Market Overview

Research and Markets: 2012 Report on the $20 Billion US Specialty Food Stores Market


Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Specialty Food Stores" report to their offering.

The US specialty food store industry includes about 25,000 stores with combined annual revenue of about $20 billion. No major companies dominate the industry, which is fragmented: the 50 largest companies account for 15 percent of sales.

The industry includes meat markets, seafood markets, fruit and vegetable markets, baked goods stores (but not retail bakeries), candy and nut stores, and gourmet food stores. Grocery stores and supermarkets, along with superstores and warehouse clubs that sell food, are covered in separate industry profiles.

Competitive Landscape:

Consumer spending and tastes drive demand. The profitability of individual companies depends on effective merchandising and the ability to generate store traffic. Large companies can offer a wide selection of products and have advantages in purchasing, distribution, and marketing. Small companies can compete effectively by offering specialty products, providing superior service, or serving a local market. The industry is labor-intensive: average annual revenue per worker is about $90,000.

Competition includes traditional grocery stores, mass merchandisers, and warehouse clubs. Specialty food stores also compete with venues serving high-quality food, including restaurants.

Products, Operations & Technology:

Major products sold by specialty food stores include meat, fish, and poultry (40 percent of sales); produce (15 percent); and baked goods and candy (10 percent each). Other products include dry grocery products, dairy products, prepared foods, and kitchenware. Companies may place special orders for customers looking for unique items.

Specialty food stores include chains, independent retailers, franchises, and cooperatives.

Key Topics Covered:

Industry Overview

Quarterly Industry Update

Business Challenges

Business Trends

Industry Opportunities

Call Preparation Questions

Financial Information

Industry Forecast

Web Links and Acronyms

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Sector: Food

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