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Snacking culture is big business for caterers

09 September 2004
Snacking culture is big business for caterers

Contract caterers are set to benefit as snacking and eating outside the home continue to take a bigger bite out of the nations regular eating occasions.

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One a day? In 2008, 43 billion snacks will be consumed outside the home

A new report from market researcher Datamonitor reveals that an extra three million breakfast, lunch and evening meals will be eaten outside the home by 2008 - more than 35% of all eating occasions.

And food service providers should be able to line their pockets with an extra £5.5b because of the increase. Datamonitor forecasts that the value of the market will increase by 17.5% from £30.5b last year to £36b by 2008.

Snacking is also on the up. By 2008, it will account for 44% of all eating occasions, with the total number of snacks consumed outside of a main meal increasing from 41 billion in 2003 to almost 43 billion in 2008. This means a typical consumer will snack on 27.4 more occasions in 2008 than they did last year.

Source: Caterer & Hotelkeeper magazine, 9 September 2004

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