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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Caterers


Overview: the U.S. Caterers 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 Caterers: 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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Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
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

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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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Caterers 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

Alcoholic Beverages Served For Immediate Consumption

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

Meals & Snacks Prepared For Immediate Consumption Off The Premises

Meals, Snacks & Beverages Prepared Under Long-Term Contract

Meals, Snacks & Nonalcoholic Beverages Prepared Under Long-Term Contract Other Than For Transportation Businesses

Meals, Snacks, & Beverages Prepared For Catered Events

Meals, Snacks & Nonalcoholic Beverages Served At Catered Events On The Caterer's Premises

Meals, Snacks & Nonalcoholic Beverages Served At Catered Events Away From The Caterer's Premises

Meals, Snacks & Nonalcoholic Beverages Dropped Off At The Customer's Event

Meals, Snacks & Nonalcoholic Beverages Prepared For Customer Pick-Up

Alcoholic Beverages Prepared For Catered Events

Employment Services, Including Temporary Cooks, Bartenders, & Waitstaff

Rental Of Non-Residential Space

Other Services



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.

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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
Repairs
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Depletion
Domestic production activities deduction
Advertising
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Depreciation
Amortization
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 Caterers 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 Caterers 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 Caterers 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
Management Occupations 3%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers1%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 81%
Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 8%
Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 8%
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 6%
Cooks and Food Preparation Workers 22%
Cooks 13%
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 8%
Food Preparation Workers 9%
Food Preparation Workers 9%
Food and Beverage Serving Workers 42%
Fast Food and Counter Workers 25%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19%
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 5%
Waiters and Waitresses 10%
Waiters and Waitresses 10%
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 5%
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 5%
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers 9%
Sales and Related Occupations 5%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Caterers Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

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

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Innovation News

  • Chowgirls trademarks "CHOWGIRLS KILLER CATERING" - Restaurant, bar and catering services - 06/02/2015
  • B & M Clambake trademarks "B & M CLAMBAKE CO." - retail clothing - 10/24/2004




  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    B & M Clambake
    Chowgirls

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

    Latest Industry News

    • Long Beachers To Pork Out With Dinner - 4th & Olive Bistro & Wine Bar executive chef Alex McGroarty and Primal Alchemy Caterers proprietor Paul Buchanan are teaming up to offer a Forks, Corks & Pork dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at 4th & Olive, 743 E. Fourth Street. A pork four ... (01/10/2018)
    • Germany’s Lemoncat disrupts business catering through cloud computing - “The most that these caterers had was a website, really just an online business card,” said Huber. “There were no tech options for their customers.” Lemoncat’s aim is to drag this industry into the 21st century, and make it more accountable in ... (01/10/2018)
    • Vendors at Marietta Bridal Show cater to Mid-Ohio Valley couples - The show exposed those planning a wedding with some of the leading wedding professionals in the area. Vendors included wedding accessories, caterers, cosmetics, jewelry, musicians, wedding registry, bridal and tuxedo rentals, day spa, cakes, personal ... (01/10/2018)
    • New York City teachers union spent over $125K on bagels and pizza in 2017 - Indulgences also included $1.4 million in food provided by Lackmann Culinary Services and $189,763 from Ravioli Fair caterers. An additional $2.5 million was spent on lodging, conventions, and banquets, including $1.37 million for events at the Hilton ... (01/09/2018)
    • Valet parking lot approved for Freehold banquet hall - Board members granted Exquisite Caterers approval to use a parking lot on Hudson Street as a valet parking lot for the vehicles of guests who attend events at the Aurum banquet hall in the Market Yard. The approval was granted on Nov. 8 and memorialized on ... (01/09/2018)
    • Commit to an eco-conscious wedding at annual 'green' wedding show Jan. 21 - More than 20 attending vendors include a bevy of florists, caterers, planners, musicians/DJs, invitation-makers and photographers. They will all be setting up camp at Greenhouse Loft (2545 W. Diversey Ave.) ready to help sustainable lovebirds plan their ... (01/09/2018)
    • Carlisle Utd and their caterers insist they are working to improve service for fans - Carlisle United and their caterers say they are working to improve the service they offer fans - following a series of complaints. The Blues today issued a statement which came after supporters highlighted problems at recent Brunton Park games. Both the ... (01/05/2018)
    • Hats off to vegan couple for confronting the tyranny of wedding caterers - A lot of people are faulting the bride and groom, but I think it’s great what they are doing. All too common companies gouge weddings. I see it all the time, where they promise the moon for a certain price and either drastically under-deliver or they up ... (01/04/2018)
    • Vegan newlyweds sue their caterers and venue for $150,000 after the vegan 'feast' at their reception tasted 'horrific' - A couple who had planned to secretly serve their wedding guests a vegan feast - only to reveal it had been meat and dairy free at the end of the reception - are suing their caterers over the 'horrific food'. Siara Zee Elovich Williams, 33, and Kevin ... (01/03/2018)
    • Have Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chosen the same wedding caterers as Prince William and Kate? - January 02, 2018 - 10:51 CET by Emmy Griffiths Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are thought to have chosen a catering company for their wedding day. The pair are due to tie the knot in May Preparations are well underway for the royal wedding of Prince Harry ... (01/03/2018)


    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $22,562,733 on Caterers. It has awarded 1,367 contracts to 339 companies, with an average value of $66,557 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount



    Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

    Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in Caterers to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

    The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

    Meals, Snacks & Beverages Prepared For Catered Events
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to CaterersOpportunity/Threat
    Hotels & Motels Competing industry
    Limited-Service Eating Places Competing industry
    Food Service Contractors Competing industry
    Casino Hotels Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Meals, Snacks & Beverages Prepared For Catered Events are less than those from Caterers. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Meals, Snacks & Beverages Prepared For Catered Events sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Meals, Snacks & Beverages Prepared For Catered Events Product Sales Report



    Meals & Beverages Served At Events On Customer's Premises
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to CaterersOpportunity/Threat
    Food Service Contractors Competing industry
    Limited-Service Eating Places Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Meals & Beverages Served At Events On Customer's Premises are less than those from Caterers. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Meals & Beverages Served At Events On Customer's Premises sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Meals & Beverages Served At Events On Customer's Premises Product Sales Report



    Meals & Beverages Served At Events On Caterer's Premises
    Meals & Beverages Served At Events On Caterer's Premises Product Sales Report

    Meals & Beverages Dropped Off At The Customer's Event
    Meals & Beverages Dropped Off At The Customer's Event Product Sales Report

    Meals, Snacks And Beverages Prepared For Immediate Consumption
    Meals, Snacks And Beverages Prepared For Immediate Consumption Product Sales Report

    Alcoholic Beverages Served For Immediate Consumption
    Alcoholic Beverages Served For Immediate Consumption Product Sales Report

    Meals & Snacks Served At A Table By A Server
    Meals & Snacks Served At A Table By A Server Product Sales Report

    Distilled Spirits Served For Immediate Consumption
    Distilled Spirits Served For Immediate Consumption Product Sales Report

    Wine And Wine Drinks Served For Immediate Consumption
    Wine And Wine Drinks Served For Immediate Consumption Product Sales Report

    Meals & Snacks For Immediate Consumption Off Premises
    Meals & Snacks For Immediate Consumption Off Premises Product Sales Report



    Segments classified within this market research report

    This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
    Banquet halls with catering staff, Catering services, social, Caterers, etc.



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