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FE&S conducts proprietary research about the foodservice equipment and supplies marketplace, including an annual list of the top foodservice dealers and an industry forecast.

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  • 2021 Distribution Giants

    Written by Joseph M. Carbonara
    Sales among the top 100 foodservice equipment and supplies dealers totaled $9.4 billion in 2020, down 14.37% from 2019’s total of $10.92 billion, according to the FE&S 2021 Distribution Giants study. In 2020 sales increased for only 16% of the dealers within the top 100, compared with 70% last year. That means 84% saw a decline in revenues in 2020, which should come as a surprise to nobody. ...
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  • 2021 Foodservice Industry Forecast

    Written by Joseph M. Carbonara
    “The rest of this year is going to be predictably unpredictable.”
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Distribution Giants

  • 2021 Distribution Giants

    Written by Joseph M. Carbonara
    Sales among the top 100 foodservice equipment and supplies dealers totaled $9.4 billion in 2020, down 14.37% from 2019’s total of $10.92 billion, according to the FE&S 2021 Distribution Giants study. In 2020 sales increased for only 16% of the dealers within the top 100, compared with 70% last year. That means 84% saw a decline in revenues in 2020, which should come as a surprise to nobody. This represents the first time since 2008 that total sales among the top 100 foodservice equipment a...
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  • 2020 Distribution Giants

    Written by The Editors
    Sales among the top 100 foodservice equipment and supplies dealers totaled $11.06 billion in 2019, up 7.9 percent from 2018’s total of $10.25 billion, according to FE&S’ 2020 Distribution Giants study. This year, sales increased for 70 percent of the dealers within the top 100, while 26 percent reported a decline in sales. Four percent of dealers reported no change in sales.
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Industry Forecast

  • 2021 Foodservice Industry Forecast

    Written by Joseph M. Carbonara
    “The rest of this year is going to be predictably unpredictable.”
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  • FE&S Forecast 2020

    Written by Joseph M. Carbonara
    Despite a host of challenges, restaurant industry sales will reach a record high of $863 billion in 2019, per the National Restaurant Association. This marks an increase of 3.6 percent compared with 2018, when the industry posted sales of $833.1 billion. It also marks the tenth consecutive year of industry growth.
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Operator Purchasing Study

  • 2018 Operator Purchasing Study

    Written by The Editors
    FE&S’ subscribing operators share how they purchase foodservice equipment and supplies, their expectations and more.
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  • 2016 Operators Purchasing Study

    Written by The Editors
    FE&S’ subscribing foodservice operators explore how their most pressing business challenges impact the way they purchase foodservice equipment and supplies, their product expectations and more.
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