Source: The Mercury, 16 October, 1994, p.9

Australians eating
out more and more:

Michelle Coffey

Australians spend an average 
of about $700 a year on eating 
out, creating a $12-billion-a-
year industry.

An average of one in four meals, 
including snacks, is eaten away 
from home, a major study releas-
ed yesterday shows.

It said there were nearly 20,000 
restaurants and cafes, 14,500 
takeaway outlets and 2600 fast-
food chains across the country.

The dine-out boom of the past 
decade has caused a 150 per cent 
jump in the number of restaurants 
and cafes and a trebling of fast 
food chain outlets.

Victoria tops the country in the 
fast-food stakes with 10 outlets 
for every 10,000 people and that 
state is a stronghold of Italian 

But Victoria's reputation as the 
cafe capital has taken a batter-
ing with NSW having almost twice 
as many coffee shops.

An extensive study of the food 
service industry by market re-
searchers BIS Shrapnel has found 
Australians spend $5.5 billion a 
year in restaurants and cafes and 
$5 billion a year at fast-food 
and takeaway outlets.

Author of The Australian Food-
service Market (1994-96) Dr. Sandro 
Mangosi gave two main reasons for 
the boom.

"Since 1984 we have seen a huge 
increase in the number of dual-
income homes where partners are 
working, increasing available 
income and leaving less time for 
cooking", Dr. Mangosi said.

"The other contributing factor 
has been the enormous increase 
in tourism which has gone from 
a virtually insignificant indust-
ry to now having almost two 
million visitors to Australia 
every year".

Dr. Mangosi said there was a dang-
er takeaway food operators would 
be squeezed out by the fast-food 

Australia still lagged a long way 
behind America in fast-food outlets 
- the major chains in Australia at 
present had 14.6 outlets per 100,000 
people, compared to 27.7 per 100,000 
in the United States.

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