Within the wider foodservice and licensed market, foodservice is roughly a 50% split of deliveries with and without drinks, with 29% of occasions containing a soft drink. Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) hold the largest identified opportunity for soft drinks delivery, with 54% of delivered occasions containing drinks – 37% of which are soft drinks which demonstrates consumer demand for simple delivery formats which can be replicated wider.
Opportunities for foodservice, especially local venues, begin with the fact that two in five customers now work from home. Around two-thirds of customers make their own lunch when working from home, which means a third are buying food-to-go from supermarkets or foodservice venues, eating in local establishments or are ordering delivery. This offers an opportunity for local businesses to tap into by offering lunchtime meal deals for local delivery.
Delivery in stats:
- Delivery accounted for £2 in every £10 foodservice spend in 2021
- A quarter of Brits order delivery because they don’t want to cook
- Almost half (49%) of delivery customers have bought meals through third-party apps
- Delivery app users are likely to order at least once a week
Venues in smaller towns and villages should therefore market their offering to homeworkers, focusing on food and drinks that can’t be made at home to grow revenue from these consumers, through either food-to-go or as a delivery format for convenience.
Britvic’s Soft Drinks Review 2022 revealed delivery as the prime vehicle for operators to grow sales around lunch, as more Brits utilised this offering during and after the pandemic. Delivery as a route to market grew by 6.5% in value between Christmas 2020 and 2021 and is currently worth £12.6 billion.
Consumer considerations before ordering takeaway
- 66% think price is the most important factor when ordering
- 56% base their decisions on past experiences
- 53% of consumers choose where to order based on the cost
- 53% would order a family feast bundle that included soft drinks
- 42% decide based on cuisine type
- 39% consider deliver time
- 35% order based on delivery cost
Restaurants lag when it comes to soft drinks deliveries being sold against food orders, with two in every three occasions consisting of food only and soft drinks included just 19% of the time. Here lies a big opportunity for restaurants to generate additional sales by prompting customers at the point of purchase to add a drink to their order.
A key learning for all foodservice outlets can be taken from QSR, driven largely by fast food outlets, where soft drinks incidence is higher due to the number of occasions where food and drink are ordered together for delivery, but also because consumers are used to taking advantage of meal deals in outlet in this segment. Meal deals and soft drinks promotions will be key to driving revenue sales across the foodservice sector, being an easy to implement action for customers with lots of potential to tap into.
In a short space of time, delivery has quickly grown to form a bigger part of consumers repertoires, and this is showing no signs of waning. This has created new revenue opportunities for foodservice outlets to grow into alongside a traditional offering.
Remember to focus on the three V's
Make sure your soft drinks products are clear and perfectly merchandised on your menus to drive conversion (eg. accurate product title, supporting product image)
make sure your range of products on menu is suitable for the customer missions (eg. small cans for lunch missions, large bottles for sharing occasions)
Make products appeal to consumer on menu (eg. discounts, bundles)