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Contract Catering - UK - December 2015

“Contract caterers are displaying varied performances dependent on individual market conditions. Many are, however, looking to make further internal cost savings to help buoy profits and improve competitiveness to gain further contracts. In this environment, companies can benefit from differentiating their food offer with brands and menus inspired by retail food trends. Smaller caterers, which account for a large proportion of the industry, can also benefit from a partnership approach - sharing resources, expertise, and contract delivery”
– Ambreen Ahmad, Research Analyst

This report examines the following areas:

  • Moving forward, caterers with distinctive food brands can achieve wider meal demand that is less reliant on low cost value offers.
  • Menus reflect changing food trends to compete with the high street
  • Resource-sharing partnerships can offer opportunities for smaller providers

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction

    • What you need to know
      • Definition
        • Abbreviations
          • Market positioning
            • Contract types
            • Executive Summary

                • The market
                  • Figure 1: UK market for contract catering contract catering market size, 2010-15
                • Market factors (by segment)
                  • Market environment by segment
                    • Figure 2: Segmentation of Meals Served by the UK Food and Service Management Industry, by Sector, 2015
                    • Figure 3: Average prison population, England & Wales and Scotland, 2011-15
                    • Figure 4: Trends in the strength of regular UK Armed Forces personnel, 2007-15
                  • Market drivers and trends
                      • Figure 5: Minimum wage levels in the UK 2005-15
                    • Companies
                      • What we think
                      • Issues and Insights

                          • Moving forward, caterers with distinctive food brands can achieve wider meal demand that is less reliant on low cost value offers.
                            • The facts
                              • The implications
                                • Menus reflect changing food trends to compete with the high street
                                  • The facts
                                    • The implications
                                      • Resource-sharing partnerships can offer opportunities for smaller providers
                                        • The facts
                                          • The implications
                                          • Overview

                                              • Figure 6: UK GDP quarterly development, 2003-15
                                              • Figure 7: UK GDP in economic downturns and recoveries since 1979
                                            • Inflation
                                              • Interest rates
                                                • House prices
                                                  • Consumer spending
                                                    • Manufacturing
                                                      • Business investment
                                                        • Figure 8: UK GFCF 2003-15
                                                      • Imports
                                                        • Exports
                                                        • Market Size and Forecast

                                                          • What you need to know
                                                            • Market performance
                                                              • Facilities and service management market
                                                                • Figure 9: Number of Meals Served by the UK Food and Service Management Industry 2010-14
                                                                • Figure 10: UK contract catering market size, 2010-20
                                                                • Figure 11: UK contract catering market size, 2010-20
                                                              • Forecast methodology
                                                              • Market Drivers and Trends

                                                                • What you need to know
                                                                  • Economic drivers
                                                                    • The UK economic recovery
                                                                      • Governmental budget cuts
                                                                        • Food prices
                                                                          • International contracts
                                                                            • Political drivers
                                                                              • Government Procurement
                                                                                • Sustainability initiatives
                                                                                  • Central government commits to buying local produce
                                                                                    • Social drivers
                                                                                      • Population trends
                                                                                        • Figure 12: Trends in the age structure of the UK population, 2014-20
                                                                                      • Branding trends
                                                                                        • Ethical food
                                                                                          • Figure 13: Ethical spending UK, 2000-13
                                                                                        • Healthy eating
                                                                                          • Street and quick food
                                                                                            • Cooking from Scratch trend
                                                                                              • Technological drivers
                                                                                                • Pre-ordering and online payments for school meals
                                                                                                  • Flexible catering for flexible working
                                                                                                    • Legislation drivers
                                                                                                      • Allergen labelling rules
                                                                                                        • Minimum wage
                                                                                                          • Figure 14: Minimum wage levels in the UK 2005-15
                                                                                                        • The Food for Life Catering Mark
                                                                                                        • Market Environment by Segment

                                                                                                          • What you need to know
                                                                                                            • Business & Industry (B&I)
                                                                                                              • Figure 15: Employment, by gender, 2012-22
                                                                                                            • Education
                                                                                                              • Schools funding
                                                                                                                • Procurement savings to challenge cost per meal
                                                                                                                  • Figure 16: Average take-up of paid and free school lunches (%)
                                                                                                                  • Figure 17: School meal – take up by region, 2013-14
                                                                                                                  • Figure 18: Trends in school numbers and numbers of pupils in England, 2004-14
                                                                                                                • School food standards
                                                                                                                  • Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)
                                                                                                                    • Healthcare
                                                                                                                      • NHS funding increased while efficiency savings needed
                                                                                                                        • Number of beds falling, food spend per patient rises
                                                                                                                          • Figure 19: Average daily available beds open overnight, by sector, England, Q1 2011/12-Q1 2015/16
                                                                                                                        • Food spend
                                                                                                                          • Figure 20: Selected NHS associated costs, 2009/10-2013/14
                                                                                                                        • Hospital Food indicators
                                                                                                                          • Hospital food standards
                                                                                                                            • Prisons
                                                                                                                              • Figure 21: Average prison population, England & Wales and Scotland, 2011-15
                                                                                                                              • Figure 22: Projected prison population (end of June figures), June 2016 - June 2020
                                                                                                                            • Defence
                                                                                                                              • Figure 23: Trends in the strength of regular UK Armed Forces personnel, 2007-15
                                                                                                                            • The Daily Food Charge
                                                                                                                              • Remote sites
                                                                                                                                • Local authorities
                                                                                                                                  • Figure 24: Local government employees in England and Wales, 2013-14
                                                                                                                                • Retail catering
                                                                                                                                • Industry Structure

                                                                                                                                    • Figure 25: Employment by company size – Event caters
                                                                                                                                  • Event catering demand
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 26: Employment by company size – Employment other
                                                                                                                                • Company profiles

                                                                                                                                  • Aramark

                                                                                                                                      • Financial information
                                                                                                                                        • Figure 27: Financial performance of Aramark UK Ltd, 2010-14
                                                                                                                                      • Company strategy
                                                                                                                                        • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                        • Bartlett Mitchell

                                                                                                                                            • Financial information
                                                                                                                                              • Figure 28: Financial performance of Bartlett Mitchell, 2010-14
                                                                                                                                            • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                              • Company strategy
                                                                                                                                              • BaxterStorey

                                                                                                                                                  • Financial information
                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 29: Financial performance of BaxterStorey, 2010-14
                                                                                                                                                  • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                                    • Company strategy
                                                                                                                                                      • CH & Co
                                                                                                                                                        • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                                          • Financial information
                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 30: Financial performance of CH&Co 2010-14
                                                                                                                                                          • Company strategy
                                                                                                                                                          • Compass Contract Services (UK)

                                                                                                                                                              • Financial information
                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 31: Financial performance of Compass Group Plc, 2010-14
                                                                                                                                                              • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                                                • Company strategy
                                                                                                                                                                • Elior

                                                                                                                                                                    • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                                                      • Financial information
                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 32: Financial performance of Elior UK plc, 2010-14
                                                                                                                                                                      • Company strategy
                                                                                                                                                                      • Harrison Catering

                                                                                                                                                                          • Financial information
                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 33: Financial performance of Harrison Catering Services UK, 2010-14
                                                                                                                                                                          • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                                                            • Company strategy
                                                                                                                                                                            • Interserve Catering Services (formerly Initial Catering Services)

                                                                                                                                                                                • Financial information
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 34: Financial performance of Interserve Catering Services, 2010-14
                                                                                                                                                                                • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Company strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                  • OCS

                                                                                                                                                                                      • Financial information
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 35: Financial performance of OCS Group UK Limited, 2010-14
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Company Strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sodexo

                                                                                                                                                                                            • Financial information
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 36: Financial performance of Sodexo Limited, 2010-14
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Company strategy

                                                                                                                                                                                              Companies Covered

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Contract Catering - UK - December 2015

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