North America In-flight Catering Market - Segmented by Seating Class, Flight Service Type, Food Type and Geography - Analysis of Growth, Trends, Progress and Challenges (2018 - 2023)
North American diet varies considerably with each state. The eating habits of the even the two major North American countries differ considerably from each other. In Canada eating habits in the Quebec region differ with the Rest of the provinces. Smaller countries in the continent vary even more. So carriers have to stock up food according to their routes and the region they are operating in. But eating healthy is one common trend, which is linking all the regions in the continent and more particularly in the US of America. The North America In-flight catering market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.78% till 2023.
More than 25% of the Americans still consume fast food every day, but the percentage is dropping and the high obesity rate is a major factor for the same. Among the food items that have witnessed maximum levels of growth in their sales in the past 10 years, healthy food stands upfront. Yogurt, poultry, sandwiches, fresh fruit, Mexican food are some of the foods that has witnessed a spiked demand during in-flight catering.
North American commercial aviation market will continue to remain one of the biggest and most profitable in the world but its growth rate will lag behind regions like Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa due to high penetration of the aviation sector and saturated market. But the In-flight catering will register impressive levels of growth in the market, as carriers aim to improve quality of food served on the planes. The increase in quality and cusines provided will be directly led by passenger demand to have healthier and better quality food on their flights.
Advancements in culinary weight reduction for inflight catering
There has been an introduction of ‘Ala Carte’ meals, which provides passengers with the privilege of pre-ordering meals, before 24 hours. Airliners, like Air Canada, discontinued the use of 48-oune cans for juices, replacing them with tetra packs to reduce the weight and volume of the SKUs. Some airliners, like British Airways, also introduced a food tray, filling same amount of food, but with half the usual size.
Gate Group becomes the retail on-board catering market Leader
Gate Group’s - Gate Gourmet, the global market leader in inflight catering, is also the market leader in retail on-board with revenues of approximately USD 600 million in 2017 (unaudited/preliminary reports). This has placed the company at the helm of the retail on board market, as the leader in the retail on board catering market, with easyJet being one of its prime customer and largest source of revenue for retail on-board catering.
Key Players: Gate Gourmet, Chelsea Food Services, LSG Sky chefs among others.
Jan 2018: Gate Group entered into a 30-year JV with Asiana Airlines of Korea.
Jan 2018: Xiamen Airlines chose FFG to cater its new US-China route – Los Angeles and Qing Tao.
Dec 2017: Newrest Canada obtained ISO 22000:2005 certification for its production unit at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport in Montreal.
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