Japan’s population is shrinking and ageing due to a persistently low birth rate and historically restrictive policies towards immigration. This is having a significant negative impact on overall demand for consumer foodservice in the market and contributed to ongoing stagnation in 2018.
Japan’s labour shortage, resulting from a shrinking and ageing population and an historically restrictive approach to immigration, remains a serious issue for the industry. The limited labour supply has driven up wages, while foodservice operators have also seen costs increased by the rising price of ingredients.
Chained convenience stores limited-service restaurants is the largest category by value in Japan. The top three consumer foodservice players, 7-Eleven, Lawson and FamilyMart, are all active in chained convenience stores limited-service restaurants.
Independent consumer foodservice operators continued to face challenges in 2018 resulting from unfavourable demographic trends, shortfalls in the workforce and consumers’ growing demand for high-quality at a low price. This led to outlet decline for independents across most outlets in the final year of the review period.
The Japanese consumer foodservice industry is expected to see continued sluggish value growth over the forecast period. The contraction of the consumer base due to a shrinking population and an ongoing trend towards eating at home underpinned by an ageing population and increasingly hectic consumer lifestyles, are set to constrain growth, while operators also continue to struggle with the effects of the labour shortage.
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