SEOUL, Oct. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The sales to operating profit ratio of South Korea’s bakeries is falling behind that of coffee shops and fried chicken restaurants.
Roughly 18,500 bakeries that produce their own baked goods were operating across the country as of August, according to a report from KB Financial Group, a major South Korean banking group.
The average lifespan of a bakery is estimated at 8.8 years, and 56.4 percent of the bakeries had been running for more than five years. The number of bakeries that shut down during the period from 2017 to 2019 stood at more than 2,000.
As of 2018, bakeries’ sales to operating profit ratio estimated at 15 percent, lower than coffee shops (21.6 percent) and fried chicken restaurants (17.6 percent).
In 2018, the number of bakeries operating under franchise licenses stood at 9,057. They accounted for 47 percent and 60 percent, respectively, of the total number of bakeries and of aggregate revenue.
“Given that the nation’s bread consumption is expected to continue to grow for the time being, the business environment surrounding bakeries will likely remain favorable,” said Kim Tae-hwan, a researcher at KB Financial Holdings Research Center.
“In recent days, non-face-to-face orders and delivery service demand have been increasing, centered on franchise bakery shops.”
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