Consumer Foresight: Beyond The Pandemic, Into Economic Uncertainty
September 2022 Edition: Consumers’ Perspectives Regarding Restaurants

Economic uncertainty has overtaken the pandemic as the primary worry of the largest segment of consumers.

Current State of Mental Health

The vast majority of Americans say their household spending has been impacted by inflation. Food is the primary area in which people are tightening their budgets. This includes cutbacks for eating out as well as grocery purchase expenses, up substantially from July to September.


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Past-Year Changes In Eating-Out Frequency

Whether dining in, using a drive-through, or ordering for pickup or delivery, almost 6 in 10 consumers report less frequent restaurant usage in the past year compared to their behaviors in earlier timeframes.

Past-Year Changes In Eating-Out Frequency

Frequency Changes By Restaurant Type

Relative to other formats, fast food has seen the greatest increase in frequency, while casual dining has seen the most pulling back among consumers. Compared to other formats, fewer consumers ever eat at fine dining establishments. A large portion of them have reduced their visitation of these restaurants in the past 12 months.


Restaurant Reviews

More than 6 in 10 consumers rely on reviews at least sometimes. Substantially fewer (4 in 10) say they leave reviews when they have visited or ordered from a restaurant. Online reviewers say they are more likely to leave a positive review than a negative one.

Restaurant Reviews

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Emotional Health Through the Pandemic

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There are 5 reports available for download: January 2022: Financial Wellbeing Report, March 2022: Home Comfort, May 2022: Health & Wellness, July 2022: Consumer Packaged Goods, and September 2022: Restaurants.


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The online surveys were conducted among adults aged 18+. Beginning in March 2020, a total of 22 waves have been completed among adults 18+ in the United States. Over all the waves, more than 12,000 consumers have been surveyed. Wave 1 consisted of over 1,500 completes across two online surveys. Waves 2-16 were conducted among approximately 500 U.S. adults each. In Waves 17-23, there were at least 1,000 completed surveys among U.S. adults.


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