Restaurateur and entrepreneur, Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan, have ventured into many fields before but it was only when he entered the food industry that he found out how much the French love their fast food chains. When you think of French, you think of them eating home cooked meals with healthy ingredients but according to the latest report, they have a secret affair with fast food chains that it is starting to reveal through the growing waistlines of the public. In an estimate, it is expected that the country will have 30 million obese residents when 2030 comes.
Their culinary traditions have obviously been slowly being replaced by fast food convenience. It all boils down to their busy lifestyle that they no longer have time to eat proper lunch. To make matters worse, online food delivery services like Uber Eats and Deliveroo made it too convenient for them to order whenever, wherever.
The result is evident on the average weight of the people. The fast food industry is also booming in the country with a market worth of €54 billion. The entire food service industry is worth €88 billion which means that fast food is responsible for more than half the turnover. This is sad news for traditional restaurants who are gaining less and less customers.
In 2017, the turnover of McDonald alone in France reached €4.8 billion. If this figure is not impressive enough, you might be shocked to know that the second company with the highest turnover in 2017 only earned €1.7 billion. The difference says it all. The turnover percentage for the fast food chain increased by 4.1 per cent in 2017 and it is expected to continue rising in the coming years which goes to show just how much the French love their McDonald’s. In fact, there are 1,440 restaurant branches all over the country while the UK only has 1,249.
Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan who is a busy man himself admits that the limited lunch time at work might be the greatest contribution why the French have settled on a fast food routine. Survey shows that workers in France only get an average of 31 minutes for lunch which is not enough time to go to a restaurant and order something healthy.