A good spread: Strong outsourcing trends have supported growth for large, diversified caterers

The Catering Services industry has modestly grown over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to rise at an annualised 1.0% over the five years through 2018-19, to be worth $7.8 billion. Businesses have been increasingly outsourcing their catering requirements, driving growth. Outsourcing enables companies to focus on their core operations and allow experts with established supply chains to undertake catering. Steadily increasing demand from airlines, government departments and households has also supported industry growth. Revenue is forecast to rise by 1.0% in the current year, reflecting rising discretionary incomes...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Businesses have been increasingly outsourcing their catering requirements, driving growth
  • The air-travel sector has required increased food services to cater to growing customer numbers
  • Increasing demand is anticipated to support industry participation over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The geographic spread of the industry is closely correlated with population distribution and general economic activity. Catering companies tend to be located near key markets such as businesses, governments, schools, universities, hospitals, sporting and entertainment venues and households. The majority of these markets are heavily concentrated in the eastern seaboard states. Consequently, over 80% of catering businesses are located in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, which account for more than 77% of the population. On the other hand, less populous states and territories such as Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory account for under 5% of industry establishments...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Catering Services Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Catering Services are:

  • Effective quality control
  • Access to multiskilled and flexible workforce
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Aircraft kilometres flown and Real household discretionary income in the Catering Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Catering Services Industry?

    Industry firms primarily provide catering services at specified locations or events. Meals and snacks may be transported or prepared and served on or off the premises, as required by the client.

    Industry Products
  • Meals for takeaway consumption
  • On-premises catering
  • Liquor and other beverages
  • Other goods and services
  • Industry Activities
  • Airline catering service
  • Catering service operation
  • Mobile catering service
  • Event catering service
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Aircraft kilometres flown
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Demand from restaurants
  • Business confidence index
  • Consumer sentiment index

  • Current Performance
  • Industry profitability
  • Demand conditions
  • Employment and establishments
  • Full-service contracts
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Profit and participation
  • Growth opportunities
  • Small operators
  • Table: Catering Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Catering Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining
  • Retail Trade
  • Domestic Airlines
  • Education and Training
  • Health Services
  • Integrated Logistics

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Dairy Produce Wholesaling
  • Fruit and Vegetable Wholesaling
  • Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods Wholesaling
  • Temporary Staff Services

  • Products & Services
  • On-premises catering
  • Meals for takeaway consumption
  • Other goods and services
  • Liquor and other beverages
  • Chart: Catering Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Health and education providers
  • Businesses
  • Government departments
  • Sports and entertainment venues
  • Households
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Catering Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Catering Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Catering Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Spotless Group Holdings Limited, Compass Group (Australia) Pty Ltd,
  • Table: Spotless Group Holdings Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Compass Group (Australia) Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Catering Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Catering Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Snap-freezing of prepared meals to maintain flavour and freshness for later reheating or further cooking.
  • Food Service
  • Providing customers with prepared food and beverages.
  • Full-Service Contract
  • Contracts that incorporate catering functions with other services, such as security, building repairs and cleaning services.
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