economic uncertainty impact consumer confidence. Pub restaurants have grown their share of breakfast and lunch occasions, but have experienced a decline in share of dinner meal time occasions. The popularity of the traditional full English dish at breakfast is in decline, with its share down by 4ppt compared to August 2018.

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    Consumer Dashboard - July 2019


    Participation, frequency and average spend in the Eating Out market were all higher in July 2019 than July 2018, when the World Cup and heatwave had encouraged growth in drinking out of home, but failed to boost eating out. Considering the strong appeal of wet-led venues last July, it is unsurprising that pubs have lost share at two out of three day-parts since then, but testament to improvements in the sector that pubs have gained share at lunch, with particular growth in roast lunches. Independent restaurants have struggled the most, hit hardest by the many headwinds still hammering the market.

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    Consumer Dashboard - June 2019


    Against the strong comparative of June 2018’s heatwave and World Cup boost, there was no growth in eating out participation or in frequency levels at the most popular meal-time, lunch. The average number of breakfast and dinner visits per head did increase significantly, with particular success at breakfast being driven by the continuing rise of coffee shops. Consumers showed little sign of political or economic uncertainty impacting their spending when they did go out, with above-inflation increases at every day-part. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.