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Food-Service Contractors in the UK: Market Research Report

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Food-Service Contractors Market Research Report | SIC I56.290 | Jun 2017

Serving growth: Industry revenue is projected to continue to expand, albeit at a slower rate

IBISWorld’s Food-Service Contractors market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Compass Compass market share
Sodexo Sodexo market share
WSH WSH market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Many public institutions have outsourced their catering services, supporting revenue growth
  • The growing use of steam cooking has helped to lower capital outlay
  • Imported food is anticipated to become more expensive owing to the weakness of the pound
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Businesses operating in the Food-Service Contractors industry provide catering services to clients on a contract basis. Major markets for the industry's services include businesses, government departments and local councils, sporting and entertainment venues, tourist attractions, hospitals, schools and universities, nursing homes, airlines, prisons, and other institutions. In 2017-18, the industry is expected to generate revenue of £9.6 billion.

Both businesses and the government have sought to cope with an increase in competition by outsourcing non-core business activities such as food services. This has ensured healthy demand from downstream markets... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

There are many small firms in this fragmented industry. However, there are a few large international players that generate a fairly significant amount of industry revenue. The Food-Service Contractors industry has a low level of concentration, since the top four players are anticipated to contribute 33.3% of industry revenue in the current year. The level of economies of scale that larger firms can achieve can form a barrier for prospective entrants. It allows the major firms to minimise costs and provide a service at a lower rate than the smaller operators. Despite this, the larger operators will generally only compete for the larger contracts, which the smaller operators cannot compete for anyway, leaving smaller contracts available for the rest of the industry operators.

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Additional Insights for the Food-Service Contractors Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Food-Service Contractors Industry are

  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Ability to provide goods/services in diverse locations
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total health expenditure and Attendance at leisure activities in the Food-Service Contractors industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


    Industry ProductsRelated Reports

    What is the Food-Service Contractors Industry?

    Businesses in this industry prepare food for clients on a contract basis. Contracts cover the time period of the service, prices and broad menu selections.

    Industry Products
    On-premises food servicesMeals for takeaway consumptionBeverages
    Industry Activities
    Catering for business and industry clientsCatering for educational institutionsCatering for the health-care and medical industriesCatering at sport, leisure and tourist venuesCatering for defence servicesCatering for prisonsCatering for offshore oil rigs

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total health expenditure
  • Attendance at leisure activities
  • Demand from general secondary education
  • Fruit and vegetable prices
  • Business confidence index
  • Current Performance
  • Bringing home

    the bacon

  • Industry innovation
  • Efficiency and employment
  • Stringent legislation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Simmering demand
  • Relaxing regulation
  • Table: Food-Service Contractors Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Food-Service Contractors Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • General Secondary Education
  • Hospitals
  • Sports Facilities
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling
  • Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling
  • Dairy Product, Egg & Edible Oil Wholesaling
  • Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling
  • Meat Wholesaling
  • Products & Services
  • On-premises food services
  • Beverages
  • Meals for takeaway consumption
  • Chart: Food-Service Contractors Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Businesses
  • Health-care sector
  • Education sector
  • Sports, leisure and tourist sites
  • Transport operators
  • Defence sector
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Food-Service Contractors Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Food-Service Contractors
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Food-Service Contractors Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Compass Contract Services (UK) Limited
    Sodexo Ltd
    WSH International Investments Ltd
  • Table: Compass Contract Services (UK) Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Sodexo Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: WSH International Investments Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Food-Service Contractors Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Food-Service Contractors Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • A type of food-service location with no waiting staff. Canteens are often found in places such as schools, offices and military barracks.
  • Outsourcing
  • The practice of contracting services out to specialist suppliers so that firms can concentrate on their core activities.
  • Steamplicity
  • An innovative way of steam-cooking food, patented by Compass Group.

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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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