Number of establishments in the U.S. coffee and snack shops industry from 2002 to 2016*

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This graph depicts the total number of establishments in the U.S. coffee and snack shops industry from 2002 to 2016. In 2002, there were 37,006 coffee and snack shops in the U.S.

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Coffee and snack shop establishments - additional information

The number of establishments in the United States coffee and snack shop industry increased year-on-year until the global recession in 2009 when figures dropped slightly. The number of coffee and snack shops was not expected to return to pre-recession levels until 2012. From around 37 thousand establishments in 2002, numbers were forecasted to increase by almost 50 percent by 2016, reaching approximately 55 thousand. In 2013, the largest share of the industry was comprised of coffee shops, followed by other snack shops. Other categories in the industry include those which specify in a particular product, such as donut shops, ice cream shops and bagel shops.

The revenue of the U.S. coffee and snack shop industry was forecasted to rise to around 30 billion U.S. dollars in 2014, with further increases expected for the years ahead. Holding around one third of the market, Starbucks is by far the largest leader in this industry. In 2013, the famous coffee chain generated revenues of almost 15 billion U.S. dollars, dominating the global, as well as the U.S. market. In 2014, Starbucks was one of the most valuable fast food brands worldwide, second only to global giant McDonald’s.

Other leaders in the global coffee and snack shop industry include the Canadian chain Tim Hortons and bakery chain Panera Bread. None of these, however, were the most popular among U.S. consumers. A 2013 survey found that Krispy Kreme Doughnuts was the U.S. consumer’s favorite chain in the coffee and snack shop category, followed by Tropical Smoothie Cafe and Caibou Coffee.

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