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Pub Catering - UK - May 2015

“The expansion of casual dining and ethnic food venues and the new threat posed by coffee shops trialling evening menus should act as a clarion call to pubs to ensure they can compete when it comes to modern dining trends.”

–    Richard Ford, Senior Food and Drink Analyst

This report covers the following areas:

  • More work required by pubs to woo hot drinks users
  • Operators must make pubs feel more special to benefit from rising real incomes
  • Food festivals/themed evenings offer a way to boost frequency

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction

      • Definition
        • Abbreviations
        • Executive Summary

            • The market
              • Figure 1: Pub catering market size and forecast, 2009-19
            • Forecast
              • Market factors
                • Increase in real income should benefit pub catering
                  • Threat from casual dining and coffee chains
                    • Pubs face rising and declining costs
                      • Companies, brands and innovation
                        • Greene King swoops to buy Spirit Pub Company
                          • There’s a Beer for That campaign focuses on food
                            • Operators continue to push into reward and loyalty cards
                              • Whitbread strikes a number of character licensing deals
                                • Operators explore seafood and rotisserie for points of difference
                                  • The consumer
                                    • Pubs are used for drinking in more frequently than for eating in
                                      • Figure 2: Frequency of visiting a pub/bar for a drink or to eat in, March 2015
                                    • The proportion of those eating in pubs once a fortnight or more falls
                                      • Figure 3: Frequency of visiting a pub/bar for a meal, 2010 and 2012-15
                                    • Just one in four pub/bar users order hot drinks
                                      • Figure 4: What consumers do at pubs, March 2015
                                    • Just 37% see pubs as good for a special meal
                                      • Figure 5: Attitudes towards pub catering, March 2015
                                    • Strong interest in homemade dishes
                                      • Figure 6: Pub menu enticements, March 2015
                                    • What we think
                                    • Issues and Insights

                                        • More work required by pubs to woo hot drinks users
                                          • The facts
                                            • The implications
                                              • Operators must make pubs feel more special to benefit from rising real incomes
                                                • The facts
                                                  • The implications
                                                    • Food festivals/themed evenings offer a way to boost frequency
                                                      • The facts
                                                        • The implications
                                                        • Trend Application

                                                            • Locavore
                                                              • Let’s Make a Deal
                                                                • Minimize Me
                                                                • Market Drivers

                                                                  • Key points
                                                                    • Fewer consumers spending extra money on dining out
                                                                      • Figure 7: Trends in share of consumers who choose to spend their extra* money on dining out, November 2009-March 2015
                                                                    • The rising minimum wage
                                                                      • New allergen regulations introduced
                                                                        • Campaign for reduction in VAT on pub food
                                                                          • Falling price of crude oil should take pressure off margins
                                                                            • Declining alcohol consumption means food must work harder for operators
                                                                              • Government changes to business rates administration are looming
                                                                                • Expansion of casual dining concepts and coffee shops increases the competition for pubs
                                                                                • Strengths and Weaknesses

                                                                                  • Strengths
                                                                                    • Weaknesses
                                                                                    • Who’s Innovating?

                                                                                      • Key points
                                                                                        • Whitbread gets behind character licensing
                                                                                          • Pubs champion rotisserie
                                                                                            • Selected operators forge associations with seafood
                                                                                              • Pubs offer ‘food-on-the-go’ food to commuters
                                                                                                • KP Snacks pushes O’Donnells hand-cooked crisps to UK pubs
                                                                                                  • Jimmy’s Products launches bar-top Tabasco-branded popcorn warmer
                                                                                                  • Market Size and Forecast

                                                                                                    • Key points
                                                                                                      • Food’s share of total pub sales is expected to continue growing
                                                                                                        • Figure 8: Pub catering market size and forecast, 2009-19
                                                                                                      • Pubs face a threat from the expansion of ethnic restaurants and casual dining venues
                                                                                                        • Pubs face a new threat from coffee shops
                                                                                                          • Value growth likely to be tempered by slower inflation going forward
                                                                                                            • Forecast
                                                                                                              • Figure 9: Pub catering market size and forecast, 2009-19
                                                                                                            • Forecast methodology
                                                                                                            • Market Share

                                                                                                              • Key points
                                                                                                                • Enterprise Inns dominates the market
                                                                                                                  • Figure 10: Selected leading pub operators, by outlet numbers, 2012-15
                                                                                                                • Greene King swoops for Spirit Pub Company
                                                                                                                  • Enterprise decelerates rate of property disposals
                                                                                                                    • Mitchells & Butlers makes outlet gains through Orchid acquisition
                                                                                                                      • JD Wetherspoon seeks market share in the Republic of Ireland
                                                                                                                        • And also gives a push to breakfasts…
                                                                                                                          • Smaller operators boost size
                                                                                                                          • Companies and Products

                                                                                                                              • Greene King
                                                                                                                                • Recent activity
                                                                                                                                  • Financial data
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 11: Key financial data for Greene King Plc, 2010-14
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 12: Revenue, by segment, for Greene King Plc, 2012-14
                                                                                                                                  • Recent marketing, promotions and media
                                                                                                                                    • Menu developments
                                                                                                                                      • JD Wetherspoon
                                                                                                                                        • Recent activity
                                                                                                                                          • Financial data
                                                                                                                                            • Figure 13: Key financial data for JD Wetherspoon PLC, 2010-14
                                                                                                                                          • Recent marketing, promotions and media
                                                                                                                                            • Menu developments
                                                                                                                                              • Mitchells & Butlers (M&B)
                                                                                                                                                • Recent activity
                                                                                                                                                  • Financial developments
                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 14: Key financial data for Mitchells and Butlers Plc, 2010-14
                                                                                                                                                  • Recent marketing, promotions and media
                                                                                                                                                    • Menu developments
                                                                                                                                                      • Spirit Pub Company
                                                                                                                                                        • Recent activity
                                                                                                                                                          • Financial data
                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 15: Key financial data for Spirit Pub Company, 2010-14
                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 16: Spirit Pub Company revenue, by segment, 2012-14
                                                                                                                                                          • Recent marketing, promotions and media
                                                                                                                                                            • Menu developments
                                                                                                                                                              • Stonegate Pub Company
                                                                                                                                                                • Recent activity
                                                                                                                                                                  • Financial data
                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 17: Key financial data for Stonegate Pub Company, 2011-13
                                                                                                                                                                  • Recent marketing, promotions and media
                                                                                                                                                                    • Menu developments
                                                                                                                                                                      • Whitbread
                                                                                                                                                                        • Recent activity
                                                                                                                                                                          • Financial activity
                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 18: Key financial data for Whitbread Plc, 2010-15
                                                                                                                                                                          • Recent marketing, promotions and media
                                                                                                                                                                            • Menu developments
                                                                                                                                                                              • Geronimo Inns
                                                                                                                                                                                • Financial activity
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 19: Key financial data for Geronimo Inns, 2010-14
                                                                                                                                                                                • Recent activity
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Recent marketing, promotions and media
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Brand Communication and Promotion

                                                                                                                                                                                    • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Above-the-line advertising spend falls across selected biggest operators
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 20: Above-the-line expenditure of selected operators in the pub market, by 2014 expenditure, 2011-15*
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Generic industry campaign promotes beer and food pairing
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mitchells & Butlers pulls back from short-term promotions
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Harvester emphasises communal nature of sharing a meal
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Toby Carvery goes for old-fashioned approach with Father’s Day offer
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pub operators look to woo diners with reward/loyalty and gift cards
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Mitchells & Butlers hugely extends availability of its Dining Out gift card
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Fayre & Square launches digi-reward card
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Stonegate launches a loyalty card
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Brand Research

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • What you need to know
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Brand map
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 21: Attitudes towards and usage of selected brands, February 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Key brand metrics-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 22: Key metrics for selected brands, February 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Brand attitudes
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • JD Wetherspoon has strong value image
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 23: Attitudes, by brand, February 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Brand personality
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Brewers Fayre could benefit from some refreshment
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • All Bar One has a particularly trendy image
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 25: Brand personality – Micro image, February 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Brand analysis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Vintage Inns benefits from attributes that denote quality
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 26: User profile of Vintage Inns, February 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • JD Wetherspoon’s value and wide availability fosters familiarity and usage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 27: User profile of JD Wetherspoon, February 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • All Bar One enjoys a cool and trendy image
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 28: User profile of All Bar One, February 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Brewers Fayre focuses on value and families
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 29: User profile of Brewers Fayre, February 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hungry Horse has similar overall image to Brewers Fayre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 30: User profile of Hungry Horse, February 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Chef & Brewer struggles to define itself
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 31: User profile of Chef & Brewer, February 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Consumer – Frequency of Visiting a Pub/Bar to Drink or to Eat in

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pubs are used for drinking in more frequently than for eating in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 32: Frequency of visiting a pub/bar for a drink or to eat in, March 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pub food is becoming an increasingly important part of the sales mix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The proportion of those eating in pubs once a fortnight or more falls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 33: Frequency of visiting a pub/bar for a meal, 2010 and 2012-15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Being more child-friendly should encourage food sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Men are the heaviest users of pubs to eat in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Encouraging more frequent usage by women
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Consumer – What Consumers Do at Pubs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Improving the hot drink offer should encourage greater uptake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 34: What consumers do at pubs, March 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Only one in four users sees the quality of hot drinks in pubs as poor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • New hot drinks concepts offer better quality with minimal cost/hassle for operators
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Operators seek to grow weekend eating through brunch/breakfast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …whilst also encouraging mid-week dining occasions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Just 5% use pubs/bars as a place to work/study
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Fewer than one in ten users asks staff for food/drink recommendations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Consumer – Attitudes towards Pubs/Bars

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Just 37% see pubs as good for a special meal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 35: Attitudes towards pub catering, March 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Special occasions can help to build frequency amongst families
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pub/coffee shop hybrids interest a third of pub/bar users
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • A trio of small dishes would interest one in four as a main course
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • One in five interested in eating game in a pub
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • One in five pub/bar users think unusual serving vessels make meals feel more special
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Consumer – Menu Enticements

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Strong interest in homemade dishes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 36: Pub menu enticements, March 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Locally sourced ingredients garner higher interest than seasonal or organic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Seasonal produce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Riverford Organic establishes residence in UK’s only certified organic pub
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • ‘Chef’s Signature’ dishes allow the chef to connect with the diner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Appendix – Market Size and Forecast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 37: Best and worst-case forecasts for the UK pub catering market, by value, 2014-19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Beefeater
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Costa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Geronimo Inns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Greene King Brewing and Retailing Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Hungry Horse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • JD Wetherspoon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Loch Fyne Restaurants Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • London Stock Exchange plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Mitchells & Butlers Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Stonegate Pub Company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Wacky Warehouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Whitbread PLC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pub Catering - UK - May 2015

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