Consumers spent about 3.7 billion euros less on food and drinks last year.

This is not because we ate less, but because of where we bought the food.

Due to the lack of options to eat out, mainly in the supermarket, which is cheaper.

While almost 60 billion was spent on food and drink in 2019, that fell to just over 56 billion last year.

This is evident from figures from the FoodService Institute Netherlands (FSIN) on Saturday.

Almost 40 percent less was spent on eating out, in the hotel and catering industry, but also catering such as in the company canteen.

That amounts to 7.7 billion euros.

"The winners are the food retailers with a growth of 10 percent, or 4 billion euros," says Jan-Willem Grievink, director of FSIN.

Those are the supermarkets and specialty stores.

Delivery has grown in popularity across the board.

For example, the growth in the delivery of groceries amounted to almost 50 percent to a value of 2.7 billion euros.

"Meal delivery also increased by tens of percent to EUR 2.7 billion," said FSIN.

Many catering establishments have been forced to start delivering meals.

"Wine clubs, frozen meal makers and catering companies also delivered more."

More than 6 percent of the total food and drink sold is now delivered to your home.

Grievink believes that this growth will continue in the coming years.

"Retailers are increasing that turnover, even if they still earn next to nothing."

The supermarkets and retailers do this because the consumer expects it.

"And because the same consumer will also become more loyal to the physical store, where they earn money from selling groceries."

Incidentally, it was not a good year for all supermarkets.

As a result of the empty shopping streets, smaller supermarkets in the inner cities lost.

The large supermarkets outside the centers had considerably more turnover.