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Hot dogs appear on more menus

22 | 08 | 13

Hot dogs are becoming an increasingly common feature on the menus of UK restaurants, new research has revealed. 

The latest Menurama survey from Horizons shows the dish is now offered by 85 per cent more venues than it was in 2012, meaning it replaces scampi and chips on the firm's top 20 ranking of the most popular meals in the country. 

This will be of interest to catering equipment suppliers, as their is a direct relationship between the products they sell and the dishes that appear on restaurant menus.

Horizons claimed the growing popularity of hot dogs is part of a wider trend that is seeing UK consumers increasingly opt for American influenced meals. For example, pulled pork dishes, chicken wings and ribs have all also experienced strong growth over the last 12 months. 

Nicola Knight, Horizons director of services, stated: "We have been surprised by these Menurama results, which show a significant growth of meat-based, American-style dishes across the menus of a broad selection of eating out establishments."

"Since last year we have also seen a decline in the use of healthy eating descriptions, perhaps as operators steer their menus towards indulgence," she added. 

The beef burger remains the most popular dish on British menus and has grown in popularity by 13 per cent this year. Steak has experienced an increase, with rib-eye, rump and sirloin all more common in restaurants. 

However, traditionally popular options like beef lasagne, Sunday lunch and chicken curry have all suffered declines.

Horizons found the ten most common dishes on UK menus are:

1. Beef burger
2. Pizza
3. Chicken burger 
4. Fish and chips 
5. Rump steak 
6. Roast chicken 
7. Rib-eye steak 
9. Chicken curry 
10. Sirloin steak

However, while meat-based dishes dominate the top ten, consumers are actually getting less meat in their meals than they did previously. According to Horizons, burgers are at their lowest average weight since its research began and similar decreases have occurred for steak meals.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801628683-ADNFCR


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