It’s been a tough year for the restaurant trade with multiple closures of both casual-dining chains and fine dining restaurants. The combined squeeze from rising business rates, food inflation, growing minimum wage costs and the slow down in consumer spending are all playing a part. What are the key trends for the rest of 2018? What can restaurant owners and chefs not afford to ignore if they want to stay ahead of the pack?
We take a look at what trends are emerging in how British consumers shop and eat. Are our habits changing in response to growing awareness of diet-related health? How will Brexit affect our shopping baskets? And how is social media changing our relationship with food?
Today's consumers are constantly connected. The mass adoption of smartphones, tablets and social media result in an always switched-on culture. Food websites have overtaken cookery books as a source of inspiration and we cook along to videos.
What does this mean for food brands?