Natural Foods Merchandiser
Market Overview: Natural channel growth and competition [charts]

Market Overview: Natural channel growth and competition [charts]

The 2016 edition of Natural Foods Merchandiser’s Market Overview represents the 36th year the magazine has presented statistics on store operations and the state of the natural products industry. From $1.9 billion in 1980 to $52 billion in 2015, sales in the natural products retail channels have come a long way.

The charts below report information about individual store growth, plans for 2016 and competition. Find all 2016 Market Overview charts here.

 

Growth and competition

  Total Natural products stores Health food stores Supplement stores
2015
% that added onto one or more existing facilities in 2015 6% 8% 2% 7%
% that renovated/remodeled one or more of your existing facilities in 2015 20% 19% 22% 15%
% that added one or more locations through a new build or acquisition in 2015 8% 9% 9% 2%
% that closed one or more location(s) in 2015  6% 4% 6% 12%
None of the above 69% 66% 72% 75%
% indicating competitor opened store in their region in 2015 39% 37% 41% 38%
% indicating competitor closed store in their region in 2015 16% 13% 17% 26%
2016
% that plan to add onto one or more existing facilities in 2016 7% 10% 4% 4%
% that plan to renovate/remodel one or more of existing facilities in 2016 25% 28% 25% 15%
% that plan to add one or more locations through a new build or acquisition in 2016 6% 9% 2% 7%
% plan to close one or more location(s) in 2016 3% 2% 1% 2%
None of the above 64% 57% 69%

75%

 

Growth and competition by square footage

  Natural products stores Health food stores Supplement stores
  <=3,000 retail 3,001-6,000 retail >6,000 retail <=2,000 retail >2,000 retail <=1,200 retail >1,200 retail
2015
% that added onto one or more existing facilities in 2015 4% 9% 10% 0% 2% 4% 10%
% that renovated/remodeled one or more of your existing facilities in 2015 21% 14% 21% 18% 23% 21% 10%
% that added one or more locations through a new build or acquisition in 2015 5% 5% 14% 2% 12% 0% 3%
% that closed one or more location(s) in 2015  6% 3% 3% 8% 4% 7% 10%
None of the above 70% 75% 58% 80% 68% 75% 73%
% indicating competitor opened store in their region in 2015 35% 33% 38% 30% 48% 38% 37%
% indicating competitor closed store in their region in 2015 17% 9% 12% 16% 18% 29% 24%
2016
% that plan to add onto one or more existing facilities in 2016 7% 5% 14% 7% 3% 4% 3%
% that plan to renovate/remodel one or more of existing facilities in 2016 25% 21% 35% 21% 28% 20% 10%
% that plan to add one or more locations through a new build or acquisition in 2016 4% 12% 11% 2% 1% 8% 7%
% plan to close one or more location(s) in 2016 6% 2% 1% 4% 0% 3% 3%
None of the above 63% 65% 49% 70% 70% 68% 79%
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