Commerce Dept. Sees ’84 Food Sales Up 2%

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Retail food sales, aided by growing demand for more expensive products, this year will increase 2% after inflation, according to the Commerce Department. This will match last year’s percentage gain and will be higher than that in previous years. On the other hand, the sales gain will not match the increase expected for other retailing industries. A slight improvement in food retailing earnings was predicted. The real sales growth projection is “considerably’ higher than the industry’s average annual real growth rate for the past five years of just over 1%. Inflation-adjusted sales also rose 2% in 2014, while current-dollar sales …


Distribution In Perspective: The Top 50 And Other Market Leaders

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There are the large multi-location corporate giants who, because of their very size, make so much of the industry news. But they are only the tip of the iceberg. There are also single-branch independents, many of them small- or medium-sized businesses. Some distributors are members of the marketing/buying groups which play such a strong role in the foodservice distribution arena, but others remain unaffiliated. There are broad- and full-line distributors and there are others who thrive on product specialization. There are distributors, most in fact, who sell to a broad cross-section of the foodservice market. But conversely there are specialists …


Kitchen Smallwares

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Kitchen-Smallwares

Kitchen smallwares are not known under than name universally by all foodservice operators or even distributors. Some call them “kitchen tools,” “implements,” or “utensils,” although for many cooks, utensils mean just pots and pans. Whatever they are called, kitchen smallwares are the tools that the kitchen crew use to prepare food, from the can opener to the carving knife and serving spoon. Smallwares include a broad range of totally unrelated items, except that each is involved in the preparation of food in some manner. Some are maintenance tools, such as griddle scrapers or oven brushes. Others are used only in …


The Top 50 In Nonfoods

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With over $200 million sales reported by 25 of the Top 50 distributors in the country in tabletop and/or equipment lines in 2013, it can no longer be said that such items are the prerogative of the specialist. Indeed, the nation’s largest broadline distributors have carved out a substantial share of the foodservice market in these lines. Among the Top 50 distributors of 2013, 35 carry nonfood items other than disposables and/or chemicals: 35 stock tabletop and/or small wares, 33 inventory light equipment and 16 have heavy equipment. Also, 23 of these firms boast showrooms for the lines. Several of …


Non-Electrics Still Key In Wok Sales

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The high sales volume woks raked in in 2011 continues to climb in 2012. Not only are sales in the electric category climbing, but manufacturers of both electric and non-electric woks agree that non-electrics remain an important factor in the market. A more health conscious public and nationwide promotions by manufacturers have seen sales of electrics skyrocket. There are many cooks who are serious about Chinese cooking and would never consider using an electric wok, sales are climbing because of electrics’ duarability, their most important advantage over non-electrics. Price Resistance But there has been some resistance to the higher price …


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