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Foodservice Equipment Distributors – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts

SIC 5046  |  NAICS 423440

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Restaurant & Hotel Equipment Wholesaling  (view report)
Refrigeration Equipment Wholesaling  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

FER Magazine

Monthly magazine features news and information for foodservice equipment distributors, with special reports including the annual "Industry Forecast" published in the January issue which looks at trends and expectations for the coming year ahead and the "FER Top Dealers" report published in the June issue which provides information on top dealers' sales, locations, employment, and service offerings.

Zoomba Group LLC
Publications available from this organization include:

FE&S Magazine  Select special reports from "Research" drop-down menu
Monthly trade publication provides news and information for commercial food service equipment and supplies dealers, with special reports including the "Distribution Giants" report which lists the top 100 distributors by annual sales volume, the "Operator Purchasing Study" which offers insights on issues impacting purchase decisions, and the "Industry Forecast" which looks at trends for the coming year.

Distribution Giants  Select report from "Research" drop-down menu
Annual research report lists the top 100 distributors by annual sales volume for the most recent year, with information provided for each distributor including current and prior year estimated annual sales volume, percentage of sales by type of product (e.g., heavy equipment, light equipment, smallwares, tabletop, paper/disposables, janitorial, and furnishings), number of salespersons, and buying groups.

Manufacturers' Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry
Publications available from this organization include:

MAFSI Commercial Foodservice Market Forecast
Annual forecast provides historical sales trend data and forecasts by region (e.g., Northeast, South, Midwest, West, and Canada) for the North American market, with product categories covered by the forecast including primary cooking, refrigeration and ice machine, food preparation, serving, bar and beverage, storage and handling, warewashing, ventilation, janitorial and sanitation, and disposables.

MAFSI Foodservice Business Barometer Survey
Quarterly survey provides historical sales trend data and forecasts by region (e.g., Northeast, South, Midwest, West, and Canada) for the North American market, with product categories covered by the survey including primary cooking, refrigeration and ice machines, food preparation, serving, bar and beverage, storage and handling, warewashing, ventilation, janitorial and sanitation, and disposables.

Koncept Analytics
Foodservice Equipment Market

Market research report provides a comprehensive analysis of the market for this product sector on a global and regional basis, with data provided including market size and forecast by product category (e.g., cooking, refrigeration, serving, storage and handling, and warewashing), end-user market, and region (e.g., North America, U.S., Asia-Pacific, and Europe). Sample pages are available free online.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Commercial Kitchen / Restaurant Equipment & Supplies Distributors  Search for "423440" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Commercial Kitchen / Restaurant Equipment & Supplies Distributors  Search for "423440" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Restaurant & Hotel / Refrigeration Equipment Wholesaling
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.

Dealer Profit Survey

Annual financial survey allows users to compare their financial and operating performance with other FEDA members, with financial data provided including detailed income statement and balance sheet data and financial and operating ratios broken out by annual sales (e.g., < $10M, $10M-$20M, $20M- $80M, and > $80M), predominate line of business (e.g., equipment, supplies), and geographic region.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Employee Compensation Report

Annual compensation survey provides base salary, bonus/incentive, and total compensation data for personnel employed by participating FEDA members, with positions covered by the survey including executive personnel (e.g., CEO/president, COO/VP, CMO, CFO), inside/outside salespersons, other sales and service personnel, warehouse/delivery personnel, and general/administrative/IT personnel.

PayScale, Inc.
Restaurant Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as general manager, marketing manager, warehouse manager, inside/outside sales representatives, and delivery driver, with firms for which this data is provided including Bargreen-Ellingson Inc., Clark Associates Inc., TriMark USA, LLC, The Wasserstrom Company, and KaTom Restaurant Supply Inc.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for private company sales transaction data by SIC or NAICS Code using the following codes:
  SIC Code 5046 - Commercial Equipment
  NAICS Code 423440 - Commercial Equipment Wholesalers
Types of establishments included in these codes
Commercial cooking equipment wholesalers - establishments engaged in the wholesale distribution of a wide range of cooking equipment, such as stoves, ranges, grills, fryers, and steamers, to restaurants, hotels, caterers, and other food service establishments.
Commercial food service equipment distributors - establishments focused on wholesale distribution of various types of food service equipment to commercial clients, including refrigerators, freezers, food preparation tables, food warmers, and food display cases.
Commercial kitchen appliances distributors - establishments that specialize in wholesale distribution of commercial-grade kitchen appliances, such as blenders, mixers, slicers, microwaves, broilers, deep fryers, griddles, charbroilers, coffee makers, and toasters.
Commercial oven wholesalers - establishments with a focus on the distribution of various types of commercial ovens, such as convection ovens, pizza ovens, and deck ovens, to restaurants, bakeries, food trucks, pizza shops, and other foodservice establishments.
Commercial dishes distributors - establishments that are primarily involved in distributing a wide variety of commercial-grade dishes, plates, bowls, cups, mugs, glasses, flatware, and other serving utensils to restaurants, cafes, hotels, and other foodservice providers.
Commercial refrigeration equipment wholesalers - establishments focused on distributing various refrigeration equipment, including walk-in coolers, reach-in refrigerators, display cases, and ice machines, to restaurants, delicatessens, bakeries, and ice cream shops.
Commercial dishwashing equipment distributors - establishments engaged in distributing commercial dishwashing equipment, including dishwashers, cleaning agents, pre-rinse sprayers, dish sanitizers, dish racks, and related supplies to food service businesses.
Restaurant equipment wholesalers - establishments specializing in distribution of various equipment and supplies specifically tailored for restaurants, including refrigeration units, cooking equipment, food preparation tools, dishwashers, serving ware, and tableware.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

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