Self-service cafeterias is expected to continue to grow significantly over the forecast period as part of the sector's recovery process, given the little improvement that occurred until 2022 due to the significant impact of the pandemic. Therefore, it is expected that it will reach pre-pandemic sales levels between 2025 and 2026 in terms of value.
It is expected that chained self-service cafeterias will engage at a higher level over the forecast period, changing the trend that was seen during the pandemic, as the main chains are owned by the leading hypermarkets and supermarkets in the country. During the pandemic they decided to close them, with may remaining shuttered even after restrictions began to ease.
There is set to be a trend towards the opening of new independent self-service cafeterias that would form small chains of two to four outlets. New small brands are also likely to appear on the market, because consumers would be willing to return to this type of establishment.
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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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