CEDA has released its quarterly survey of members on their business performance from January to July 2015.
The figures show that restaurants and hotels combined account for over 90% of CEDA members’ business enquiries, with a sustained rise from restaurants in particular.
Project requests involving pubs and the licenced trade have dipped a little since the beginning of the year, according to the data, declining from around 23% to 19.35%.
The amount of contract caterer and staff feeding enquiries have dropped dramatically from a peak of 40% early last year, reaching a nadir of around 18% earlier this year, though the figure has now recovered to 24.19%.
CEDA director general Adam Mason commented: “It is really good news that CEDA members are benefitting from the continued growth in the eating out sector with restaurants taking a major part in driving growth.
“This is born out in our own recent survey of 500 operators with a strong majority from restaurants planning investment in, and maintenance for, their foodservice equipment.”