Foodservice operators are busy sorting through a mixed bag of opportunities and challenges as states reopen and dining rooms resume service. But while there’s been a feeding frenzy of attention focused on the commercial sector, noncommercial dining is also undergoing a transformation.
In a foodservice marketplace where the appetite for value, quality and convenience seems to keep growing, meal kits offer time-strapped and homebound consumers welcome options for easy-to-prepare home-cooked meals.
Convenience stores seem made to order for the age of grab-and-go. Having nearly doubled in size over the last three decades, with 154,535 stores in the U.S. at the end of 2016, the industry is a juggernaut of sales revenue and opportunity.1
As consumer demand for speed and convenience continues to drive such snack trends as grab-and-go and takeout and delivery, the destination seems to become increasingly clear: more snacks, less fuss. Consumers are snacking more and more, but want to do less and less. Nearly half of Americans snack two to three times a day,1 and 94% snack at least once daily.2 The millennial need for speed compels foodservice operators to pick up the pace when it comes to satisfying snack yearnings that cross dayparts.
Challenges and opportunities loom large for big food sellers. While the 25 largest players feasted on 63% of $495 billion in U.S. food and beverage sales in 2016, their share declined from 66% in 2012.1 Private label products, meanwhile, have seen a 3.5% year-over-year expansion of shelf space since 2012.1 Increasing price pressure from upstart store brands and retailers insisting on lower prices are turning up the competitive heat.1