Foodservice outlets are facilities that serve meals and snacks
for immediate consumption on site (food away from home).
Commercial foodservice establishments accounted for the bulk of
food-away-from-home expenditures in 2010. This category includes
full-service restaurants, fast food outlets, caterers, some
cafeterias, and other places that prepare, serve, and sell food to
the general public for a profit.
ERS research examines:
- the size of the growing foodservice market,
- the major market segments such as fast food and full-service
- recent issues in the foodservice industry such as diet quality
and nutrition labeling.