The Collective Catering Market
1.1 Introduction and scope of study
Collective catering is an industry that prepares and distributes meals within local authorities, companies or public institutions. In this sense, it includes all catering services and production for the benefit of private companies, school canteens, hospitals and other health facilities , barracks and prisons, and finally in the event of a disaster... [ Dehoga ]
Collective catering services are divided into direct management (canteens and restaurants in establishments managed directly by the organisation) and by conceded management when these same services are delegated by a service provider company This study will focus on the latter mode of operation This is the responsibility of the collective catering service providers.
The German catering market is highly concentrated with two main companies in the field Compass Group and Aramark . Other local actors on a smaller scale have developed in particular sectors, such as Klüh Catering in for hospitals, or Sodexo for schools.
In a sector that is constantly changing with varying consumption trends, we can see a growing interest in "healthy" eating habits, as well as the development of other modes of out-of-home catering (meal delivery). In the face of these changes, the catering industry in Germany is struggling to develop, and the turnover of companies in the sector has increased little (0.8% annually) since 2005.
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