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 13.65 percent of total retail sales in 2015. Total deli department sales amounted to about 25.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2016.

As a single category, dips, spreads and toppings drove the deli department volume growth during 2014/2015. 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 the sandwich segment and lunch segment in 2016; as revealed by a recent survey.



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