Meal ticket: Rising demand from consumers for private catering has boosted industry revenue

The Catering Services industry has grown strongly over the past five years, with revenue expected to increase at an annualised 4.9% over the five years through 2019-20. Steady growth in demand from households has supported the industry's performance, as positive consumer sentiment has encouraged households to boost their expenditure on special occasions like weddings, engagements, birthdays and parties. This trend has subsequently resulted in stronger demand for catering services at these events and functions. Furthermore, household discretionary income has also risen over the past five years, providing consumers with greater purchasing power to spend on discretionary services such as more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Positive consumer sentiment has boosted household expenditure on special occasions
  • Many catering firms have focused on streamlining their operations and reducing costs where possible
  • Positive consumer sentiment will drive spending on catering at special events and functions
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Catering Services industry has low capital intensity. For every dollar spent on capital costs in the industry, an estimated $17.15 is expected to be spent on wages. The industry is highly labour intensive and relies on staff for food and beverage ordering and preparation, cooking, serving and cleaning. Staff are also required for back office and administration duties. The industry heavily relies on casual and temporary staff, ensuring that wages remain flexible and can be adjusted based on customer demand, keeping average wages low.Depreciation costs are low and incurred on equipment used by catering firms. Larger catering companies generally have higher capital costs due to the greater amount of equipment required to service major events. Ind...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:

  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Effective quality control
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business confidence index and Consumer sentiment index in the Catering Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Catering Services in New Zealand Industry?

    Industry firms primarily provide catering services at specific locations or events. Catering firms may transport meals and snacks to the venue, or prepare and serve them on the premises, as required by the client.

    Industry Products
  • Private event catering
  • Corporate catering
  • Airline catering
  • Other services
  • Industry Activities
  • Airline catering services
  • Catering service operations
  • Mobile catering services
  • Event catering services
  • Table of Contents

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

  • Current Performance
  • Industry demand
  • Profit margins
  • Industry participation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Consumer demand
  • Industry profit
  • Industry structure
  • Competition
  • 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
  • Airlines in New Zealand
  • Consumers in New Zealand

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Fruit and Vegetable Wholesaling in New Zealand
  • Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods Wholesaling in New Zealand
  • Temporary Staff Services in New Zealand

  • Products & Services
  • Corporate catering
  • Airline catering
  • Private event catering
  • Other services
  • Chart: Catering Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Businesses
  • Other markets
  • 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
  • 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
    LSG Sky Chefs New Zealand Limited, Spotless Holdings (NZ) Limited, Compass Group New Zealand Limited,
  • Table: LSG Sky Chefs New Zealand Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Spotless Holdings (NZ) Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Compass Group New Zealand Limited - 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 (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • 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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