Eating out of home and food-to-go occasions have grown faster in Scotland (+16%) compared to the rest of Great Britain (+12%) in the past 52 weeks to be worth £299m, new data reveals.

TWC’s MealTrak data shows eating out of home and food-to-go occasions have grown by 23% in the latest 12 weeks in Scotland, compared to 8% growth in GB, to the value of £69.6m.

Overall the research shows forecourts are rebounding well, with a 32% increase in occasions in the previous 12 weeks compared to 2021. However, the data reveals convenience stores continue to struggle compared to other channels.

In addition, the data reveals sandwich shops and coffee shops/cafes have gone into decline over the latest 12 weeks and so they join fast food and high street as the channels in decline.

Tom Fender, Development Director at TWC, said: “These results should make any Scottish foodservice business sit up and take note. Pubs and restaurants are in huge growth in terms of visits/occasions, as are cafes and coffee shops… and these outlets are stealing significant share and sales from convenience stores and sandwich shops.

“Any foodservice operator and supplier to these outlets should now be digging underneath the headline figures to understand which sub-channels are in growth or decline, and the reasons for this.”

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