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The Demand For Food Away From Home: Full-Service Or Fast Food?

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  • Stewart, Hayden
  • Blisard, Noel
  • Bhuyan, Sanjib
  • Nayga, Rodolfo M., Jr.

Consumer spending at full-service and fast food restaurants will continue to grow over the remainder of this decade and the next. However, the larger increase is predicted to occur at full-service restaurants. Simulations assuming modest growth in household income plus expected demographic developments show that per capita spending could rise by 18 percent at full-service restaurants and by 6 percent for fast food between 2000 and 2020. The assumed assumed increase in income alone causes such spending to rise by almost 15 percent and 7 percent at full-service and fast food restaurants, respectively. The increasing proportion of households containing a single person or multiple adults without live-at-home children will cause per person spending to rise by another 1 to 2 percent in each of these segments. However, the aging of the population will decrease spending on fast food by about 2 percent per capita.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Agricultural Economics Reports with number 33953.

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Date of creation: 2004
Handle: RePEc:ags:uerser:33953
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