Discuss the societal changes that have contributed to diversification in the modern food service industry.
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I would say that the rise in incomes and the rise in the number of two-worker families has led to diversification in the modern food service industry. Because of these changes, there has come to be a need for more kinds of restaurants in the United States.
In the days before people had a lot of money, and before both men and women worked outside the home, I would say that there were many fewer restaurants and types of restaurants. Nowadays, though, so many people have the money and the "need" to eat out. Because of this, they want to have lots of different kinds of choices of places to eat. They want fast food places and they want fancy restaurants. They want all sorts of different ethnic options as well.
So I would say that major societal changes in wealth and in work patterns has led to this change in the food service industry.
Three principal societal changes have contributed to diversification in the modern food service industry. 1) The creation and identification of new consumer groups such as students, employees, niche markets of religious, sports, leisure segments of the population;2) the increase in the type of facilities providing food, such as schools, resorts, office complexes and the way in which those facilities deliver their products in the form of lines for a standing buffet or restaurant operation, sit down or stand operations, booth, table, or arm stand; and 3) the increase of women in the workforce brought an increased need for food services and the financial means to use them such as higher nutritional value for soon-to-be expectant mothers, and others .
Most dads and moms are working these days. Many families are so busy that it becomes difficult to cook a meal so the food service industry has to deliver a variety of options to choose from. The option is to eat out or stop at a fast food restaurant and bring something home to eat. People would find other alternatives if the food industry did not have a diverse selction of foods to choose from.
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