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Specialty Food Stores in the US - Industry Market Research Report

Specialty Food Stores in the US

Operators within the Specialty Food Stores industry sell a specialty line of food products that includes baked goods, candy and snacks, artisanal cheeses and premium packaged coffee. Although improved economic conditions and shifts in consumer preferences have been beneficial to the industry, rising competition from other industries has constrained growth for specialty food stores over the past five years. However, these conditions were more than offset by rising health awareness and a shifting consumer preference toward premium, all-natural foods. Over the five years to 2023, the industry is expected to experience greater competitive pressure from natural food stores and regular supermarkets, both of which are increasingly focused on offering the same products sold by industry operators.

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 does not include butcher shops, seafood markets or produce markets. Producers of chocolate, bread and bakery goods are excluded from this industry as well.

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Per capita disposable income
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2018)
    • Table Business Locations 2018
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs. growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
    • Table Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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