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Out-of-home food, drinks buying most developed in UK

Staff Writer |
Kantar Worldpanel’s new report on out-of-home (OOH) reveals that OOH consumption makes up nearly half (41%) of global spend on snacking and non-alcoholic beverages.

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In some categories, such as coffee, purchases outside the home make up as much as 70% of total spend, exposing a significant opportunity for retailers and manufacturers not currently considering OOH strategies.

The report analyses data from Kantar Worldpanel consumer panels in Brazil, China, France, Indonesia, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Thailand and the UK. It also throws light on contrasting purchase behaviours at a local level.

The report finds that OOH purchase behaviour is most developed in the UK, where shoppers spend an average of $525 annually on away from home purchases—almost double that of Spain, the market with the second highest spend ($225).

Thailand’s shoppers are the most frequent OOH buyers, with 214 trips on average per year—more than once every other day. The UK is close behind (199), followed by Mexico (105) and Spain (102).

The hotels, restaurants and cafes (horeca) channel performs strongest in Europe, with 83% of Portuguese OOH spend and 60% of Spanish spend outside the home happening in horeca locations.

Outside of Europe, impulse channels and traditional trade make up a large proportion of OOH spend.

In Brazil, 36% of snack food purchases away from home happen in impulse channels, whereas 85% of total OOH occasions in Indonesia occur in traditional marketplaces.

$2 out of every $10 spent in modern trade is done outside the home.

As modern trade (hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores) continues to proliferate in developing markets, there has been a knock-on effect for OOH consumption.

In Thailand and Mexico, consumption outside the home accounts for more than half the total modern trade spend in snaking food and non-alcoholic drinks (59% and 55% respectively), followed by China (39%) and Indonesia (38%).


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