Belgium Foodservice Market Size and Trends by Profit and Cost Sector Channels, Consumers, Locations, Key Players, and Forecast, 2021-2026

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The Belgium foodservice profit sector witnessed a significant decline since 2016–2021, mainly due to the fall in value of the travel and pub, club & bar channels. Sales in the travel channel were hampered by the enforcement of restrictions on tourism. In contrast, QSR was the most resilient profit sector channel during this period. However, the profit sector sales is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 10% during 2021–2026 supported by the growth in the pub, club & bar, and travel channels, which will rebound from the lows of 2020 and 2021.

The Belgium foodservice market research report provides extensive insight and analysis of the Belgium Foodservice market over the next five years (2021-2026) and acts as a vital point of reference for operators or suppliers.

Belgium Foodservice Market Segmentation by Profit Sector Channels

The key channels in the Belgium foodservice market are FSR, accommodation, leisure, mobile operator, pub, club & bar, retail, travel, coffee & tea shop, QSR, ice-cream parlor, and workplace. FSR experienced the highest growth in the food service market. However, pub, club, and bar experienced significant value shares among all the other channels in the same year. Leisure and QSR were also strong in terms of 2021 growth. This is because consumers’ concerns about the risk of COVID-19 infection in their free time have decreased significantly, there is still relatively sluggish growth witnessed for accommodation and retail.

Full-Service Restaurant: FSR remained the largest foodservice channel in Belgium in 2021. High quality and availability of favorite cuisine are key influencing factors for consumers to choose an outlet. Consumers’ health awareness plays a key role in choosing a cuisine. Consumers in the 25–34 years age group are more likely than other age groups to visit the channel frequently. Also, male consumers visit the channel more than female consumers. Italian and pizza & pasta FSR was the leading cuisine type in 2021. Vegan/vegetarian food has been gaining momentum in recent years.

Pub, Club and Bar: During 2016–2021, the pub, club & bar channel suffered one of the steepest declines in the profit sector, owing to the enforcement of stringent COVID-19 restrictions. Beer is the most consumed alcoholic beverage in Belgium. In recent years, this category has been declining in volume terms, with many consumers shifting to specialty/craft beers. Male consumers are more likely to visit the channel than females.

Quick-Service Restaurant: QSR was more resilient than other profit sector channels during 2016–2021. This was mainly due to its relatively high dependence on take-aways, even before the pandemic, which meant that the channel was better prepared than others for the change in consumption patterns during the crisis. Burger-based and sandwich-based QSRs dominated the channel in 2021. Young consumers are more likely than their older counterparts to pay frequent visits to the QSR channel.

Belgium Foodservice Market Analysis, by Profit Sector Channels

Belgium Foodservice Market Analysis, by Profit Sector Channels

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Belgium Foodservices Market Segmentation by Cost Sector Channels

The leading cost sector channels in the Belgium food services market are education, healthcare, military & civil defense, followed by welfare & services, and complementary services. Education was the largest channel in 2021. The growth of military & civil defense will be driven by the increase in military expenditure by the government.

Belgium Foodservice Market Analysis, by Cost Sector Channels

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Belgium Foodservices Market – Competitive Landscape

The leading companies in the Belgium foodservice market are Vanherpe Food Group, McDonald’s Corporation, Groupe Bertrand, Domino’s Pizza Inc., HPS SA, and Lunch Garden.

Belgium Foodservice Market Report Overview

Key Channels FSR, Accommodation, Leisure, Mobile Operator, Pub, Club & Bar, Retail, Travel, Coffee & Tea Shop, QSR, Ice-Cream Parlor, and Workplace
Key Cost Sector Channel Education, Healthcare, Military & Civil Defense, Welfare & Services, and Complementary Services
Leading Companies Vanherpe Food Group, Mcdonald’s Corporation, Groupe Bertrand, Domino’s Pizza Inc., HPS SA, and Lunch Garden

Key Highlights

  • The value of the Belgian foodservice profit sector declined at a negative CAGR of more than 5% during 2016-2021. While the number of outlets grew, the number of transactions declined. In both 2020 and 2021, profit-sector sales were hampered by the enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions, including strict measures on nightclubs. This caused the pub, club & bar channel to suffer a significant decline during 2016-2021; this was among the steepest contractions in the sector. However, travel was the worst-hit channel owing to restrictions on tourism.
  • Take-away sales achieved value growth during 2016-2021, with the health crisis amplifying the channel’s importance, particularly in the FSR channel in 2020. Take-away sales in casual dining FSR outlets rose in 2021. The increase in delivery service providers during the pandemic supported the growth of take-away sales.

Reasons to Buy

  • Specific forecasts of the foodservice market over the next five years (2021-2026) will give readers the ability to make informed business decisions through identifying emerging/declining markets.
  • Consumer segmentation detailing the desires of known consumers among all major foodservice channels (QSR, FSR, Coffee & Tea Shop, and Pub, Club & Bar) will allow readers understand the wants and needs of their target demographics.

Vanherpe Food Group
McDonald's Corporation
Groupe Bertrand
Domino's Pizza Inc.
Lunch Garden

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Report Guide

Executive Summary

Macroeconomic Context

Macroeconomic Overview

Trends Landscape

Profit Sector – Impact of COVID-19

Profit Sector Metrics

Key Metric Highlights

Value Share and Growth by Channel

Outlets and Transactions Growth by Channel

Operator Buying Volumes and Growth by Channel

Channel Historic and Future Growth Dynamics

Outlet Type and Type of Ownership Growth Dynamics

Profit Sector by Channel

Quick Service Restaurant (QSR)

Summary and Key Points


Key Players





What Next?

Full Service Restaurant (FSR)

Summary and Key Points






What Next?

Pub, Club & Bar

Summary and Key Points






What Next?

Cost Sector Metrics

Cost Operator Trends – Historic and Future Growth

Channel Data Breakdown


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