Overview

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

IBISWorld’s Caterers Industry Research Report offers insight into the market at the national level. Our analysis highlights macro trends in the overall sector and the micro trends faced by companies that do business in the Caterers industry. Our five-year outlook forecasts explain how the market is set to change and the product segments that will drive growth.

REPORT SNAPSHOT

Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$12bn
Annual Growth
12-17
1.3%
Annual Growth
17-22
Profit
Employment
261,189
Business
121,737

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Operators 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

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    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 Caterers industry is forecast to continue to improve as both consumer spending and corporate profit reach all-time highs...

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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The basic skills for a successful caterer include marketing, organizing, planning, problem solving, cooking, good hospitality skills and having a flair for presentation. As a result, catering is a labor intensive activity where timing and food presentation are essential. It involves a strong sense of logistical planning, particularly when caterers operate from their own premises and deliver products to different locations, and good food service skills to ensure that meals are served on time. IBISWorld estimates that the average company in the Caterers industry spends $0.06 on capital for every $1.00 spent on labor; this represents an extremely low level of capital intensity.

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    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
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    Industry Products

    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

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    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

  • Products & Markets
    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
    Competitive Landscape
    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
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
    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
    Jargon & Glossary
    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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    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
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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
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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