The UK foodservice industry is estimated to be worth £33.2bn and is the fourth largest consumer market following food retail, motor industry and clothing. The growth of foodservice, at the expense of grocery retail, can be attributed to the increased number of consumers eating out of the home as well as the growing population, rising wages, longer working hours and time-poor culture.
With around 499,000 outlets and almost 100,000 buying points, this segmented market is notoriously complex and difficult for suppliers to access.
Formerly with Baxters Food Group, having over 27 years of dedicated service as a successful supplier to the foodservce industry and as an advisor to the Irish Food Board and Local Enterprise companies, our managing consultant has considerable knowledge of the most effective and efficient methods of penetrating this multi-faceted industry.
Quest Food Service advise on all aspects of product composition to conform to the requirements of multiple end-user operators. This comprises pricing structures, pack/portion sizes, packaging, recipes and temperature distribution channels to deliver the most compatible and profitable output.
Whether for branded, proprietary label or bespoke products, the foodservice sector is clearly an enormous market which can provide opportunities and challenges for future sustainable development.