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Restaurant industry food and drinks sales in the United States from 2009 to 2017, by venue category (in billion U.S. dollars)

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Restaurant industry food and drinks sales in the U.S. 2009-2017, by venue type This statistic shows the restaurant industry food and drinks sales in the United States from 2009 to 2017, by venue category. Bars and taverns were forecasted to generate approximately 19.8 billion U.S. dollars in food and drink sales in 2017.
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The restaurant industry in the United States is a large one, with food and drink sales reaching 766 billion U.S. dollars in 2016. This figure was forecasted to rise even further in 2017, exceeding 798 billion U.S. dollars. The majority of these sales are generated in general eating places each year, including full service restaurants, limited service restaurants, cafeterias and bars. Within this venue category, full service restaurants make the most sales, with around 263 billion U.S. dollars expected for 2017. Limited service restaurants followed close behind with an estimated 234 billion dollars for that year.

Limited service, or quick service, restaurants are commonly referred to as fast food restaurants. Fast food has been popular in the U.S. since the 1950s when the global fast food chains of recent years, such as McDonald’s and KFC, were just starting to expand. Today, more than 44 percent of U.S. consumers visit fast food restaurants at least once per week. This is despite the fact that the nutritional quality of menu items at popular quick service restaurants leaves much to be desired. Not only is the calorie content of many fast food menu items high, but the sodium content often soars above the recommended amount. The median sodium content of all menu items at sandwich chain Subway was recorded at 990 milligrams in 2013.

That said, many limited service restaurants now offer healthy menus for those seeking a less-calorific alternative to the regular burger and fries. While the sodium content of Subway’s menu items was found to be high, a survey of U.S. consumers in September 2014 discovered that fast food patrons thought that Subway was the best fast food chain for healthy or health conscious food.

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Eating placesRetail, vending, recreation, mobileNoncommercial & military restaurant servicesManaged servicesLodging place restaurantsBars and taverns
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This statistic shows the restaurant industry food and drinks sales in the United States from 2009 to 2017, by venue category. Bars and taverns were forecasted to generate approximately 19.8 billion U.S. dollars in food and drink sales in 2017.
Restaurant industry in the U.S. - additional information

The restaurant industry in the United States is a large one, with food and drink sales reaching 766 billion U.S. dollars in 2016. This figure was forecasted to rise even further in 2017, exceeding 798 billion U.S. dollars. The majority of these sales are generated in general eating places each year, including full service restaurants, limited service restaurants, cafeterias and bars. Within this venue category, full service restaurants make the most sales, with around 263 billion U.S. dollars expected for 2017. Limited service restaurants followed close behind with an estimated 234 billion dollars for that year.

Limited service, or quick service, restaurants are commonly referred to as fast food restaurants. Fast food has been popular in the U.S. since the 1950s when the global fast food chains of recent years, such as McDonald’s and KFC, were just starting to expand. Today, more than 44 percent of U.S. consumers visit fast food restaurants at least once per week. This is despite the fact that the nutritional quality of menu items at popular quick service restaurants leaves much to be desired. Not only is the calorie content of many fast food menu items high, but the sodium content often soars above the recommended amount. The median sodium content of all menu items at sandwich chain Subway was recorded at 990 milligrams in 2013.

That said, many limited service restaurants now offer healthy menus for those seeking a less-calorific alternative to the regular burger and fries. While the sodium content of Subway’s menu items was found to be high, a survey of U.S. consumers in September 2014 discovered that fast food patrons thought that Subway was the best fast food chain for healthy or health conscious food.

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Release date
October 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2009 to 2016
Supplementary notes
* Estimated.
** Projected.

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Eating places include full-service restaurants, limited-service (quick-service) restaurants, cafeterias, grill-buffets and buffets, snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars and social caterers.

Retail, vending, recreation, mobile includes retail-host restaurants, recreation and sports, mobile caterers and vending and non-store retailers.

Noncommercial restaurant services are business educational, governmental or institutional organizations that operate their own restaurant services in venues such as employee restaurant services, public and parochial elementary, secondary schools, colleges and universities, transportation, hospitals, nursing homes, homes for the aged, blind, orphans, and the mentally and physically disabled, clubs, sporting and recreational camps and community centers.

Military restaurant services are officers' and NCO clubs and military exchanges (continental United States only).

Managed services are onsite food-service and food contractors in manufacturing and industrial plants, commercial and office buildings, hospitals and nursing homes, colleges and universities, primary and secondary schools, in-transit restaurant services (airlines) and recreation and sports centers.

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