Technomic Expects Strong Healthcare and B&I Growth in 2013

The onsite dining sector of the U.S. foodservice industry accounted for more than $200 billion in "retail sales equivalent," or 34 percent of the industry total, in 2012.

The onsite ("noncommercial") dining sector of the U.S. foodservice industry accounted for more than $200 billion in "retail sales equivalent," representing 34 percent of the industry total for 2012, reports the Technomic research and consulting organization. In 2013, Technomic expects the strongest (nominal) growth in the healthcare (4.5%) and B&I (4%) segments. As a whole, noncommercial foodservice operations are forecast to grow 3.7%.

“Noncommercial foodservice players are looking to other segments like fast-casual to adopt best practices,” says Technomic EVP Darren Tristano. “More consumers want food that is high-quality, fresh, and flavorful. Whether they are traveling, attending school or work or just concerned about their children’s school lunches, they’ve come to expect better options and operators need to deliver it.”

Technomic defines the noncommercial sector as including colleges/universities, K-12 schools, healthcare, retail meal solutions, convenience stores, travel centers, lodging/hotels, recreation, travel, business & industry, military, corrections, daycare, group purchasing organizations and foodservice management firms.

Technomic’s Top 1000 Noncommercial online resource and companion report, which provides exclusive rankings and profiles of the leading noncommercial segments, includes the following findings…

• just over 50 percent of the Top 100 Colleges and Universities are operated by foodservice management companies,

• the Top 100 Healthcare facilities (including hospitals, long-term care and senior living) include roughly 85,000 beds, with foodservice purchases estimated at $350 million in 2012,

• of the Top 60 Hotel brands profiled, 42 percent are upscale, 30 percent are midscale, 20 percent are luxury and 8 percent are economy,

• the ten largest foodservice management companies saw estimated sales of $7.5 billion in the Business & Industry segment in 2012.

To learn more about this report, go to Technomic.com [2].