UK Contract Catering Market Report 2017

MCA Contract Catering Market Report Insights and Intelligence

Insight into UK contract catering companies, the competitive landscape of the UK contract catering market, consumer behaviour and the future of this £4.7bn industry.

MCA’s Contract Catering Market Report provides strategic insight into the UK contract catering market, competitive landscape, consumer behaviour and the future of this £4.7bn industry. As mounting pressure impacts UK contract catering companies, this market report provides reliable actionable intelligence to enable UK contract caterers and their suppliers to develop a sound business strategy.

Content overview: 

  • Current data on the UK contract catering market size, growth and segmentation
  • Detailed consumer profile (demographics, spend, frequency and consumption behaviour), its evolution and impact on UK contract caterers
  • Profiles of the major UK contract catering companies and analysis of the fastest-growing UK contract caterers
  • Future outlook, featuring a detailed market forecast of the sector
  • 3 growth scenarios for UK contract caterers operating in workplaces, and their likely impact on revenue & margin

Key UK catering industry statistics 2017

Total Contract Catering market valued at £9.3bn in 2017. The £9.3bn value includes both in house & outsourced catering activity, as well as associated facilities management revenue and fees. Of the £9.3bn, £5.9bn is outsourced. Within the £9.3bn value sits £4.7bn of directly paid for con sumer spend on food and beverage in catering environments. The non directly paid for value is the catering to patients, free school meals and similar s ubsidised provisions.

Competetive landscape

Majority of contract caterers see positive turnover growth in 2016. 19 of the Top 25 contract caterers grew turnover over the year, with the Top 25growing total turnover by 4%, to £5.4 billion. However, 2016 signalled a turning point. Learn more by accessing the report.

Consumer insight

Contract catering average spend in strong growth, albeit from a low base . The average spend per head on breakfast, lunch and snacking visits intotal contract catering is £3.92 with total market average spend increasing at the slightly slo wer rate of 6.4%, up to £5.51.

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How to use the report:

  • Prepare a response to the unique pressures facing UK contract catering companies
  • Empower your strategy with knowledge of effective contract catering business models
  • Underpin NPD and marketing strategy with consumer insight
  • Identify settings offering strong business development opportunities
  • Learn new tactics for capturing more spend from end-consumers
  • Exploit current and emerging trends
  • Devise a long-term plan, informed by reliable market forecasting

Research methodology

  • 72,000 online surveys (6,000 per month) through MCA Eating Out Panel.
  • Synthesis with wider MCA market sizing databases.
  • Interviews with industry executives.
  • Desk research: trade press, company accounts, industry associations and government data.
  • Forecasting of future demographic developments using government data.

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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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