Santa Maria Foodservice has launched its latest street food insight report What's next in street food?, discussing how the trend is continuing to have a huge impact on the eating out market in the UK.
According to the report, the trend has seen massive growth, and shows no signs of slowing.
Street food seems to be influencing the food choices of nearly half of consumers out of home, with 94% of people planning to maintain or increase the amount of street food they eat. It also reveals a culture of eating street food regularly, with one in four people buying street food two-three times a week.
Street Food Stats •The top three street food dishes are: burrito/tacos/carnitas (15%); burger (9%); noodle pot (9%)
•The top three cuisines are Chinese, Caribbean (up 30% since 2014), Mexican
•Men and millennials are front of the queue for street food, eating more and spending more
•10% of consumers now buy street food in the morning, up 7% from 2014
•54% say street food has increased their interest in spicy food and 78% have discovered new spices and flavours
Eimear Owens, country sales manager, UK & Ireland, Santa Maria Foodservice, commented: "Our research shows that consumers, especially millennials, have embraced street food as part of their everyday routines, and what's more they're happy to pay extra for it.
"Street food is driving a spice revolution, creating interest in spicy food and pioneering new spicy flavours. The upshot is a more knowledgeable and adventurous consumer and high demand for new eating out experiences.