Gym-Goers and Organic Shoppers Give in to Fast Food Temptations Scarborough Study Analyzes the Quick Service Restaurant Habits of Health-Conscious Americans

NEW YORK, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study from local market consumer research firm Scarborough reveals that Health-Conscious Consumers, defined as American adults who belong to a gym and buy local or organic food, make up nine percent (21M) of the American adult (age 18+) population. Even these Health-Conscious Consumers however, can't resist the expanding healthy menu options or the convenience of quick service restaurants; 74 percent of these consumers visited a fast food restaurant for lunch in the past 30 days.

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Health-Conscious Consumers' choice of quick service restaurants for lunch in the past 30 days differs from the preferences of the rest of American adults who have had fast food for lunch in the past 30 days:              

Top 25 All U.S. Adults, QSR Past 30 Days


Top 25 All Health-Conscious Consumers,




QSR past 30 days






   McDonald's

43%

   McDonald's

36%

   Subway

29%

   Subway

31%

   Wendy's

22%

   Wendy's

22%

   Burger King

21%

   Panera Bread

17%

   Taco Bell

20%

   Taco Bell

17%

   Chick-fil-A

11%

   Burger King

16%

   Arby's

11%

   Chick-fil-A

13%

   KFC

11%

   Chipotle

11%

   Panera Bread

8%

   Arby's

10%

   Pizza Hut

6%

   Starbucks

10%

   Sonic

6%

   KFC

8%

   Jack in the box

6%

   Dairy Queen

6%

   Dairy Queen

6%

   Quizno's

5%

   Chipotle

5%

   Sonic

5%

   Starbucks

5%

   Pizza Hut

5%

   Popeyes

4%

   Jack in the box

5%

   Quizno's

4%

   Popeyes

4%

   Little Caesars

3%

   Domino's Pizza

3%

   Hardee's

3%

   Hardee's

3%

   Domino's Pizza

3%

   Dunkin' Donuts

3%

   Long John Silver's

3%

   Jason's deli

2%

   Church's Chicken

3%

   Qdoba

2%

   White Castle

2%

   Papa John's Pizza

2%

   Papa John's Pizza

2%

   Little Caesars

2%

   Dunkin' Donuts

2%

   Long John Silver's

2%

Health-Conscious Consumers who have had fast food in the past 30 days are more than twice as likely as all American adults who have done the same to dine at Panera Bread for lunch in the past 30 days and eight percent more likely to eat at Subway for lunch in the same time frame. Though they dine more at fast food establishments that have healthy options, more than one-quarter (26 percent) of all Health-Conscious Consumers dined at a fast food restaurant at least ten times in the past 30 days.

"This latest analysis reflects the enormous shift in the quick service restaurants' initiatives toward healthier menu options and branding," says Alisa Joseph, vice president of advertiser services for Scarborough parent company, Arbitron. "Fast food companies feel pressure to change their messaging to a more health-conscious tone as they are aware that the average consumer is now more aware of the healthier menu options available. Though price point is still important to their core customers, healthy menu options within that price point will satisfy the customers they have as well as grow their Health-Conscious Consumer segment."

As you would expect, Health-Conscious Consumers are active.  In the past 12 months, 52 percent of Health-Conscious Consumers who ate fast food for lunch in the past 30 days also attended a professional sports event. They are 86 percent more likely than all American adults to have gone jogging or running, 78 percent more likely to have gone bicycling and 60 percent more likely to have gone swimming. Nearly half (44 percent) have done volunteer work in the past 12 months, 38 percent have visited a casino and 37 percent have attended live theater. The upcoming summer Olympics are another key outreach opportunity as Health-Conscious Consumers who have eaten fast food for lunch in the past 30 days are 37 percent more likely than all American adults to be interested in the Olympics.

Health-Conscious Consumers who dined at a fast food restaurant for lunch in the past 30 days are 13 percent more likely than all other fast food lunch diners to be female (58 percent) and they are 66 percent more likely to have at least a college degree. Sixty-one percent of all Health-Conscious Consumers are married and 41 percent have one or more children under the age of 17 in their household. They are 66 percent more likely than all fast food lunch diners to have an annual household income of $100K or more. More than half (51 percent) of all Health-Conscious Consumers who dined at a fast food restaurant for lunch in the past 30 days hold white collar employment.

The top local markets for Health-Conscious Consumers who have eaten at a quick service restaurant in the past 30 days for lunch are:


DMA

% of Adults

   Denver

12%

   San Diego

11%

   Rochester, NY

11%

   Baltimore

10%

   San Francisco

10%

   Portland, OR

9%

   Seattle

9%

   Colorado Springs, CO

9%

   Hartford, CT

9%

   Austin, TX

9%

   Albany, NY

8%

   Greensboro, NC

8%

   Boston

8%

   Washington, DC

8%

   Charlotte, NC

8%

   Indianapolis, IN

8%

   Milwaukee

8%

   Raleigh, NC

8%

   Columbus, OH

8%

   Minneapolis

8%

   Buffalo, NY

8%

   Cincinnati

8%

   Detroit

8%

   Cleveland

7%

   Harrisburg, PA

7%

   Salt Lake City

7%

   Greenville, SC

7%

   New Orleans

7%

   Dallas

7%

   Richmond, VA

7%

   Sacramento, CA

7%

   Houston

7%

   Nashville, TN

7%

   Orlando, FL

7%

   Chicago

7%

   Philadelphia

7%

   Spokane, WA

7%

   Lexington, KY

7%

   Providence, RI

7%

   Honolulu

7%

   Los Angeles

6%

   Louisville, KY

6%

   Kansas City, MO

6%

   Atlanta

6%

   Fort Myers, FL

6%

   Syracuse, NY

6%

   Green Bay, WI

6%

   New York

6%

   Las Vegas

6%

   Phoenix

6%

   Flint, MI

6%

   Toledo, OH

6%

   Roanoke, VA

6%

   St Louis

6%

   San Antonio

6%

   Chattanooga, TN

5%

   Pittsburgh

5%

   Fresno, CA

5%

   Miami

5%

   Mobile, AL

5%

   Tucson, AZ

5%

   Albuquerque, NM

5%

   Norfolk, VA

5%

   Memphis, TN

5%

   El Paso, TX

5%

   Knoxville, TN

5%

   Grand Rapids, MI

5%

   Des Moines, IA

5%

   Tampa, FL

5%

   Tulsa, OK

5%

   Little Rock, AK

5%

   Jacksonville, FL

5%

   West Palm Beach, FL

4%

   Oklahoma City

4%

   Birmingham, AL

4%

   Bakersfield, CA

4%

   Harlingen, TX

3%

Continue the dialogue with Scarborough over Twitter by reaching out to @ScarboroughInfo using hashtag #FastFood and be sure to visit us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ScarboroughResearch.

This data is from Scarborough USA+, Release 2 2011. Scarborough measures 210,000 adults aged 18+ annually across a wide variety of media, lifestyle, shopping and demographic categories.

About Scarborough Research

Scarborough (info@scarborough.com) measures American life. Our consumer insights reflect shopping patterns, media usage across platforms and lifestyle trends for adults. Media professionals and marketers use Scarborough insights to make smarter marketing/business decisions on things like ad placement, multicultural targeting, and sponsorship opportunities.  The company's core syndicated consumer insight studies in 77 Top‐Tier Markets, its Multi‐Market Study and its national USA+ Study are Media Rating Council (MRC) accredited. Other products and services include Scarborough Mid‐Tier Local Market Studies, Hispanic Studies and Custom Research Solutions. Scarborough measures 2,000 consumer categories and serves a broad client base that includes marketers, advertising agencies, print and electronic media (broadcast and cable television, radio stations), sports teams and leagues and out‐of‐home media companies. Surveying more than 210,000 adults annually, Scarborough is a joint venture between Arbitron Inc. and The Nielsen Company.

SOURCE Scarborough Research



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