Specialty Eateries Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 11/28/2022
SIC Codes: 5461, 5812
NAICS Codes: 722515
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Companies in this industry operate limited service restaurants that serve specialty snack items or nonalcoholic beverages for consumption on or near the premises. Major companies include Einstein Bros Bagels, FOCUS Brands (owner of Auntie Anne's, Carvel, Cinnabon, and Jamba Juice), Inspire Brands, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and Starbucks (all based in the US), along with Caffè Nero and Costa Coffee (both based in the UK), Duskin (Japan), and Tim Hortons (Canada).

Worldwide food service revenue, which includes revenue from specialty eateries, totaled about $3 trillion in 2020 and is expected to grow up to $4 trillion by 2026, according to PR Newswire. Among specialty eateries, coffee shops in particular are growing in countries such as China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

The US specialty eatery industry includes about 65,000 establishments (single-location companies and branches of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $40 billion.


Demand is driven by demographics, consumer tastes, and personal income. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations and high volume sales. Large companies have advantages in purchasing, finance, and marketing. Small companies can compete effectively by offering high-quality menu items and providing superior customer service. The industry is fragmented: the top 50 companies account for about 40% of revenue.

Specialty eateries compete with establishments offering snacks and other food items such as grocery stores, convenience stores, retail bakeries, and delis. In addition, specialty eateries compete with traditional ...

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