The UK Pub Market Report 2016

MCA - UK Pub market report - June 2016

MCA is pleased to announce the second UK Pub Market Report which was launched on 15th June 2016. The UK Pub Market Report provides a unique, in-depth view of the size and breadth of the branded and independent pub sector complete with detailed consumer insight into eating out behaviours. The ...

Market overview

After several years of sales decline, driven by pub closures as well as changing consumer behaviour, the Pub market entered positive turnover growth in 2015, and this is set to increase from 0.1% to 1.0% in 2016. Like-for-like sales are improving as worse-performing pubs close down. Managed, branded & franchised pubs are also claiming a higher share of the Pub market, with stronger sales per unit, driven by the growth of managed & branded operators as well as conversions of tenanted and leased pubs into managed formats.

Consumer behaviour

More people visit pub restaurants than any other eating out channel. 85% of consumers claim to visit pub restaurants to eat and drink out, while only 79% visit the 2nd most popular channel, coffee shops/cafés.

Consumer spending has risen on pub visits, with average breakfast and dinner spend at their highest for the past two years, and lunch spend recovering, after a previous decrease, to reach its highest level for 15 months. Growth in average spend has occurred across the majority of eating out channels and, just as with the growth in visit frequency, the year-on-year increase in visit spending has been slower in pubs than in the total market at all day-parts.

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  • 100 in-depth interviews with industry leaders, including CEOs, managing directors, senior managers and landlords of major industry players, key suppliers, property experts and other industry participants
  • A nationally representative sample of UK pub restaurant goers and their eating out habits
  • 72,000 online surveys with MCA UK EatingOut™ panellists covering the whole of 2015 vs prior year.
  • 1,000 online interviews with consumers about their pub visiting habits
  • Detailed desk research, data provided by operators and published accounts

Key chapters include:

  • Market analysis
  • Industry views
  • Consumer insight
  • Competitive landscape
  • Future developments

Target Audience:

Leading restaurant and pub brand operators, catering and hospitality companies, educational institutions, major suppliers and distributors, financial investors and private equity firms.  

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  • Market sizing – How has the market performed vs last year?
  • Competitive landscape – Which operators lead the market?
  • Consumer insight – How have consumer behaviours evolved?
  • Future Outlook – What growth opportunities are available in the future?

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