the collective catering market


1.1 Definition and presentation

Collective catering is an industry that refers to the preparation and distribution of meals within local authorities, companies or public institutions. It differs from commercial catering in that it is moderately priced, has a rather large public and is partly paid for by the employer and not entirely paid for by the customer.

Collective catering can be segmented into three macro-categories:

  • School sector
  • Hospital sector
  • Job sector

The three segments share a uniform market share, although the collective catering sector is highly concentrated, a single company has more than 70% of the market. Collective catering in Italy will have to deal with the progressive change in eating habits, on the one hand supported by a strong interest in health and sustainability and on the other hand guided by choices oriented towards convenience and price.

In fact, changes in food choices are expected to affect the three major segments mentioned above, but with different impacts and effects that are difficult to estimate. A further challenge is that the market is also regulated by rules on nutritional quality and food hygiene.

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