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France: fast food has returned to pre-Covid levels this summer

2022-09-22T10:27:45.428Z

It is since 2019 that the fast food sector has not experienced such an increase (+5% in June and July and +10% in the summer). This increase is due to the removal of health restrictions.



Out-of-home dining had its best summer since 2019, taking advantage of the lack of health restrictions, but only fast food has returned to pre-Covid footfall levels, according to research by NPD Group released Thursday.

"

Only the fast food circuit is doing well

", returning to "

attendance at the height of 2019

", specifies the study.

The growth in value is even 5% in June and July compared to 2019, and +10% in the summer, for those selling burgers.

For the sector as a whole, however, the results remain lower in terms of visits (-13%) and expenses (-10%) than in 2019, she adds.

Because for their part, “

table catering, collective catering and the transport and leisure facilities segment still show a 20% delay in visits compared to 2019 performance

”.

"

If the recovery is there, the market has not quite returned to its performance of 2019

", comments Maria Bertoch, expert of NPD Group, quoted by the study.

The health crisis has led to a profound change in the consumption habits of the French

“, with the generalization of telework which has limited business lunches and meals taken during business trips, she continues.

In addition, take-out “

has become part of consumer habits, despite the lifting of restrictions

”, underlines Ms. Bertoch.

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However, delivery and “

drive

” are down within commercial catering in June and July, “

compared to 2021, in favor of restaurant consumption

”, notes the study.

As for the lack of staff, it weighs on attendance in the evening, in the catering at the table, leading to “

a reduction in service turnover, an increase in waiting time or even times of closing at the height of the summer season.

A first

”, comments Mrs. Bertoch.

Out-of-home

commercial catering

» includes catering with table service (cafés, bars, brasseries, cafeterias), fast food (fast food, take-out/delivered sandwich shops, bakeries, caterers), catering in transport and leisure facilities (museums, stations. ..) but also companies, and vending machines.

In 2019, the sector represented 57 billion euros in turnover in France, but last year expenses were still down 35% compared to the pre-health crisis.

Source: lefigaro

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