Foodservice industries in China, France, and Germany experienced traffic gains in the first quarter of 2011, however restaurant visits were down for the quarter in many countries throughout the world.
China experienced an 11% jump in visits and a 17% increase in consumer spending at its foodservice outlets in the first quarter of 2011, according to NPD's CREST, which tracks commercial foodservice usage in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, United Kingdom, and the US. France and Germany are the strongest markets outside of China and each country saw foodservice traffic increase in the quarter 2% and 1%, respectively.
Traffic was up 1% in Australia and flat in the US and Italy. Foodservice visits declined in Canada (3%), Japan (4.8%), Spain (8.3%t) and the United Kingdom (2%). With the exception of Japan and Spain, consumer spending has increased in the remainder of the countries tracked by NPD's CREST service.
Jochen Pinsker, senior vice president, Europe foodservice at NPD said, that the economic situation in Germany continues to show a very positive picture for the country's foodservice industry. After his opionion all of the country's macroeconomic indicators as well as its booming export industries point to an ongoing strong recovery. He feels, that consumer confidence has stabilized at positive levels after strong improvements during the second half year 2010.
Quick-service restaurants were the strongest restaurant segment in terms of visits across the globe. Full-service restaurant traffic improved in France and Germany. Chain restaurants in the countries tracked are growing and independents declining in every country except Spain, where both segments are declining.
Source: The NPD Group