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UK Contract Catering market report

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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Contract Catering market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

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What are the key challenges facing the industry and how fast are its rates of growth? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Report Coverage

  • Business and Industry
  • Schools
  • Healthcare and Hospitals
  • Prisons
  • Defence
  • Remote Sites

Company Profiles

  • Aramark UK Ltd
  • Bartlett Mitchell UK Ltd
  • Baxter Storey Ltd
  • Compass Contract Services (UK) Ltd
  • Elior UK Plc
  • Harrison Catering Ltd
  • Interserve Catering Services
  • OCS Ltd
  • Sodexo

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Marco Amasanti, a leading analyst in the B2B sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

The contract catering industry has maintained growth over the past year despite reduced margins. Margins were reduced as input costs grew significantly; a result of high inflation disproportionately driving food prices and heightened expenditure on labour forces tied to ongoing increases in the National Living Wage. Due to economic pressure and price sensitivity among the consumer base, companies were unable to pass on these costs and had to cover hikes themselves, mounting pressure on finances. Marco Amasanti
B2B Analyst

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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • Figure 1: UK contract catering market value, £ billion, 2013-17
      • Market factors
        • Ongoing National Living Wage growth
          • Skills shortages
            • Consumer demand
              • Market environment by sector
                • Business and industry
                  • Schools
                    • Healthcare
                      • Prisons
                        • Defence
                          • Remote sites
                            • The consumer
                              • Figure 2: Available workplace facilities, % of respondents, June 2017
                              • Figure 3: Most important variants, % of respondents, June 2017
                              • Figure 4: Potential improvements, % of respondents, June 2017
                              • Figure 5: Hospital visitation, % of respondents, June 2017
                              • Figure 6: School lunchtime choice, % of respondents, June 2017
                            • Market forecasts
                              • Figure 7: UK contract catering market forecast, £ billion, 2018-22
                              • Figure 8: Forecast National Living Wage growth, £ per hour, 2017-2022
                            • What we think
                            • Key Issues

                                • How has Brexit impacted the market over the past year? How is it expected to further manifest in the market in coming years given the completion of negotiations?
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Freedom of movement
                                      • Summary
                                      • Introduction

                                        • Issues in the market
                                          • Definitions
                                            • Abbreviations
                                              • Market positioning
                                              • UK Economy

                                                • Overview
                                                  • Figure 9: Forecast GDP development 2017-21
                                                  • Figure 10: UK GDP quarterly development, 2007-17
                                                • Inflation
                                                  • Interest rates
                                                    • House prices
                                                      • Figure 11: UK house price changes, 2006-17
                                                    • Consumer spending
                                                      • Manufacturing
                                                        • Figure 12: UK manufacturing, 2014-17
                                                      • Business investment
                                                        • Figure 13: UK GFCF, 2004-17
                                                      • Imports
                                                        • Exports
                                                        • Market Size

                                                          • Key points
                                                            • The market
                                                              • Figure 14: UK contract catering market value, £ billion, 2013-17
                                                            • Consumer expenditure on catering services
                                                              • Figure 15: UK consumer expenditure catering, £ billion, 2007-16
                                                          • Market Factors

                                                            • Key points
                                                              • Ongoing National Living Wage Growth
                                                                • Figure 16: National living wage, hourly rate, April 2016-17
                                                              • Skills shortages
                                                                • Consumer demand
                                                                  • Figure 17: UK food tracker, % of respondents, April 2016 - November 2017
                                                              • Market Environment by Sector

                                                                • Key points
                                                                  • Business and industry
                                                                    • Figure 18: UK employment levels, 000 people, 2008-17
                                                                    • Figure 19: Disposable income, net national disposable income per head, Q1 2013-Q1 2017
                                                                  • Schools
                                                                    • Figure 20: UK number of schools & pupils, 2008-17
                                                                    • Figure 21: UK free school meals, number of pupils, number of and % eligible, 2009-17
                                                                  • Healthcare
                                                                    • Figure 22: Average daily available beds open overnight, England, Q1 2013/14 – Q 2017/18
                                                                    • Figure 23: NHS inpatient elective admission events, England, Q2 2013 - Q2 2017
                                                                  • Prisons
                                                                    • Figure 24: England and Wales' prison population, 2013-17
                                                                  • Defence
                                                                    • Figure 25: UK regular forces, April 2013-17
                                                                  • Remote sites
                                                                    • Figure 26: UK construction output index, all work, September 2013-17
                                                                • Industry Structure

                                                                  • Key points
                                                                    • Industry development
                                                                      • Industry by structure
                                                                        • Figure 27: Analysis of changes in event catering activities sector, outlets and businesses, % change, 2013-17
                                                                        • Figure 28: Analysis of changes in other food service activities sector, outlets and businesses, % change, 2013-17
                                                                      • Industry by turnover
                                                                        • Figure 29: Financial analysis of events catering activities sector, £’000 and % of total, 2016 & 2017
                                                                        • Figure 30: Financial analysis of other food service activities sector, £’000 and % of total, 2016 & 2017
                                                                      • Industry by employment
                                                                        • Figure 31: Analysis of the employment structure of the events catering activities sector, % of total, 2016 & 2017
                                                                        • Figure 32: Analysis of the employment structure of other food service activities sector, % of total, 2016 & 2017
                                                                    • Aramark UK Ltd

                                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                                          • Figure 33: Financial analysis of Aramark UK Ltd, £ million and % change, 2012-16
                                                                        • Company strategy
                                                                        • Bartlett Mitchell UK Ltd

                                                                            • Recent company activity
                                                                              • Figure 34: Financial analysis of Bartlett Mitchell UK Ltd, £ million and % change, 2012-16
                                                                            • Company strategy
                                                                            • Baxter Storey Ltd

                                                                                • Recent company activity
                                                                                  • Figure 35: Financial analysis of Baxter Storey Ltd, £ million and % change, 2012-16
                                                                                • Company strategy
                                                                                • Compass Contract Services (UK) Ltd

                                                                                    • Recent company activity
                                                                                      • Figure 36: Financial analysis of Compass Contract Services (UK) Ltd, £ million and % change, 2012-16
                                                                                    • Company strategy
                                                                                    • Elior UK Plc

                                                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                                                          • Figure 37: Financial analysis of Elior UK Plc, £ million and % change, 2012-16
                                                                                        • Company strategy
                                                                                        • Harrison Catering Ltd

                                                                                            • Recent company activity
                                                                                              • Figure 38: Financial analysis of Harrison Catering Ltd, £ million and % change, 2013-17
                                                                                            • Company strategy
                                                                                            • Interserve Catering Services

                                                                                                • Recent company activity
                                                                                                  • Figure 39: Financial analysis of Interserve Catering Services, £ million and % change, 2012-16
                                                                                                • Company strategy
                                                                                                • OCS Ltd

                                                                                                    • Recent company activity
                                                                                                      • Figure 40: Financial analysis of OCS Ltd, £ million and % change, 2013-17
                                                                                                    • Company strategy
                                                                                                    • Sodexo

                                                                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                                                                          • Figure 41: Financial analysis of Sodexo Ltd, £ million and % change, 2012-16
                                                                                                        • Company strategy
                                                                                                        • The Consumer

                                                                                                          • Key points
                                                                                                            • Canteen facilities
                                                                                                                • Figure 42: Available workplace facilities, % of respondents, June 2017
                                                                                                            • Workplace Visitation

                                                                                                                • Figure 43: Workplace facilities visitation, % of respondents, June 2017
                                                                                                            • Consumer Choice

                                                                                                                  • Figure 44: Most important variants, % of respondents, June 2017
                                                                                                              • Enhanced Services

                                                                                                                  • Figure 45: Potential improvements, % of respondents, June 2017
                                                                                                              • Workplace Catering Attitudes

                                                                                                                  • Figure 46: Statements about workplace facilities, % of respondents, June 2017
                                                                                                              • Hospital Visit

                                                                                                                  • Figure 47: Hospital Visitation, % of respondents, June 2017
                                                                                                              • Catering usage in Hospitals

                                                                                                                  • Figure 48: Use of Hospital Catering Facilities, % of respondents, June 2017
                                                                                                              • School Catering

                                                                                                                  • Figure 49: School lunchtime choice, % of respondents, June 2017
                                                                                                              • Market Forecast

                                                                                                                • Key points
                                                                                                                  • The market
                                                                                                                    • Figure 50: UK contract catering market forecast, £ billion, 2018-22
                                                                                                                  • Market developments
                                                                                                                    • Figure 51: Forecast National Living Wage growth, £ per hour, 2017-22
                                                                                                                • Further Sources and Contacts

                                                                                                                  • Trade associations
                                                                                                                    • British Hospitality Association
                                                                                                                      • Hospital Caterers Association
                                                                                                                        • The Association of Catering Excellence (ACEGB)
                                                                                                                          • The Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS)
                                                                                                                            • Trade Magazines
                                                                                                                              • Catering Insight
                                                                                                                                • Essentially Catering
                                                                                                                                  • Hospitality and Catering News
                                                                                                                                    • The Caterer
                                                                                                                                      • Hotel, Catering & Retail Show
                                                                                                                                        • The Food & Drink Trade Show
                                                                                                                                          • The International Food & Drink Event