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Grocery Stores Industry Analysis

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Industry Overview & Outlook . .
- Market Size
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- Market Forecast   .
- Products/Services Breakdown   .
- Revenue per State . .
$ Financial Metrics . .
$ Salary & Compensation Benchmarks . .
@ Key Companies   .
- Industry News & Innovators   .
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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Grocery Stores

Overview: the U.S. Grocery 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 Grocery 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

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 Grocery 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

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 by state

Grocery 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 Grocery 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.

example price index trendline

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 Grocery 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 Grocery 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 Grocery 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%
Sales and Related Occupations 40%
Supervisors of Sales Workers 5%
First-Line Supervisors of Sales Workers 5%
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 5%
Retail Sales Workers 35%
Cashiers 32%
Cashiers 32%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 26%
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers 19%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 18%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 18%
Production Occupations 8%
Food Processing Workers 7%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 7%
Material Moving Workers 7%
Laborers and Material Movers, Hand 7%
Packers and Packagers, Hand 6%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Grocery Stores Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

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

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • 7-Eleven trademarks "7R SEVEN RESERVE" - Coffee - 02/10/2018
  • Skogen's Foodliner trademarks "SUPERGATING" - retail grocery store services - 02/10/2018
  • Hy-Vee trademarks "EZ PZ MEALS" - Entertainment and educational services in the nature of on-line cooking shows featuring recipes and information related to food, nutrition, and cooking instruction - 02/09/2018
  • 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
  • Wawa patents Touchscreen Interface Menu With Virtual Wheel - 05/25/2017
  • Door TO Door Organics raises $3 million in funding. - 06/10/2016
  • Delek US Holdings raises $231 million in funding. - 05/29/2015
  • Community Food Cooperative raises $2 million in funding. - 04/30/2015

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Eastman Outdoors139

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

    Latest Industry News

    • Suspect Armed With Rifle, Knife Robs Grocery Store: Cops - SANDY SPRINGS, GA — Sandy Springs police detectives are investigating an armed robbery reported over the weekend at a grocery store catering to the area's Hispanic population. The victims told police a male suspect robbed them of cash and a purse at ... (01/12/2018)
    • A few important (to me) rules for the grocery store - Going to the grocery store may seem like a simple exercise, but several rules should be followed in order to make the most of your shopping experience. If you’re like me (and why wouldn’t you be?), you want to get in and out of the store in a ... (01/12/2018)
    • Man Killed, Woman Hurt in Fort Worth Grocery Store Shooting - A man was killed and a woman wounded in a shooting at a Fort Worth grocery store Thursday night, police say. Officers were called to a robbery at Save-A-Lot in the 5500 block of James Avenue at about 10 p.m. Initial reports indicated two men were seen ... (01/12/2018)
    • Man killed during FW grocery store robbery - FORT WORTH -- A man is dead after a robbery turned into a shooting Thursday night. Police were called to a Save-A-Lot grocery store at 5519 James Avenue, just north of Interstate 20 and west of Interstate 35, at about 10 p.m. Two armed men ran into the ... (01/12/2018)
    • Police say Lower Saucon grocery store employee stole $8,000 over a year-long period - A 42-year-old Hellertown woman is charged with theft, receiving stolen property and drug possession after a nearly year-long series of thefts at the Lower Saucon Giant store where she worked, according to police. Toska Slotter was arraigned on the charges ... (01/12/2018)
    • How to Avoid Temptation When Navigating the Grocery Store - Even the most disciplined shoppers can fall prey to grocery store marketing and end up with a buggy of new products and must-have deals. Here are tips on how to avoid temptation at the grocery. When you’re hungry, the buggy often ends up full of ... (01/12/2018)
    • Grocery store maybe coming to Cottonwood - COTTONWOOD, Al. (WTVY) Driving through Cottonwood, there's one thing you won’t see - a grocery store. The mayor is working with Houston County officials to change that. Donna Abel has lived in Cottonwood since the 1970s. She says, "Some of us can drive ... (01/12/2018)
    • Customers hit hardware and grocery stores hard ahead of storm - BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – With snow, sleet, and ice right around the corner, people in the Valley have been stocking up on goods. At Home Depot in Boardman, the store has been busy all day selling winter weather items – salt, shovels, and snow throwers. (01/12/2018)
    • Grocery stores stock up ahead of Saints game - Employees at Dorginacs say they've been selling a lot of chips, queso, salsa and beer. Other big items- all the dips and party platters. Susan Rangel works in the catering department and has been taking orders for Sunday nonstop. Orders can be placed thr (01/11/2018)
    • It may be expensive, but this is N.J.'s best grocery store, says national website - Grocery stores are a sacred place for most of us. Whether we value location, deals or the spot with the freshest goods, everyone's got a favorite. But only one Jersey chain could claim the top spot on the Daily Meal's list of the best in every state. (01/11/2018)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $1,137,854 on Grocery Stores. It has awarded 188 contracts to 38 companies, with an average value of $29,944 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 Grocery 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 Grocery 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 Grocery 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

    Produce, Including Fresh & Prepackaged Fruits & Vegetables
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Grocery StoresOpportunity/Threat
    Supermarkets & Grocery Stores Competing industry
    Warehouse Clubs, Supercenters & Big Box Retail Competing industry
    Fruit & Vegetable Markets Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Produce, Including Fresh & Prepackaged Fruits & Vegetables are less than those from Grocery Stores. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Produce, Including Fresh & Prepackaged Fruits & Vegetables sales, taking market share from this industry.
    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

    Prescriptions 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

    Packaged Liquor, Wine, & Beer
    Packaged Liquor, Wine, & Beer Product Sales Report

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

    Paper & Related Prod, Including Paper Towels, Toilet Tissue, Wraps
    Paper & Related Prod, Including Paper Towels, Toilet Tissue, Wraps Product Sales Report

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

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