COVID-19 and government restrictions have forced major changes in consumers’ eating and drinking out behaviour. Operators are grappling with these changes and finding new ways to adapt their offer, but how can suppliers help them uncover opportunities and drive footfall and spend? Jonathan Jones, CGA’s managing director for UK and Ireland, shares some advice.
Pubs, bars and restaurants in areas that are in the upper tiers of the government’s new COVID alert system have suffered an immediate drop in sales, CGA’s latest data shows.
Food sales continued to decline last week after the end of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme and new restrictions on gatherings—but good weather helped to keep sales of drinks steady.
Drinks sales were cut nearly in half in July and early August, CGA’s new On-Trade Market Recovery Update reveals.
The Bank Holiday and final day of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme helped to deliver the best drinks sales since lockdown last week, CGA’s latest Drinks Recovery Tracker shows.
Cool weather held down drinks sales in the on-trade last week, but the Eat Out to Help Out scheme gave another boost to soft drinks and wine.
The Eat Out to Help Out initiative, warm weather and staycations combined last week to give drinks sales their best year-on-year performance since hospitality reopened.
The Eat Out to Help Out scheme and heatwave combined to lift sales of soft drinks and wine last week, CGA’s latest Drinks Recovery Tracker shows.
Consumers have made some significant changes in their drinks choices since emerging from lockdown, CGA’s research shows, with some categories including spirits and cocktails lagging behind draught products so far.