Foodservice growth report 2017: growth continues but headwinds are on the horizon

November 22, 2017

Our Foodservice Growth Report 2017 reveals that operators in the UK independent foodservice sector achieved yet another year of double-digit revenue growth. But fast-approaching cost headwinds will likely slow growth in 2018 unless businesses can use M&A effectively to offset the impact of tightening corporate and public sector budgets, the national living wage, apprenticeship levy, and food price inflation.

At a glance

  • UK M&A in the last 12 months has focused heavily on operators servicing premium clients or venues in London.
  • Average profit margins reached 6.4% last year, up from 4.3% in 2013.
  • Service to the education sector—the most significant profit-growth driver for companies in our report—continued to expand.

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