As America ages, will we eat out less?
That’s the prediction of market researchers NPD Group. In a new report, the researchers say that overall restaurant visits will grow by 8 percent over the next 10 years. But the overall population is expected to grow faster, meaning that the number of visits per person will decline.
It’s not as though we are going to start cooking all our meals at home -- far from it. NPD still predicts that Americans will eat out nearly four times a week, or a whopping 191.5 times per year on average.
But that is down from 197.1 times in 2009 and 205.6 times per year in 2004.
Check out the full report here.
Such numbers shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Although Americans love their restaurants, eating out was one of the first splurges to be cut when the economy began to tank back in 2007.
Readers, are you eating out less than you used to?