Foodservice Handbook 2018: Daypart Opportunities

What's driving meal occasions?

CHICAGO -- As traditional dayparts blur and snacking and between-meal occasions grow in popularity among consumers, the trend isn’t cannibalizing conventional mealtimes: Operators foresee growth in the lunch daypart more than any other segment, at 30%.

Convenience continues to drive meal occasions, with 36% of grocery stores foreseeing growth in the dinner daypart at their retail-foodservice destinations—well above the overall average of 22%.

Many operators cited home delivery and meal kits as foodservice channels they consider to be strong competition, pointing to continued growth in the popular off-premise options.

Dayparts Served


In which depart do you expect the most sales growth in the next year?


Primary Menu Specialty (Restaurant Only)


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