Getting full: Despite favorable consumer preference trends, growth will decelerate

The Specialty Food Stores industry sells specialty and premium food products, which include a variety of baked goods, candy and chocolates, nuts and snacks, artisanal cheese and yogurt, packaged coffee and tea and dozens of gourmet foods. Over the past five years, the industry has grown steadily as rising disposable income levels and higher consumer spending have driven overall economic recovery. In the coming years, the industry is expected to continue expanding steadily during the next five years as economic conditions improve and a greater share of Americans develop a taste for specialty, premium or all-natural foods...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry is expected to face greater competitive pressure from natural food stores and regular supermarkets
  • Growth in demand for specialty and premium foods has been particularly rapid
  • The success of individual industry operators will be based on the variety of products offered
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Barriers to entry into the Specialty Food Stores industry are low because of the industry's highly fragmented nature. The low level of industry concentration is due to the absence of major players in this market, further reflected by the high share of nonemployers operating in the industry. No company is expected to account for more than a 5.0% share of the overall industry in 2017, although some companies have a dominant presence in certain geographic regions or product segments. Furthermore, operators planning to enter this industry are not particularly constrained by the capital investment required to open a store, as the entry costs of a specialty food retailer are relatively less costly than the initial investments required for other food and beverage retailing industries...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Specialty Food Stores Industry

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

  • Maintenance of excellent customer relations
  • Having a clear market position
  • Attractive product presentation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as External competition for the Specialty Food Stores industry and Per capita disposable income in the Specialty Food Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Specialty Food Stores Industry?

    Stores in this industry are specialized retailers of premium food products including baked goods, candy and chocolate, snacks, dairy products, coffee, tea, soft drinks and gourmet foods. The industry only retails packaged products not sold for immediate consumption. This industry also does not include butcher shops, seafood markets or produce markets. Producers of chocolate, bread and bakery goods are excluded from this industry as well.

    Industry Products
  • Bakery products
  • Candy, chocolate and snacks
  • Dairy products
  • Coffee and tea
  • Refrigerated and frozen meats, seafood and eggs
  • Industry Activities
  • Retailing candy
  • Retailing confectionery products
  • Retailing packaged nuts
  • Retailing packaged coffee and tea
  • Retailing dairy products
  • Retailing gourmet foods
  • Retailing soft drinks
  • Retailing spices
  • Retailing organic and health foods
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • External competition for the Specialty Food Stores industry
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Consumer Confidence Index
  • Healthy eating index

  • Current Performance
  • Natural appeal
  • Shifts in industry structure from competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Favorable economic conditions
  • External competition
  • Table: Specialty Food Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Specialty Food Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Caterers
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Bread Production
  • Coffee Production
  • Confectionery Wholesaling
  • Dairy Wholesaling
  • Seasoning, Sauce and Condiment Production
  • Soft Drink, Baked Goods & Other Grocery Wholesaling
  • Tea Production

  • Products & Services
  • Other
  • Candy, chocolate and snacks
  • Bakery products
  • Refrigerated and frozen meats, seafood and eggs
  • Coffee and tea
  • Dairy products
  • Chart: Specialty Food Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Millennials
  • Generation X
  • Baby boomers
  • Swing generation
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Specialty Food Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Specialty Food Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Specialty Food Stores 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 Specialty Food Stores 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 Specialty Food Stores Industry
  • 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
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  • A retail store that is differentiated by its sheer size and large range of products, including electronics, household goods and other consumer products.
  • Brick-And-Mortar
  • A store that has a physical presence and location, as opposed to an online retailer.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (Rfid)
  • A technology that tracks products from the time they leave the assembly line to the time they leave the store by releasing continuous signals from a chip.
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