Dinner is served: Rising household income has led to greater spending on private events

Over the five years to 2019, the Caterers industry in Canada has benefited from rising consumer spending and steady growth in the number of Canadian businesses. Improving economic conditions have encouraged many businesses to increase spending on events requiring catering, such as office parties, corporate conferences, team building seminars and client events. Over the past five years, operators have adapted their offerings to suit changing consumer preferences. Healthier, organic foods and local produce now dominate the menus of many upmarket caterers, which has led to strong average industry profit margins. The Caterers industry is expected to continue growing over the five years to 2024 due to a gradual improvement in consumer spending and rebounding corporate profit...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rising consumer spending and steady growth will bolster the industry
  • A shift toward healthier, organic and locally produced foods has infiltrated the industry
  • Improving business sentiment is expected to bolster business spending on catered events
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Caterers industry in Canada has low barriers to entry, and new players are able to easily enter and exit the industry. Key barriers include satisfying licensing requirements, obtaining a client base and fulfilling start-up capital requirements. Barriers to entry for new businesses are low due to the small capital outlay required and the ability to commence operations on a small scale by primarily serving private or family functions. Many new, small-scale catering companies start their operations by using their own kitchens and cooking facilities, thereby dramatically reducing start-up costs. However, this practise has become increasingly regulated and discouraged by food authorities that prefer caterers to use specialist or purpose-made kitchens...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Caterers Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Caterers Industry are

  • Access to multi-skilled and flexible workforce
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Ability to manage external (outsourcing) contracts
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Consumer spending and Number of households earning $100K or more in the Caterers industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Caterers Industry?

    This industry provides food services for events such as graduation parties, wedding receptions and trade shows. Industry establishments generally have equipment and vehicles to transport meals and snacks to events and to prepare food at the event site. Caterers who own or manage permanent facilities in which they provide event-based food services are also included.

    Industry Products
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages
  • Food prepared for immediate consumption
  • Food served at events on caterer's premises
  • Food served at events on customer's premises
  • Food dropped off at the customer's event
  • Food prepared for customer pick-up
  • Other services
  • Industry Activities
  • Providing single event-based food services
  • Providing food services in banquet halls with catering staff
  • Transporting meals and snacks or preparing food on-site
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Consumer spending
  • Number of households earning $100K or more
  • Corporate profit
  • Demand from trade show and event planning
  • Per capita alcohol consumption

  • Current Performance
  • Mixed demand conditions
  • Product trends
  • Profit stumbles
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Food for thought
  • Competition and profitability
  • Table: Caterers Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Caterers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services In Canada
  • Trade Show & Event Planning in Canada
  • Educational Services In Canada
  • Arts, Entertainment and Recreation In Canada
  • Consumers in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Beef & Pork Wholesaling in Canada
  • Beer, Wine & Spirits Wholesaling in Canada
  • Dairy Wholesaling in Canada
  • Fish & Seafood Wholesaling in Canada
  • Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling in Canada
  • Office Staffing & Temp Agencies in Canada
  • Wine & Spirits Wholesaling in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Food served at events on customer's premises
  • Food served at events on caterer's premises
  • Other services
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages
  • Food prepared for immediate consumption
  • Food dropped off at the customer's event
  • Food prepared for customer pick-up
  • Chart: Caterers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Time constraints
  • Corporate demand
  • Regulation

  • Major Markets
  • Businesses, governments and other organizations
  • Households in the highest income quintile
  • Households in the fourth-lowest income quintile
  • Households in the third-lowest income quintile
  • Households in the second-lowest income quintile
  • Households in the lowest income quintile
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Caterers Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRent and utilitiesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Caterers

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Caterers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Caterers Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Caterers Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Consumer spending (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Food Handling
  • Ensuring that health and food standards are maintained at a high level during each stage of the process, from purchasing to serving.
  • Food Service
  • The provision of catered meals, which usually includes alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.
  • Wastage
  • Food, drinks or other items that must be discarded due to fluctuations in demand, oversupply of meals or excess ingredients that cannot be used and are subsequently spoiled.
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