Cross-Channel Foodservice Comparisons

Foodservice may be a ripe opportunity for c-stores, but competition from traditional restaurants and supermarkets remains intense. Fast-casual and supermarket segments are bringing in the big gains, while c-store foodservice looks more like the mature quick-service market dominated by McDonald’s and other legacy names.

Foodservice Growth Forecast

Segment2016 retail sales equivalent2017 nominal change2017 real change*
Fast-casual$47.0 billion9.0%6.1%
Supermarket foodservice$30.8 billion8.9%6.0%
Fast-food/quick-service$221 billion4.0%1.3%
Convenience stores$20.4 billion4.0%1.3%

Source: Technomic Foodservice Industry Forecast, 2016/2017; *Adjusted for inflation

C-Store Foodservice Revenue by Tier

SegmentRetail sales $Retail sales %Share of sales of prepared foodShare of sales of beverages
Basic$16.6 billion85%18%82%
Premium$2.1 billion11%26%74%
Superpremium$0.8 billion4%35%65%

Source: Technomic 2015 C-Store Foodservice Multi-Client Study

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