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Restaurant Sales Are Making Inroads
Posted on April 21, 2015 by Brian Todd

While sales of food for at-home consumption at $147.3 billion totaled over 50% more than eating and drinking place sales in the first two months of 2015 according to The Food Institute, eating and drinking places’ share of overall food sales did increase 1.5 percentage points in the two month period at the expense of at-home food sales. (See our earlier blog here detailing at-home food consumption.)

Although grocery sales will almost certainly continue to outpace eating out sales for the foreseeable future, people are eating away from home more. During the first two months of 2015, grocery sales accounted for 61.1% of all food sales while compared to 62.6% a year earlier – down 1.5%. Eating and drinking places’ share meanwhile, rose 1.5% to 38.9%. And delving a bit deeper, The Food Institute finds that consumers are spending more at both full service restaurants and limited outlets, including fast-food.

In the future, we will break down grocery and away-from-home food sales to portray how the business is trending overall, to give a much greater perspective on the entire business. We welcome your comments on this new analysis via email to, or via comments below.

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About the Author

Brian Todd
The Food Institute

Brian became president of The Food Institute in 2002 and has worked for this non-profit, founded in 1928, since 1980. Brian has been interviewed on consumer and food industry trends on a number of television programs, including Fox News, The Today Show, NBC News, the CBS Evening News and the PBS Nightly Business Report, and quoted in publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal and New York Times to Supermarket News, Progressive Grocer and Food Processing magazine. He has also been a frequent guest on various Public radio programs discussing food prices, mergers & acquisitions, and other industry issues.

Brian graduated from Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ with a B.A. in Political Science and also holds a Masters in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


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