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Christmas in numbers

This Christmas will see Brits consume more than 6,500 tonnes of Christmas pudding whilst eating at hotels across the country in November and December, 500 times the weight of Big Ben.

Other findings include: 

  • Average spend on a hotel three course Christmas dinner is £68.83
  • Pork most popular meat for Christmas dining

According to data compiled by Beacon, Britain’s leading purchasing company, consumers will be served around 507 tonnes of turkey every day during November and December, alongside 9.9 million chipolatas and 50 tonnes of stuffing. In addition to the traditional festive food, hotels are also expected to serve more than 312 tonnes of fillet steak per day, indicating that turkey may not always be the meat of choice for diners.

During Christmas week alone, this translates to 3,550 tonnes of turkey, 69.6 million chipolatas, 2,184 tonnes of fillet steak and 350 tonnes of stuffing, and a consumer spend of up to £228million per day on festive menus. Alongside turkey, pork and fish are expected to be popular on 2015’s menus, with pork rising in popularity by 1.9% last year.

According to one of Beacon’s expert suppliers, Bidvest Foodservice, the price that consumers are willing to spend on their Christmas dinner is also expected to rise this year, after increasing from £60.75 in 2013 to £68.83 for a three-course set menu in 2014 – a 13% increase. What’s more, the total average time spent by consumers in hotels during the festive season is three nights per two weeks, the highest of any sector.

Traditional Christmas fayre is still a key driver for customers. Pates, turkey dinners and all the trimmings are important menu options providing the emphasis is on good quality, value food. Furthermore, chutneys also saw a huge growth in mentions on hotel menus on dishes such as pates and terrines, which are repeatedly popular on traditional Christmas dinner menus. For dessert, Beacon’s expert supplier Brakes reports that there is an increased appetite for twists on British classics – with flavour trends including Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding and Gin & Tonic sorbet both expected to be popular this Christmas.

Tennant Hilditch, Director of Sales at Beacon, commented:

“The research highlights that dining out for Christmas is as popular as ever, with Brits choosing to indulge in a three course meal and shun the washing up over the festive period. With more people willing to spend more on their Christmas dinners, this can only be a good thing for the UK hotel industry as they prepare to serve up over 500 tonnes of turkey come November.”

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