Survey Finds Americans Eating In More Often
The fall of 2001 was difficult for the dining industry because Americans ate out less often, according to a nationwide survey by Harris Interactive(SM). The decline appears to be due to broad social factors such as the state of the U.S. economy, which was already in recession before 9/11, reports Yahoo.
These results suggest that in the months ahead restaurants need to deal with two trends. First, there is a long-term trend towards a more sophisticated, more demanding clientele wanting better quality, healthier and more varied food, which most restaurants are already responding to. Also, there is likely to be considerable short-term pressure on prices as a result of the recession, which may have been deepened, in the 4th quarter of 2001, by the aftermath of 9/11. Restaurants will face significant pricing issues, at least until the recession ends, dependent upon the timing of recovery and the recession’s strength and duration.
Moderator Comment: Will the expected upturn in the economy create jobs and a corresponding lift in meals purchased from restaurants?
- Lack of time (work, work, work) + disposable income (direct deposit) = eating out (meals at the desk, in the car, take-out etc.)
- Excess time (AKA unemployment) + lack of funds (unemployment compensation) = dining in (Mac &Cheese)
- Americans Eat Out Less Often Compared to a Year Ago, but 9/11 Isn’t the Reason – Yahoo
- Downloadable PDF version of Entree newsletter with the complete results of the study