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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Mobile Food Services & Street Vendors

Overview: the U.S. Mobile Food Services & Street Vendors Industry

Once small and highly localized ventures, mobile food service has now caught the attention of both governments and the restaurant industry by creating viable competition and requiring updated regulation.

The industry includes espresso carts, made-to-order hot trucks, and prepared food carts. Presently mobile food service is primarily an urban enterprise and can play a pivotal role in developing local business economies. The industry faces the unique opportunity, or challenge, to work with local governments to develop appropriate ordinances that suit the realities of this growing 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 Mobile Food Services & Street Vendors: 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

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 Mobile Food Services & Street Vendors 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

Alcoholic Beverages Served For Immediate Consumption

Beer, Ale, & Malt Beverages Served For Immediate Consumption

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

Meals & Snacks Dispensed Via Mobile Vending Service

Nonalcoholic Beverages Dispensed Via Mobile Vending Service

Meals, Snacks, & Beverages Prepared For Catered Events

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

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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
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 Mobile Food Services & Street Vendors 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 Mobile Food Services & Street Vendors 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 Mobile Food Services & Street Vendors 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

Mobile Food Services & Street Vendors Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

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

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Top Innovators

CompanyInnovation Score

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

Latest Industry News

  • Reminder - District of Columbia Sales and Use Tax Filing - Taxpayers are now required to file and submit payment via MyTax.DC.Gov for the following Sales and Use Tax returns: Sales and Use Tax (includes bulk filings) Specialized Sales Tax Sales and Use Tax Special Events Street Vendors and Mobile Food Services ... (01/04/2018)
  • Restaurants And Mobile Food Services Global Market Research Report 2017 - 5.11.2. Global Mobile Food Services Market, 2016, By Segment; Nonalcoholic Beverage Stands; Food And Coffee Carts; Ice-cream Truck Vendors; Snack Stands; Street Vendors; 5.11.3. Market Trends And Strategies; 6. Restaurants And Mobile Food Services Market ... (01/02/2018)
  • Turf War at the Hot Dog Cart - the owners of the Street Sweets food truck, a mobile trove of croissants, cupcakes and cookies that got rolling last month. The couple loaded the truck by 6 a.m., parked in front of the Museum of Modern Art at 7, traded hostilities with other vendors from ... (10/28/2017)
  • Here are the best street food vendors in NYC - The Vendy Awards is an annual street food competition that determines the best street food vendors in ... Vendor Project, a membership-based non-profit organization that stands up for vendors’ rights while providing legal and small-business services. (09/16/2017)
  • Mobile food vendors must obtain annual licenses - Question: Every now and then, at the corner of Northland Avenue and Meade Street, there’s a food ... The other is a mobile service base license. It is issued where the vendor stores food and cleans equipment. "If that service base were in Appleton ... (12/03/2016)
  • New York City street vendors protest permit cap with parade outside City Hall - Vendors vented about the city’s long-standing permit cap Tuesday at a City Hall rally. Hundreds of street sellers waved signs demanding ... “It makes no sense to increase the number of mobile food vendors when the city already can't properly enforce ... (04/26/2016)
  • Mobile food vendor rules proposed - The Walla Walla Planning Commission on Monday will review several proposed ordinances aimed at setting new guidelines for mobile food vendors. The push for the ... tents or booths set up at 509 E. Main Street. According to city documents, Walla Walla ... (01/31/2016)
  • Debate on rules for food vendors heats up - According to the ordinance, a mobile food vendor may apply for a permit to sell food items on any public street, except those streets classified as “arterial” or “minor arterial." A majority of downtown streets, classified as arterial or minor ... (04/13/2015)
  • Lawyer for food truck operators urges Birmingham City Council to reconsider mobile food ordinance - based civil liberties law firm also has offered to help the Birmingham street food vendors fight the proposed ordinance and today sent a letter to the council members asking them to reject it. According to Donaldson’s letter, the mobile vendors are ... (12/06/2012)
  • Street Food Evolves, and So Do Awards for It - But awards coordinators said they decided to add the category after they had to turn away a flood of nominations last year for vendors who operated only in markets. “It’s totally captured the public’s attention, both mobile street food and these ... (07/17/2012)

Government Contracts

In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $325,410 on Mobile Food Services & Street Vendors. It has awarded 23 contracts to 12 companies, with an average value of $27,118 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 Mobile Food Services & Street Vendors 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 And Beverages Prepared For Immediate Consumption
Competing IndustrySales Relative to Mobile Food Services & Street VendorsOpportunity/Threat
Limited-Service Eating Places
Coffee Shops, Bagel, Donut & Ice Cream Shops
Hotels & Motels
Supermarkets & Grocery Stores
Cafeterias, Grill Buffets & Buffets

Since sales from Mobile Food Services & Street Vendors are a small fraction compared to other industries selling Meals, Snacks And Beverages Prepared For Immediate Consumption, companies in the Mobile Food Services & Street Vendors industry have the opportunity to expand their product offering to take share from these adjacent industries.
Meals, Snacks And Beverages Prepared For Immediate Consumption 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:
Coffee carts, mobile, Refreshment stands, Beverage stands, nonalcoholic, Lunch wagons, Street vendors, food, Canteens, Food carts, Mobile food stands, Food concession stands, Snack stands, Ice cream truck vendors, etc.

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