- Language: English
- 80 Pages
- Published: January 2013
- Region: United Kingdom
Contract Catering Market Report 2001
- Published: January 2001
- Region: United Kingdom
- Key Note Publications Ltd
Contract catering has been one of the most buoyant sectors of the UK catering market in recent years, with year-on-year sales increases outperforming growth in the catering market as a whole. This trend continued in 2000, with an 8.5% increase in the sector's value, to £3.27bn, and value growth in every sector of the contract-catering market.
The contract-catering industry developed from the demands of industry for lunch-time food for its workers, and business and industry is still the largest sector of the market. An estimated 90% of all meals served in this sector are served by contract caterers. The second-largest sector is education, with contract caterers increasing their share in all age groups - nursery and pre-school, primary school, secondary school, and further and higher education - in recent years. However, this sector experienced a relatively weak growth rate in 2000, mainly as a result of reduced sales in the state-school sector. Healthcare continues to be a rapidly expanding market, with a 13% increase in market value and a 19.7% increase in the number of meals served in 2000. The two remaining sectors - catering for the public and other contract catering - have also shown strong growth. The latter sector includes catering at prisons, remote sites and construction sites, and for the MoD (Ministry of Defence).
The recent period of economic stability has encouraged many organisations to invest more in their catering facilities, although, in the business and industry sector, there are fewer manufacturing sites and the emphasis is on services. The introduction of the Best Value scheme to replace Compulsory Competitive Tendering in local government has been slow, and these delays have had a negative impact on state-school catering contracts. Catering for the public has benefited from greater demand for food on the move and from a considerable improvement in the range of catering facilities on offer in many towns, sites and transport terminals, including more and better-quality coffee shops and snack outlets. In 2001, however, the outbreak of foot and mouth disease had an effect on the specific area of events catering when many events were cancelled.
While the penetration of contract caterers in the business and industry sector is high, the percentage of meals served by private-sector suppliers in other market sectors, such as education and healthcare, is still relatively low, and there is still considerable growth potential. This is true not only in the UK but also in many international markets. The development of more branded outlets, and the ability of the larger suppliers to offer a range of support services for other non-core activities, such as cleaning, security, property maintenance and reception management, is encouraging a greater number of organisations to consider private contractors. SHOW LESS READ MORE >