U.S. Deli Foods Industry - Statistics & Facts

To satisfy consumer demand for fresh products, ever increasing numbers of retailers are presenting large deli departments in their stores. The importance of the deli foods industry is growing; it covers categories such as prepared foods, meat, cheese and beverages. Often, a fresh bakery section is included.

The product departments’ service deli in-store, deli packaged meat and self-service deli-refrigerated combined captured a share of 14.1 percent of total retail sales in 2016. Total deli department sales amounted to about 26.01 billion U.S. dollars in 2017.

As a single category, sushi had the highest level of sales growth of any fresh deli prepared food in 2017. In terms of total dollars per store/week, the most important subcategory within prepared foods was prepared chicken with weekly retail sales of 4,033 U.S. dollars per store in 2015.

U.S. retailers are going to concentrate on enhancing deli operation areas such as staff training and rotisserie programs in 2017; as revealed by a recent survey.



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