Party time: Corporate and consumer party budgets will expand, pushing up demand

The Caterers industry has cooked up a new recipe for growth in recent years. Industry revenue has increased as consumers and businesses hiked up spending on industry services. Operators introduced new menu items and are providing a wider range of services to satisfy increasing client requirements. Recent growth has been aided by a recovery in consumer spending and corporate profit; therefore, households and businesses are expanding their budgets and hosting more catered events. Over the next five years, the industry is forecast to continue to improve as both consumer spending and corporate profit reach all-time highs...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$12bn
Annual Growth 12-17
1.3%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
261,623
Businesses
121,854
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Caterers have adapted their offerings to suit changing consumer preferences
  • More customers are demanding healthier options and locally sourced or organic foods
  • As consumer conditions improve, time-poor consumers are expected to use catering services
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The largest four industry operators are estimated to account for much less than 10.0% of total industry revenue. This is indicative of the industry having a large number of small business operators and being very fragmented. The barriers to entry in this regard are low, with no large or dominant operators. However, barriers are generally increasing, particularly in relation to the introduction of more stringent food handling and preparation health and safety regulations. Currently, regulations vary between states and there is no national regulation standard that new operators are required to meet...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Caterers Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Caterers Industry are

  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Access to niche markets
  • Ability to provide goods/services in diverse locations
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Consumer spending and Corporate profit in the Caterers industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Caterers Industry?

    This industry includes companies that provide individual event-based food services. These companies generally have equipment and vehicles to transport meals and snacks to events or prepare food off-site. Banquet halls with catering staff are included in this industry. Examples of events catered by establishments in this industry are graduation parties, wedding receptions, business luncheons and trade shows.

    Industry Products
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages
  • Food prepared for immediate consumption
  • Food served at events on caterer's premises
  • Food served at events on customer's premises
  • Food dropped off at the customer's event
  • Food prepared for customer pick-up
  • Other services
  • Industry Activities
  • Providing single event based food services
  • Providing food services in banquet halls with catering staff
  • Transporting meals and snacks or preparing food on-site
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Consumer spending
  • Corporate profit
  • External competition for the Catering industry
  • Demand from trade show and conference planning
  • Households earning more than $100,000

  • Current Performance
  • Stronger demand
  • Operators add value
  • Profit cools amid rising competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Cooking up growth
  • Standards rise with competition
  • Table: Caterers Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Trade Show and Conference Planning
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Beef & Pork Wholesaling
  • Beer Wholesaling
  • Dairy Wholesaling
  • Egg & Poultry Wholesaling
  • Fish & Seafood Wholesaling
  • Frozen Food Wholesaling
  • Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling
  • Office Staffing & Temp Agencies
  • Tool & Equipment Rental
  • Wine & Spirits Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Food served at events on customer's premises
  • Food served at events on caterer's premises
  • Other services
  • Food dropped off at the customer's event
  • Food prepared for immediate consumption
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages
  • Food prepared for customer pick-up
  • Chart: Caterers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Time constraints
  • Corporate demand
  • Regulation

  • Major Markets
  • Businesses and organizations
  • Highest quintile of household incomes
  • Fourth quintile of household incomes
  • Middle quintile of household incomes
  • Second quintile of household incomes
  • Lowest quintile of household incomes
  • Government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Caterers 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 Caterers

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Caterers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Caterers 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 Caterers Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Consumer spending (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Food Service
  • Provision of catered meals, which usually includes alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.
  • Food Handling
  • Ensuring that health and food standards are maintained at a high level during each stage of the process, from purchasing to serving.
  • Wastage
  • Food, drinks or other items that must be discarded due to fluctuations in demand, oversupply of meals or excess ingredients that cannot be used and are subsequently spoiled.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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