The Coffee Fest trade show took place on Navy Pier in Chicago from June 5 to June 7, hosting a wide range of players in the coffee and hot drinks industry, including coffee shop owners, baristas, roasters, distributors, manufacturers and more. Here, Euromonitor International’s drinks research analysts Mark Strobel and Eric Penicka presented on ‘The State of the North American Coffee Market’. Below are some key points from the presentation as well as other notable trends from Coffee Fest.
Euromonitor’s Presentation on the State of the North American Coffee Market
Globally, retail coffee is a US$85 billion dollar industry and North America is among the largest and fastest growing of all regions worldwide. In the US, coffee pods have dominated conversations as its value share of the market has grown from nearly negligible a decade ago, to a US$4 billion industry in 2014. However, their growth spurred on by the Great Recession is expected to taper off in the next five years. Pod’s stalling growth will in part be a result of increased consumer appreciation of coffee in the US, where third-wave, independent coffee shops have gained ground. Furthermore, specialty coffee shop growth can largely be attributed to the millennial age group which has changed consumer trends across industries and will only grow in importance in the years to come as their purchasing power advances.