Turnover of the food service industry in Belgium 2008-2017, by sector

As of 2017, the turnover of the restaurant industry in Belgium grew annually and amounted to approximately 8.5 billion euros, which was the highest turnover in the period between 2008 and 2017. Furthermore, similar results were observed with the catering industry. In 2008, the industry had a turnover of 5.38 billion euros, whereas by 2017 this increased to a total of 2.32 billion euros. Looking at the total turnover of the food service industry, it had a steady growth from 2008 to 2017. In the given time period, the industry’s turnover increased with approximately 5.5 billion euros.

Number of restaurants in Belgium

Observing the number of restaurants in Belgium, it correlates with the turnover development of the food industry. In 2008, roughly 29,500 restaurants could be found across Belgium, whereas by 2017 this increased to a total of 33,277 restaurants. From the total number of restaurants in Belgium, 16,622 were quick service oriented. Compared to 2008, it is an increase of 2,710 restaurants.

Michelin starred restaurants

Michelin stars are rewards given by the tire company Michelin to restaurants for their excellence in kitchen and personnel. These scores are compiled in the so-called Red Guides, rewarding a select few restaurants up to a maximum of three Michelin stars. In Belgium, approximately 105 one starred restaurants were found in 2018.

Turnover of the food service industry in Belgium from 2008 to 2017, by sector

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Release date

September 2018



Survey time period

2008 to 2017

Supplementary notes

* Including nightclubs.

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