NAICS 5 Digit Industry 72231

Industry 72231

NAICS 5  Digit Industry 72231 – Food Service Contractors

Definition of NAICS 5 Digit Industry 72231: See industry description for NAICS 722310 below.

Industry Description of NAICS Code 722310: This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in providing food services at institutional, governmental, commercial, or industrial locations of others based on contractual arrangements with these type of organizations for a specified period of time. The establishments of this industry provide food services for the convenience of the contracting organization or the contracting organization’s customers. The contractual arrangement of these establishments with contracting organizations may vary from type of facility operated (e.g., cafeteria, restaurant, fast-food eating place), revenue sharing, cost structure, to providing personnel. Management staff is always provided by the food service contractors.

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Illustrative Examples of NAICS Industry 72231

What are some examples of this industry classification? The bulleted items below are illustrative examples of this 5-digit NAICS industry.

  • Airline food service contractors
  • Food concession contractors (e.g., at sporting, entertainment, convention facilities)
  • Cafeteria food service contractors (e.g., at schools, hospitals, government offices)

Cross-References for Industry 72231

What codes are similar to this industry that might be more applicable? The cross-reference guide below displays the codes that are similar to industry 72231. Please review to find the most applicable classification.

  • Providing food services on a single-event basis–are classified in Industry NAICS 722320, Caterers; and
  • Supplying and servicing food vending machines–are classified in Industry NAICS 454210, Vending Machine Operators.

Other Index Entries for NAICS 5-Digit Industry 72231

The North American Industry Classification System contains multiple index entries that are each descriptive of the same code. The bulleted list below shows all applicable index entries (Current and former) that are associated with industry 72231. These index entries further elaborate on the scope of applicable industries that have already been defined at the top of this page.

  • Airline food services contractors
  • Cafeteria food services contractors (e.g., government office cafeterias, hospital cafeterias, school cafeterias)
  • Food concession contractors (e.g., convention facilities, entertainment facilities, sporting facilities)
  • Food service contractors, airline
  • Food service contractors, cafeteria
  • Food service contractors, concession operator (e.g., convention facilities, entertainment facilities, sporting facilities)
  • Industrial caterers (i.e., providing food services on a contractural arrangement (except single-event basis))
Industry Breakdown for North American Industry Classification System

NAICS codes are broken down by digit. The broadest description starts with the 2 digit sector codes. The 3 digit subsector codes are more specific, then the 4 digit industry group, 5 digit industry (Where you are now), and the most specific is the 6 digit NAICS code. If the code on this page does not describe the industry of the business in question, then select the largest applicable code below. From there, follow through the progression of smaller digits to the larger digits in order to obtain the most specific 6 digit classification.

  • Sector 72: Accommodation and Food Services
    • Subsector 722: Food Services and Drinking Places
      • Industry Group 7223: Special Food Services
        • Industry 72231: Food Service Contractors (Current Page)
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 722310: Food Service Contractors

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