February 5, 2018
Fully 94% of caterers worldwide polled by the International Caterers Association (ICA) in January believe that business will be up within the next year.
For many ICA members, 2017 was a good year, too, according to 72% of respondents to findings of the annual poll.
Asked about new dining requests, members mentioned that American cuisine (which has been the favorite in years past) was even more popular this year, with 44% of caterers saying it was their most requested.
Also growing in popularity were international and farm-to-table catering, at 23% and 18%, respectively. International cuisine is certainly on the rise, as only 6% of caterers said it was most requested in 2015.
As many caterers know, dietary accommodations are more common and more expected each year, and the results reflect this change. More than 90% of members who participated in the poll cater to vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free diets, and over 80% cater to peanut allergies, too. Another common dietary accommodation? Over 30% of caterers now cater to Kosher diets.
Within the past 12 months, the largest area of growth has been corporate catering, 54% of respondents said. Weddings took second, with 30% of members contacted saying they were their largest area of growth in 2017.
The biggest challenges? Staffing (54%) and sales (11%) were the biggest business struggles in 2017.
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