German Foodservice – Growth in All Segments

The out-of-home markets in Great Britain and France have grown in 2012. The same goes for the German out-of-home market, in which a sales volume of EUR67bn (2.6%) was achieved. How does this market differ from the other ones in Europe?

For the manufacturers and dealers of foodstuffs, the buying volume of food, processed by contract caterer and gastronomes is clearly more interesting than the turnover that they generate with their guests. On the basis of the current figures in 2012/2013, calculated carefully in all segments of the market, it amounts to EUR16.3bn. 69% of this falls to the catering in companies/hospitals and retirement homes, day care centers / schools / universities or other segments, like in penitentiaries or in the army. 31% of the food purchases unify the eight most important areas of gastronomy, including those in hotels. The high share of contract caterers might be one of the important differences to other similar markets in Europe.

Contract catering – the largest sub-market

The largest segment of this sub-market is catering for employees in companies, public authorities, etc. (business catering) with goods and materials employed amounting to EUR 7.3bn. At the same time, we make a difference between two areas: 62% falls to the classical warm midday meals, and the catering for “in-between”, which makes up for 38% of the volume. The first area is often regarded as an employee’s benefit, which has been co-determined by the work council. The people responsibl...