Rolling along: While the food truck craze wanes, demand for specialty foods will support growth

The Street Vendors industry has surged ahead over the past five years due to renewed consumer demand for unique and gourmet food products. This trend gained momentum as the fast food and food service industries slowed down significantly, as a result of changing consumer tastes and heightened competition. During the five-year period, many consumers have increased their spending on eating out; nevertheless, many people have still opted for lower-priced items and convenience. Furthermore, the general trend toward healthy eating over recent years has hurt sales for street vendors that offer greasy, high-calorie meals. Yet, despite an increasingly health-conscious consumer base, renewed fascination with street foods in the United States has offset some of these trends...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$2bn
Annual Growth 12-17
2.9%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
70,736
Businesses
64,416
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Unique foods and demand from metropolitan areas will sustain demand for the industry
  • Many street vendors have faced an uphill battle against policy makers and law enforcement agencies
  • Rising retail sales and construction activity will provide opportunities to service new clients
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Street Vendors industry is highly fragmented with over 80.0% of enterprises being owner-operators with no employees. Of those firms in the industry that do have paid staff, most employ four people or less. There are no major players in the industry with a market share of 5.0% or greater. In 2017, IBISWorld estimates that the top four players in the industry account for well under 5.0% of available market share, providing the industry with a low level of concentration.The highly competitive nature of the industry, the low profit margins and high regulatory barriers in some cities are not conducive to operators owning and operating more than one establishment. For this reason, most operators focus on providing a high level of service with one food cart. Bet...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Street Vendors Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Street Vendors Industry are

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Must have license
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Consumer spending and Healthy eating index in the Street Vendors industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Street Vendors Industry?

    This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in preparing and serving meals and snacks for immediate consumption from motorized vehicles or nonmotorized carts. The establishment is the main location from which the caterer route is serviced, not each cart or vehicle. Included in this industry are establishments primarily engaged in providing food services from vehicles, such as hot dog carts and ice cream trucks.

    Industry Products
  • American (burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs)
  • Desserts
  • Central and South American
  • Asian
  • Mixed Ethnicity
  • Greek Mediterranean
  • Industry Activities
  • Mobile nonalcoholic beverage stands
  • Mobile coffee carts
  • Mobile food concession stands
  • Ice cream truck vendors
  • Lunch wagons
  • Mobile food stands
  • Mobile refreshment stands
  • Mobile snack stands
  • Street vendors of food
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Consumer spending
  • Healthy eating index
  • Consumer Confidence Index
  • Agricultural price index
  • Urban population

  • Current Performance
  • Shifting consumer preferences
  • Regulatory hurdles
  • Growth and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Future trends
  • Profitability
  • Enterprises and employment
  • Table: Street Vendors Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Street Vendors Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Beef & Pork Wholesaling
  • Beer Wholesaling
  • Confectionery Wholesaling
  • Dairy Wholesaling
  • Egg & Poultry Wholesaling
  • Fish & Seafood Wholesaling
  • Frozen Food Wholesaling
  • Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling
  • Grocery Wholesaling
  • Wine & Spirits Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • American (burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs)
  • Asian
  • Desserts
  • Central and South American
  • Other
  • Mixed Ethnicity
  • Greek Mediterranean
  • Chart: Street Vendors Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Highest quintile of incomes
  • Fourth quintile of incomes
  • Businesses and organizations
  • Middle quintile of incomes
  • Second quintile of incomes
  • Lowest quintile of incomes
  • Government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Street Vendors Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRent and UtilitiesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Street Vendors

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Street Vendors Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Street Vendors Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Street Vendors Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Consumer spending (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Brick And Mortar
  • A store that has a physical presence and location, as opposed to an online retailer or a street vendor.
  • Industrial Catering Vehicles
  • Sell mainly pre-packed, cold foods on a self-serve basis, and which is usually operated by a single person
  • Mobile Food Preparation Vehicles
  • Generally have the facilities to provide hot foods to customers' orders, which requires a driver and a cook
  • Wagon Wheel Cart
  • The traditional street vendor wagon wheel cart involves with two wheels at one end and stands at the other.
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    IBISWorld’s Street Vendors Industry Research Report offers insight into the market at the national level. Our analysis highlights macro trends in the overall sector and the micro trends faced by companies that do business in the Street Vendors industry. Our five-year outlook forecasts explain how the market is set to change and the product segments that will drive growth.

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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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