Issue 5/12

Market analyses of France, Prague, Russia and the USA

The current issue of FoodService Europe & Middle East is on its way to readers in over 50 countries of the world and this time includes no less than four market analyses. From France, there is a list of the 50 biggest foodservice companies by turnover in 2011. From the USA, we spotlight the first 50 of the top 100 chains and their pan-system revenues. Additionally, we present the latest winners of the Hot Concepts Awards (presented annually by US trade magazine, Nation’s Restaurant News). Four formulas: from food trucks (CoolHaus), via casual dining (Del Frisco’s Grille) and fast casual (Pie Five Pizza Co.), to a full-service concept with iPad-based ordering system in mix & match style (Stacked).

We exclusively present the ranking of the 25 biggest foodservice companies in Russia by outlet numbers at the end of the first half of 2012. In the last 12 months, the top 25 achieved an overall increase of 20% in the number of outlets. Thus, after some relatively slow years, the market leaders are once again expanding at a rate in line with that of the growth-intensive phase in the middle of the last decade. The fastest expansion in Russia is taking place in the QSR sector. Besides a spectrum of international brands, from Subway, McDonald’s and Burger King to Baskin-Robbins, Cinnabon and Starbucks, domestic names play a dominant role. The Russian market leader is Marcon (with the Stardog!s and Bageteria brands). The third-biggest player is Rosinter followed by Shokoladnica.

Then, we move on to the Czech Republic or, to be more exact, to Prague where a multi-faceted gastronomic scene – from rustic and uncomplicated to stylish and fine – has developed over recent years. For the first time, two Czech chefs were awarded a Michelin star last year. Our tour of Prague’s restaurant landscape (with an excursion to Brno) takes us from the one-star La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise restaurant to the beer-oriented Potrefená Husa concept.

This issue’s Pan-European Survey is rather wintery with the Christmas-market season opening in just a few weeks. Popular among young and old, the booths and stalls at these markets offer not only gifts and decorative bits and pieces but also lots to eat and drink. We visit Christmas markets in nine European countries. When it comes to F&B, tradition and local flavours are a must – with each country having its own regional and seasonal specialities.

Another aspect of winter is skiing – so it’s off to the ski slopes and into the tempting mountain huts – a prime example of successful mountain-hut catering is to be found in the Austrian village of Obertauern. We portray the high-altitude, multi-layered foodservice empire of brothers Gerhard, Harald and Heribert Lürzer who – with their Lürzer Alm, Edelweiss Alm, Restaurant Mundwerk and various bars, but excluding three hotels and other supplementary business ventures – ring up revenues of €12 m (net).

From the piste, we take to the highway. Our interview revolves around Britain’s Welcome Break company, which concentrates on operating service areas along the country’s motorways. After Moto, Welcome Break is the second biggest player in this sector with 26 units. Rod McKie, CEO for the last eleven years, explains why he chose a (outside) brand-aided strategy for the foodservice, retail and hotel businesses. And why this decision was spot on.

A brand with a very special ring is Tim Hortons. At least it is for Canadians! With almost 3,300 outlets in Canada (and another 700 in the USA), the coffee and bakery-products concept is not only Canada’s biggest quick-service chain but also enjoys virtual cult status among the country’s consumers. Now, Tim’s has branched out for the first time into international territory outside North America – in Dubai. The company plans to open 120 units in the Gulf Region within the next five years.

Also in this issue: Concepts to Watch from four European countries. A glance at the current network of Yum! Restaurants in 33 European nations. And, last but not least, our Top Trend Products section with F&B and technological innovations for the sector and a portrait of Carlisle FoodService Products, a US company specialising in kitchen accessories, buffet service, table-top accessories, equipment for storing, transporting and handling food and beverages.