With the continuous improvement of the quality of life of Chinese consumers, the scale of China mooncake market continues to expand. As the data of iiMedia Research showed, the amount of mooncakes sold in China in 2019 reached 1.38 billion, and the sales volume was 19.67 billion yuan, increased by 7.9% from the same period of last year. Mooncakes have become a major gift in traditional festivals which drives the Gift Economy. In terms of taste, 78.4% of the surveyed consumers prefer traditional mooncakes. However, with the increasing demand for gifts and health of mooncakes, China's mooncake brands are promoted to innovate packaging and taste, launching high-end mooncakes with health, nutrition and exquisite packaging. Currently, health flavor mooncakes are favored by 2.3% of the surveyed consumers. In addition, with the expansion of e-commerce, the channels for consumers to buy mooncakes are more diversified, mainly online and supplementally offline.
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In 2018, the revenue of China's catering industry increased by 18.2% compared with 2017, breaking through 4 trillion yuan. There is still great prospect for the development of the catering industry in the future. At the same time, the development of the take-away industry has also provided a new market for catering. As of December 2018, the number of online take-out users in China reached 406 million, maintaining a relatively high growth rate. From the perspective of sub-categories, the number of dinner consumption is 12.9% higher than that of 2017. The pursuit of quality and diversification has become the mainstream choice; the hot pot industry continues to maintain a high growth rate, and Sichuan-style hot pot dominates the market; the barbecue industry is 26-35 years old. The segment became the main consumer group; the number of snack stores ranked first, and the quality upgrade trend was obvious; the new tea beverages grew rapidly, and the number of stores reached 410,000. According to the business data system of iiMedia Research, the concept of “smart restaurant” has a high degree of recognition in the consumer word of mouth, reflecting the trend of smart development of the catering industry in the future. In addition, the future combination of capital market and catering industry will be closer, and branding and scale will become an important development direction for China's catering industry in the future.