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Specialty Eateries

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  • February 2021
  • Region: United States
  • First Research
  • ID: 4376142
Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:

Companies in this industry operate limited service restaurants that serve specialty snack items or nonalcoholic beverages for consumption on-premises, such as bagel shops, coffee shops, doughnut shops, ice cream parlors, juice bars, and smoothie shops. 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 US-based), along with Caffè Nero and Costa Coffee (UK), Duskin (Japan), and Tim Hortons (Canada).

Competitive Landscape

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 45% of revenue.

Products, Operations & Technology

Limited-service restaurants which includes coffee shops, doughnut shops, and ice cream shops account for about 40% of specialty eatery revenue; full-service restaurants which accounts for more than 40% of the revenue. Other sectors include food service contractors (6.6%), caterers (1.3%), mobile food services (3.8%), cafeterias (1.2%), and snack and alcoholic beverage bars (7%). The industry also includes establishments specializing in snack items such as bagels, cookies, popcorn, and pretzels, and beverages such as juice drinks and smoothies.
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