Eat up: As the economy expands, contributions to this industry will increase

IBISWorld’s industry research report on Community Food Services provides up-to-date sales and market data, allowing you to identify the product and customer segments driving revenue growth. The report identifies the leading companies in the industry, and offers strategic analysis of the key factors influencing the market. Our data forecasts are accompanied by full analysis to illustrate how the market is responding to dominant and emerging trends.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Operators faced higher costs over the past five years, due to expanded food services
  • Federal funding for social services is estimated to increase
  • Food price inflation is anticipated to remain higher than the consumer price index

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Over the five years to 2017, the Community Food Services industry is expected to grow due in part to a volatile labor market that increased food insecurity, a measure of an individual's vulnerability to hunger. This led to greater demand for the industry's food aid and social services, allowing industry organizations to secure needed government and private donations and contributions. On average, operators faced higher costs over the period, due to expanded food services. Most organizations are not motivated by profit, however, and many small operators entered the industry to meet growing demand. As the economy expands, corporate and individual contributions to this industry are projected to increase over the five years to 2022...

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    Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Community Food Services industry is in the mature stage of its life cycle, however its contribution to the overall economy, as measured by its industry value added (IVA), has grown substantially. In the 10 years to 2022, IVA, is anticipated to increase at an annualized rate of 4.3%. Over the same period, US GDP is forecast to grow at an average annual rate of 2.0%. Though it has outpaced economic growth, the industry should still be considered mature given that much of this increase was a result of continued economic turmoil early in the period. Typically, this industry demonstrates some degree of countercyclicality because it provides services to individuals when the overall economy is performing poorly.

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    Additional Insights for the Community Food Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Community Food Services Industry are

  • Ability to provide goods/services in diverse locations
  • Having an integrated operation
  • Ability to control size and growth of internal bureaucracy
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Federal funding for social services in the Community Food Services industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Community Food Services Industry?

    Industry operators collect, prepare and deliver food to the needy. This industry includes food banks, meal delivery programs and fixed and mobile soup kitchens. Generally, establishments deliver meals to persons who cannot prepare meals for themselves due to age, disability or illness. Additionally, operators may also distribute clothing and blankets. This industry excludes emergency relief services that provide food and other aid to disaster victims.

    Industry Products
    Soup kitchen and on-site meal provision
    Food pantry and food bank services
    Food collection and distribution
    Other services
    Industry Activities
    Collecting food for the needy
    Preparing food for the needy
    Delivering food to the needy
    Distributing clothing and blankets to the poor

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Federal funding for social services
  • Poverty rate
  • Consumer price index

  • Current Performance
  • Increased demand
  • Federal funding
  • Private sector funding
  • Growing costs
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Increased demand
  • Federal funding
  • Industry expansion
  • Table: Community Food Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Community Food Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Public Administration
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Bread Production
  • Canned Fruit & Vegetable Processing
  • Cereal Production
  • Cookie, Cracker & Pasta Production
  • Dairy Product Production
  • Supermarkets & Grocery Stores
  • Truck & Bus Manufacturing
  • Vegetable Farming

  • Products & Services
  • Food collection and distribution
  • Other services
  • Food pantry and food bank services
  • Soup kitchen and on-site meal provision
  • Chart: Community Food Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Poverty and unemployment
  • Food Insecurity and food prices
  • Federal nutritional assistance programs: consumer subsidies

  • Major Markets
  • Households with incomes below the poverty line
  • Households with incomes 100% to 185% of the poverty line
  • Households with incomes over 185% of the poverty line
  • Households without incomes
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Community Food Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRent and utilitiesAdditional costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Community Food Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Community Food Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Feeding America
  • Table: Feeding America - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Community Food Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

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

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Community Food Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Poverty rate (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Food Bank
  • A facility that sorts, inventories, stores and distributes (mostly) donated foods for use by government agencies and direct service organizations (e.g. food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters).
  • Food Pantry
  • A location where food is donated and made available to be picked up by low-income and needy individuals for preparation at-home.
  • Food Security
  • USDA classification of an individual's access to food and vulnerability to hunger, measured in the Food Security Supplement to the CPS.
  • Soup Kitchen
  • A place or mobile location where meals are prepared and served on-site to low income and needy individuals for free or at a very low cost.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Snap)
  • Formerly called the Food Stamp Program, SNAP is a federal-assistance program that provides assistance to low- and no-income people and families living in the United States
  • Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (Tefap
  • A federal program responsible for providing emergency food and nutrition assistance to low-income persons; this is the most important federal program for industry operators.
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