NEW YORK — The second quarter of 2021 noticed an improve by way of shopper spending and foodservice visits in comparison with that interval final 12 months, in line with The NPD Group.
The business analyst stated spending at eating places was up 32% within the April-May-June 2021 quarter in comparison with the identical quarter final 12 months, and flat in comparison with the identical quarter in 2019. Visits, eating in or off-premises, elevated by 22% within the quarter in comparison with the identical quarter final 12 months and had been down 7% in comparison with the second quarter of 2019.
Many institutions, particularly quick-service eating places, benefited from off-premises providers like carry-out, drive-thru and supply. During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and restaurant restrictions within the second quarter in 2020, off-premises orders elevated by 9% over the identical quarter in 2019, in line with NPD. This 12 months’s second quarter noticed off-premises develop by 5% in comparison with a 12 months in the past.
“The US restaurant recovery is underway, but it will take time for it to return to pre-pandemic levels fully,” stated David Portalatin, NPD meals business adviser and creator of “Eating Patterns in America.” “Commercial restaurants overall remain below 2019 traffic levels. The QSR segment, ideally suited to today’s new consumer realities, is performing very near pre-pandemic traffic levels with dollar volumes well ahead of that pace. On the other hand, FSRs still face headwinds such as dining room capacity restrictions in some places. Even where restrictions are minimal, labor shortages may keep operators from realizing their full operational capacity.”