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Sydney Restaurant Trends
While food ordering apps such as Uber Eats and Deliveroo continue to take business away from Sydney restaurants, their impact is more than offset by increased tourism and dining out.
Restaurants in Sydney continue to benefit from increased tourism rates. Domestic visitors to Sydney have grown by 33.5% from 2014 – 2019,, while international visitors have increased by 38.3% over the same period.
Fast food is the largest proportion of dining out in Australia, comprising over 35% of the market share. Furthermore, fast food and other takeaway food services have grown faster than traditional dine-in restaurants. Even though total fast food annual revenue is similar to revenue for dine-in restaurants ($20B nationwide), fast food revenue growth has been 3.3% per annum over the last 5 years (compared to 2% per annum for dine-in restaurants).
The bar graph above reveals the huge proportion of Australians who consume fast food. Over half of those surveyed believe that they eat at McDonald’s at least once over an average 6 month period.
Increased Spending on Dining Out
Despite the influx of cheap food delivery options, there continues to be an increase in spending on dining out. In 2017, the average Australian spent $80 a week on dining out. This was up 27% from 2010. Millennials spent $100 a week (up 37%). Although there has been a move to healthier eating, much of the increased spending is being spent on fast food options.
Are Online Takeaway Food Services Really Killing Restaurants?
Contrary to popular opinion, online takeaway food revenue dominated by Uber Eats and Deliveroo only grew by 4% in 2019. This rate is far lower than the 56% recorded in 2016. Many restauranteurs are shrugging off the impact of online takeaway food services. For example, Scott Picket, owner of 4 Melbourne restaurants, has said that the impact of Uber Eats and Deliveroo in Australia has been limited.
Given that online food ordering has been in decline over the past few years, a positive outlook remains for traditional dine-in restaurants. If restaurants are able to maintain quality and service and offer a good patron experience they will attract people looking for a more than just a meal.
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