Growth of self-service cafeterias in Australia is largely dependent on the rising fortunes of Ikea and its ongoing retail expansion in the country. Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, its home furnishing stores' performance had grown year-on-year, with its self-service cafeteria in its retail stores being integral to the company's strategy, especially given the out-of-town locations of its large outlets.
Issues relating to food safety and potential transmission through buffet-style restaurants, heavily impacted self-service cafeterias in 2020, and some restaurants were fined for breaching COVID-safe protocols. For example, a Korean BBQ restaurant in Sydney's inner west was fined for continuing to operate an open buffet during the pandemic.
The wide variety of consumer foodservice options in Australia, including preferred formats such as full-service restaurants and cafés/bars, is also continuing to be restrictive for self-service cafeterias. These locations are often perceived as being somewhat outdated and not in line with constantly changing consumer expectations, where demand has grown for high-quality food.
Following a single-digit decline in 2020, self-service cafeterias are expected to recover slower than other foodservice outlet types, due to the risk they pose to food safety. Given the heightened awareness and concern for health and safety, many independent self-service cafeterias may also not survive the adverse financial impact COVID-19 has had on the industry, leading to a prolonged and slow recovery over the forecast period.
In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, over the forecast period, self-service cafeterias and buffet-style restaurants are likely to adapt by switching up their business models. This will be due to consumers ongoing concerns surrounding safety, hygiene and sanitation, making normal buffet services increasingly unpopular.
Rapid service and dishes that can be consumed fairly quickly have characterised consumer demand in self-service restaurants in the past. However, some consumers are now coming to see the Ikea Restaurant, for instance, as a food destination, especially as it serves Swedish dishes, including meatballs and a much wider variety of food and drinks.
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