Sustainability in the UK Foodservice Operators' Industry 2012-2013

Nov 19, 2012 - Canadean - 119 pages - USD $2,000
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"Sustainability in the UK Foodservice Operators' Industry 2012-2013" is a new report by Canadean that provides a comprehensive analysis of various factors that affect sustainability in the UK foodservice industry. The report contains in-depth analysis on the principal drivers and challenges with regards to sustainability as well as highlighting the CSR initiatives implemented by food service operators; it also benchmarks the successful sustainable initiatives and food wastage management measures adopted by various companies. This report also examines the impact of sustainability on profits and cost saving targets set by companies. Furthermore, the report assesses the implementation status of calorie labeling within foodservice organizations and analyses the procurement strategies and practices being undertaken, category-level spending outlooks, changes in sustainable procurement budgets, and the investment opportunities available for leading purchase decision makers. The report identifies the key drivers and practices of green marketing, and the channels used to effectively market green credentials.

Introduction and Landscape

Why was the report written?
This report is the result of an extensive survey drawn from Canadean's exclusive panel of leading foodservice industry operators. The panel consists of executives across industries recruited by means of opt-ins to pop-up surveys on leading industry portals. As sustainability emerges as a strong theme in the current business environment, this report provides the reader with a definitive analysis of what sustainability means to the foodservice industry and how it is implemented. Furthermore, this report grants access to the opinions and strategies of business decision makers and competitors, and examines their actions surrounding sustainable procurement practices and marketing environmentally friendly, or 'green', initiatives. The report also provides access to information categorized by sector, channel, and company turnover.

What is the current market landscape and what is changing?
On average, foodservice operators' sustainability expenditure is expected to rise over the next 12 months by 7.2% in the profit sector, whereas on average, foodservice operators in the cost sector channels expect to register an increase in their sustainability budgets by 5.8% over the next 12 months.

What are the key drivers behind recent market changes?
'Cost savings and operational efficiency', 'compliance with legislation', and 'reducing food wastage' are identified as the most important drivers for sustainability.

What makes this report unique and essential to read?
"This report is the result of an extensive survey drawn from Canadean's exclusive panel of leading foodservice industry operators; the panel consists of executives across industries recruited by means of opt-ins to pop-up surveys on leading industry portals. As sustainability emerges as a strong theme in the current business environment, this report provides the reader with a definitive analysis of what sustainability means to the foodservice industry and how it is implemented. Furthermore, this report grants access to the opinions and strategies of business decision makers and competitors, and examines their actions surrounding sustainable procurement practices and marketing environmentally friendly, or 'green', initiatives. The report also provides access to information categorized by sector, channel, and company turnover.

Key Features and Benefits
To identify the most popular standards or practices used in measuring and monitoring sustainability implementation.

To understand the set specific cost saving targets to be achieved when implementing sustainability.

Uncovers the leading concerns of foodservice operators in the effective implementation of sustainable practices.

Formulate effective procurement strategies by identifying how sustainability procurement budgets are changing and where expenditure will be directed in the future.

Identify the specific marketing strategies and channels competitors use to win business.

Key Market Issues
In total, 56% of respondents from the profit sector consider 'operating fully-loaded dish washers' to be a highly implemented water efficiency measure, while 'hand scraping food waste' and 'filling water glasses on request' are considered to be other important water saving measures. In addition, 79% of cost sector respondents considered 'hand scrapping food waste' to be a widely implemented water efficiency measure, while 67% of cost sector respondents identified 'periodic leak inspections' as another commonly implemented water efficiency measure.

According to survey results, 29% and 42% of respondents from the profit sector and the cost sector identify that they undertake 'training and guidance on waste management techniques' as a part of their CSR initiative respectively.

'LED lights and candles' and 'linen-free tables' are the most important products and services considered by the majority of profit sector respondents for sustainable procurement. Additionally, 33% and 28% of cost sector respondents highlighted 'durable spoons' and 'reusable bags and mugs' as the most preferred products under sustainable procurement respectively.

On average, foodservice operators' sustainability expenditure is expected to rise over the next 12 months by 7.2% in the profit sector, whereas on average, foodservice operators in the cost sector channels expect to register an increase in their sustainability budgets by 5.8% over the next 12 months.

Overall, 46% and 35% of respondents from the profit sector and the cost sector expressed 'no intention to implement' calorie labeling in their companies, respectively.

Key Highlights
'Regular inspection of fridge and storage system', 'strategic menu planning and ordering', and 'training staff on waste management system' are the most important steps taken to manage food wastage, as highlighted by 67%, 63%, and 56% of profit sector respondents respectively. The majority of respondents from the cost sector indicated 'strategic menu planning and ordering', 'purchasing meat and seafood as per cooking needs', and 'regular inspection of fridge and storage system' as the most widely implemented food wastage management measures.

A total of 38% of profit sector respondents and 28% of cost sector respondents consider 'email and newsletters' to be effective media for promotion.

Overall, 31% and 41% of respondents across the profit sector and the cost sector claim that they have 'limited engagement' with suppliers, respectively. Additionally, 21% and 28% of respondents from profit and cost sectors noted that they 'encouraged suppliers with some success', respectively.

On average, sustainability budgets are expected to increase by 8% for operators with turnover of less than GBP1 million, while it is expected to increase by 6.8% for operators with turnover of GBP1 million - GBP9.99 million. Operators with turnovers of GBP10 million - GBP49.99 million expect to increase sustainability spending by 4.6%, while operators with turnover of GBP50 million and more expect to see an increase of just 3.5% in their sustainability budgets.

Procuring 'local' food and implementing 'minimal packaging' are considered to be important sustainable procurement standards by foodservice operators in both the profit and cost sector channels.

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Canadean is a leading supplier of information, market research and consulting services to the global beverage and beverage packaging industries. Canadean consulting provides specialist support on commercial, strategic and marketing issues to the international beverage, packaging and liquid food industries. Significant investment has transformed all Canadean's beverage databases into interactive market analysis tools, geared to clients' annual and strategic business planning cycles.