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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Supermarkets & Grocery Stores

Overview: the U.S. Supermarkets & 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 Supermarkets & 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.

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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 Supermarkets & 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

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

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.

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Supermarkets & 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 Supermarkets & 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.

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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 Supermarkets & 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 Supermarkets & 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 Supermarkets & 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

Supermarkets & Grocery Stores Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

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

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Earth Fare trademarks "THE CLEAN PLATE" - Printed materials - 03/03/2018
  • Aldi trademarks "AUTO XS" - Car seat gap storage pockets; headrest hangers for use in cars; pop-up trash cans for use in cars - 03/02/2018
  • Ingles Markets trademarks "FRUITYLICIOUS" - fruit-flavored snacks - 03/02/2018
  • 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
  • Earth Island patents Plant-based Egg Substitute Compositions - 01/26/2017
  • Door TO Door Organics raises $3 million in funding. - 06/10/2016
  • Community Food Cooperative raises $2 million in funding. - 04/30/2015
  • Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets raises $10 million in funding. - 08/06/2012

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score

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

    Latest Industry News

    • Lidl customers bought 17 MILLION mince pies in the run-up to Christmas as the supermarket reports bumper festive sales - Kantar figures revealed that households shrugged off economic worries to spend an average £1,054 over the period across the grocery retailers. Lidl has been on a rapid expansion drive. The supermarket opened nine stores during the festive period ... (01/11/2018)
    • Food Bazaar in Brentwood stocks a world of groceries - A trip to the grocery store can be an international flight. You can explore the Far East at Hmart in Jericho, the Indian subcontinent at Maharaja Farmers Market in Hicksville, Latin America at Bravo and C-Town supermarkets in Nassau and Suffolk. (01/11/2018)
    • 5 things about Midwest grocery stores foreigners find surprising - The supermarket: an everyday convenience that Americans sometimes ... these are the types of items they put on the shelves of the "American food" sections of their grocery stores, according to "What exactly is this?" Higginbotham says ... (01/11/2018)
    • A robotics startup called 'Robomart' wants to replace Postmates and Instacart with self-driving grocery stores - Robomart is a self-driving, nearly full autonomous grocery store on wheels. The vehicle will drive fresh produce from the supermarket aisle to customers. Grocery chains can license the platform and the vehicles, which allows them to pocket the delivery fee ... (01/10/2018)
    • LG showcases robots that could replace workers in hotels, airports and supermarkets - There is already a hotel in Japan that is staffed by robots. The final concept robot would work with you at a supermarket, telling you the prices of items and guiding you through grocery store aisles. The World Bank estimates that about half of all jobs ... (01/10/2018)
    • Photos Of Empty Grocery Shelves Show Dire Situation In Venezuela - Desperate Venezuelans swarmed supermarkets on Saturday in a rare chance to stock ... woes on low oil prices and a U.S.-led plot to topple his regime, ordered grocery stores to reduce their prices in an effort to fight staggering hyperinflation (Venezuela ... (01/10/2018)
    • UNC study: Lidl pressures supermarket chains to cut prices at unprecedented levels - She looked at prices for a broad basket of 48 grocery products, including dairy, meats, produce, and canned and frozen goods, which were collected through store visits. “We know that supermarket chains systematically compete with each other on price. (01/10/2018)
    • Israel's New Sabbath Supermarket Law Has Yet to Be Tested, but Tested It Will Be - The Sabbath closing law passed by the Knesset on Tuesday has been dubbed the grocery store law. But a close reading reveals that it applies to a lot more than grocery stores. It was nicknamed the “grocery store law” because grocery stores in Tel Aviv ... (01/10/2018)
    • NY state, foundations poured money into Syracuse grocery that has closed. Again. - In the end, despite other grocery stores being a mile or farther away from Eat to Live ... was a main reason Nojaim Brothers Supermarket closed late last year. But Hawkins also said the co-op could have done a better job organizing and marketing itself ... (01/10/2018)
    • 'Extreme Value' Discounter Grocery Outlet Plans 25-Store Expansion - ... about food deserts in the parking lots of Grocery Outlet stores. Originally a reseller of surplus military rations, Grocery Outlet is currently a chain of 270 privately owned supermarkets in five western states plus Pennsylvania. Founded by James Read ... (01/10/2018)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $1,132,809 on Supermarkets & Grocery Stores. It has awarded 187 contracts to 37 companies, with an average value of $30,616 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 Supermarkets & 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 Supermarkets & Grocery StoresOpportunity/Threat
    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 Supermarkets & 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 Supermarkets & Grocery StoresOpportunity/Threat
    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 Supermarkets & 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

    Soaps, Detergents, & Household Cleaners
    Soaps, Detergents, & Household Cleaners 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:
    Supermarkets, Grocery stores, Food (i.e., groceries) stores, Delicatessens primarily retailing a range of grocery items and meats, Commissaries, primarily groceries, etc.

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