The food to go sector has grown its market share by 4.3 percentage points over the past decade, and now accounts for almost a quarter of the turnover for the total eating out market.

This is one of the headline findings from the Food To Go Market Report 2019 by MCA and HIM, which is launched today.

The report, which will be unveiled at MCA’s Food To Go conference at Soho’s Ham Yard Hotel today shows the segment has grown from a 19% share of the total eating out market in 2009 to 23.3% this year.

The report points out that the food to go segment has consistently increased its importance in the eating out market, as consumer demand for value-led convenience continues to define the sector.

The food to go sector is estimated to reach a value of £21.2bn in 2019, with its 3% growth outpacing the 1.8% forecast for the wider market.

As a typically lower-ticket occasion than eating out, the food to go segment has been slightly immune to wider eating out pressures in terms of visit frequency, despite some slow down, the report concludes.

Branded contemporary fast food operators, such as Leon, EAT and Pret A Manger, are highlighted as growth drivers for the segment. While convenience store grab-and-go remains the largest part of the food to go market, it is losing share to branded contemporary fast food, coffee shops and sandwich retailers.

The comprehensive report delves into consumer insights and growth opportunities for the sector as well as examining the key brands and consumer perception of them. For the first time this year’s report looks at how the grocery retail and out of home markets differ when it comes to food to go.

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