Specialty Food retailers usually focus on one or two types of food - such as meat, fish, poultry, bread, cakes or confectionery - but offer many variations of that product. Nearly 79,000 Australians are employed in specialty food retailing.
Outlets often source pre-packaged goods from wholesalers or processors, although some retailers may alter or create their own products on site - such as butchers and bakers. A number of franchise chains have developed which offer great career pathways. Australians spend more than $5.3 billion a year in the fresh meat, fish and poultry retail sector and more than $3.5 billion a year in the bread and cake retail sector.