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 worth over £16 bn in 2016 – 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.

Food to go is forecast to be the fastest growing segment of the food market in the UK in the coming 5 years – suppliers need to find routes to market to ensure they capitalise on the opportunities of this channel.