UK Food-to-go Market Report 2020


The food to go market is set to reach a value of £21.7bn in 2020 and with a forecasted growth rate of +2.7% vs. 2019, the sector will continue to outperform the wider eating out market.

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The most comprehensive FTG market report in the UK, created to inform your strategic decisions across both the retail and eating out sectors.

The MCA and HIM Food To Go Market Report 2020 provides a comprehensive overview of the market across the eating out and grocery retail sectors, its potential for continued success and the evolving needs of shoppers and consumers. For operators, retailers and suppliers, this report gives critical analysis that will help inform strategic business decisions surrounding NPD, key channels for investment and product placement, as well as helping demonstrate a key understanding of the marketplace.

Content overview: 

  • Executive summary
  • Market analysis – What is the value of the market? How is the market evolving? What growth is forecasted for 2020? What is driving these changes?
  • Competitive landscape – Who are the top 10 players in the FTG market? How has the market share of the market leaders evolved over time? How have outlet volumes changed for leading players across several FTG sectors including coffee shops and supermarkets? What emerging outlets/concepts are disrupting the market? How has NPD evolved? Which day-part are operators targeting most?
  • Consumer insight – How are consumer trends changing? Purchase frequency? Most important reasons for purchasing? Average spend?
  • Growth Opportunities - What are six key trends impacting the FTG market? How have these trends evolved? What are the growth opportunities for the foodservice and grocery retail sectors? How can retailers and operators maximise these and stay relevant in 2019 and beyond?
  • Industry Interviews [NEW] - How important is FTG to particular retailers and operators? Where do they see the opportunities? Do they have any specific plans for the next 12 months? What advice would they give retailers and operators looking to start in the FTG space?
  • Future outlook – How will the sector evolve over the next three years? What are MCA’s growth forecasts? How will each sub-sector perform?

How to use the report:

  • Identify the Food To Go channels that are outperforming the market.
  • Understand the key consumer groups that are purchasing Food To Go
  • Learn the consumer needs that are driving demand for Food To Go
  • Gain insight into how leading brands are approaching the Food To Go sector
  • Find out how you can encourage consumers to purchase food to go from your store/outlet
  • Explore ways to differentiate your offer from the competition

Featuring detailed profiles of leading food-to-go brands and comprehensive analysis of the responses from our bespoke food-to-go consumer survey, the MCA food-to-go market report 2020 helps UK operators and their suppliers identify opportunities in the market and stay relevant in the face of economic pressures and evolving consumer demands.

Examples of insights from the report

Promotional usage has grown and is most prominent in Foodservice To-Go, where 1 in 5 use a promotion.

Greggs achieved the highest sales growth of all leading FTG players in 2019.

The FTG market has grown its share of the total Eating Out market by 4.2 ppts in ten years, to a share of 23.5%. 


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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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