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Coffee chains proliferate … especially in Juneau

NPD Group said a recent restaurant census found that there were 33,129 gourmet coffee shops in the U.S., a 2 percent increase in units from last year. That’s in addition to coffee served at restaurants and other food service outlets, the data company said.

Chain coffee shop units increased by 5.9 percent in the census period to a total of 18,445 units, but independent coffee shops dropped in number by 2.2 percent, now totaling 14,684 units nationwide, according to a press  release from NPD.

Over the past five years, the total number of coffee shops grew by 2,990 units with Juneau, Alaska, ranking first in the density of such businesses per population. How much is that? NPD said the city has 22 coffee shops per 32,519 people, slam-dunking Anchorage, Alaska, with just 170 coffee shops for a population of 431,231.

Beyond that frigid state, the Pacific Northwest comes in as the most caffeinated with Bend, Oregon, at the No. 3 spot, followed by Seattle, Washington, and then Portland, Oregon, as the fifth-most coffee shops per capita.

Consumer demand for restaurant coffee appears to be in line with their access. There were 8.3 billion servings of coffee ordered at U.S. restaurants and other related outlets in the year ending August 2017, up 2.3 percent from the same period last year, the release said.

Regular or traditional coffee is still the most popular type of coffee with 4.4 billion servings ordered in the period but specialty coffee is not far behind with 4 billion servings ordered.

“Coffee chains are expanding units to meet consumer demand because they have the resources to do so,” NPD Foodservice Product Management Director Greg Starzynski, said in the release.  “Greater consumer access to chain coffee shops makes it more difficult for independent coffee shops to compete, which is why we’re seeing a drop in independent units.”

(Fast Casual)

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