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Fast Food Restaurants in the US: Market Research Report

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Fast Food Restaurants Market Research Report | NAICS 72221a | Aug 2016

Grab and go: Operators will offer healthy menu items to grasp a larger share of a saturated market

The Fast Food Restaurants market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Over the past five years, the Fast Food Restaurants industry has struggled with consumer preferences moving away from unhealthy foods and a saturated food service landscape that has kept prices low. Compared with other operators in the hospitality sector, fast food restaurants performed relatively well during the early half of the last five-year period due to their low price points and the extra convenience they offer. However, heavy competition from other segments in the food services sector has forced fast food operators to emphasize low prices in a continuing battle to attract consumers. Over the past five years, consumer eating habits have changed as people have become increasingly health conscious and demanded alternatives to traditional greasy fast food options... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The top four players in the Fast Food Restaurants industry are expected to account for 33.9% of available market share, giving this industry a low level of concentration. Given the diversity of food styles and operations, nearly 48.0% of establishments are small-business operators that have nine or fewer employees. An additional 55.0% of establishments have between 10 and 99 employees.

Over time, the industry's concentration has decreased. As many of the older stalwarts lose ground to up-and-coming concepts, such as smaller chains like Chick-fil-A, as well as fast-casual concepts such as Shake Shack, are gaining ground, as sales have faltered for larger competitors... purchase to read more


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What is the Fast Food Restaurants Industry?

This industry comprises restaurants where patrons pay for quick-service food products before eating. Purchases may be consumed on-site, taken out or delivered. Gross revenue is derived from both franchised and company-owned stores. Franchise fees (up-front costs associated with opening a franchise) are accounted for in industry revenue. This industry excludes coffee and snack shops. Most industry establishments also sell beverages, such as water, juice and sodas, but usually not alcohol.

Industry Products
BurgersSandwichesMexicanPizza and PastaChickenAsian
Industry Activities
Operating quick-service restaurantsOperating fast food servicesOperating drive-thru and take-out facilities

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