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Street Vendors in the US - Industry Market Research Report

Street Vendors in the US

The Street Vendors industry has surged ahead over the five years to 2018 due to renewed consumer demand for unique and gourmet food products. This trend gained momentum as the fast food and food service industries slowed down significantly, as a result of changing consumer tastes and heightened competition. During the five-year period, many consumers have increased their spending on eating out; nevertheless, many people have still opted for lower-priced items and convenience. Furthermore, the general trend toward healthy eating over recent years has hurt sales for street vendors that offer greasy, high-calorie meals. Yet, despite an increasingly health-conscious consumer base, renewed fascination with street foods in the United States has offset some of these trends. Over the five years to 2023, demand is expected to grow at a slower rate, as this fad slowly subsides and the industry becomes more saturated.

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in preparing and serving meals and snacks for immediate consumption from motorized vehicles or nonmotorized carts. An establishment is the main location from which the caterer route is serviced, not each cart or vehicle. Included in this industry are establishments primarily engaged in providing food services from vehicles, such as hot dog carts and ice cream trucks.

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 StatisticsSnapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Consumer spending
    • 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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