UK’s largest restaurant chains continue growth trajectory

June 10, 2014

The 100 largest restaurant chains in the United Kingdom turned in a 6.4-percent annual sales increase in 2013, compared to 7.1 percent the prior year, according to new data released by Technomic Inc. Additionally, the number of units grew by more than 4 percent in 2013, compared to unit growth of 7 percent the previous year.

"Industry growth remains promising following a pattern of increased sales performance by the top 100 chains," Technomic’s Darren Tristano said in a news release. "Their strong results can be attributed to a fast casual segment that continues to shine, as well as popular U.S. foods like American-style barbecue and hot dogs appearing on U.K. menus, and pubs that are working to revamp and refresh their bars with new concepts to gain market share from traditional restaurants."

Among limited-service restaurants, the menu categories with the greatest sales were burger (£2.3 billion), coffee shops (£1.9 billion) and Italian/pizza (£1.3 billion). The ranking was led, once again, by McDonald's, which generated more than £1.8 billion in sales in 2013, followed by Wetherspoon (£1.2 billion) and Costa Coffee (£937.5 million).

As a whole, limited-service restaurants saw a sales revenue increase of more than 6 percent. The patisserie subsegment experienced the fastest rate of sales and unit growth, with an increase in sales of nearly 18 percent from 2012 and a unit growth rate of 8 percent. Though only four patisserie chains are listed in the Top 100, Patisserie Valerie and Muffin Break experienced significant sales increases of nearly 25 and 12 percent, respectively.

Full-service restaurants experienced a healthy growth year in 2013 with an increase of 7 percent in sales, the release said. Casual dining restaurants and pub chains showed sales increases of 9 and 5 percent, respectively.

Notably, Costa Coffee (18.4 percent) and Domino’s Pizza (14 percent) generated double-digit increases in sales year over year, while Costa Coffee also expanded its footprint by double digits, at 11.2 percent.

The top 10 UK chain restaurants are:

  1. McDonald’s, up 1 percent in sales and 1.2 percent in unit count;
  2. Wetherspoon, up 9 percent in sales and 4.6 percent in unit count;
  3. Costa Coffee, up 18.4 percent in sales and 11.2 percent in unit count;
  4. Greggs, up 2.9 percent in sales and flat in unit count;
  5. KFC, up 4.3 percent in sales and 1.2 percent in unit count;
  6. Domino’s Pizza, up 14 percent in sales and 7.1 percent in unit count;
  7. Starbucks, up 1.8 percent in sales and 0.4 percent in unit count;
  8. Pizza Hut, up 0.2 percent in sales and 0.9 percent in unit count;
  9. Subway, up 7.3 percent in sales and 7 percent in unit count; and
  10. Nando’s, up 7.8 percent in sales and 7.4 percent in unit count.

In total, the release said, the top 10 restaurant chains accounted for almost £8.2 billion, more than half (52.7 percent) of total sales for the Top 100 U.K. Chains.

Topics: Domino's Pizza, Franchising & Growth, Trends / Statistics

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