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Except At Dinner, A Majority Of Americans Eat Alone

The NPD Group’s consumer food and foodservice research turns up some very interesting insights. The research group said in a release last week that 56% of all food occasions, both at and away from home, are consumed alone. Only at dinner are we more likely to dine with family or friends.

NPD attributes the solo-dining trend in part to an increase in one-person households which now include 27% of all U.S. households according to data from the U.S Census Bureau. But American’s mobile behavior patterns are also a factor. More than 60% of breakfast occasions are alone, as people speed off to work and school. Solo lunch occasions are also well above 50% and snacking occasion are consumed alone more than 70% of the time, NPD data shows.

“The number of solo eating and beverage occasions have wide-ranging implications for food and beverage marketers in terms of new products, packaging and positioning,” said Darren Seifer, NPD food and beverage industry analyst.

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