Food Service Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2023-2028

Food Service Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2023-2028

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Market Overview:

The global food service market size reached US$ 2,880.1 Billion in 2022. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 3,787.4 Billion by 2028, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 3.8% during 2023-2028. The changing consumer preferences and lifestyles, the development of e-commerce/online platforms and on-the-go food services, rising disposable incomes, and the growing focus on health and wellness represent some of the key factors driving the market.

Report Attribute 
Key Statistics
Base Year
Forecast Years
Historical Years
Market Size in 2022
US$ 2,880.1 Billion
Market Forecast in 2028
US$ 3,787.4 Billion
Market Growth Rate (2023-2028) 3.8%

Food service refers to the provision of prepared food and beverages to customers in various settings, such as restaurants, cafeterias, hotels, catering companies, and other establishments. It is a sector within the hospitality industry that focuses on offering dining experiences and food-related services to meet the needs and preferences of consumers. The food service industry plays a crucial role in fulfilling the demand for meals and refreshments for individuals, families, and groups who prefer not to cook or prepare food themselves. These establishments range from small-scale fast-food outlets to high-end restaurants, each catering to different customer segments with varying menu options and service styles.

One of the primary drivers driving the market is the changing consumer preferences and lifestyles. The busy modern lifestyle and an increasing number of dual-income households have led to a surge in demand for convenient and ready-to-eat meals. As consumers seek diverse and hassle-free dining options, the food service industry has responded by offering a wide array of cuisines, quick-service options, and delivery services. Additionally, the rise of the millennial and Gen Z populations has significantly influenced the food service landscape. These younger demographics place a high value on experiences and are willing to explore unique and innovative culinary offerings. As a result, the industry has witnessed a rise in the popularity of themed restaurants, fusion cuisines, and experiential dining concepts. Moreover, the growing focus on health and wellness has spurred the demand for healthier food choices. Consumers are increasingly seeking nutritious, organic, and sustainable food options. In response to this trend, many food service providers have introduced healthier menu items, plant-based alternatives, and transparent sourcing practices, aligning with the rising awareness of environmental and health concerns.

Food Service Market Trends/Drivers:

The changing consumer preferences and lifestyles

The food service market is significantly driven by the ever-evolving preferences and lifestyles of consumers. In today's fast-paced world, individuals and families seek convenient dining options that fit seamlessly into their busy schedules. This has led to a surge in demand for quick-service restaurants, food delivery services, and ready-to-eat meals. Additionally, consumers are increasingly looking for diverse and international cuisines to satisfy their taste buds, leading to the popularity of themed restaurants and fusion food concepts. With the rise of digitalization and social media, food experiences have become a significant part of social interactions, further influencing consumer choices and driving the need for unique dining experiences.

The growing influence of younger demographics

The millennial and Gen Z populations wield considerable influence over the food service market. These younger generations place a premium on experiences, and dining is no exception. They are more open to trying new and innovative culinary offerings, leading to a demand for unconventional food concepts and Instagram-worthy presentations. This has driven the growth of food trucks, pop-up restaurants, and niche eateries that cater to specific tastes and preferences. Moreover, younger consumers are increasingly conscious of ethical and sustainability factors, encouraging food service establishments to adopt environment-friendly practices and offer plant-based and organic menu options.

The rising focus on health and wellness

Health-consciousness has emerged as a significant driver of the food service market. As consumers become more health-aware, they seek nutritious and balanced meal options that support their well-being. Food service providers are responding to this trend by offering healthier menu choices, incorporating fresh ingredients, and providing transparent information on nutritional content and sourcing practices. The increasing demand for allergen-free, gluten-free, and vegan alternatives is driving innovation in the industry. In response to health concerns, food service establishments are adopting low-sodium and low-sugar recipes, as well as reducing the use of artificial additives. By catering to health-conscious consumers, the food service market continues to expand its offerings and enhance its appeal to a broader customer base.



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Food Service Industry Segmentation:

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the global food service market report, along with forecasts at the global and regional levels from 2023-2028. Our report has categorized the market based on sector, systems and types of restaurants.

Breakup by Sector:



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  • Commercial
  • Non-commercial

Commercial sector represents the leading segment

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on sector. This includes commercial and non-commercial. According to the report, commercial sector represented the largest segment.

The commercial sector's leading position in the food service market can be attributed to its diverse offerings, large customer base, professional management, innovative approach, and social importance. Commercial establishments offer a wide array of dining options and culinary experiences, catering to various tastes and preferences. They serve as a hub for gastronomic diversity, providing customers with a range of cuisines, flavors, and dining styles. The ability to offer diverse menus and dining experiences attracts a broad customer base, including local residents, tourists, and business travelers.

Breakup by Systems:

  • Conventional Foodservice System
  • Centralized Foodservice System
  • Ready Prepared Foodservice System
  • Assembly-Serve Foodservice System

Conventional foodservice system represents the leading segment

A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on system has also been provided in the report. This includes conventional foodservice system, centralized foodservice system, ready prepared foodservice system, and assembly-serve foodservice system. According to the report, conventional foodservice holds the largest market share.

The conventional foodservice system is a traditional and well-established approach that has been in use for many years. Its long-standing presence in the market has instilled confidence in both business owners and customers. Restaurants, cafes, and other food establishments have relied on this system to provide consistent and reliable service, leading to a loyal customer base. Moreover, conventional foodservice systems often showcase local and regional cuisines, celebrating the culinary identity of a specific area. This appeals to both locals and tourists, as it allows them to experience the unique flavors and specialties of a particular region. Besides, conventional foodservice systems offer a high level of flexibility and customization. They allow food establishments to create unique menus, accommodate customer preferences, and adapt to changing culinary trends. This flexibility enables businesses to cater to diverse tastes and dietary requirements, enhancing customer satisfaction.

Breakup by Types of Restaurants:

  • Fast Food Restaurants
  • Full-Service Restaurants
  • Limited Service Restaurants
  • Special Food Services Restaurants

Full-service restaurants account for the majority of the market share 

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the types of restaurants. This includes fast food restaurants, full-service restaurants, limited service restaurants, and special food services restaurants. According to the report, full-service restaurants represented the largest segment.

Full-service restaurants offer an extensive and diverse range of menu options, catering to a wide variety of tastes and preferences. They typically provide a comprehensive selection of appetizers, main courses, desserts, and beverages, allowing customers to enjoy a complete dining experience in one place. This diversity appeals to a broad customer base, including families, groups, and individuals seeking varied dining choices. Moreover, full-service restaurants often focus on creating a pleasant and inviting ambiance for diners. The atmosphere, including interior design, lighting, and music, is carefully curated to match the restaurant's theme and enhance the dining experience. This attention to detail sets the stage for an enjoyable and relaxing meal, making full-service restaurants popular choices for special occasions and social gatherings.

Breakup by Region:



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  • Asia Pacific
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Latin America

Asia Pacific accounts for the majority of market share

The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America. According to the report, North America was the largest market for food services.

The Asia Pacific region is home to a large and rapidly growing population. With countries like China and India being among the most populous in the world, there is a substantial consumer base with diverse dining preferences and tastes. The region's young and urbanizing population, with increasing disposable incomes, drives the demand for dining out and exploring new culinary experiences. Moreover, Asia Pacific is renowned for its rich and diverse food culture, offering a wide array of cuisines and flavors unique to each country and region. The culinary heritage of countries like China, Japan, India, Thailand, and South Korea attracts both domestic and international tourists, making food tourism a significant driver for the foodservice industry in the region.

Competitive Landscape:

The competitive landscape of the foodservice market is dynamic and diverse, characterized by a wide range of players catering to different segments and consumer preferences. Nowadays, foodservice companies are working on menu innovation to offer unique and appealing dishes that cater to evolving consumer preferences. They are introducing new flavors, ingredients, and culinary concepts to attract customers and differentiate themselves from competitors. Besides, many key players are investing in digital transformation initiatives to enhance their online presence, improve customer engagement, and streamline ordering and delivery processes. They are developing user-friendly websites and mobile apps to facilitate easy online ordering and provide personalized offers to customers.

The report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided.

Food Service Market Report Scope:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2022
Historical Period 2017-2022
Forecast Period 2023-2028
Units US$ Billion
Scope of the Report Exploration of Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment:
  • Sector
  • Systems
  • Types of Restaurants
  • Region
Sectors Covered Commercial, Non-Commercial
Systems Covered Conventional Foodservice System, Centralized Foodservice System, Ready Prepared Foodservice System, Assembly-Serve Foodservice System
Types of Restaurants Covered Fast Food Restaurants, Full-Service Restaurants, Limited Service Restaurants, Special Food Services Restaurants
Regions Covered Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Customization Scope 10% Free Customization
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Key Benefits for Stakeholders:

  • IMARC’s report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the food service market from 2017-2028.
  • The research study provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the global food service market.
  • The study maps the leading, as well as the fastest-growing, regional markets.
  • Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the food service industry and its attractiveness.
  • Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.

Key Questions Answered in This Report

The global food service market was valued at US$ 2,880.1 Billion in 2022.

We expect the global food service market to exhibit a CAGR of 3.8% during 2023-2028.

The rising availability of wide range of meal customization alternatives catering to the diverse taste, dietary, and budget preferences of the consumers, is primarily driving the global food service market.

The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the growing demand for online food services among the individuals, owing to the temporary closure of dine-in facilities during the lockdown scenario across several nations.

Based on the sector, the global food service market can be categorized into commercial and non- commercial, where the commercial sector exhibits clear dominance in the market.

Based on the systems, the global food service market has been segmented into conventional foodservice system, centralized foodservice system, ready prepared foodservice system, and assembly-serve foodservice system. Among these, conventional foodservice system represents the largest market share.

Based on the types of restaurants, the global food service market can be bifurcated into fast food restaurants, full-service restaurants, limited service restaurants, and special food services restaurants. Currently, full-service restaurants account for the majority of the total market share.

On a regional level, the market has been classified into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America, where Asia Pacific currently dominates the global market.

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