Foodservice Pulse: UK
Out-of-Home Eating Trends

Fourth Quarter 2015
Optimism high in UK, as visits and spend increase

Rising GDP, the highest consumer confidence in Europe, and mild weather all contributed to an uptick in the foodservice sector in the UK.
GDP +0.5%

The overall market was up in visits, spend, and average check.

+1.9% in visits
+3.6% in spend

But the growth wasn’t felt equally across the sectors.

Quick Service Restaurants did particularly well, with increases in both weekday (+2.9%) and weekend (+3.5%) visits and increases across all day parts. Lunch occasions jumped 6.0% compared to last year.
QSR +3.1% in traffic
FSR +1.9% in traffic
Full Service Restaurant traffic growth came mainly from weekday visits (+3.7%), with weekend visits down (-1.5%). FSR saw an increase in morning, dinner, and snacking traffic and a significant jump (+3.2%) in family occasions.

Efforts by smaller casual dining chains and independent restaurants have not yet succeeded.

Major brands did well
+4.7% in traffic
while small chains and independents struggled.
-2.0% in traffic
Source: The NPD Group / CREST®, Q4 2015
Note: All data are from Q4 2015 and are presented as year-over-year percentages.

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