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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Cafeterias, Grill Buffets & Buffets

Overview of the U.S. Cafeterias, Grill Buffets & Buffets Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:
  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Cafeterias, Grill Buffets & Buffets: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast[PREMIUM]

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Cafeterias, Grill Buffets & Buffets industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Meals, Unpackaged Snacks, Sandwiches, Unpackaged Ice Cream & Yogurt, Bakery Items, Other Food Items & Nonalcoholic Beverages Prepared

Meals & Snacks Served By A Server (I.E., Full Service)

Meals & Snacks Dispensed W/O Table Service For Consumption On Premises

Nonalcoholic Beverages Dispensed W/O Table Service For Consumption On The Premises

Meals & Snacks Prepared For Immediate Consumption Off The Premises

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map of Cafeterias, Grill Buffets & Buffets by state

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Cafeterias, Grill Buffets & Buffets company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Cafeterias, Grill Buffets & Buffets industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Cafeterias, Grill Buffets & Buffets measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers1%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 93%
Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 5%
Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 5%
Cooks and Food Preparation Workers 24%
Cooks 20%
Cooks, Restaurant 17%
Food and Beverage Serving Workers 46%
Bartenders 5%
Bartenders 5%
Waiters and Waitresses 38%
Waiters and Waitresses 38%
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers 18%
Dishwashers 7%
Dishwashers 7%
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 6%
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 6%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Cafeterias, Grill Buffets & Buffets Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • raises $2 million in funding. - 11/15/2017
  • Garden Fresh Restaurant trademarks "WONTON HAPPINESS" - Tossed garden salad for retail sale, catering or for on-site consumption - 06/29/2017
  • Mendocino Farms trademarks "EAT HAPPY" - Restaurant services; take out restaurant services; catering - 05/01/2017
  • Kerbey Lane Cafe trademarks "KERBEY LANE CAFE" - Restaurant services - 02/21/2017

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Sodexo Operations
    Garden Fresh Restaurant

    Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

    Latest Industry News

    • Dining review: Cozy Colorado Springs cafe serves up rave-worthy, affordable cuisine - Plump shrimp, complete with uniform grill marks, are dusted with lemon pepper ... The Dale Street Bistro Café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its proximity to The Fine Arts Center makes it a great spot for a pre-theater dinner. I recommend it ... (01/04/2018)
    • A New Menu and Updated Decor Attract Customers to The Palms Cafe - The Palms Cafe replaces a 25-year-old dining establishment ... "For staff and visitor service, we set up a buffet line and held barbecues and special meals as a way to say thank you to customers for putting up with the construction." (01/02/2018)
    • Cafe Central boasts long-term staff, customers - The family continues to serve as managing partners in The Happ Inn Bar & Grill in Northfield. Opened in 1995, Cafe Central was created as a sister ... someplace you could for go for a birthday or anniversary dinner, or just stop in for mussels and a ... (12/29/2017)
    • Spice Club Indian Grill reopens with new owner, McGregor Cafe hires chef in Fort Myers - "It's all changed, everything, the interior, the food," said owner Sam Chaniyil, who also owns India's Grill in Fort Myers. "It's a new layout, new tables, and we have the $10.99 lunch buffet everyday in addition to the full dinner menu." Chaniyil took ... (11/14/2017)
    • Dining news: Juniper Grill to host wine dinner - Juniper Grill at 4917 ... RedWood Cafe, a casual cafe and sandwich shop, is expected to open in late May at 698 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. The restaurant will offer sandwiches, build-your-own salads and two different dinner options nightly along with ... (05/02/2017)
    • Dinner Programs at the Palms Grill Café - The Atlanta Public Library and Museum will host a series of Dinner Programs at the Palms Grill Café from November through December 2015. The events will feature local speakers who will present after dinner programs at the Palms Grill Café, located 110 SW ... (10/06/2015)
    • Review: Yutaka Grill & Sushi Buffet offers wide selection of Asian dishes - It has been quite a year so far for Catherine and Wilson Chen, who opened Yutaka Grill & Sushi Buffet ... in the former Furr’s Cafeteria space in The Farm shopping center. It was doing a brisk business when we went for dinner and when I interviewed ... (07/07/2015)
    • Bosphorus Cafe Grill review - The bread, a well-spent $2.50, is the ideal vehicle for any of the dips served at Bosphorus Cafe Grill, Port Washington's new Turkish restaurant. A five-dip assortment ordered at one dinner includes hummus, ezme (spicy chopped vegetables), babaganoush ... (09/10/2014)
    • Eats Beat: Beacon Cafe lands near Keller with a new brunch buffet - They came from Christie’s Extreme Burgers and originally, from another airport grill, the Blue Hanger Cafe near Roanoke. Bingham said they’d considered opening a dinner restaurant, or another Beacon elsewhere, but ultimately, stayed in North Tarrant ... (02/11/2014)
    • Pan-hispanic Mambo Grill And Farrago Cafe Join River North Scene - More new restaurants to report: Mambo Grill is open at 412 ... space of Home), a "City American" cafe owned by Michael Kuhn, former executive sous chef at Gordon. Menu is very creative. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; call 312-951-7349. (02/11/1994)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $467,403 on Cafeterias, Grill Buffets & Buffets. It has awarded 43 contracts to 14 companies, with an average value of $33,386 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

    Segments classified within this market research report

    This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
    Cafeterias, Buffet eating places, etc.

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