LESS THAN half of consultants believe that caterers are taking sustainability seriously. Thats according to FCSI UK & Irelands first insight report - A Taste of the Future which launched today, giving a look into the future of foodservice.
The report reveals that sustainability, economic challenges and healthier eating are the most important future trends.
Key Findings are:
Food security is a key future trend over the next three years (identified by 53% of consultants)
That local sourcing will have a serious impact on procurement over the next three to five years (predicted by 86% of consultants)
Capitalising on burgeoning tourism will be vital to the future success of the industry (according to nearly half - 43% - of consultants)
Chairman of FCSI UK & Ireland, David Bentley, says: The foodservice sector has been squeezed on a number of fronts: persistently tough trading conditions; the VAT increase; a culture of discounting; a growing appetite for casual dining and an intensifying government focus on healthy eating in the face of rising obesity levels.
If the last three years have been turbulent, the next three promise to be equally testing. But as Benjamin Disraeli said: the secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. For the foodservice sector, being ready will mean not just meeting current challenges, but preparing for future trends and prioritising the areas that will deliver growth. Our report sets out to outline the future issues and growth opportunities that the industry should be aware of.
Full Analysis on the report will be available on FoodserviceFootprint.com soon