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Food Service Contractors

SIC 5812 | NAICS 722310

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Food Service Contractors  (view report)
Food Catering Services  (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

Penton Media
Information resources available from this organization include:

Food Management
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for foodservice management companies and self-operated facilities, with topics covered in various issues including industry news, market trends, food and beverage, business management, food production, marketing and merchandising, design, and safety. Selected feature articles categorized by topic are accessible free online with registration.

Top 50 Contract Management Companies
Comprehensive annual report ranks the top 50 contract management companies by annual revenue with comparisons to the prior year, and also provides a profile of each company that includes contact information, annual revenues for the last three years, number of locations for the last two years, and a percentage breakdown of market segments served. Report is available free online with registration.


Food Service Contractors

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

CSP Business Media LLC
Information resources available from this organization include:

Foodservice Director
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for all segments of the foodservice industry, with topics covered in various issues of the magazine including industry news and trends, business management, ideas and innovations, menu development, research reports, and people in the news. Selected articles categorized by topic and current and prior digital editions are available free online.

The Big Picture
Biennial survey of foodservice operators in the business and industry, college and university, hospital, long-term care, K-12 school, and senior living segments provides insights and information on a variety of subjects, with topics covered in the survey including operations, menu trends, employee issues and challenges, retail venues, and health and wellness matters. Survey results are available free online.

Industry Census
Census reports provide a statistical profile by market segment for foodservice operators, with market segments covered in the reports including business and industry, colleges and universities, hospitals, and long-term care and senior living, and data provided for each segment including facilities served, meal participation, average daily meals, and revenue trends. Survey results are available free online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Food Service Contractors
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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

National Association of College & University Food Services
Operating Performance Benchmark Survey

Annual operating performance survey for college and university foodservice departments includes revenue and expense benchmarks for overall operations and specific program components (e.g., board plans, catering services, convenience stores, and retail units), operator performance reports, trend analysis, and productivity ratios. Survey results are available to participating members only.

Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management
Benchmarking Study

Annual benchmarking study provides financial and operating benchmarks for foodservice operators, with data provided in the study including meal participation rate, average check per meal, average product cost per meal, average total cost per meal, and average profit or loss per day, with data reported by type of facility, population, and geographic region. Study is available to members only.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

National Association of College & University Food Services
Salary Benchmarking Survey

Biennial compensation survey provides average salary and hourly wage data for management and staff positions in college and university foodservice departments, with survey results broken out by annual foodservice revenue, number of full-time employees, type of institution, institutional affiliation, community size, and geographic region. Survey results are available to participating members only.

PayScale, Inc.
Foodservice Contractor

Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage data for selected job positions in this service sector such as foodservice director, manager, and supervisor, director food and nutrition, executive chef, sous chef, and foodservice worker, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Aramark, Compass Group, Sodexo, Inc., and Trinity Services Group.

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