Why? A lot of reasons, according to some of the experts quoted: A younger generation that's more likely to eat out than cook. People working longer hours. Our changing view of restaurants.
Some musings ...Personally, I would have liked to see a breakdown by age and income. Are more baby boomers eating out, too? (I know a couple of women who 'retired' from cooking after the kids left home.)
I also wonder if more money is spent at higher-end restaurants, which could skew the totals. (Especially since I keep seeing stories about how mid-price restaurants are struggling.)
Anyway, I'm sure it's enough to give grocery executives heartburn ...
If you're interested, here's the story: