Commercial Food Service Industry

Goals

To gather data related to the commercial food-service market to gain an inderstanding of the industry. The information will be used for new product development. The type of information sought includes the number of people served annually/daily and any growth rates for the different segments of the commercial food-service industry.

Early Findings

Total Share of the Industry

  • The U.S. food service industry is a market worth $731 billion.
  • The industry is divided between the commercial food service segment and the institutional segment.
  • The commercial segment is the largest and includes full-service restaurants, fast food outlets, caterers, some cafeterias, and other places that prepare, serve, and sell food to the public for a profit.
  • The institutional segment includes schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other types of similar establishments.

Total Share of the Industry by Segment

  • Within the commercial segment of the food service industry, full-service restaurants account for 42%, fast food restaurants 37% and other types of outlets such as caterers and cafes account for 21%.
  • In the U.S., restaurants represent the second-largest employer in the private sector, providing around 10% of jobs.

Growth rates for these segments (examples, full-service restaurants, quick-service restaurants, hospitals, schools, etc.)

  • The global food service commercial industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5% up to 2023.
  • The growth strategy of the fast food segment relies on building more outlets closer to consumers' homes and offices, to make it more convenient for them to purchase food products.
  • Restaurants relied on opening outlets in nontraditional locations such as department stores as part of their growth strategy.
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