Winter means comfort
Cold, bleak days have customers rushing into the loving embrace of pizza (sales rise 36 percent in winter), barbecue (24 percent increase), spicy Thai food (57 percent increase) and Asian fusion (21 percent increase), according to Fooda data.
The study points to a hiccup in the winter trend, when New Year’s resolutions create a spike in healthful food sales, which go up 37 percent from December to January.
Bright and flavorful food sales rise with the temperatures. Come summer, sales of Mediterranean food go up 13 percent, and Mexican food gets a 15-percent boost.
Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend
Consumers start the week with the best intentions. On Monday, sales of healthful food are 18 percent higher, according to Fooda’s report. But by the time Friday rolls around, a pulled pork sammie just sounds so right, with barbecue sales going up 33 percent.
Depending on where you are
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The most popular lunches in major cities might surprise you: In Boston, Mediterranean lunches are tops; New Yorkers go for the Cuban sandwich; Philly lunches aren’t cheesesteak, but sushi, Caribbean or Mediterranean instead; Atlanta and Nashville both go for barbecue; and in Los Angeles, Chinese food is the lunch of choice.
Pizza the puzzle
Pizza fans have strong opinions about which style is best (New York style, Chicago deep dish, Detroit style and many more) but this study just looked at who eats the most pizza at lunch. Drum roll please: 6 percent of all lunches sold are pizza in Philadelphia!