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  • COFFEE SHOPS:-15% of total Out Of Home visits were to a coffee shop in 2016; this is up 0.8% from last year.
  • FOOD ON THE GO:-Convenience is becoming increasingly important. 17.8% of people noted that their primary reason for eating out was because they were on leisure or work based commute.
  • SOCIAL BREAKFASTS:-Customers having social breakfasts have increased by 7.2% in 2016, this is up by 0.8% based on last year.
  • BRUNCH:-The blurring of meal time is becoming a key concept, with brunch now being in high demand and being served all day.
  • FAMILY VISITS:-Family occasions are growing particularly in full service restaurants, with visits up by 4.3%.
  • BURGER GROWTH:-Beef is the largest protein segment in pubs at 31% as burgers, steaks and grills are becoming more popular on menus.
  • HEALTHY EATING:-47% of millennials state they have changed their eating out habits switching to healthier diets.
  • STREET FOOD:-93% of millennials will increase their street food visits, with 76% wanting to see more street food in the future.

Coeliac UK estimate the hospitality industry misses out on an estimated £100 million a year by not catering for people with coeliac disease. Their research has found that 74% of people would eat out every two weeks if more gluten-free options were available on menus. The partnership between Kara and Genius has allowed for two innovative businesses who produce high quality ‘on trend’ bakery products to further develop products for foodservice to enable vendors to meet these growing market demands.

In order to help operators understand how to handle gluten-free products within the Kitchen, Kara has developed A Helpful Kitchen Guide’ to highlight the importance of keeping gluten-free products separate from products containing gluten. Download your copy