Top Switzerland 2020 | Foodservice Ranking

Tough break for Swiss gastronomy

2020 was a year to forget, both for the Swiss hospitality industry and for the top 36 hospitality companies in our exclusive Swiss ranking. Severe losses in turnover and an emotional rollercoaster ride, according to the respondents on the character of the first Corona year.
Imago | Pius Koller
2020 was a year to forget, both for the Swiss hospitality industry and for the top 36 hospitality companies in our exclusive Swiss ranking. Severe losses in turnover and an emotional rollercoaster ride, according to the respondents on the character of the first Corona year.

The Corona year 2020 took a heavy toll on Swiss gastronomy players: the sales volume of Switzerland's 36 largest restaurateurs shrank by more than 2 billion Swiss francs (CHF) to just under 3.5 billion CHF in net revenues. Minus 37.5 percent! An unprecedented break. Our exclusive foodservice ranking for the out-of-home market in Switzerland lists 2020 top 36 gastro players - who is among the biggest, who is new?

In the pandemic year 2020, everything was also "normal" for the Swiss population only until 16 March. After that, the pandemic hampered everyday economic and private life: - with two lockdowns for a total of around ten weeks, - a further closure of indoor catering areas, - further restrictions & requirements and the collapse of tourism.


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New in the ranking

Our exclusive foodservice ranking of Switzerland's out-of-home market has grown by four newcomers in 2020 compared to last year. The rule is: 66 percent Swiss origin. Although international gastro brands/chains are increasingly interested in the Swiss market and are trying to gain a foothold, companies with Swiss roots clearly dominate our ranking.

Disastrous business year 2020

A decline of this magnitude, a 37.5 percent revenue deficit (2019: +2%), is an absolute first for Switzerland's largest gastro companies. Likewise in 32 years of top CH ranking by foodservice. The revenue development of the decade 2010 to 2019 had always (exception 2012: zero round) been in the plus. In 2020, the majority of respondents state that they have achieved the worst result in the company's history.

Plus & minus makers

Only four companies (11%) of the top 36 were able to generate a plus - all from the concept specialist market segment. 32 gastro-companies posted a loss - in percentage terms, the largest loss in sales per company was around -75 percent, while the highest loss in absolute terms was around -300 million CHF.

Acute crisis management

Ad hoc, completely different rules of the game have applied to the 36 major Swiss gastronomers in our foodservice ranking since March 2020: Instead of the usual planning of daily, monthly and annual business, crisis management was suddenly required. "Forced to go from one extreme to the other. We had to greatly increase our reaction speed. An emotional roller coaster!" were the most striking statements about the challenges in 2020.
State aid & conditions 2020
In 2020, the Swiss government promptly provided a package of measures including hardship aid, bridging loans and support programmes. The credit volume for the hospitality industry: CHF 1.5 billion.

Revenue distribution among the market segments

The concept specialists market segment (21 companies, including all four newcomers; previous year 17) accounts for the largest share of 46 percent of the total sales volume of the top 36. No market segment is in the plus in 2020. The market segment of concept specialists emerged from the Corona year with the lowest revenue losses, with "only" -24.4 percent revenue losses.

Top 10 of the Top 36

Within the top 36 ranking, the top 10 players stand out positively - 3 concept specialists, 5 caterers/community caterers, 2 trade caterers. The large companies typically came through the crisis year better. At -34.3 percent (> minus CHF 1.2 billion), their sales losses are lower in percentage terms than those of the overall ranking.

The top quintet 2020

The top five gastro players in 2019 maintained their top positions in the same ranking in 2020. These are: McDonald's Switzerland ahead of Migros-Genossenschaftsbund (MGB), SV Group Switzerland, Coop Gastronomie and Groupe Eldora. The total net sales of the top quintet in 2020 amounted to CHF 1.808 billion (PY CHF 2.755 billion) in 1,361 restaurants (-20 y-o-y ). This means that the top 5 generated almost 52 percent (PY 49.5 %) of the sales of the top 36 and around 75 percent (PY 75 %) of the net revenues of the top 10.

The newcomers?

Four companies are new to the ranking this year: one international gastronomy brand and three companies of Swiss origin that operate nationally.

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