By the end of 2022, spending at quick-service restaurants had almost returned to prepandemic levels …

Bar and line chart showing monthly average dollars spent and percent changes in spending from 1, 2, and 3 years prior at quick-service restaurants from December 2019 to December 2022.

While total annual U.S. food spending levels had recovered from pandemic-related shocks as of 2021, some pandemic-induced changes in what people were buying for food at home and where and how they were purchasing food away from home continued throughout 2022.

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