South Korea - The Future of Foodservice to 2021
Korea is a wealthy nation with the world’s 11th largest economy. Due to recent political and economic uncertainty due to high-profile scandals, GDP growth in the Korean economy fell in late 2016. Despite this, as domestic and international uncertainty dissipates, growth is projected to rise to 2.8% in 2018, buoyed by rising consumer confidence and exports. Overall, the economy remains healthy and will accommodate inflation and household debt over 2017.
Overall revenue in the South Korean profit foodservice sector grew at a CAGR of 3.5% between 2014 and 2016; growth in overall sector revenue is forecast to 2021 at a CAGR of 3.6%. Growth in all channels between 2014 and 2016 was driven to a greater extent by growth in transaction numbers than growth in outlet numbers. Low outlet growth across many channels is reflective of the maturity of the South Korean economy and demographic trends impacting the sector.
QSR channel is the third-largest in the Korean profit foodservice sector, representing 18% of total sector revenue with an overall value of KRW 12,975.8 billion in 2016. Growth in the channel is being driven by growth in transactions due to increasing time scarcity amongst consumers, who see this channel as a convenience option. The channel has a high penetration of chain operators. Both locally grown and international operators have significant shares in the QSR channel. In addition to convenience-based factors, a significant proportion of consumers visiting the channel cited brand familiarity and routine as key drivers for their choice of outlet.
In 2016, the FSR channel was the largest channel in the Korean profit sector by revenue. The channel witnessed a 3.0% CAGR in total revenue between 2014 and 2016 and is expected to growth at a 2.9% CAGR between 2016-2021. Key FSR players in South Korea include global and local businesses. The five largest FSR brands are VIPS (CJ Group), Outback Steakhouse (Bloomin' Brands), T.G.I. Fridays (Sentinel Capital Partners & TriArtisan Capital Partners), Pizza Hut (Yum! Brands, Inc.), and Seven Springs (Samyang).
Coffee and tea shop channel is relatively small, accounting for only 4.2% of total sector revenue. Between 2014 and 2016 the coffee and tea shop channel saw the second highest rate of channel revenue growth behind only QSR. However the channel saw among the slowest outlet growth, reflective of a market that is becoming increasingly overcrowded and oversaturated.
The report South Korea - The Future of Foodservice to 2021 provides extensive insight and analysis of the South Korean Foodservice market over the next five years (2016-2021) and acts as a vital point of reference for operators or suppliers.
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