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Consumers say they're eating burgers less often as menu prices rise

Study conducted by Technomic reveals the latest trends and data to understanding consumers’ shifting behaviors and attitudes toward burgers

CHICAGO, July 11, 2017—Fewer consumers are eating burgers now than in previous years and restaurants are feeling the effects, according to Technomic Inc.’s recently released 2017 Burger Consumer Trend Report. While 56% of consumers say that they eat burgers at least once a week, this is down from roughly two-thirds of consumers in 2013, and consumers say they are now preparing a higher percentage of their burgers at home. These shifts in consumption align with the increased availability of other foodservice options, especially at fast casuals and retailers, and the 15% increase in burger prices at leading chains since 2013 (compared to about 11% for all entrees).

“Burgers are becoming a more premium option as pricier toppings like brisket, fried eggs and avocado trend up on menus,” explains Anne Mills, manager of consumer insights at Technomic. “While these ingredients are satisfying demands for new and unique burgers, increasing prices may make burgers a less practical option and push consumers to more affordable alternatives, especially as retail prices for burgers drop.”

Key takeaways from the report include:

  • Thirty-five percent of consumers say it’s very important that restaurants offer burgers with new and unique flavors.
  • Twenty-six percent of consumers say breakfast burgers are highly appealing, up from 22% in 2015.
  • Forty-eight percent of consumers say it’s very important that burgers are made with never-frozen beef.

Compiling findings from more than 1,500 consumers, as well as Technomic’s MenuMonitor and Digital Resource Library, the comprehensive 2017 Burger Consumer Trend Report serves as a guide for foodservice operators and suppliers to understand consumer consumption of and attitudes toward burgers and to identify key areas of opportunity.

Technomic publishes a complete library of Consumer Trend Reports. To learn more, please visit technomic.com or contact one of the individuals listed below.

Contacts:
Press Inquiries and Report Details: Kelly Weikel, (312) 506-3830, or kweikel@technomic.com
Purchasing Details: Patrick Noone, (312) 506-3852, or pnoone@technomic.com

About Technomic
Technomic Inc., a Winsight company, delivers a 360-degree view of the food industry. It impacts growth and profitability for clients by providing consumer-grounded vision and channel-relevant strategic insights. Its services range from major research studies and management consulting solutions to online databases and simple fact-finding assignments. Its clients include food manufacturers and distributors, restaurants and retailers, other foodservice organizations, and various institutions aligned with the food industry. Visit Technomic at technomic.com.

About Winsight, LLC
Winsight LLC is a recognized leader in business-to-business media and information services for the convenience-retailing, foodservice and grocery industries. Winsight has an extensive media portfolio, including five publications: CSP, Restaurant BusinessFoodService DirectorConvenience Store Products, and Winsight Grocery Business. Winsight also offers a suite of digital products, including websites, e-newsletters, webinars, video products, mobile and tablet apps, and custom marketing solutions. In addition to more than 12 major EduNetworking conferences and advisory meetings, Winsight also produces seven exclusive, large-scale executive-level conferences: Restaurant Leadership Conference, Global Restaurant Leadership ConferenceOutlook Leadership Conference, Convenience Retailing University, FSTECMenuDirections and Restaurant Directions. In 2015, Winsight acquired Technomic Inc., a provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services for the food industry. For more information on Winsight and its brands, go to www.winsightmedia.com.

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