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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Food & Beverage Stores

Overview of the U.S. Food & Beverage Stores 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 Food & Beverage Stores: 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.

market size 2018
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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[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.

market forecast

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 Food & Beverage Stores 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

Groceries & Other Food Items For Human Consumption Off The Premises

Produce, Including Fresh & Prepackaged Fruits & Vegetables

Frozen Foods, Including Packaged Foods Sold In A Frozen State

Dairy Products & Related Foods, Including Milk, Cheese, Butter, Yogurt, Eggs.

Bakery Products Baked On Premises

Bakery Products Not Baked On The Premises, Excluding Frozen

Delicatessen Items, Including Deli Meats & Other Service Deli Items

Ice Cream & Other Frozen Dairy Products

Meat & Poultry, Including Prepackaged Meats

Fish & Seafood, Including Refrigerated Prepackaged Fish & Seafood

Candy, Prepackaged Cookies, & Snack Foods

Bottled, Canned, Or Packaged Soft Drinks & Other Nonalcoholic Beverages

All Other Groceries & Food Items

Alcoholic Beverages Served For Immediate Consumption

Packaged Liquor, Wine, & Beer

Distilled Spirits, Including Liquor, Brandy, & Liqueurs


Beer & Ale

Cigars, Cigarettes, Tobacco, & Smokers' Accessories, Excluding Sales From Vending Machines Operated By Others

Drugs, Health Aids, Beauty Aids, Including Cosmetics


Nonprescription Medicines

Vitamins, Minerals, & Other Dietary Supplements

Cosmetics, Including Face Cream, Make-Up, Perfumes & Colognes.

Personal Hygiene Supplies

Health Aids & Home Healthcare Equipment

Household Soaps, Detergents, Cleaners, & Cleaning Supplies

Household Cleaning Supplies

Household Soaps, Detergents, & Cleaners

Paper & Related Products, Including Paper Towels, Toilet Tissue, Wraps, Bags, Foils.

Paper & Plastic Tableware

Gift Wrap, Gift Bags, & Tissue Paper

Paper Towels, Napkins, Toilet & Facial Tissue, & Food Wraps, Bags, Foils & Other Related Products

Men's Wear, Including Accessories

Women's, Juniors', & Misses' Wear, Including Accessories

Children's Wear, Including Boys', Girls', & Infants' & Toddlers' Clothing & Accessories

Footwear, Including Accessories

Curtains, Draperies, Blinds, Slipcovers, Bed & Table Coverings

Small Household Appliances & Personal Care Appliances

Audio Equipment, Musical Instruments (New & Used), Radios, Audio Electronic Components, CDs, Records, Tapes, Audio Books, Sheet

Kitchenware & Home Furnishings

Outdoor Charcoal Grills, Parts, Accessories

Decorative Accessories & Home Furnishings


Books, Including E-Books

Toys, Hobby Goods, & Games

Sporting Goods & Recreational Equipment

Hardware, Tools, & Plumbing & Electrical Supplies

Lawn, Garden, & Farm Equipment & Supplies

Automotive Fuels

Automotive Lubricants, Including Oil, Greases.

Household Fuels, Including Oil, Lp Gas, Wood, Coal

Pets, Pet Foods, & Pet Supplies

Baby Goods Not Elsewhere Classified, Including Bottles, Monitors, Carriers, Swings.

All Other Merchandise

Stationery Products

Office, School, & Packaging Supplies

Greeting Cards, Calendars, Maps, Road Atlases

Magazines & Newspapers


Nonautomotive Batteries

Souvenirs & Novelty Items

Seasonal Decorations

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

Soup & Salad Bars

All Other Meals & Snacks, Including Hot Coffee, Fountain Drinks & Prepared Sandwiches.

Meals, Snacks, & Beverages Prepared For Catered Events

All Other Merchandise, Excluding Lottery Ticket Sales/Commissions

All Nonmerchandise Receipts

Receipts From Photocopying, Faxing, & Check Cashing Services

All Other Nonmerchandise Receipts

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 Food & Beverage Stores by state

Food & Beverage Stores Industry Price Trends

Rise and fall in market prices are affectedd by supply, demand, and the cost of goods/services sold. Higher demand or COGS will put upward price pressure on prices. Higher competition among Food & Beverage Stores companies will put a downward pressure on prices. The chart shows how prices are changing within the industry, month-to-month over the last three years.

price index trends

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 Food & Beverage Stores 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 Food & Beverage Stores 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 Food & Beverage Stores 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 2%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers1%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 13%
Cooks and Food Preparation Workers 6%
Food Preparation Workers 5%
Food Preparation Workers 5%
Food and Beverage Serving Workers 5%
Fast Food and Counter Workers 5%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 8%
Sales and Related Occupations 43%
Supervisors of Sales Workers 6%
First-Line Supervisors of Sales Workers 6%
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 6%
Retail Sales Workers 37%
Cashiers 32%
Cashiers 32%
Retail Salespersons 17%
Retail Salespersons 17%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 24%
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers 18%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 17%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 17%
Production Occupations 8%
Food Processing Workers 7%
Butchers and Other Meat, Poultry, and Fish Processing Workers 8%
Butchers and Meat Cutters 5%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 7%
Material Moving Workers 6%
Laborers and Material Movers, Hand 6%
Packers and Packagers, Hand 6%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Food & Beverage Stores Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

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

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Big Y Foods trademarks "BIG Y DIG IN" - Downloadable software in the nature of a mobile application for providing articles, recipes, links, and magazines in the field of healthy living and lifestyle wellness - 01/06/2018
  • City Roasting trademarks "CITY BREW" - Coffee; Coffee and coffee substitutes; Coffee and artificial coffee; Coffee based beverages; Coffee beverages with milk; Coffee pods; Coffee, tea, cocoa and artificial coffee; Beverages with a coffee base; Iced coffee; Prepared coffee and coffee-based beverages - 01/06/2018
  • EL Burrito Market trademarks "EL BURRITO MERCADO ON WHEELS" - Restaurant services; food truck services - 01/06/2018
  • Tiff's Treats Holdings raises $2 million in funding. - 11/27/2017
  • Meyer patents Liquid Dispensing Faucet With Pull-to-open Valve Element - 09/07/2017
  • Meijer patents Reward-based Surrogate Shopping System And Method - 08/17/2017
  • Teforia patents Apparatus And Method Of Multi-course Infusion For Brewing Tea And Other Beverages - 06/08/2017
  • Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab raises $1 million in funding. - 03/24/2017
  • Philz Coffee raises $10 million in funding. - 09/13/2016

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Eastman Outdoors139

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

    Latest Industry News

    • Conifer Expands and Extends Endorsement from the Associated Food & Petroleum Dealers (AFPD) - Our members include independent supermarkets, convenience stores, petroleum retailers ... Any proposed legislation that will have an adverse impact to food, beverage and petroleum retailers is met with AFPD’s strong lobbying efforts. (01/12/2018)
    • ‘Undercooked Food & Poor Service!’ Fans Slam Blake Shelton’s New Restaurant - Blake Shelton may want to stick to his singing career and leave his food and beverage endeavors behind – because his ... It’s a bar-restaurant and retail store with a “laid-back, fun-loving Southern Oklahoma lifestyle,” reported. (01/12/2018)
    • Kohl's looking for grocery, c-store partners to share space - As convenience stores aim to sell an increasing number of healthy and portable products, the channel is becoming a growth driver for food and beverage producers, said Paul Miller of Terrafina, which found a "gold mine" in c-stores with its snack foods that ... (01/11/2018)
    • How A Louisville Company Helps Predict National Food Trends - Remember a few years ago when sriracha was, well… the hottest flavor on grocery store shelves? It was everywhere ... But the concept of food and beverage trends has always seemed kind of arbitrary to me. So, when I received a news release with Flavorman ... (01/11/2018)
    • 'Tactile' foods could be a hit for food companies this year - Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert says food and beverage manufacturers will make food more “tactile ... and don’t cross the line into consumer manipulation. Grocery stores, meanwhile, should jump on the bandwagon by upping their sampling and other ... (01/11/2018)
    • Bend food makers watch for openings at Whole Foods - Whole Foods is the only store that charges more than $4 for her bar ... Holm was at the Northwest Food & Beverage World trade show in Portland this week, and she said she was encouraged to see a Whole Foods representative checking in with specialty ... (01/10/2018)
    • Target Has Found the Secret to Getting the Most Out of Its Stores - Comparable sales across all of the company’s core merchandise categories — Home, Apparel, Food & Beverage, Hardlines and Essentials — were also positive and accelerated from the third quarter, reflecting strong traffic growth, positive store comps ... (01/09/2018)
    • Javo Beverage Co. Receives $5 Million Credit Facility - for food and beverage applications. Javo sells through various channels including foodservice accounts within the healthcare, contract feeders, gaming, and convenience store industries and to manufacturers of ready-to-drink emerging and global brands. (01/09/2018)
    • Learn details of Europe's non-alcoholic beverage market forecast to 2021 - Also growing food and beverage industries are further expected to boost this ... Based on distribution channel, the market is segmented into Specialty Stores, Online Store, Super Markets/ Hyper Markets, Convenience Stores, Departmental Stores and Others. (01/08/2018)
    • Department, discount stores drive retail job losses in weak jobs report - Breaking down the job losses in December, department stores and general merchandisers dragged down gains in food and beverage and electronics retailers. Department stores lost more than 8,000 jobs, while other general merchandisers, including wholesale ... (01/08/2018)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $1,648,080 on Food & Beverage Stores. It has awarded 249 contracts to 61 companies, with an average value of $27,018 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 Food & Beverage Stores 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.

    Meat, Fish, Seafood & Poultry, Including Prepack Meats Req Refrigeration
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Food & Beverage StoresOpportunity/Threat
    Supermarkets & Grocery Stores Competing industry
    Warehouse Clubs, Supercenters & Big Box Retail Competing industry
    Meat Markets Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Meat, Fish, Seafood & Poultry, Including Prepack Meats Req Refrigeration are less than those from Food & Beverage Stores. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Meat, Fish, Seafood & Poultry, Including Prepack Meats Req Refrigeration sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Meat, Fish, Seafood & Poultry, Including Prepack Meats Req Refrigeration Product Sales Report

    Packaged Liquor, Wine, & Beer
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Food & Beverage StoresOpportunity/Threat
    Supermarkets & Grocery Stores Competing industry
    Gas Stations with Convenience Stores Competing industry
    Warehouse Clubs, Supercenters & Big Box Retail Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Packaged Liquor, Wine, & Beer are less than those from Food & Beverage Stores. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Packaged Liquor, Wine, & Beer sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Packaged Liquor, Wine, & Beer Product Sales Report

    Produce, Including Fresh & Prepackaged Fruits & Vegetables
    Produce, Including Fresh & Prepackaged Fruits & Vegetables Product Sales Report

    Drugs, Health Aids, Beauty Aids, Including Cosmetics
    Drugs, Health Aids, Beauty Aids, Including Cosmetics Product Sales Report

    Dairy Products & Related Foods, Including Milk, Cheese, Butter
    Dairy Products & Related Foods, Including Milk, Cheese, Butter Product Sales Report

    Frozen Foods, Including Packaged Foods Sold In A Frozen State
    Frozen Foods, Including Packaged Foods Sold In A Frozen State Product Sales Report

    Prescriptions Product Sales Report

    Distilled Spirits, Including Liquor, Brandy, & Liqueurs
    Distilled Spirits, Including Liquor, Brandy, & Liqueurs Product Sales Report

    Beer & Ale
    Beer & Ale Product Sales Report

    Bottled, Canned, Or Packaged Soft Drinks
    Bottled, Canned, Or Packaged Soft Drinks Product Sales Report

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