UK Food-to-go Market Report 2017

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Released on 9th February 2017, the MCA ”UK food-to-go” market report delivers authoritative analysis, through a combination of quantitative and qualitative research of the key issues facing the food-to-go market today.


The UK food-to-go Report 2017 from MCA reveals a healthy 3.8% expected growth in 2017, outpacing the wider eating out market, which is predicted to grow by 1.7%. This impressive performance is due in part to a shift in consumer attitude. Food-to-go has evolved from a workweek need into a week-long want, with nearly a quarter of food-to-go visits made during weekend-biased ‘shopping & leisure’ occasions. With competition intensifying in this thriving sector, quality market intelligence is a vital asset to operators and suppliers seeking to advance their position. This report answers that need, drilling deep to give industry executives the fine detail they crave.

Key report outputs:

  • Detailed market sizing of the UK food-to-go market – current and projected
  • Comprehensive overview of competitive landscape, including physical expansion, sales market share of leading brands, operator profiles, product counts and product pricing
  • Types of promotions and their efficacy
  • Analysis of consumer participation, frequency, spend and behaviours over time
  • Factors affecting the wider eating out market
  • Breakthrough concepts and supplier innovations
  • Future outlook of the food-to-go market

The UK food-to-go Report 2017 enables operators and their suppliers to: 

  • Gain a competitive edge by understanding the key issues affecting the food-to-go market
  • Discover how the food-to-go market has grown over the past six years
  • See which channels and operators are winning in the food-to-go battleground
  • Find out what food-to-go retailers think the key challenges and success factors in the industry are
  • Learn what the key food-to-go consumer trends are
  • Understand how the market is set to grow over the next three years and the concepts to watch over the next few years

Research methodology

  • 144,000 online surveys (6,000 per month) through MCA’s Eating Out Panel TM , FY 2015 2016
  • Extracts from MCA Brands & Corporates service and synthesis with wider market sizing databases.
  • Desk research: news articles and trade press, company websites and industry associations
  • Telephone interviews with industry executives.

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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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