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Food Service Industry

Overview

Foodservice outlets are facilities that serve meals and snacks for immediate consumption on site (food away from home).  Commercial foodservice establishments accounted for the bulk of food-away-from-home expenditures. This category includes full-service restaurants, fast food outlets, caterers, some cafeterias, and other places that prepare, serve, and sell food to the general public for a profit.

ERS research examines:

  • the size of the growing foodservice market,
  • the major market segments such as fast food and full-service outlets, and
  • recent issues in the foodservice industry such as diet quality and nutrition labeling.

Last updated: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

For more information contact: Howard Elitzak

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