Modern Supermarket Operation

Modern Supermarket Operation

Modern Supermarket Operation

Modern Supermarket Operation

Excerpt

Food distribution plays a vital role in the economy of the United States and in the well-being of its citizens. Food distribution is the nation's largest business with annual sales reaching an all-time peak each year. Total annual retail food store sales are currently over fifty- four billion dollars, with food chain sales (four or more stores) amounting to approximately 43 percent of the total. Voluntary and retailer-owned group sales are about 45 percent of the total; while unaffiliated independent stores, primarily the smaller stores, sell the remaining 12 per cent.

Traditionally, typical American families have been spending approximately 25 percent of their income for food. This percentage has remained relatively constant for many years. However, an increasing percentage of the family food expenditure is paying for meals served away from home, slightly reducing the share spent in the food store.

The food dollar buys more expensive foods and more service each year. Basic food items cost less and disposable income continues to increase, enabling the average consumer to enjoy better food and service. An increasing number of convenience foods, providing "built-in-maid-service," are available on supermarket shelves.

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