Restaurant industry in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Restaurant industry in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts on the U.S. restaurant industry

Food and drinks sales of the restaurant industry in the United States reached 659.31 billion U.S. dollars in 2013 – a long way from the 42.8 billion seen in 1970. This figure was forecasted to rise again in 2014 to more than 680 billion. With well over 600 thousand restaurants employing approximately 13 million people, the industry caters to a variety of customer demands regarding price, food quality, dining experience and menu options, among many other things.


The U.S. restaurant industry is generally comprised of independent or chain full-service and limited-service restaurants. In 2013, full-service restaurants (FSRs), including chains such as Applebee’s and Red Lobster, generated around 207 billion U.S. dollars in food and drink sales. Limited-service restaurants (LSRs) made over 195 billion that year. The LSR category includes well-known fast-food restaurants and coffee chains, like McDonald’s and Starbucks. McDonald’s is the leading chain restaurant in the U.S. in terms of sales, making 35.86 million U.S. dollars in 2013. The highest placed FSR was Applebee’s, ranked tenth, with just over 4.5 million.

More than 190 million U.S. consumers visited a sit-down restaurant in the spring of 2013. During the same time, over 210 million Americans visited a fast-food place. According to a November 2013 survey, 82.6 percent of U.S. consumers visited a quick service restaurant at least once a week.


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