Pit-stop and desk-top dining is on the rise as consumers skip breakfast, eat away from home and consume more snacks to fit around their lifestyle.
Last year Britons skipped 113 breakfasts a year per person, while continental Europeans missed just 71, according to a Datamonitor survey.
The UK also leads Europe in spending on food and drinks for the workplace due to the lack of emphasis on social lunches and the non-existent lunch hour.
Out-of-home eating will rise from 31.6% of all meals last year to 35% by 2008. Snacking will rise 20% by 2008 with Britons spending £10.3bn on bakery, bagged and dairy snacks, fruit and veg, and confectionery.