The global contract catering market was valued at US$ 215.9 billion in 2018, according to Contract Catering Market Report, by Sector (Corporate, Industrial, Hospitality Services, Healthcare, Educational Institutions, Sports & Leisure, and Others), and by Region (North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East & Africa) published by Coherent Market Insights.

The global contract catering market is expected to reach US$ 355.6 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.8% over the forecast period.

Growing government initiatives for offering healthy food at educational institutes is expected to fuel growth of the global contract catering market over the forecast period. For instance, in April 2017, Government of Singapore introduced Whole-of-Government (WOG) Healthier Catering Policy. The policy was introduced to encourage healthier eating at homes, workplaces, and communities in Singapore. As per the policy, the government entities in Singapore will be provided with healthy food and drinks at the government organized functions, conferences, trainings, and meetings through catering.

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Key Trends and Analysis of the Contract Catering Market:

Increasing awareness about consumption of healthy food is one of the key factors that is expected to facilitate growth of the contract catering market. Healthy food is a basic requirement in case of hospitals and medical centers, among others. For instance, Sodexo provides healthy menu suited for a patient’s requirement. The company offers healthier food by limiting usage of salt, sugar, and fat, while increasing fresh fruits and vegetables offering in the healthcare sector.

Moreover, Cater Care, an Australia-based contract catering company develops its healthy menu on the basis of recommendations from the Australian Dietary Guidelines for Healthy Eating. This menu is developed keeping in mind the specific nutritional intake requirements of the patients. Apart from this, the fresh seasonal menu is developed depending on the fresh supplies obtained from the local suppliers and by meeting the strict patient meal standards.

Key Takeaways of the Market:

  • In 2018, Asia Pacific held the largest market share of 43.7% in the global contract catering market. China is the largest market in Asia Pacific for contract catering, accounting for 44.2% share in 2018, followed by Japan and India. China and India are the fastest growing markets in Asia Pacific, owing to increasing demand for contract caterers in emerging economies of Asia Pacific such as China and India.
  • China held the largest share in the Asia Pacific contract catering market as of 2018. Increasing revenue share of catering services in China’s food retail market is increasing demand for contract catering services in Asia Pacific region. For instance, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (China), the catering sector accounted for 10.8% revenue share of the total food retail revenue in China as of 2016.
  • Europe is expected to witness significant growth in the global contract catering market by 2020. Various market players in Europe are focusing on developing organic and inorganic growth strategies such as mergers and acquisitions and partnership, in order to expand their consumer base in the region. For instance, in August 2019, Mitie Group’s catering business, Gather & Gather, opened a new in-store cafe for Primark at the Braehead Shopping Centre in Glasgow, U.K. This café is expected to help the company to expand its presence in the retail sector.
  • Major players operating in the global contract catering market include Compass Group PLC, United Enterprises Co. Ltd., Elior Group SA, Aramark Corporation, CH&Co Catering Group Limited, Mitie Group plc., Sodexo S.A., Westbury Street Holdings Limited, and Rhubarb Food Design Limited

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