Advances will result from the growing number of food stores, which will create demand for items such as display cases and walk-in coolers. Accelerating growth in the number of restaurants will create demand for equipment such as coolers, freezers, beverage refrigeration equipment, and ice machines.
These factors will be offset somewhat by a slowing economic outlook, which is expected to discourage capital investment by food producers and distributors for items such as refrigerated trucks.
Display cases will benefit from the rising number of grocery stores and the continued expansion of grocery sales into major retail chains such as Wal-Mart, while reach-ins will be boosted by the growing number of eating and drinking establishments.
Rising levels of capital investment in the scientific community, most notably in medical applications, will fuel demand for blood storage and cryogenic equipment. Parts shipments will benefit from the growing amount of refrigeration equipment in use.
The food retail market will also post above-average gains, due to the rising number of food retailers. Attempts by existing food retailers to offer home meal replacements will boost gains, requiring additional refrigeration equipment per store.
Food distribution, the largest sector, is actually expected to experience below-average growth through 2004, due to a slowing in capital investment that will cause distributors to become more conservative in their spending. The significant amount of refrigerated trucks added from 1994 to 1999 will dampen the need for fleet expansions.
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Publication date: 02/05/2001