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May 3, 2015

How does your food business compare with others? This report is a must-read if you work in or own:
  • Coffee Shops & Cafes:  Projected growth 2014-2019 2.5%
  • Restaurants: Projected growth 2014-2019 2.3%
  • Fast Food: Projected growth 2014-2019 1.5%
  • Pizza Delivery & Takeway Franchises: Projected growth 2014-2019 3.2%
  • Pubs, Bars & Nightclubs: Projected growth 2014-2019 2.1%
  • Catering Services: Projected growth 2014-2019 2.1%
Collated by Allan English (Found & Acting Chief Executive Office Silver Chef Limited), The latest HISI (Hospitality Industry Success Index) Report will open your eyes to how your sector has been performing and where the food industry trends are forming.

Cafes and coffee industry segment is still in its growth phase however there are a lot of them so leading with quality and service against intense competition will be critical.

A rapid recovery of 5.6% growth after the GFC in the restaurant sector can be attributed in part to shifting social patterns in consumer behaviour. Consumers are looking to restaurants for adding convenience to their busy lifestyles to save on time, food prep and washing up! Coupled with reality television cooking shows like My Kitchen Rules and Masterchef customers want to be a part of the 'in-crowd' either at the restaurant, buying celebrity chef endorsed pre-packaged meals or in their own kitchen.

Fast Food is considered to have reached a saturation point with slowed growth. The menu has swung away from high fat fast food to healthier options. This has brought a rise in new operators entering the fast food market. The fast food segment is also facing stiff competition from supermarkets offering pre-pared convenience meals. 

Take Away and delivery franchises are always focusing and capitalising on shifting patterns in consumer behaviour. The food prep, delivery and supply chain relies on high technology in catering equipment, ordering systems and communication channels to keep quality and convenience leading-edge in a competitive market.

Pubs, bars and nightclubs are experiencing changing consumer tastes leading to a steady decline in beer consumption coupled with rising rent and strong competition from independent pub operators.

Catering services operate on low profit margins however it's quite easy to get into this industry with very limited entry barriers. Competition is intense. As there is growing demand from key sectors including airlines, hospitals, sporting events, mining camps and government departments the catering sector will grow.

Trends on the rise:
  • health consciousness and influences from clean eating, Paleo diets and superfoods. 
  • sustainable and locally sourced food choices and having knowledge of where our food comes from and its journey from paddock to plate. 
  • Australia's growing ageing population is drinking less beer and younger counterparts are preferring quality, diverse choices.
  • Food truck and mobile vendor revolution is booming globally.
  • Not being online is no longer an option. Websites and online tools are king.
  • Your conversation on social media is a style to be developed and a must have cost of your food business.

Read the full report HERE

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