Food service distributors focus on value

Food Service Distributors and Suppliers Offer Customization and Cloud-based Services

Once extremely resistant to change, food service distributors are joining the tech movement in response to the market’s maturity and competition from other sources. To increase brand loyalty and profitability, food service industry suppliers are also offering a wide selection of customized business solutions and cloud-based platforms. In this blog post, we take a closer look at some of the market leaders, as well as the value-added services they offer.

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U.S. Market for Janitorial Cleaning Products

The Face of the Jan/San Market Continues to Change

Over the past several years, there have been many high-profile mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. jan/san market, such as Ecolab’s acquisition of Swisher Hygiene and Sealed Air’s acquisition of Diversey. However, as these businesses are being integrated into their larger parent companies, the portion of the business that does not match the parent company’s core strengths or vision for the future are being divested. According to Kline’s data, the 10 leading suppliers of jan/san cleaning products account for 37% of total sales in 2014. The market continues to change, with companies strengthening their positions in their usual segments, as well as entering new segments through mergers and acquisitions.Continue reading

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Floor care robots and wide area air care products steal the ISSA Interclean Show

Last week, Kline attended the ISSA Interclean Show in Chicago, and it was great to see so many exhibitors and clients. It seems that the industry is starting to catch up to technology with the release of floor care robots. Sealed Air Taski’s Intellibot Aerobot 1850 and Minuteman’s Autonomy Roboscrub machine were of the more prevalent robots roaming around and cleaning floors. In addition to being a first-time exhibitor at the show, the Autonomy by Brain Corp. product won the “Innovation of the Year” award from ISSA. The company’s concept is to further the knowledge towards autonomous, machine-learning systems. Continue reading

Projected Sales and Growth of Janitorial Cleaning Products in Europe, 2014-2019

Rebounding European Janitorial Market Offers New Opportunities for Suppliers

The market for janitorial cleaning chemicals in Europe, which until recently was flat to declining, posted modest growth of 1.6% in 2014, according to Kline’s recently published study Janitorial Cleaning Products in Europe: Market Analysis and Opportunities. Improving economies, end users’ preferences for multipurpose product features, and the need to maintain clean and germ-free facilities contribute to the market’s growth.

Commercial and institutional end users in Europe consumed an estimated EUR 1.5 billion worth of janitorial and housekeeping cleaning products in 2014. Building and contract cleaners are the leading end-use segment in Europe and performed above the overall market growth due to a growing number of end users outsourcing their cleaning to contractors.
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The Market for Janitorial Cleaning Products in Europe

Gradual Recovery is Anticipated in the European Janitorial Cleaning Products Market

Over the last few years, the market for janitorial cleaning products in Europe has been showing unstable results, moving from a declining to flat performance. However, according to Kline’s soon to be published study Janitorial Cleaning Products in Europe: Market Analysis and Opportunities, the country markets of Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Spain show an overall growth of 1.6% in 2014. Factors include changing end-user preferences, individual product type characteristics, and the performance of end-use applications and contribute to the market’s growth.
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Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Suppliers

Growth Opportunities for U.S. Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Suppliers

Stringent sanitizing rules within a growing number of assisted living facilities, nursing homes, as well as in acute care settings such as hospitals, drive growth of the janitorial cleaning products market in the United States; however, the relatively fresh and rapidly growing concept of fast-casual restaurants represent the highest growth, according to the just-published Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products USA: Market Analysis and Opportunities.

The top three end-use segments of the janitorial and housekeeping cleaning products market estimated at $4 billion in 2014, together, account for close to 56% of all janitorial cleaning product sales in 2014. Contract cleaners, the leading end-use segment accounting for a little over 30% of the industry total, have increased penetration and revenues, but changes in floor care have affected this leading segment. To cut costs, facility managers often reduce the frequency of waxing and floor stripping, causing the formerly vibrant floor-care sector to post a flat to modest growth rate.Continue reading