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Caterers and Catering Services

SIC 5812 | NAICS 722300

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Caterers - Event, Meeting & Party Catering Services  (view report)
Airline Caterers - Food Preparation & Catering for Airline Flights  (view report)

Comprehensive market 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. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and trends
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Catersource Magazine

Bimonthly trade publication features news and information for catering and event professionals, with topics covered in each issue including business management, sales and marketing, emerging trends and styles, new products and technology, and upcoming events, and special features including the "State of the Industry" report (January issue) that provides a snapshot of trends shaping the industry.

Catering Services

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

International Media Group, Inc.
Catering Magazine

Bimonthly trade publication features news and information for catering, food service, and event professionals, with topics covered in various issues including industry news and trends, latest trends in food, beverage, service, and presentation, product and equipment reviews, business operating tips, interviews with leading experts, and coverage of trade shows and conferences.

Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
The Professional Caterer's Handbook

Comprehensive publication provides detailed guidance on starting and successfully operating a catering business, with topics covered including getting started, equipment, staffing and personnel, traditional marketing, public relations, managing events, setting up events, food presentation and production, beverage functions, pricing and menus, cost controls, recordkeeping, and technology.

IRS Audit Technique Guides
Retail Industry - Chapter 4: Mobile Food Vendors /

IRS audit guide provides a summary overview of the industry and its business practices from an income and expense verification standpoint, with operations covered in the guide including mobile food preparation vehicles which prepare and serve hot foods such as sandwiches, burritos, and tacos and industrial catering vehicles that sell pre-packaged food products on a self-serve basis.

GIA Research
In-Flight Catering Services

Comprehensive report analyzes the in-flight meal services market on a global basis, with topics covered in the report including passenger air traffic growth, in-flight meal service enhancements, health-related and culturally diverse food preferences, extension of of premium quality foods to non-first class passengers, buy-on-board programs, and low-cost airlines shift toward paid food.

Mordor Intelligence
North America In-Flight Catering Services Market

Market research report provided a detailed analysis of the in-flight catered meal services market by aircraft class (e.g., economy, business, and first class), flight type (e.g., full service, low cost) and food type (e.g., meals, bakery and confectionary, and beverages), with vendors profiled including Gate Gourmet Switzerland, Chelsea Food Services, LSG Sky Chefs, and Flying Food Group, LLC.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Caterers / Mobile Food Services  Search for "722320" and "722330"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheet detail in dollars and percentages
  • Sources and uses of funds cash flow analysis
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

First Research
Catering Services

Financial information section of this report provides income statements, balance sheets, and financial ratios by company size for companies that provide single-event food services at customer-owned or company-owned facilities, with examples of events served including wedding receptions, holiday and graduation parties, business meals and meetings, and trade shows. Sample report is available online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Catering Service

Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage data for selected job positions such as sales manager, catering manager, event coordinator, banquet captain, executive chef, pastry chef, and sous chef, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Aramark, Bon Appétit Management, Centerplate, Compass Group, Global Gourmet, and Wolfgang Puck.

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