Food & Beverage

The retail landscape has become extremely competitive with high pressure coming from multiple retail formats. Traditional grocers operate in the same market as hard discount stores, while physical stores benefit from new technologies and online channels. Mixing in-store grocery purchases with online orders, consumers can create their own unique and personal shopping experience.
Food retail is changing along with key shifts in consumer behavior. An example of this is the surge of pre-portioned food or meal kits, which can be purchased in stores or subscribed to online for home delivery, allowing consumers to recreate the restaurant experience at home.

Leading retailer worldwide for edible groceries
Walmart
Leading supermarket in the United States
The Kroger Co.
Leading company in the food retail sector in Europe
Schwarz-Gruppe

Market size

How is food retail growing?
Grocery sales growth worldwide in 2019, by channel
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U.S. sales of edible groceries grew by 7.8 percent in 2020, a higher rate than the global average. Globally, traditional grocery store sales growth stayed at under two percentage points in 2019, while online grocery sales increased at a high growth rate. Looking at U.S. grocery stores, big supermarket chains with annual revenues above 30 million U.S. dollars reported a small increase in store openings over the last few years, while smaller chains saw a decline in their number of physical stores.

Number of stores of the leading supermarkets in the U.S.
U.S. supermarket sales growth in 2019, by department
Food and beverage store monthly sales in the U.S.

Industry trends

2020 made omnichannel king
Distribution of omnichannel services offered by grocery retailers in the United States in 2020
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The higher operational capacity of large grocery retail groups has been essential to adjust to the rollercoaster of consumer goods demand during the pandemic. Additionally, large chains are able to provide omnichannel services like mobile shopping apps or home delivery. For consumers, the use of smartphones while shopping can offer additional benefits like e-coupons and convenient payment options.

BOPIS grocery sales in the U.S.
Benefits offered by mobile devices according to U.S. grocery retailers
Shopping channels used for grocery purchases before vs. during COVID-19

Industry leaders

Traditional retailers and newcomers
Share of net sales value of Kroger in 2020 with a forecast for 2025, by channel
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Kroger is the main supermarket banner in the United States, generating 78.5 billion U.S. dollars from the sales of edible grocery products. In Europe, Schwarz-Gruppe and Tesco are the main multinational groups, operating in several retail sectors besides food and beverage. Other leading grocery retailers include the French retailer Carrefour and the Germany-based hard discount supermarket Aldi, which has been steadily increasing its number of U.S. stores.

UK's favorite supermarkets
Tesco PLC
Number of Carrefour stores worldwide

Industry definition

The food & beverage retail category includes statistics on retail distribution channels and purchase locations including mass merchandisers, supermarkets, bakeries, and confectioners, as well as stores selling alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, and liquor.
In addition to key performance indicators describing the performance and profitability of physical grocery stores, the category also presents financial highlights and business results of main retail companies. Besides this, it provides survey data about the general attitude of consumers towards grocery shopping.

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