New figures collated by Bord Bia indicate that Irish people are now spending an accumulative €7.8 billion a year on food outside the home.
The numbers account for all food sold in takeaways, hotels, vending machines, pubs and coffee shops. The information is contained Irish Foodservice Channel Insights Report, and comes from data provided by 33,000 outlets across the country.
Maureen Gahan, Foodservice specialist with Bord Bia, said:
“We’re delighted to report that the sector remains on track to grow at a compound rate of 4.9% and to reach a value of €9 billion by 2020.
"Ireland has started to become known as a 'food destination' and much of the investment operators have made in quality and service upgrades have helped fuel the foodservice growth witnessed in the island of Ireland."