Issue 05/2014

Russia Ranking, Sushi Concepts, a Look at the USA

The latest issue of FoodService Europe & Middle East is on its way to readers in more than 50 countries throughout the world. The highlights this time are: the latest rankings for Russia’s largest restaurant companies (by outlets), with a particular look at Moscow and St. Petersburg; the biggest players in the USA, with the sales figures for 2013; and, in our Pan-European Survey, an overview of Europe’s sushi sector.

Russia: all in all, the 40 largest foodservice companies were weighing in at slightly more than 7,000 outlets by mid-2014, which means that within twelve months the number of outlets grew by 14.3 %. Of these, there were almost 2,900 outlets in Moscow alone. Marcon (Stardog!s, Bagetteria), the country-wide leader, allowed its portfolio to sky rocket by a good 30% to what is now 905 outlets. In relative terms, Burger King is surging ahead with an increase of 102 %; throughout Russia, the brand currently numbers 228 units, 122 of which are in Moscow. Despite two-figure growth rates in many cases, the market at mid-year is now under heavy pressure, as our analysis reveals. The key term here is Putin’s import embargo.

USA: we are documenting the first 50 out of the Top 100 Ranking by the US trade journal, Nation’s Restaurant News. The top 50 returned sales of $194 bn. For the top 100 it was $222 bn in total – a growth rate of 3.2 %, which is considerably less than in the previous year (+5.6 %). The traditional representatives of the fast food and fast casual scene are having a particularly hard time of it, whereas new segments such as bakery cafés and beverage-snack concepts are gaining ground. The Mexican food theme is also making good progress.

Staying in the USA, we present the Hot Concepts of the Year 2014 and take a look at the booming craft-beer scene in New York.

Sushi: In Europe, what used to be reserved for trend-conscious connoisseurs is now an across-the-range product that turns up in supermarkets just as much as in takeaways, as well as fast casual formats and sophisticated concepts with a focus on Japanese and Asian cuisine.

In our Pan-European Survey we present the most exciting sushi formulas from four European countries (to be continued).

Moreover, we take a look at the foodservice programme of three selected airports in the Middle East: Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha.

A portrait of La Pataterie, France’s rapidly burgeoning full-service brand – today the free-stand formula with an attractive price and clear assortment profile (potatoes!) numbers 200 restaurants in France and has set its sights on international expansion.

In our interview, Simon Kossoff, CEO of the British Carluccio’s Group, discusses questions revolving around the hybrid concept, which brings together café, restaurant, bar and food-shop themes with a focus on Italian cuisine.

But that’s not all. In our hot-trend section, we take a look at riverside restaurants. All across Europe, idyllic hideaways on the water’s edge are enjoying increasing popularity, especially if they are in the centre of town.

Our supplier portrait is dedicated this time to the German manufacturer Agrarfrost, which specialises in chips and many other potato products.