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Despite inflation, catering is picking up steam in 2022


The sector should record a 2 to 3% increase in turnover this year, compared to 2019, the last year before Covid.

After difficult months linked to Covid-19, the catering sector seems to be getting its head above water, despite general inflation at 6.2% over one year in November.

François Blouin, president and co-founder of Food Service Vision, assures that “

despite a complex economic environment, the catering sector is holding up


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And for good reason, the sector, with canteens and local shops, should see an increase of 2 to 3% in its turnover in 2022 compared to 2019, the last reference year before Covid.

At the end of November, the out-of-home catering market exceeded that of 2019 by 1.7 billion euros, according to data from Food Service Vision, an expert firm specializing in the sector.

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In detail, the growth of out-of-home catering recorded a sharp increase of 11% in August, compared to 2019. It then fell to 9% in September, before contracting to 6% in October and to rise to 8% in November.

If these figures are maintained, it is above all thanks to commercial catering.

This includes, according to the government, “

traditional catering, fast food, drinking establishments, cafeterias and caterers


“A real ability to adapt”

At the end of November, this sector recorded a gain of 2.4 billion euros in turnover, again compared to the same period two years earlier.

According to data relayed by the site, this is thus an increase of 13%, made up of 11% inflation and 2% increase in attendance at catering establishments.

These good results are above all a sign that the profession as a whole is showing a real capacity to adapt

,” agrees François Blouin.

For its part, collective catering - school, social and company - is significantly approaching its 2019 level. Its turnover is down 4% in November, against a decline of 20% in January.

This can be explained, in part, by employees who eat less lunch at their place of work and who increasingly resort to teleworking.

Despite these encouraging figures, rising prices “

remain a major concern for the profession.

According to our forecasts, this increase

upstream should continue at the beginning of next year, in particular because of persistent shortages of a certain number of products (dairy, sugar, vegetables, etc.)

, mentions François Blouin.

These increases have a direct impact on the shopping basket of restaurateurs, which evolves from 15 to 18% depending on the product.

As a result, tensions on the margins appear.


To these 'upstream' increases will be added increases in the cost of energy

" in 2023, also warns the founder of Food Service Vision.

Source: lefigaro

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