According to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, New Zealand’s foodservice profit sector was poised to grow before the outbreak of COVID-19.

GlobalData’s report, ‘New Zealand – The Future of Foodservice to 2023’, forecast a growth from NZ$11.4bn (US$8.4bn) in 2018 to NZ$12.1bn (US$9.3bn) in 2023.

The report revealed that full service restaurant (FSR) was by far the largest foodservice profit sector channel, cornering a third of the total sector sales in 2018. On the other hand, the mobile operator channel led the profit sector in terms of revenue growth during 2016-2018 with the channel benefiting from increasing desire for 'ultra-convenience' among consumers.

The report also states that profit sector sales growth is forecast to be driven mainly by increasing transactions, as opposed to outlet growth. Foodservice transactions in the sector are forecast to record a CAGR of 0.8 percent during 2018-2023. Meanwhile, outlet growth is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 0.6 percent during the same period.

“Growth in the foodservice profit sector parallel to economic improvement highlights the success operators have had in reacting reasonably to fluctuating desires for healthier options, whilst maintaining focus on the convenience and low prices, which make the channel so competitive in New Zealand,” said Tanumoy Chattopadhyay, Consumer Analyst at GlobalData.

Takeaway is expected to outpace growth in dine-in over the forecast period. This largely reflects changing preferences of increasingly busy and connected consumers in the country and growing number of delivery apps and services.

“Foodservice sector in New Zealand has seen continuous improvement over the past couple of years due to the strong purchasing power of the consumers. Rising takeaways and growing popularity of casual dining formats will stand out as some of the key highlights of the sector over the next five years,” concluded Chattopadhyay.

It is yet to be reported what affect the COVID-19 outbreak has had on this forecast and what this forecast will look like post pandemic.