Ghassan Ahmed Al-Sulaiman Development’s Ikea Restaurant is expected to continue to lead self-service cafeterias in Saudi Arabia over the forecast period. Indeed, it is set to remain the only significant brand presence in the channel in the short to medium term, at least.
In the forecast period, it is expected that the majority of independent self-service cafeterias will remain unchained. These independent players are predominantly Asian buffet-style eateries based in shopping centres and malls.
Eat-in quickly regained and slightly improved on its pre-COVID-19 foodservice value share by 2021. Crucially, consumers gradually returned to their usual lifestyles and purchasing habits and players in the category reverted to focusing on their eat-in services.
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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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