GITNUX MARKETDATA REPORT 2023
Critical Fast Casual Trends [Recent Study]
Highlights: The Most Important Fast Casual Trends
- 1. Customization and build-your-own options
- 2. Health-conscious meal options
- 3. Eco-friendly practices
- 4. Plant-based proteins
- 5. Global flavors
- 6. Food halls and “collabor-eateries”
- 7. Technology integration
- 8. Ghost kitchens
- 9. Transparency in sourcing
- 10. Instagram-worthy dishes
- 11. Food delivery partnerships
- 12. Fluid meal times
- 13. Meal subscription programs
- 14. Functional and adaptogenic ingredients
- 15. Elevated beverage options
- 16. Smaller portion options
- 17. Strategic collaborations
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Fast Casual Trends: Our Guide
In the rapidly evolving world of casual dining, understanding consumer trends is key to staying ahead. Our recent study dives deep into emerging patterns in the fast-casual sector, providing revealing insights for restaurateurs. Join us as we explore crucial trends defining the fast casual dining landscape today.
Customization And DIY Choices
Customers increasingly prefer the ability to customize their meals, which led to the rise of build-your-own bowls, pizzas, and salads.
Health-Conscious Meal Options
More fast casual restaurants are offering healthy, thoughtfully prepared meals that accommodate various dietary preferences such as vegan, gluten-free, keto, and paleo options.
Consumers prioritize sustainability; fast-casual restaurants respond with eco-friendly practices and local sourcing.
Fast-casual restaurants expand plant-based options with Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods.
Consumers are embracing diverse and exotic cuisines. Fast casual spots are incorporating international flavors, spices, and cooking techniques.
Food Halls And “Collabor-Eateries”
These concept spaces mix multiple fast casual establishments under one roof, encouraging collaboration and variety while offering communal dining experiences.
Many fast casual restaurants are incorporating technology to streamline the ordering process, such as kiosks, mobile apps, and digital menu boards.
These delivery-only restaurants are becoming more popular, cutting overhead costs and responding to increasing demand for takeaway and delivery services.
Transparency In Sourcing
More fast casual chains are emphasizing transparency in their food sourcing, highlighting sustainable practices, and supporting local farmers and producers.
Social media’s impact on marketing: dishes designed for Instagram sharing.
Food Delivery Partnerships
Fast casual restaurants are partnering with food delivery apps, such as GrubHub, DoorDash, and Uber Eats to reach more customers and increase revenues from online orders.
Fluid Meal Times
Remote work and flexible schedules boost demand for all-day fast-casual menus and grab-and-go choices.
Meal Subscription Programs
Fast casual restaurants are exploring meal subscription services, which give customers the convenience of regular meals at a slightly discounted price.
Functional And Adaptogenic Ingredients
Restaurants are incorporating ingredients like turmeric, moringa, and collagen, which are believed to provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition.
Elevated Beverage Options
Traditional fast-casual beverage options are being replaced with an expanding variety of artisanal teas, cold brew coffees, kombucha, and craft sodas.
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How we write these articles
We have not conducted any studies ourselves. Our article provides a summary of all the statistics and studies available at the time of writing. We are solely presenting a summary, not expressing our own opinion. We have collected all statistics within our internal database. In some cases, we use Artificial Intelligence for formulating the statistics. The articles are updated regularly. See our Editorial Guidelines.