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Facts About The Restaurant Industry

1.       RESTAURANTS LEAD COLORADO’S ECONOMY IN 2015

  • Total restaurant sales in Colorado are expected to exceed $10 billion.
  • Colorado restaurants will generate approximately $695 million in state and local sales taxes.
  • Colorado foodservice industry will employ approximately 264,200 workers.
  • Colorado restaurants account for 40% of all retail workers.
  • There are approximately 10,878 eating and drinking locations in Colorado.
  • More than 75% of Colorado’s restaurants are independently owned and operated.

2.       SMALL BUSINESS WITH A LARGE IMPACT

  • ½ of all adults have worked in the foodservice industry at some time.
  • 1 out of 3 adults found their first job in the restaurant industry.
  • 45% of all adults are restaurant patrons on a typical day.
  • 23% of table-service restaurant sales come from travelers and tourists.
  • Restaurants employ more minority managers and have more women in management and ownership positions than any other industry.

3.       THE UNITED STATES RESTAURANT INDUSTRY IN 2015

  • Total U.S. foodservice industry sales will reach approximately $700 billion, 4% of GDP.
  • U.S. consumers will spend approximately $1.9 billion per day on food away from home.
  • The restaurant industry is the nation’s second-largest private sector employer with 14 million people employed in 1 million locations.

4.       COLORADO DEMOGRAPHICS

  • Disposable income is expected to advance 3.5% in Colorado, compared to 2.8% nationally.
  • Population in Colorado will grow 1.3% compared to 0.8% nationally
  • Total employment in Colorado is projected to increase 2.6%, compared to 1.8% nationally.

5.       ISSUES AFFECTING COLORADO RESTAURANTS

  • Liquor regulations
  • Food code
  • Taxes
  • Labor Law
  • Wage & Hour
  • Licensing
  • Tourism
  • Small Business Issues