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Contract catering news round up

10 October 2007

The UK contract catering market is worth almost £3.8b in annual turnover and from more than 17,000 outlets serves 1.54 billion meals a year and employees nearly 115,000 people.

Dominated by the big four of Compass, Sodexho, Aramark and Elior the sector has changed hugely from its cost-sector post-war roots and today embraces oil rigs, hospitals, schools, leisure centres, sports stadia and race tracks and Ministry of Defence sites.

While business and industry remains the largest slice of the pie by meals served and number of outlets, it is also the most mature market with limited growth potential.

Contract caterers, or food and service management companies as the British Hospitality Association (BHA) has dubbed them, continue to expand their range of soft services offered such as reception duties, as well as cleaning and security, and there are 3,000 support services undertaken.

The importance of integrated management systems - the bundling together of support services including catering - continues to grow.

Source: 2007 UK Food and Service Management Survey - BHA

Contract catering news

Compass restructure ready ‘within months' >>

Sodexho Alliance reports strong growth >>

Harrison Catering Services wins £12m university deal >>

Aramark to cater at all HBOS sites >>

Anton Edelmann quits as principal chef at Directors Table >>

Elior UK restructuring continues apace with new appointments >>

Duncan Ackery to head up Searcy >>

Compass Group officially unveils new fine dining brand >>

Sodexho wins school meals contract Compass found ‘unviable' >>

Compass Group promotes Nick Vadis to newly created role of UK executive chef >>

Charlton House snaps up caterer Chester Boyd >>

Elior to offer venue service at client sites >>

Aramark takes £15m-a-year BBC deal off Compass >>

Cater Link wins Islington school meals contract >>

Aramark wins £38m deal with HMS Nelson and the Portsmouth Naval Base >>

Holroyd Howe in double contract win >>

Paul Daly appointed managing director of Initial Catering Services >>

Crown Group becomes Oriel >>

Adopted businesses

Harrison Catering Services: Doin' the Lambeth lunch >>

Harrison Catering Services: Kids' stuff >>

Personality counts at Harbour & Jones >>

Harbour & Jones: Down on the farm >>

Contract catering: school meal round up >>

The Caterer Blog - a selection of contract catering blogs >>/

Kitchen Rat - a selection of contract catering blogs >>

Trends and data

Industry data: UK contract catering turnover >>

Industry data: Number of meals served by UK contract caterers >>

Industry data: Key ratios in contract catering >>

Industry data: Types of catering contract >>

Industry data: Number of employees in UK contract catering market >>

Industry data: Structure of the UK contract catering market >>

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