Number of meals served by UK contract caterers - Industry data

by Angela Frewin, Tuesday 15th June 2010 17:07

The number of meals served by UK contract caterers fell marginally by 0.7% to 1.607 billion in 2009, compared with 1.619 billion in 2008, according to the latest survey by the British Hospitality Association.

This drop reflects the 6.4% fall in employee numbers during 2009 as well as contract losses, with the total number of outlets falling by 2.3% to 16,583 (from 16,983 in 2008). 

Business and industry was the hardest-hit sector, reflecting a 6% decline in the number of outlets. The market served 582 million meals in 2009, down from 717 million in the previous year. However, it retains the lion's share of the market, accounting for 36.2% of all meals served. 

Other sectors enjoyed significant increases in meal numbers, most noticeably healthcare where caterers provided three meals a day.

These facts and figures are reported in the Food and Service Management Survey 2008, 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 >> 

Key ratios in contract catering >>

Types of catering contract >>

Number of employees in UK contract catering market >>

Structure of the UK contract catering market >>



Number of meals served (in millions) followed by percentage share of the total market


           2008 2009

Business
+ industry

717
44.3%

582
36.2%

Healthcare 197
12.2%
250
15.6%

State education

266
16.4%
263
16.4%

Independent schools

88
5.4%
90
5.6%

Local authorities

23
1.4%
24
1.5%

Ministry of Defence

170
10.5%
215
13.3%
Oil rigs  ^ 18
1%
30
1.9%

Catering for the public

140
8.7%
153
9.5%
Total and %
change year-on year

1,619
+1.2%

1,607
-0.7%



           2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

Business
+ industry

666
41.6%
680
44.1%
645
43.1%
617
38.5%
613
38.1%
605
39.0%
Healthcare 210
13.1%
203
13.2%
204
13.6%
208
13%
232
14.4%
237
15.3%

State education

289
18.1%
272
17.6%

265
17.7%

287
17.9%
281
17.5%
250
16.1%

Independent schools

100
6.3%
105
6.8%
100
6.7%
120
7.5%
135
8.4%
128
8.3%

Local authorities

19
1.2%
20
1.3%
22
1.5%
28
1.7%
37
2.3%
35
2.3%

Ministry of Defence

145
9.1%
105
6.8%
105
7.0%
110
6.9%
 108
6.7%
85
5.5%
Oil rigs  ^ 20
1.2%
16
1.1%
16
1.1%
17
1.1%
17
1.1%
13
0.8%

Catering for the public

150
9.4%
139
9.1%
139*
9.3%
214
13.4%
185
11.5%
197
12.7%
Total and %
change year-on year

1,599
+3.8%

1,540
+2.9%

1,496
-6.5%

1,601
-

1,608
+3.7%

1,550
+2.9%

 

              

2001

2000

1999

1998

1997

1991

Business
+ industry

588
39.1%
583
39.6%
545
40.1%
512
39.3%
474
40%
325
49.7%
Healthcare 238
15.8%
237
16.1%
198
14.6%
155
11.9%
141
11.9%
41
6.3%

State education

227
15.1%

218
14.8%

222
16.3%
238
18.3%
228
19.3%
33
5.0%

Independent schools

125
8.3%
92
6.3%
93
6.8%
92
7.1%
76
6.4%
81
2.4%

Local authorities

42
2.8%
44
3.0%
44
3.2%
40
3.1%
31
2.6%
31
4.7%

Ministry of Defence

93
6.2%
135
9.2%
102
7.5%
100
7.6%
87
7.4%
56
8.6%
Oil rigs  ^ 15
1.0%
17
1.2%
17
1.2%
16
1.2%
16
1.4%
25
3.8%

Catering for the public *

177
11.8%
145
9.8%
140
10.3%
150
11.5%
133
11%
62
9.5%
Total and %
change year-on year

1,505
+2.3%

1,471
+8.1%

1,361
-

1,303
-

1,189
-

654
-



*
   Figures adjusted to take account of Compass's sale of Select Service Partner in 2006
^   Includes training centres and construction sites


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