The rebound by bars/pubs is expected to gain further momentum in 2023, following the South African government’s removal of lockdown restrictions in June 2022. As a result, footfall in bars/pubs around the country is set to slowly return to 2019 levels, as consumers gather at popular venues to socialise.
The forecast period will see strong sales growth recorded by specialist coffee shops as the economy recovers and inflation eases, while the pandemic-induced rise in remote working will boost footfall at cafés. As a result, competition is expected to intensify, enabling larger brands to expand their footprint, while smaller players will enter to disrupt the market with niche, innovative offerings.
The adoption of digital services across cafés such as specialist coffee shops is set to persist, supported by growing mobile and internet penetration, momentum gained by on-demand delivery services and expansion of mobile apps featuring loyalty programmes. The trend will also benefit from the fast-growing popularity of third party apps including Uber Eats and more recently, Bolt Food.
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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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