Cafés/bars saw the most negative impact from the lockdowns and other restrictions that were seen in the country to control the COVID-19 virus in 2020. Players in cafés/bars were slow to adjust to the restrictions, even if some already offered takeaway and/or home delivery of drinks and snacks, but this was not able to maintain their turnover in 2020.
Cafés/bars continued to close, often in spite of government assistance, with government continuing to provide financial support to businesses in 2021, due to ongoing lockdowns and other COVID-19 restrictions. These measures came into force in April/May 2020 and were extended into 2021 as it became clear restriction measures would be necessary for an extended period of time.
Prompted by lockdowns in the first and fourth quarters of 2021, cafés/bars were increasingly launching products for delivery or takeaway. As the pandemic continued in 2021, players tried to at least maintain a certain level of turnover, also helped by government assistance funds.
Continued strong demand for leisure activities, combined with encouraging disposable income levels, low unemployment rates and economic growth should ensure that cafés/bars will continue to record positive growth throughout the rest of the forecast period in both value sales and transaction terms, following 2021’s strong rebound from the slump seen in 2020. The lifting of any remaining COVID-19 measures will help to further drive sales at bars/pubs in particular, as they operate later in the evening and make most of their turnover in this period.
Bar staff is in short supply, with the labour market very tight in general in the Netherlands, and cafés/bars being especially hard hit. These establishments had to let a lot of temporary or part-time staff go during the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, and will struggle to attract enough new workers, particularly given many of the people they let go may have found jobs in other industries during the pandemic.
The cafés/bars channel remains highly fragmented with many independent players and small chains operating in it. This is unlikely to change, as this fits with consumer preferences, with people often preferring to visit independently-owned outlets.
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This category encompasses all establishments where the focus is on drinking (either alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages). While a wide variety of snacks and full meals are offered, it is not uncommon for consumers to only order a drink. As a general rule, establishments deriving 50% of their income or more from the sale of drinks are included here.See All of Our Definitions
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