The UK food-to-go marketplace is anticipated to be price £23.4bn through 2027, 26% greater than pre-pandemic ranges, in step with the brand new forecast from perception supplier IGD.

While inflation is about to be the primary motive force of expansion, operators and outlets have a possibility to enhance customers via the price of residing disaster as they give the impression of being to save cash.

This yr (2022) the United Kingdom food-to-go channel might be price £18.9bn, 3% greater than its pre-Covid price in 2019. The marketplace has carried out higher than predicted for the reason that pandemic, however this will likely gradual through the top of the yr and right through 2023 as customers fight emerging power, gasoline and meals prices.

Nicola Knight, senior analyst for Food-to-Go and writer of the forecasts, explains: “Foodservice companies had been the largest beneficiaries of pent-up call for for meals on-the-go final yr as a result of the entire innovation they put into operating round lockdowns, akin to versatile supply answers and click on and accumulate gives.

But because the cost-of living-crisis is available in those operators might be beneath power as they transform extra of a top rate possibility when compared with decrease priced food-to-go choices from a store, or making ready meals at house.”


“Inflation is already affecting many patrons however till now food-to-go has persevered to accomplish strongly. This will alternate as the real have an effect on of emerging costs actually kicks in within the final quarter and takes cling subsequent yr. So, whilst inflation will spice up the total price of the marketplace, quantity will, at very best, keep the similar in 2023.

“The subsequent 18 months might be a difficult duration for the sphere, basically for espresso and food-to-go experts, as operators try to stability emerging prices with serving to customers to save cash.

“Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) that focus on communicating their value, particularly around deals and family offers, will do well with consumers that are still looking for the occasional treat without breaking the bank.”

Challenges and alternatives

With the point of interest again on price for no less than the following 18 months, outlets are in a robust place. The worth level, vary and execution of meal offers will transform fiercely aggressive, as they target to capitalise at the alternative.

“During the pandemic, outlets deprioritised food-to-go area in favour of in-demand classes, leaving them at the aggressive again foot as footfall returned and customers sought a metamorphosis from selfmade foods.

However, if they are able to get their worth, be offering and structure proper, through 2027 retail may just greater than regain the percentage misplaced to foodservice operators throughout the pandemic to say 23.7% of the food-to-go marketplace, when compared with 22.9% in 2019 and 20% in 2020/21.

“Key opportunities for retailers over the next 18 months will include strengthening their meal deal offers as consumers become more value-led, and utilising customer data to create tailored offers that are relevant and savings-focused. There’s also an opportunity for them to increase food-to-go ranges to meet consumer needs across a wider variety of meal occasions.”

The annual Food-to-Go forecast document from IGD examines intimately the outlook through sector for: QSR, espresso retail outlets, food-to-go experts, supermarkets/hypermarkets, and comfort, forecourts & different outlets.