UK Food To-Go Market Booming

The UK food to go market is booming and growth looks set to continue. It accounts for some 25% of total eating out spend and is the fastest growing part of the market. IFE will showcase dozens of suppliers capitalising on this trend.

According to retail analysts IGD the food to go market was forecast to be worth £16.1 bn for the full 2016 year – an increase of 6.8% on the previous period. Growth is coming from specialist food to go specialists like Pod, with increasingly health-driven menu propositions, but also coffee specialists with wider lunchtime options, evening food and seasonal ranges, and convenience retailers with dedicated food to go counters and changing food offers for different times of day.

Supermarkets are trialing new ideas alongside the traditional sandwich and snack menu, and quick service retailers increasingly offering salad and other healthy options.