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Structure of the UK contract catering market

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Structure of the UK contract catering market
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The number of contract catering outlets in the UK fell by 2.3% to 16,583 in 2009, down from  16,983 in the previous year, according to the latest survey by the British Hospitality Association.


The number of business and industry outlets dropped by 6%, largely due to a steep decline in prison catering and a 2.7% drop in B&I outlets, but remained the leading sector with a 49.4% share of the market. However, this share has dropped substantially from the 74.7% reported for 1991.

The state education and local authority sectors also saw declines, but healthcare, Ministry of Defence and leisure outlets all increased in numbers.


These facts and figures are reported in the Food and Service Management Survey 2010, published by the British Hospitality Association. The full report (which is free to BHA members) can be bought for £95 (for the printed version) or £50 (for a PDF file).  For enquiries or orders, phone 0207 404 7744 or contact Philippa Brady.


 


More facts and figures from the Food and Service Management Survey


UK contract catering turnover >> 

Number of meals served by UK contract caterers >>

Key ratios in contract catering >>

Types of catering contract >>

Number of employees in UK contract catering market >>




Number of outlets followed (in bold green type) by percentage share of total outlets














































   2008 2009

Business
& industry

8,719
51.3%
8,183
49.4%
Healthcare 653
3.8%
810
4.8%

State education

5,136
30.3%
4,781
28.8%

Independent schools

637
3.7%
642
3.9%

Local authorities

282
1.7%
200
1.2%

Ministry of Defence

421
2.5%
566
3.4%
Oil rigs  ** 163
1%
264
1.7%

Catering for the public

972
5.7%
1,137
6.8%
Total and %
change year-on year

16,983
-3.5%


16,583
-2.3%


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 




 


 


 


 


 


 




















































































  

2007


2006


2005*


2004


2003


2002


Business
& industry

8,436
47.9%
9,103
52.4%
8,973
51%
8,975
49.8%
8,939
48.6%
9,078
47.8%
Healthcare 636
3.6%
799
4.6%
839
4.8%
859
4.8%
882
4.8%
863
4.5%

State education

5,836
33.2%
4,898
28.2%

4,506
25.5%

4,676
25.9%
5,027
27.4%
5,647
29.8%

Independent schools

736
4.2%
781
4.5%
754
4.3%
841
4.7%
919
5.0%
846
4.5%

Local authorities

242
1.4%
257
1.5%
291
1.7%
368
2.0%
477
2.6%
467
2.5%

Ministry of Defence

352
2%
421
2.4%
490
2.8%
520
2.9%
522
2.8%
372
2.0%
Oil rigs  ** 229
1.3%
193
1.1%
202
1.1%
223
1.2%
235
1.3%
199
1.0%

Catering for the public


1,136
6.4%


921
5.3%


914*
5.4%


1,566
8.7%


1,385
7.5%


1,507
7.9%

Total and %
change year-on year

17,603
+1.3%


17,373
+2.3%


16,969
-5.8%


18,028
-1.9%


18,386
-3.1%


18,979
+3.9%


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 




















































































  

2001


2000


1999


1998


1997


1991


Business
& industry

9,002
49.2%
8,930
50%
8,766
49.1%
8,410
46.3%
7,671
45.6%

7,775
74.7%

Healthcare 960
5.2%
971
5.5%
923
5.2%
822
4.5%

704
4.2%


337
3.2%


State education

4,847
26.5%
4,621
26%

5,005
28.0%

5,727
31.6%
5,800
35.4%

450
4.3%


Independent schools

813
4.5%
585
3.4%
597
3.3%
568
3.1%
476
2.9%
620
6.0%

Local authorities

543
3.0%
580
3.3%
582
3.2%
573
3.2%
396
2.4%
463
4.5%

Ministry of Defence

401
3.2%
580
3.3%
502
2.9%
467
2.6%
412
2.5%
190
1.8%
Oil rigs  ** 238
1.3%
267
1.5%
272
1.5%
256
1.4%
252
1.5%
246
2.4%

Catering for the public

1,485
8.1%
1,253
7.0%
1,218
6.8%
1,328
7.3%
991
5.5%
324
3.1%
Total and %
change year-on year

18,289
+2.8%


17,787
+0.4%


17,865
 –


18,151


16,702


11,954











 


 



 


 


 


 


 








*  Figures readjusted to reflect Compass’s sale of Select Service Partner in 2006
** Includes training centres and construction sites

An outlet is any catering unit (or part of a catering unit) that is separately operated and managed.
Business and industry includes department store staff and prisons/prison shops.
Healthcare includes NHS and private hospitals, along with nursing and retirement homes.
State education includes state schools, grant-maintained schools, further and higher eduction.
Independent schools include all private schools.
Local authority catering includes town administration, police, fire and welfare.

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