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World Market for Food Service Equipment, 5th Edition

  • Executive Summary
    • Scope of the Report
    • Methodology
    • Product Definitions and Classifications
      • Commercial Food Products Machinery
      • Commercial Cooking & Food-Warming Equipment
      • Commercial Dishwashing Equipment
      • Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
      • Institutional Furniture
        • Table Foodservice Equipment Categories and Products
    • Market Size
      • Global Market Size
      • The U.S. Market Size
        • Table U.S. Market For Foodservice Equipment, by Category, 2005-2009(e) (in million $)
      • U.S. Value of Product Shipments
      • The U.S. Trade Scenario for Foodservice Equipment
      • U.S. Market Segment - Food Products Machinery
        • Table Value of U.S. Shipments of Foodservice Food Products Machinery, by Type, 2005-2009(e) (in million $)
      • International Trade of Food Products Machinery
      • U.S. Market Segment - Commercial Cooking & Food-Warming Equipment
        • Table Value of U.S. Shipments of Foodservice Commercial Cooking & Food-Warming Equipment, by Type, 2005-2009(e) (in million $)
      • Imports of Foodservice Cooking & Food-Warming Equipment
      • Exports of Foodservice Cooking & Food-Warming Equipment
      • U.S. Market Segment - Commercial Dishwashing Equipment
        • Table Value of U.S. Shipments of Commercial Dishwashing Equipment, 2005-2009(e) (in million $)
      • Imports and Exports of Foodservice Dishwashing Equipment
      • U.S. Market Segment - Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
      • U.S. Value of Shipments of Foodservice Refrigeration Equipment
        • Table Value of U.S. Shipments of Commercial Foodservice Refrigeration Equipment, by Category, 2005-2009(e) (in million $)
      • Imports of Foodservice Refrigeration Equipment
      • Exports of Foodservice Refrigeration Equipment
      • U.S. Market Segment - Institutional Furniture
        • Table Value of U.S. Shipments of Foodservice Furniture, 2005-2009(e) (in million $)
    • Market Outlook
      • Global Markets Increasingly Competitive
    • Factors Contributing to Growth
      • Economic Factors
      • Environmental Issues
      • Lifestyle Factors
      • Replacement Equipment
      • New Menu Offerings and Food Trends
      • Technological Innovations
    • Five-Year Outlook
      • Table Forecast U.S. Value of Product Shipments of Foodservice Equipment, by Category, 2010- 2014 (in billion $)
    • Foodservice Equipment Industry Trends
      • Energy Efficiency
      • Versatility
      • Health and Safety
      • Technology - temperature tracking and documentation
    • Competitive Environment
      • Table Largest Primary Foodservice Companies by Product
    • Foodservice Equipment Purchase Decision Process
      • Planning for Capital Expenditures
      • Institutions Have Long Lead Times
      • Menu-Driven Purchases
      • Production Process Considerations
      • Specific Machines
      • Replacement
      • Life Cycle Analysis
        • Table Life-Cycle Analysis Considerations
    • Marketing & Promotion
      • Trade Publications
      • Industry Associations
      • Trade Shows and Conventions
      • Direct Marketing
    • Certifications
      • American National Standards Institute
      • National Standard Foundation International (NSFI)
      • International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
      • Testing Organizations
      • Professional Certifications
    • Selling & Distribution
      • The Purchase Process
      • Manufacturers
      • Manufacturers' Representatives
      • Dealers and Distributors
      • Buying Groups
      • Internet
      • Consultants/Design Firms
      • Service Agents
    • Seasonality
    • Foodservice Equipment End Users
      • Strength of the Foodservice Industry
        • Table Strength of Foodservice Sectors, 2009
      • International Foodservice Markets
    • Commercial End Users
      • Restaurants Anchor the Foodservice Industry
      • Supermarkets and Home Meal Replacement
    • Noncommercial End Users
    • The Ultimate End User, the Consumer
    • Experian Simmons Survey Findings on End User Behavior
      • Table Fast-Food/Drive-In and Family Restaurant/Steak House Patrons, by Age, Last 30 Days (Index = 100)
      • Consumers and Store-Made Pre-Cooked Meals
        • Table Age of Those Who Often Eat Store-Made Pre-Cooked Meals (Index = 100)
  • The Market
    • Scope of the Report
    • Methodology
    • Product Definitions and Classifications
      • Commercial Food Products Machinery
      • Commercial Cooking & Food-Warming Equipment
      • Commercial Dishwashing Equipment
      • Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
      • Institutional Furniture
        • Table Foodservice Equipment Categories and Products
    • Market Size
      • Global Market size
      • The U.S. Market Size
        • Table U.S. Market For Foodservice Equipment, by Category, 2005-2009(e) (in million $)
      • U.S. Value of Product Shipments
        • Table U.S. Shipments of Foodservice Equipment, by Category, 2005-2009(e) (in million $)
      • The U.S. Trade Scenario for Foodservice Equipment
        • Table Value of U.S. Imports and Exports of Foodservice Equipment, by Category, 2005-2009(e) (in million $)
      • U.S. Market Segment - Food Products Machinery
        • Table Value of U.S. Shipments of Foodservice Food Products Machinery, by Type, 2005-2009(e) (in million $)
      • International Trade of Food Products Machinery
      • U.S. Market Segment - Commercial Cooking & Food-Warming Equipment
        • Table U.S. Market For Foodservice Cooking & Food-Warming Equipment, 2005-2009(e) (in million $)
      • U.S. Value of Shipments of Commercial Cooking & Food-Warming Equipment
        • Table Value of U.S. Shipments of Foodservice Commercial Cooking & Food-Warming Equipment, by Type, 2005-2009(e) (in million $)
      • Switzerland and Canada: Largest Import Markets for Foodservice Cooking Food-Warming Equipment
        • Table Value of U.S. Imports of Total Foodservice Cooking & Food-Warming Equipment, by Top Ten Countries (based on 2008 imports), 2004-2008 and January-May 2009 (in million $)
      • Imports of Foodservice Cooking & Heating Equipment (except microwave ovens)
        • Table Value of U.S. Imports of Foodservice Cooking & Heating Equipment (except microwave ovens), by Top Ten Countries (based on 2008 imports), 2004-2008 and January-May 2009 (in million $)
      • Imports of Foodservice Microwave Ovens
        • Table Value of U.S. Imports of Foodservice Microwave Ovens, by Top Ten Countries (based on 2008 imports), 2004-2008 and January-May 2009 (in million $)
      • Exports of Foodservice Cooking & Food-Warming Equipment
        • Table Value of U.S. Exports of Total Foodservice Cooking Equipment, by Top Ten Countries (based on 2008 exports), 2004-2008 and January-May 2009 (in million $)
      • Exports of Foodservice Cooking & Heating Equipment (except microwave ovens)
        • Table Value of U.S. Exports of Foodservice Cooking & Heating Equipment (except microwave ovens), by Top Ten Countries (based on 2008 exports), 2004-2008 and January-May 2009 (in million $)
      • Exports of Foodservice Microwave Ovens
        • Table Value of U.S. Exports of Foodservice Microwave Ovens, by Top Ten Countries (based on 2008 exports), 2004-2008 and January-May 2009 (in million $)
      • U.S. Market Segment - Commercial Dishwashing Equipment
        • Table U.S. Market For Commercial Dishwashing Equipment, 2005-2009(e) (in million $)
      • U.S. Value of Shipments of Commercial Dishwashing Equipment
        • Table Value of U.S. Shipments of Commercial Dishwashing Equipment, 2005-2009(e) (in million $)
      • Imports and Exports of Foodservice Dishwashing Equipment
        • Table Value of U.S. Imports of Foodservice Dishwashing Equipment, by Top Ten Countries (based on 2008 imports), 2004-2008 and January-May 2009 (in million $)
        • Table Value of U.S. Exports of Foodservice Dishwashing Equipment, by Top Ten Countries (based on 2008 imports), 2005-2008 and January-May 2009 (in million $)
      • U.S. Market Segment - Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
        • Table U.S. Market For Foodservice Refrigeration Equipment, 2005-2009(e) (in million $)
      • U.S. Value of Shipments of Foodservice Refrigeration Equipment
        • Table Value of U.S. Shipments of Commercial Foodservice Refrigeration Equipment, by Category, 2005-2009(e) (in million $)
      • Imports of Foodservice Refrigeration Equipment
        • Table Value of U.S. Imports of Total Foodservice Refrigeration Equipment, by Top Ten Countries (based on 2008 imports), 2004-2008 and January-May 2009 (in million $)
        • Table Value of U.S. Imports of Foodservice Refrigerators, Freezers, and Refrigerated Display Equipment, by Top Ten Countries (based on 2008 imports), 2004-2008 and January-May 2009 (in million $)
      • Imports of Foodservice Ice-Making Equipment
        • Table Value of U.S. Imports of Foodservice Ice-Making Equipment, by Top Ten Countries (based on 2008 imports), 2004-2008 and January-May 2009 (in million $)
      • Imports of Foodservice Beverage Dispensing Equipment
        • Table Value of U.S. Imports of Foodservice Beverage Dispensing Equipment, by Top Ten Countries (based on 2008 imports), 2004-2008 and January-May 2009 (in million $)
      • Exports of Foodservice Refrigeration Equipment
        • Table Value of U.S. Exports of Foodservice Refrigerators & Freezer Equipment, by Top Ten Countries (based on 2008 imports), 2005-2008 and January-May 2009 (in million $)
      • U.S. Market Segment - Institutional Furniture
        • Table Value of U.S. Shipments of Foodservice Furniture, 2005-2009(e) (in million $)
    • Market Outlook
      • Global Markets Increasingly Competitive
    • Factors Contributing to Growth
      • Economic Factors
      • Environmental Issues
      • Lifestyle Factors
      • Replacement Equipment
      • New Menu Offerings and Food Trends
      • Technological Innovations
    • Five-Year Outlook
      • Table Forecast U.S. Value of Product Shipments of Foodservice Equipment, by Category, 2010-2014 (in million $)
  • Trends and Dynamics
    • Foodservice Equipment Industry Trends
      • Energy efficiency
      • Versatility
      • Health and Safety
      • Technology - temperature tracking and documentation
    • Impacts on the Industry
    • The Economy
      • Government Indicators
      • Food Away From Home
        • Table U.S. Food Expenditures by Families and Individuals as a Share of Disposable Personal Money Income, 2004-2008 (in billion $)
        • Table U.S. Consumer Household Income and Expenditures for Food Away From Home, 2003-2007
      • Restaurant Sales
      • Capital Expenditures
    • MAFSI
      • Energy Prices
      • Commodity Prices
      • Producer Prices
      • Labor Costs
        • Table U.S. Annual Average Number of Food Services Employees (not seasonally adjusted), 2004-2008 (in thousands)
        • Table U.S. Average Weekly Earnings of Food Services Workers (not seasonally adjusted), 2004-2008
    • Consumer Preferences and Behaviors
      • Home Meal Replacement
      • Meal Preparation Services
      • The Need for Speed
      • Dining Out as an Event
      • Comfort Foodservice
      • Diet Trends
    • Technology/Innovation
      • Production Technologies
      • Computerization
      • Standardized Information
    • "Green"/Environmental issues
      • Energy Savings
      • Water Conservation
      • LEED
      • Energy Efficiency in Foodservice Equipment
      • International Considerations
      • Waste Management
    • Regulations
      • Refrigeration
      • Building Safety and Comfort Regulations
      • Schools
      • International Regulation
      • Extended Producer Responsibility
      • Indirect Affects
    • Competition
      • Mergers and Acquisitions
        • Table Selected Foodservice Equipment Industry Acquisition Transactions, 1999-2008
    • Outlook for 2009
  • Competitive Profiles
    • Table Largest Primary Foodservice Companies by Product
    • Ali SpA Group
      • Table Ali SpA Group
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table The Ali Group's Product and Brand Portfolio for Foodservice Equipment
      • Performance
      • Company News
    • Alto-Shaam, Inc.
      • Table Alto-Shaam, Inc.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Product and Brand Portfolio for Foodservice Equipment
      • Performance
    • Commercial Furniture Group, Inc.
      • Table Commercial Furniture Group, Inc.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table CFGroup's Product and Brand Portfolio for Foodservice Equipment
      • Performance
    • Dover Corp.
      • Table Dover Corp.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Dover Corp.'s Product and Brand Portfolio for Foodservice Equipment
      • Performance
    • Duke Manufacturing
      • Table Duke Manufacturing
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Duke Manufacturing Product and Brand Portfolio for Foodservice Equipment
      • Performance
    • AB Electrolux
      • Table AB Electrolux
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Electrolux's Product and Brand Portfolio for Foodservice Equipment
      • Performance
    • Fujimak Corporation
      • Table Fujimak Corporation
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
      • Performance
    • Henny Penny
      • Table Henny Penny
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
      • Performance
    • Hoshizaki Electric Co. Ltd.
      • Table Hoshizaki Electric Co. Ltd.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Hoshizaki's Product and Brand Portfolio for Foodservice Equipment
      • Performance
    • Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
      • Table Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table ITW's Product and Brand Portfolio for Foodservice Equipment
      • Performance
    • The Manitowoc Co., Inc.
      • Table The Manitowoc Co., Inc.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Manitowoc's Product and Brand Portfolio for Foodservice Equipment
      • Performance
    • MEIKO Maschinenbau GmbH & Co.
      • Table MEIKO Maschinenbau GmbH & Co.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
      • Corporate Performance
    • The Middleby Corp.
      • Table The Middleby Corp.
      • Corporate Background
        • Table Middleby's Acquisitions Foodservice Equipment Acquisitions, 2006-2008
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Middleby's Product and Brand Portfolio for Foodservice Equipment
      • Performance
    • Rational Ag
      • Table Rational Ag
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
      • Performance
    • Standex International Corp.
      • Table Standex International Corp.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Standex International Corp.'s Product and Brand Portfolio for Foodservice Equipment
      • Performance
  • Distribution & Marketing
    • The Purchase Decision Process
      • Planning for Capital Expenditures
      • Institutions Have Long Lead Times
      • P.F. Chang's and Red Lobster Forge Ahead
      • Kings Redesigns Pay Off
      • Brinker and Ruby Tuesday Scale Back
      • Restaurant Bankruptcies
        • Table Restaurant Company Bankruptcies, January 2008-June 2009
      • International Bankruptcies
      • Menu-Driven Purchases
      • Production Process Considerations
      • Specific Machines
      • Replacement
      • Life Cycle Analysis
        • Table Life-Cycle Analysis Considerations
      • Initial Costs
      • Energy Costs
        • Table Foodservice Equipment Energy Savings Estimates for Full Service Restaurants, Standard vs. Energy Efficient Equipment
        • Table Foodservice Equipment Energy Savings Estimates for Quick Service Restaurants, Standard vs. Energy Efficient Equipment
      • Gas or Electric?
        • Table Average Retail Price of Electricity and Natural Gas for Commercial Customers by State, February 2009
      • Indirect Energy Costs
      • Consumables and Maintenance
      • Disposal
    • Marketing & Promotion
      • Trade Publications
      • Industry Associations
      • Trade Shows and Conventions
      • Direct Marketing
    • Certifications
      • Setting the Standards
      • American National Standards Institute
      • National Standard Foundation International (NSFI)
      • International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
      • Testing Organizations
      • Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
      • Canadian Standards Association International (CSA)
      • Electric Testing Laboratories (ETL)
      • Energy Star
      • PG&E Food Service Technology Center
      • Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)
      • U.S. Green Building Council, LEED Green Building Rating System
      • Green Restaurant Association (GRA)
      • FoodServiceWarehouse.com (FSW)
      • Conformité Européenne (CE)
      • Professional Certifications
    • Selling & Distribution
      • The Purchase Process
      • Manufacturers
      • Manufacturers' Representatives
      • Dealers and Distributors
      • Buying Groups
        • Table Top U.S. Foodservice Equipment and Supplies Buying Groups
      • Internet
      • Consultants/Design Firms
      • Service Agents
    • Seasonality
  • End User
    • Table Projected U.S. Foodservice Sales by Segment, 2009 (in billion $)
    • Strength of the Foodservice Industry
      • Table Strength of Foodservice Sectors, 2009
      • International Foodservice Markets
    • Commercial End Users
      • Restaurants
      • Consumer Restaurant Visits
      • International Restaurant Markets
      • Restaurant Equipment Purchasing
      • Economy's Impact on Restaurant Equipment Purchasing
      • Hospitality/Lodging
        • Table Lodging Construction Pipeline, First Quarter 2009
      • Foodservice Equipment in Hotels
      • Supermarkets and Home Meal Replacement
      • Supermarket Foodservice Equipment
      • Convenience Stores
      • Off-Site Kitchens and Commissaries
      • Convenience Store Restaurants
      • International Convenience Store Foodservice
      • Opportunity for Equipment Manufacturers
      • Recreation
      • Recreation Foodservice Equipment Needs
      • Catering
    • Noncommercial End Users
      • Healthcare/Senior Care
        • Table U.S. Healthcare Institutions
      • International Healthcare Foodservice Markets
      • Foodservice Equipment in Healthcare Operations
      • Primary and Secondary Schools
        • Table U.S. Enrollment in Elementary and Secondary Schools, 2004-2009 and 2015(p) (thousands)
      • Foodservice Equipment for Schools
      • Colleges/Universities
      • Business & Industry
      • International Business & Industry Foodservice
      • Business & Industry Foodservice Equipment
      • Corrections
      • The Military
    • The Ultimate End User, the Consumer
    • Simmons Survey Findings on End User Behavior
      • Table Fast-Food/Drive-In and Family Restaurant/Steak House Patrons, by Age, Last 30 Days (Index = 100)
      • Table Fast-Food/Drive-In and Family Restaurant/Steak House Patrons, by Race/Ethnicity, Last 30 Days (Index = 100)
      • Table Fast-Food/Drive-In and Family Restaurant/Steak House Patrons, by Geographic Region, Last 30 Days (Index = 100)
      • Table Fast-Food/Drive-In and Family Restaurant/Steak House Patrons, by Education, Last 30 Days (Index = 100)
      • Table Fast-Food/Drive-In and Family Restaurant/Steak House Patrons, by Household Income, Last 30 Days (Index = 100)
      • Table Fast-Food/Drive-In and Family Restaurant/Steak House Patrons, by Presence of Children by Age, Last 30 Days (Index = 100)
      • Consumers and Store-Made Pre-Cooked Meals
        • Table Age of Those Who Often Eat Store-Made Pre-Cooked Meals (Index = 100)
        • Table Race/Ethnicity of Those Who Often Eat Store-Made Pre-Cooked Meals (Index = 100)
        • Table Geographic Region of Those Who Often Eat Store-Made Pre-Cooked Meals (Index = 100)
        • Table Education of Those Who Often Eat Store-Made Pre-Cooked Meals (Index = 100)
        • Table Household Income of Those Who Often Eat Store-Made Pre-Cooked Meals (Index = 100)
        • Table Age of Children of Those Households Who Often Eat Store-Made Pre-Cooked Meals (Index = 100)
  • Addresses of Selected Manufacturers

The market for foodservice equipment is made up of global players based in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Even with the global recession, the $20 billion market for foodservice equipment is strong; growth of the $10 billion+ market in the U.S. outpaces the nation’s GDP growth rate. Industry growth is driven by operators’ need to replace existing equipment and the technological and energy efficiency advantages of today’s new equipment.

In addition to the economy, the foodservice equipment industry has seen several notable acquisitions in the past few months and years, which may have a dramatic impact on all sectors: preparation equipment, cooking ovens and ranges, refrigeration, ice and beverage dispensing, and warewashing. These include Manitowoc’s acquisition of Enodis, Ali Group’s acquisition of Aga’s commercial foodservice equipment business, and Middleby’s acquisition of Turbochef.

Environmental factors are important to foodservice operators and foodservice equipment manufacturers. Purchase decisions increasingly driven by the need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction - which impact the bottom line, companies’ images, and consumer perceptions. Existing and potential legislation and regulation - whether local, regional, national, or international - also affects “green” considerations.

The array of foodservice operators is broader than ever, offering more sophisticated and varied options for meals prepared outside the home. Commercial foodservice venues include not just restaurants (stand-alone or part of hotels, casino’s, etc.), but sports stadiums and arenas, museums, family entertainment parks, and more. Supermarkets and convenience stores offer prepared meals - part of the booming home meal replacement concept. Non-commercial foodservice operators serve healthcare, senior care, educational, corrections, and military clientele.

Report Methodology

The information in Foodservice Equipment is based on primary and secondary research. Primary research entailed interviews with industry participants, from companies, associations, and trade publications, to obtain information on industry and product issues and trends. Secondary research entailed data gathering from relevant sources, including industry, business, and general interest publications, newspapers, government reports, company web sites, and corporate annual reports. Consumer demographics are derived from Simmons Market Research Bureau data.

What You’ll Get in This Report

Foodservice Equipment makes important predictions and recommendations regarding the future of this market, and pinpoints ways current and prospective players can capitalize on current trends and spearhead new ones. No other market research report provides both the comprehensive analysis and extensive data that Foodservice Equipment offers. Plus, you’ll benefit from extensive data, presented in easy-to-read and practical charts, tables and graphs.

How You’ll Benefit from This Report

If your company is already doing business in the foodservice equipment market, or is considering making the leap, you will find this report invaluable, as it provides a comprehensive package of information and insight not offered in any other single source. You will gain a thorough understanding of the current market for Hispanic foods and beverages, as well as projected markets and trends through 2013.

This report will help:

  • Marketing managers identify market opportunities and develop targeted promotion plans for foodservice equipment.
  • Research and development professionals stay on top of competitor initiatives and explore demand for foodservice equipment.
  • Advertising agencies working with clients in the foodservice and retail food industries understand the product buyer to develop messages and images that compel consumers to buy meals prepared away from home.
  • Business development executives understand the dynamics of the market and identify possible partnerships.
  • Information and research center librarians provide market researchers, brand and product managers and other colleagues with the vital information they need to do their jobs more effectively.


Market Insights: A Selection From The Report


Technology as a Differentiator

In addition to their expertise and design sophistication, landscapers’ use of technology sets them apart from competitors and the general public. Landscape architects use computeraided design graphic software to draft their designs.

Landscape architects use geographic information systems (GIS) technology, a computer mapping system, as a tool for large-scale designs.

Video simulation and imaging help clients visualize design plans. Digital previews show what the end product will look like.

Technology is not just a tool, but also a part of the installations. Sophisticated timers manage decorative lighting and water features. Remote control is a given for entertainment features.

High-level technology is used in irrigation systems, transmitting weather reports from satellites to on-site control boxes that control timing an amount of irrigation.

Landscaping for Security
Landscaping, residential and nonresidential alike, can foster and provide a sense of security against a number of threats. Landscaping includes aesthetics in designs to protect property from break-ins, fire- or weather-related, or even terrorism.

Many businesses, government buildings, and schools require standoff areas to protect both the building and its inhabitants. Far from simple and obvious concrete barriers, landscaping integrates security into the building and property design.

In recent years, wildfires have had a devastating effect on properties in the western U.S. Landscapers and government agencies have called on residents to consider how gardens can help increase the chances of their homes surviving a wildfire. Well-planned landscaping can disrupt the natural path of a fire, account for wind conditions, and reduce fuel for a fire to burn.

Landscapers identify and install fire-resistant plants, consider size and overhang of branches, ensure plants are sited safely, use driveways and walkways as fuel breaks, and provide guidance and/or services for care and maintenance.

Market Insights: A Selection From The Report


Imports of Foodservice Cooking & Food-Warming Equipment

The U.S. imports two large categories of foodservice cooking equipment, characterized by the government as microwave ovens and equipment for cooking or heating food.  Cooking equipment for commercial/industrial and domestic use are distinguished in the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule, with codes that note “of a kind used for domestic purposes” in the case of microwave ovens and “of a type used in restaurants, hotels or similar locations” in the case of equipment “for making hot drinks or for cooking or heating food.”

The U.S. imported $377 million of foodservice cooking equipment in 2008.  The top four countries from which the United States imported foodservice cooking equipment in 2008 (and for the first five months of 2009) were Switzerland, Canada, China, and Italy.  Switzerland provided 40% of the imports in 2008 and 30% of the $106 million in imports for the first five months of 2009.  Switzerland’s imports in 2008 were extraordinary - about three times its annual imports for previous years.  Switzerland provided 22%, Italy 16% and China 9%.  No other country represented more than 4% of imports.  China was the main driver of import growth, with 36% CAGR from 2004 to 2008.  

Exports of Foodservice Cooking & Food-Warming Equipment

As with imports, the U.S. government tracks exports of two primary categories of foodservice cooking equipment:  microwave ovens and equipment for cooking or heating food.  Both are distinguished in the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule from household-type equipment, with codes that note “of a kind used for domestic purposes” in the case of microwave ovens and “of a type used in restaurants, hotels or similar locations” in the case of equipment “for making hot drinks or for cooking or heating food.”

The U.S. exported $349 million worth of foodservice cooking equipment in 2008, representing 19% growth (CAGR) vs. 2004.  In 2008, the top countries receiving exports from the U.S. were the U.K., Germany, Mexico, Australia, and Canada.  Exports to Germany and Mexico have driven volume growth of U.S. exports, with CAGR of 42% and 22%, respectively.

In the News


Growth in Global Foodservice Equipment Market: Five Key Factors Beyond the Recession

New York, August 31, 2009 - Even with the global recession, the $20 billion market for foodservice equipment is formidable and is expected to grow on the strength of five vital factors highlighted in World Market for Food Service Equipment, 5th Edition by leading industrial market research publisher SBI.

The five factors include environmental issues, lifestyle factors centered on consumers' food-related spending away from home, replacement foodservice equipment, new menu offerings and food trends that require the purchase of new equipment by foodservice operators, and technological innovations.

Within the environmental issues factor, energy efficiency and pollution reduction are particularly important to foodservice operators and foodservice equipment manufacturers as they can impact the bottom line, companies' images, and consumer perceptions. Such economic and environmental motivations can impact the sales of refrigeration and warewashing equipment, which are notoriously high users of energy.

SBI asserts that short-term industry growth will be driven by foodservice operators replacing old equipment. Beyond being a mere life cycle decision, replacing old equipment with new state-of-the-art technology ties into an energy efficient strategy for many operators seeking to reduce overall operating costs on their electric, gas, and water bills in today's difficult economic conditions.

"Although environmentalism is important, the economics of using less energy is a more immediate concern to foodservice operators," says Shelley Carr, publisher of SBI. "Today's energy efficient equipment may pay for itself in a relatively short period of time, driving sales because of the economy rather than in spite of it."

World Market for Food Service Equipment, 5th Edition makes important predictions and recommendations regarding the future of the global food service equipment industry, and pinpoints ways current and prospective players can capitalize on existing trends and spearhead new ones. Comprehensive data on the market, including U.S. shipments, imports and exports, international end-use markets (including consumers), and industry statistics are provided. The report also identifies key trends affecting the marketplace and profiles major manufacturers, along with their strategies used to maximize growth and profitability.

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