Australia Foodservice Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Australia Foodservice Market is Segmented by Type (Full-service Restaurants, Quick-service Restaurants, Street Stalls/Kiosks, Cafes/Bars, and 100% Home Delivery Restaurants); and by Structure (Chained Outlets and Independent Outlets). The report offers market sizes and forecast of the foodservice market in Australia in value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 5.16 %
australia food service market major players

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Market Overview

The Australia foodservice market was valued at USD 43,529.02 million in 2020 and is projected to witness a CAGR of 5.16% during the forecast period, 2021 - 2026. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the entire changing consumption habits of consumers, and this trend is not only pivoted to Australia but is a global transition to wary about. The homebound scenario has been a prominent affair and the operation of food services were on an experimental basis. Although consumers had kept their tap on popular chains such as KFC, restaurants were mostly operational through online services or takeaway. Since out-of-home consumption had reduced drastically in the first phase, online delivery of food from these foodservice companies had increased during the period of the pandemic in the country.

The market studied is driven by a rise in value-conscious consumers willing to try new restaurants, with a wide range of menu options, including interesting international and local cuisines. Moreover, the Australia-US free trade agreement led to many tariff-free products entering the Australian market, leading to an expansion of the product portfolio in the foodservice sector.

The Australian foodservice market is also driven by the increasing frequency of dining out, amid time-pressed schedules, and the growing influence of cross-culture dietary patterns, due to the strong presence of foodservice providers offering Asian, American, Arab, and Mediterranean cuisines to the consumers.

Owing to the growing trend of veganism in the country, the restaurants in Australia are shifting toward offering healthier options, such as plant-based burgers, local sourcing, and fresh foods. Major operators are investing in mobile apps, digital kiosks, tableside ordering systems, and dedicated pick-up areas or drive-thru lanes for mobile orders.

Scope of the Report

Foodservice defines those businesses, institutions, and companies responsible for any meal prepared outside the home. The Australia foodservice market is segmented by type into full-service restaurants, quick-service restaurants, street stalls/kiosks, cafes/bars, and 100% home delivery restaurants. By structure, the market is segmented into chained outlets and independent outlets. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of value (in USD million).

By Type
Full-service Restaurants
Quick-service Restaurants
Street Stalls/Kiosks
100% Home Delivery Restaurant
By Structure
Chained Outlets
Independent Outlets

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Key Market Trends

Tourism Contributing Toward Australian Foodservice

The growth in the tourism industry may enable various foreign foodservice companies to enter the market and offer a wide range of diverse multi-cuisine offerings to consumers travelling from diverse parts of the world. This may drive the foodservice market across the country.

Since 2011, Australia has seen a steady increase in international arrivals, with dramatic growth observed every year from 2012 onwards. This growth is expected to continue with projections estimating the number of international visitors to Australia may increase to 15 million by 2026-2027.

The market is not only fuelled with foreign tourism but is also driven by a larger number of Australians who contribute toward domestic tourists every year. Among domestic tourists, the main items of the spend were transportation (33%), accommodation and food services (29%), shopping (12%), food and drinks (11%), travel agency and tour operator services, and recreational, cultural, and gambling activities (7%).

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Growth in Independent Outlets Restaurants in Australia

The independent outlets in Australia initially followed the footsteps of global QSR chains. However, with novel product development, the segment itself is giving stiff competition to previous establishments. Burger Project, Ribs & Burgers, and Red Rooster are few independent outlets that originated from the QSR concept.

In order to tap the growing market for healthier eating and premiumization, independent outlets providing common offerings, such as pizza, burgers, and taco bells, among others, are expected to secure their positions. The opportunity lies in making quality burgers with a focus on sustainable products, such as pasture-raised beef, organic and free-range chicken, and ethically raised pork.

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Competitive Landscape

The Australian foodservice market is highly competitive with major market share held by prominent players, such as McDonald’s Corporation, Yum! Brands Inc., Domino’s Pizza, Inspire Moreover, companies, such as Starbucks Corporation, and Doctor’s Associates have adopted expansion, and merger and acquisition as their strategy, along with product innovation to strengthen their expertise. The major focus of the companies is to offer unique products that can cater to the consumers’ preferences efficiently.

Recent Developments

In 2020, in order to improve payment systems, Amsterdam-based payment platform Adyen announced its partnership with Australia’s Hungry Jack’s to improve the point-of-sale (POS) terminal fleet, helping in unifying the in-store and e-commerce channels.

In 2019, Pizza Hut Australia introduced four dedicated cheesy vegan pizzas with plant-based mozzarella, following the efforts of Domino’s Australia, which launched the concept across 600 locations in the country in the previous year.

In 2018, ​​​McDonald’s Australia, a key food chain, expanded its presence in the country, with 45 new restaurants opened. It also has refurbishment plans for many of its current locations. Furthermore, it is expanding in rural areas across Australia to increase its customer base and brand visibility.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Full-service Restaurants

      2. 5.1.2 Quick-service Restaurants

      3. 5.1.3 Street Stalls/Kiosks

      4. 5.1.4 Cafes/Bars

      5. 5.1.5 100% Home Delivery Restaurant

    2. 5.2 By Structure

      1. 5.2.1 Chained Outlets

      2. 5.2.2 Independent Outlets


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 McDonald’s Corporation

      2. 6.4.2 Yum! Brands Inc.

      3. 6.4.3 Hungry Jack's Pty Ltd

      4. 6.4.4 Domino's Pizza Inc.

      5. 6.4.5 Inspire Brands Inc.

      6. 6.4.6 Starbucks Corp.

      7. 6.4.7 Bucking Bull

      8. 6.4.8 Nando's

      9. 6.4.9 Doctor’s Associates

      10. 6.4.10 Craveable Brands

    5. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Australia Foodservice Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Australia Foodservice Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.16% over the next 5 years.

Starbucks Corp, McDonald’s Corporation, Yum! Brands Inc, Hungry Jack's Pty Ltd, Domino's Pizza Enterprises Limited are the major companies operating in Australia Foodservice Market.

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