A rising number of challenges will face self-service cafeterias across the forecast period, including high levels of inflation and increased costs, with rising prices, increasing consumer uncertainty and price–sensitivity. However, there is ongoing room for development and innovation on the landscape, which could boost value growth.
In self-service cafeterias, chained players are expected to perform better overall than independent players over the forecast period. This is partly because chained outlets tend to be found in locations with higher levels of consumer footfall, but will also be attributable to the fact that chains are generally more proactive than independents when it comes to menu innovation and the adoption of new concepts and trends.
Sustainability as well as health and wellness, remain important trends, shaping new product developments and launches on the landscape. A growing number of plant-based alternatives have appeared on the menu in self-service cafeterias.
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Self-service cafeterias are outlets where there is no (or limited) service content. Rather than table service, there are food-serving counters/stalls where customers take the food they require as they walk along, placing it on a tray. In addition, there are often stations where customers order food and wait while it is prepared, particularly for items such as hamburgers or tacos which must be served hot and can be prepared quickly. For some food and drink items, customers collect an empty container, pay at the check-out, and fill the container after check-out. Free second servings are often allowed under this system. For legal purposes (and the consumption patterns of customers), this system is rarely or never used for alcoholic beverages. Self-service cafeterias do not have a cover charge, customers are either charged a flat rate for admission (as in a buffet) or pay at the check-out for each item. Some cafeterias also charge by weight. Self-service cafeterias resemble contract catering self-service cafeterias such as canteens, dining halls and cafeterias located within institutions such as a large office building, school and universities. However, fully captive contract self-service cafeterias are excluded from consumer foodservice. Unlike fast food, self-service cafeterias feature a menu comprising full, regular meals, often with a large choice of first course, main course and desserts. As cafeterias can effectively serve large number of customers with comparatively few employees, they are often found within larger complexes, for example, department stores, shopping malls, travel foodservice (motorways stations, railway stations, airports). Self-service cafeteria examples include: Ciao (Autogrill), Flunch (Agapes Restauration SA), IKEA (Inter Ikea Systems BV)See All of Our Definitions
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