Messy eaters: Rising health consciousness will hurt industry revenue

The Buffet Restaurants industry has declined over the past five years. Save for a positive 2015, the industry has continued to decline in subsequent years. While industry revenue has been negatively affected by increasing external competition, a more lasting threat to the industry has presented itself in the form of increasing health consciousness. Buffet-style restaurants tend to use lower-quality ingredients in the food they prepare in order to save costs and keep prices down. Rising health consciousness is anticipated to continue to reduce demand for the Buffet Restaurants industry over the five years to 2022. However, countervailing trends and industry innovations are forecast to stifle the intensity of the industry's decline in upcoming years...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$7bn
Annual Growth 12-17
-0.2%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
115,528
Businesses
5,836
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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rising health consciousness is anticipated to continue reducing industry demand
  • The industry retains a large base of loyal customers who regularly frequent buffets
  • The industry is expected to remain popular in regions such as the Southeast and Southwest
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Self-serve food salesSelf-serve food sales account for the majority of industry revenue, at an estimated 79.9%. Buffet restaurants typically favor allowing consumers to serve their own food from buffet stations to save on labor costs and provide customers the ability to choose which foods they like upon seeing options.The majority of self-serve food is American food, which accounts for 40.7% of total industry revenue. This consists of foods such as burgers, steaks, sandwiches, salads, fries and traditional American desserts. These types of foods are heavily immersed in American culture and are associated with buffet style eating. Consequently, revenue has grown for this segment over the past five years. Add...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Buffet Restaurants Industry

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

  • Access to multiskilled and flexible workforce
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Healthy eating index and Agricultural price index in the Buffet Restaurants industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Buffet Restaurants Industry?

    This industry comprises chain and franchised restaurants with buffet-style services where patrons pay, serve themselves and eat within the restaurant. These establishments may also sell alcoholic and other beverages. This industry does not include buffet-style food service contractors, which are included in IBISWorld reports 72231 and 72232.

    Industry Products
  • Self-serve American food sales
  • Self-serve Italian-American food sales
  • Self-serve seafood sales
  • Other self-serve food sales
  • Table service buffet sales
  • Beverage sales
  • Take-out food and beverage sales
  • Industry Activities
  • Self-serve American food sales
  • Self-serve Italian-American food sales
  • Self-serve seafood sales
  • Other self-serve food sales
  • Table service buffet sales
  • Beverage sales
  • Take-out food and beverage sales
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Healthy eating index
  • Agricultural price index
  • Consumer spending
  • Number of adults aged 50 and older

  • Current Performance
  • Changing consumer preferences
  • Retention of loyal customers
  • Profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Beneficial external trends
  • Industry innovation
  • Profit
  • Table: Buffet Restaurants Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Buffet Restaurants Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Beef & Pork Wholesaling
  • Confectionery Wholesaling
  • Dairy Wholesaling
  • Egg & Poultry Wholesaling
  • Fish & Seafood Wholesaling
  • Frozen Food Wholesaling
  • Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling
  • Soft Drink, Baked Goods & Other Grocery Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Self-serve American food sales
  • Other self-serve food sales
  • Self-serve Italian-American food sales
  • Table service buffet sales
  • Beverage sales
  • Take-out food and beverage sales
  • Self-serve seafood sales
  • Chart: Buffet Restaurants Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Income and expenditure
  • Demographics
  • Health and lifestyle

  • Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 35 to 44
  • Consumers aged 45 to 54
  • Consumers aged 55 to 64
  • Consumers aged 25 to 34
  • Consumers aged 65 to 75
  • Consumers aged under 25
  • Consumers aged 75 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Buffet Restaurants 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 Buffet Restaurants

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Buffet Restaurants Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Golden CorralOvation Brands
  • Table: Golden Corral - financial performance
  • Table: Ovation Brands - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Buffet Restaurants 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 Buffet Restaurants Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Healthy eating index (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    All-You-Can-Eat
  • A type of buffet in which customers pay a fixed-fee and can then consume as much food as they would like in a given sitting. The most common form of buffet.
  • Self-Serve
  • Waiterless food service, in which customers serve themselves food from a buffet table.
  • Wireless Electronic Ordering System
  • A system that links front-of-house staff with the kitchen in order to more easily coordinate orders and refill buffet stations.
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