Smart sandwich shops and coffee bars are winning ground over traditional cafes and restaurants, according to new research by ING economists.
Consumers as a whole are spending less money on eating out, with total sales down 3.2% in the first six months of this year, the ING report, quoted by BNR radio, said.
But the hip fastfood sector is not feeling any downturn, Gardy Akkesluis spokesman for hospitality industry association KHN told BNR radio. ‘What you see is a shift towards concepts in which the consumer has little time to choose, order and pay,’ Akkesluis said.
Low or luxury
Restaurants have to resdisover themselves, hospitality sector trend watcher Vincent van Dijk told BNR.
‘They must either become much more accessible, innovative and creative or go for the top-end luxury market, because that sector is also doing well,’ he said. ‘It is the mid-range where the blows are being felt.’
US sandwich shop Subway has seen sales rise by up to 4% in the Dutch market. ‘This year we opened 21 new outlets in the Netherlands and another nine are on the cards,’ manager Justin Goes told the broadcaster.
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