For goodness bakes: Health consciousness and evolving consumer palates boosted industry demand

The Specialty Food Stores industry in Canada sells specialty food products, such as baked goods, candy and snacks, artisanal cheeses and premium packaged coffee. Operators sell products labelled as organic, gourmet or all-natural. Thus, industry goods are differentiated from standard foods sold at mainstream retail and grocery outlets. Increasingly health-conscious consumer preferences and disposable income growth have enabled operators to charge a premium for industry products. While improvements in the economy and favourable shifts in consumer preferences have helped boost industry revenue over the past five years, rising external competition has gradually constrained the performance of specialty food more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Profit margins have risen, withstanding price-based competition from external industries
  • The organic and health food categories have been key drivers of industry growth
  • Demand varies widely across different product segments
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Specialty Food Stores industry in Canada exhibits a low-to-moderate level of capital intensity. In 2018, IBISWorld estimates that for every dollar spent on wages, industry operators will spend $0.13 in capital investment. Capital expenditure for this industry is mainly in the form of fixtures and fittings such as display shelving, cash registers and point-of-sale (POS) systems. Over the five years to 2018, capital intensity has remained stable due to both the durability of fixtures and lack of innovative upgrades since the introduction and implementation of POS systems. Capital expenditures for this industry are primarily incurred at the start of the business or when industry operators engage in major upgrades to existing POS or inventory systems. Dep...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Specialty Food Stores Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Specialty Food Stores Industry are

  • Attractive product presentation
  • Experienced work force
  • Having a clear market position
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from supermarkets and grocery stores and Per capita disposable income in the Specialty Food Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Specialty Food Stores Industry?

    Operators in this industry retail specialized food products, including baked goods, confectionery, nuts, dairy products, coffee, tea and soft drinks. This industry only retails packaged products and excludes establishments that sell products for immediate consumption, such as coffee shops. Butcher shops, seafood markets and produce markets are also excluded from this industry, along with producers of chocolate, bread and bakery goods.

    Industry Products
  • Bakery products
  • Dairy products
  • Candy and snacks
  • Coffee and tea
  • Meats, seafood and eggs
  • Industry Activities
  • Retailing baked goods (not baked on premises)
  • Retailing candy
  • Retailing confectionery products
  • Retailing dairy products
  • Retailing gourmet foods
  • Retailing organic and health foods
  • Retailing packaged coffee and tea
  • Retailing packaged nuts
  • Retailing soft drinks
  • Retailing spices
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from supermarkets and grocery stores
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Adult obesity rate
  • Population

  • Current Performance
  • Increasing competition
  • Healthy trends
  • Industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Economic trends and consumer tastes
  • External competition intensifies
  • Table: Specialty Food Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Specialty Food Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Caterers in Canada
  • Consumers in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Candy Production in Canada
  • Coffee & Tea Production in Canada
  • Cookie, Cracker & Pasta Production in Canada
  • Dairy Wholesaling in Canada
  • Seasoning, Sauce and Condiment Production in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Other
  • Candy and snacks
  • Bakery products
  • Coffee and tea
  • Dairy products
  • Meats, seafood and eggs
  • Chart: Specialty Food Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 35 to 54
  • Consumers aged 18 to 34
  • Consumers aged 55 and older
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Specialty Food Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Specialty Food Stores

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Specialty Food Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Specialty Food Stores Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Specialty Food Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Per Capita Disposable Income (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A store that has a physical presence and location, as opposed to an online retailer.
  • Organic Foods
  • Foods produced without using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (Rfid)
  • A technology that tracks products from the time they leave the assembly line, to the time they leave the store by releasing continuous signals from a chip.
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