FSDs boost catering sales with up-charges

Nearly half that cater both on and off-premise now charge outside parties more.

Up-charging for some catering services has become commonplace in the non-commercial market, with nearly half the places that cater both on and off-premise now charging outside parties more than they charge insiders, according to FSD research.

The study also found that nearly a third (32.7%) of the non-commercial caterers offering biodegradable or compostable utensils charge more for providing the environmentally friendly disposables. The greener forks, spoons and knives are available currently from nearly 45% of non-commercial facilities that cater, the data indicated.

About 82% of the non-commercial facilities in the market's five main sectors--business and industry, healthcare, schools, colleges and universities and nursing homes--currently offer catering, and nearly a third, or 30%, provide both on and off-premise catering.

Forty-four percent of the facilities that offer both modes of catering charge more when the meals are provided to off-premise customers, or parties outside their core constituencies. The large majority (85.3%) charge less than a 20% premium.

For more FSD research on the non-commercial catering market, look here.