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UK Contract Catering Market Report 2022
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“The reopening of the economy benefited contract caterers, paving the beginning of the market’s recovery in 2021. The year also highlighted the substantial impact of COVID-19 on the sector and…

UK Contract Catering Market Report 2022

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Description

The UK Contract Catering market report examines the impact of COVID-19 on the market, new delivery platforms, and the development of a hybrid model in the UK contract catering market. This market report covers the contract catering market size, market forecast, market segmentation and industry trends for the UK contract catering market. 

Current UK Contract Catering Market Landscape

The emergence of the Omicron variant had a significant impact on the UK contract catering market’s activities during Q4 2021, highlighted by the fact that only 58% businesses involved in accommodation and foodservice activities reported that they were fully trading during the two weeks to 9 January 2022.

Although the government’s response to the latest wave was comparatively lighter, the new variant nonetheless significantly impacted the UK contract catering market through its effect on consumer engagement and led to an increase in homeworking and disruption to travel activity.

Contract Catering Market Size and Industry Statistics

COVID-19 will continue to pose a threat to the UK contract catering market in the near term, particularly through its impact on office occupancy and on the retail sector. The pandemic has driven divestment in office and retail property, meaning the sector can no longer rely on its traditional model to serve them.

  • Contract Catering Market Size: The UK contract catering market value rose 36% to £4.4 billion. This was still 25% lower than its pre-pandemic size.
  • The use of ‘dark’ kitchens grew significantly over 2020/21.

 

Future Trends in the UK Contract Catering Market 

Mintel’s UK contract catering market research forecasts investment in centralised production kitchens will help to open the door to a hybrid model of catering which is better able to incorporate the operational agility and contractual flexibility necessary to adapt to the pandemic.

To discover more about the UK Contract Catering Market Report 2022, read our UK Pub Catering Market Report 2022, or take a look at our Foodservice Market Research Reports.

Quickly Understand

  • The impact of COVID-19 on the UK contract catering market.
  • Market sizing and forecasting for the UK contract catering market.
  • The sector’s development of a hybridised model.
  • The role of investment in technology and new practices in the face of competition from delivery platforms.
  • How emerging practices will synergise with consumer interest in non-meat food and help address short-term cost pressures.
  • Explores the contract catering market size and industry trends in the UK contract catering market.

Covered in this Report

Sectors of the UK contract catering market: Business, local authorities, education, healthcare, defence, remote sites (oil rigs) retail catering.

Brands: Aramark Limited, BaxterStorey, CH&CO Catering Group, Compass Contract Catering UK, Elior UK, SSP Group, Just Eats, Deliveroo.

Expert analysis from a specialist in the UK Contract Catering Market

This report, written by Francesco Salau, a leading analyst in the B2B sector, delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends in the contract catering market and add expert context to the numbers.

The reopening of the economy benefited contract caterers, paving the beginning of the UK contract catering market’s recovery in 2021. The year also highlighted the substantial impact of COVID-19 on the sector and its continued susceptibility to the outbreak. This has driven investment into centralised kitchens and digital platforms to adapt services to a post-pandemic environment, offering greater flexibility for caterers and their clients.

Francesco Salau
B2B Analyst

Table of Contents

  1. Overview

    • Key issues covered in this Report
    • COVID-19: market context
    • Economic and other assumptions
    • Products covered in this Report
  2. Executive Summary

    • Impact of COVID-19 on the contract catering market
      • Figure 1: Short, medium and long-term impact of COVID-19 on the contract catering market, 2020-25
    • The market
    • Market size and forecast
      • Figure 2: UK contract catering market size and forecast, 2017-26 (£ billion)
    • Centralised kitchens are key to enabling a hybrid model
    • Consumer interest in eating less meat synergises with local procurement
    • Digital investment brings short-term and long-term benefits
    • Omicron variant shows COVID-19 is still a significant threat to the sector
    • Rising energy prices will impact businesses and consumers
    • Companies and brands
    • Industry structure
    • Company profiles
  3. Issues and Insights

    • Rise of dark kitchens will force contract caterers to compete in new ways
    • Coronavirus impact on traditional catering model is pushing strategic diversification
  4. Market Size

    • Technological investment is an integral part of sector’s response to the pandemic
      • Figure 3: Short, medium and long-term impact of COVID-19 on the contract catering market, 2020-25
    • Reopening drives market activity but market remains susceptible to coronavirus
      • Figure 4: UK contract catering market size, 2017-21 (£ billion)
  5. Market Forecast

    • Economic impact of COVID-19 will minimise as adaption continues
      • Figure 5: UK contract catering market forecast, 2022-26 (£ billion)
  6. Market Trends

    • The rise of dark kitchens opens up a new model for contract caterers
    • Local procurement aligns strategically with public’s interest in plant-based food
    • Digital tech has been and will be critical to the post-COVID foodservice landscape
  7. Market Drivers

    • Omicron caused substantial impact on key sectors for catering activity
      • Figure 6: Proportion of businesses describing their trading status as ‘fully trading’ by segment, 27 December 2021-9 January 2022 (% of all businesses)
    • Energy and fuel prices drive inflation to its highest level since 2011
      • Figure 7: UK consumer price index, December 2019-December 2021 (% annual change in prices)
      • Figure 8: Mintel Finance Tracker – consumer confidence, 2019-21
  8. Industry Structure

    • Changes in industry structure
      • Figure 9: Industry structure of ‘other foodservice’ activities, 2017-21 (number of businesses and outlets)
    • Changes in employment structure
      • Figure 10: Employment structure of ‘other foodservice’ activities, 2020 and 2021 (number of outlets)
    • Changes in financial structure
      • Figure 11: Financial structure of ‘other foodservice’ activities, 2020 and 2021 (number of businesses)
  9. Company Profiles

    • Aramark Limited
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial information
      • Figure 12: Financial analysis of Aramark Limited, 2016-20 (£ million and % annual change)
    • BaxterStorey
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial information
      • Figure 13: Financial analysis of BaxterStorey Limited, 2016-20 (£ million and % annual change)
    • CH&CO Catering Group
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial information
      • Figure 14: Financial analysis of CH&CO Catering Group Limited, 2016-20 (£ million and % annual change)
    • Compass Contract Catering UK
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial information
      • Figure 15: Financial analysis of Compass Contract Catering UK, 2016-20 (£ million and % annual change)
    • Elior UK
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial information
      • Figure 16: Financial analysis of Elior UK Plc, 2016-20 (£ million and % annual change)
    • SSP Group
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial information
      • Figure 17: Financial analysis of SSP Group Plc, 2016-20 (£ million and % annual change)
  10. Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

    • Abbreviations
  11. Further Sources and Contacts

    • Trade associations
    • Trade magazines
    • Trade events

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