Foodservice at the Thanksgiving Table

More Americans turning to retailers, restaurants for help at home with holiday meal

Published in CSP Daily News

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CHICAGO -- Nearly three out of 10 Americans plan to sit down to a Thanksgiving dinner this year that includes at least one prepared ready-to-eat dish from a retailer, restaurant or caterer, according to a recent Technomic survey. Over the past three years, the proportion of consumers telling Technomic that they would turn to a foodservice source for part of their Thanksgiving dinner has risen, from 23% in 2011 to 29% in 2013.

In addition to those incorporating meat, sides or desserts from a retailer, restaurant or caterer into a home meal, 6% of those polled in all three years reported that they were planning to share Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant.

"Technomic research consistently shows that consumers view restaurant meals as a way to connect with family and friends," said Darren Tristano, executive vice president at Technomic. "Using prepared foods for holiday meals at homes has the same effect; it gets hosts out of the kitchen sooner so they can really enjoy time with their guests."

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