Average food sales in the UK’s 49,500 pubs now account for 25% of total sales compared to 9% in 2001. That figure is significantly higher (well over half of total sales) for many of the UK’s 17,000 managed pub restaurants which (according to foodservice analysts Horizons) now hold a 22% share of the UK’s eating-out market (forecast to rise to 26% by 2016).
Mintel’s research is equally upbeat, predicting that the UK’s pub catering market will grow to £7.77 billion by 2017 (it was £6.57bn in 2012).
With food sales becoming an increasingly important income stream for the pub and bar sector, operators looking to expand their menu offering will find a host of new ideas at next month’s Casual Dining trade show in the UK.
Taking place at the Business Design Centre in London on 26th and 27th February the new launch caters specifically to the business needs of casual dining operators (including food-led pubs and bars). The event features 120 companies showcasing an innovative choice of food and drink, equipment, interior design, furniture, technology and table top.
Representatives from JD Wetherspoon, Greene King, Enterprise Inns, Mitchells & Butlers, Fuller Smith & Turner, Marston’s, Punch Taverns, Whitbread, Spirit Pub Company and hundreds of independents from across the UK, are among the buyers that have already pre-registered to attend.
To view the current Casual Dining exhibitor list please visit https://onlineexhibitormanual.com/divcasualdining14/exhi/exhibitorList.aspx.
For further information and to register for a free trade ticket please visit: www.casualdiningshow.co.uk and quote priority code PR4 (http://www.eventdata.co.uk/Visitor/CasualDining.aspx?AffiliateCode=PR4).