Coffee Shops & Snack Bars


The 49,600 coffee shops and snack bars in the US sell non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, and related items for consumption on or near premises. Companies may specialize in bagels, beverages, confectionaries, cookies, donuts, frozen custard, ice cream, yogurt or pretzels. They may prepare food and beverages on site or resell goods purchased from third-parties. Formats include national and regional chains, franchises or licensed shops, and independent operators.

Competition from Alternative Sources

Coffee shops and snack bars compete with a variety of alternative sources, including fast food restaurants, grocery stores, and convenience stores.

Sensitivity to Food Trends

The food and beverage industry is subject to fads and trends which affect demand.