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Food Service Market

5 August 2013

The foodservice market, valued at £49.6 billion, is vast and the routes to market are many and varied. It consists of a number of different sub sectors: from pubs, quick service restaurants (QSR) and full service restaurants in the commercial or ‘profit’ sector, to work place, college and universities. There is considerable opportunity for potatoes.

Latest market report - Foodservice Market Update July 2013

  • In the year ending March 2013, the total out-of-home market was worth £49.5 billion, up 0.5% from last year. OOH traffic levels declined very slightly. Post-Christmas cutbacks, a continued sluggish economy and particularly cold weather contributed to the poor performance across the industry. Breakfast and weekend visits, however, reported some growth.
  • There were 1.79 billion potato servings OOH in the year to March 2013, which represents a 6.3% fall compared to a year earlier.

A quarterly report is produced on the foodservice sector, based on NPD Crest data. The next report (year-ending March 13) is currently being prepared and will be available free-of-charge to levy payers. Email: to be added to the circulation list.

To view the foodservice reports please visit the foodservice reports section in the knowledge hub.

AHDB Potatoes marketing activity

The primary focus of AHDB Potatoes marketing activity is on the consumer, which benefits all routes to market. The fragmentation of the foodservice market creates a significant challenge for marketing at industry level.

AHDB Potatoes focuses its resources on:

Investment in tools to help your business:

Market Information

  • Chip Shops: Traditionally activity has taken place with Chip Shops as they are an important sector for the GB crop – accounting for 10% of usage. National Chip Week has been the primary vehicle for the support.
  • Pubs and Restaurants: In 2005 AHDB Potatoes first commissioned research into the profit sector, which revealed a lack of knowledge amongst caterers about potatoes. It also identified the primary areas of opportunity to increase potato dishes on menus in pub and restaurants. Since then, the market has moved on and there is general agreement that operators’ knowledge of potatoes has increased considerably.
  • School Meals: When school meals hit the headlines back in 2005, AHDB Potatoes increased its focus on activity to educate caterers about how potatoes can help them meet the school meal guidelines. We now have a range of resources available to help promote potatoes in school meals and ensure the potato’s nutritional profile is recognised.
  • There is an information section for each sector: chip shops, pubs and restaurants, and school meals. These are intended to provide a useful resource to direct your customers to and include downloadable resources which can add value to your customer relationship – or be used in new supplier meetings.
  • An in depth study on the profit sector (70% by value) was completed in 2010. Download a copy of Behind the Menu: Potatoes In Foodservice.