World Market for Food Service Equipment


September 1 2009

248 Pages – SKU: SB1926701

Countries covered: Global

The market for foodservice equipment is made up of global players based in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Even with the global recession, the $20 billion market for foodservice equipment is strong; growth of the $10 billion+ market in the U.S. outpaces the nation’s GDP growth rate. Industry growth is driven by operators’ need to replace existing equipment and the technological and energy efficiency advantages of today’s new equipment.

In addition to the economy, the foodservice equipment industry has seen several notable acquisitions in the past few months and years, which may have a dramatic impact on all sectors: preparation equipment, cooking ovens and ranges, refrigeration, ice and beverage dispensing, and warewashing. These include Manitowoc’s acquisition of Enodis, Ali Group’s acquisition of Aga’s commercial foodservice equipment business, and Middleby’s acquisition of Turbochef.

Environmental factors are important to foodservice operators and foodservice equipment manufacturers. Purchase decisions increasingly driven by the need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction - which impact the bottom line, companies’ images, and consumer perceptions. Existing and potential legislation and regulation - whether local, regional, national, or international - also affects “green” considerations.

The array of foodservice operators is broader than ever, offering more sophisticated and varied options for meals prepared outside the home. Commercial foodservice venues include not just restaurants (stand-alone or part of hotels, casino’s, etc.), but sports stadiums and arenas, museums, family entertainment parks, and more. Supermarkets and convenience stores offer prepared meals - part of the booming home meal replacement concept. Non-commercial foodservice operators serve healthcare, senior care, educational, corrections, and military clientele.

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