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Fast Casual Restaurants Market by Food Type, Mode of Operation and Nature: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2027

PORTLAND, OR, USA, October 29, 2022 / — Increasing the number of fast casual restaurants is attributed to changes in consumer preferences towards a healthy lifestyle. The significant shift towards healthy, natural and freshly prepared foods is giving momentum to the fast casual restaurant industry. Fast casual restaurants incorporate freshly prepared, minimally processed foods into their menu. Moreover, these restaurants are gaining popularity thanks to the innovative offers they offer. For example, Panera Bread, one of the leading casual fast food chains in the United States, offers a varied menu including, but not limited to, low-fat and gluten-free dishes. Additionally, weight-conscious consumers can opt for a half-portion meal or customize a thinner type of bread. This option of healthy customizations offered by fast casual restaurants is driving the growth of the fast casual restaurants market.

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Fast Casual Restaurant Market by Food Type, Mode of Operation and Nature: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2027”, the global fast casual restaurant market size was 125.6 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $209.1 billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 10.6% from 2021 to 2027.

The concept of fast casual restaurants originated in the late 90s, but gained popularity in 2009. Fast casual restaurants prepare fresh food rather than assembling it as in the case of fast food restaurants. High quality, locally sourced, fresh and organic ingredients are some of the many hallmarks of fast food restaurants. Additionally, fast casual restaurant prices are higher than fast food restaurants but considerably lower than fine dining restaurants.

The adoption of advanced technologies such as scheduling software, digital inventory tracking, automated shopping tools, and digital reservation table manager complements the rapid growth of casual dining in the market.

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Uncertainty about current and future economic conditions could deter frequenting these restaurants. The Covid-19 outbreak has led to a widespread economic crisis around the world. Rising unemployment and high prices are expected to pose major challenges for engaged stakeholders. Fast-casual restaurants offer fresh and healthy foods combined with natural offerings, which makes room for additional costs. High cost compared to its counterparts such as quick service restaurants could limit the target audience.

Some of the key players analyzed in the fast casual food market analysis include Chipotle Mexican Grill, Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop, Panda Restaurant Group, EXKi SA, Zaxby’s corporate, Five Guys Holdings, Inc. (Five guys burger and fries) , Roark Capital Group (Wingstop), Tortilla Mexican Grill, Firehouse Subs and Famous Brands (Gourmet Burger Kitchen).

Main results of the study

By region, North America dominates in terms of fast casual restaurant market share and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period.

By food type, the Burger/Sandwich segment was leading in terms of market share, in 2019; however, the Pizza/Pasta segment is expected to gain market share in the coming years

By mode of operation, the on-premises restaurant segment accounted for approximately two-thirds of the casual fast food market in 2019; however, the takeaway segment is poised to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

By nature, the stand-alone segment is expected to gain market share in the coming years and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.5% ​​during the forecast period of the casual fast food market.

By region, Asia-Pacific is expected to grow with a robust CAGR of 13.7% over the forecast period.

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