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Recession bites food and drink

Published:  29 April, 2009

The recession continues to bite the food and drink industries, new research into British eating and drinking habits has revealed.

The New Directory Enquiry Data Maps British Q1 2009 Consumption Trends study has found that calls for restaurants fell 11% between January and March this year.

French, Thai and British Pub food all remained stable whereas interest other foods dropped considerably. Calls for Chinese restaurants slid by 18% while those for pizza restaurants slumped a whopping 32%.

Calls for traditional UK takeaways also saw significant drops in calls. 

The research found that overall calls for takeaways have fallen by 22%, healthy eating is further off the menu due to its expense.

Enquires around health food stores decreased by 34% since January 2009, while calls for organic foods fell by 38%.

Nightlife has also clearly been hard hit by the recession, with calls for nightclubs decreasing 6%, calls for pubs and wine bars declining 17% and inquiries to karaoke bars falling by 13%.

According to the research, Britons aren't increasing their domestic consumption to compensate - calls for off license also fell 10% across the same period.