More than two thirds (68%) of consumers choose where they will buy food from based on a venue’s food hygiene rating, according to new research.
The recent findings from Food Standard’s Agency, ‘Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker’, reported 68% of people surveyed across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are influenced by ratings. While a huge 83% of consumers wanting food businesses, such as pubs, to have their food hygiene ratings on display.
Out of the 2,100 people surveyed, the research collected also revealed that over half (59%) of consumers assume that restaurants, bars or pubs who do not publicly display their rating, have a poor standard of hygiene.
A further 21% of those surveyed admitted to completely avoiding venues where hygiene is rated as poor.
With more and more influence on consumers, it is becoming increasingly important to display food hygiene ratings and strive to improve or maintain high standards.