Grocery Wholesaling in the US: Market Research Report

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Grocery Wholesaling Market Research Report | NAICS 42441 | Aug 2014

Going hungry: More food manufacturers will distribute directly to markets, hurting the industry

The Grocery Wholesaling market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Growth in the Grocery Wholesaling industry has been slow as intense competition and rising production costs drive food manufacturers and supermarkets to cut out the middleman. This strategy, known as wholesale bypass, has become more prevalent after high production costs and recession-induced slow demand forced both ends of the grocery-supply chain to cut costs. In the coming years, the industry's current low-performing condition is not expected to change much as the persisting wholesale bypass trend contributes to slow growth in industry revenue... purchase to read more

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Overall, the Grocery Wholesaling industry has a moderate level of concentration. In this already mature environment, industry firms are striving to gain every possible growth opportunity. For the most part, large companies have fared better than the overall declining industry, leading to a steady rise in market share concentration. Though the number of enterprises in the industry has grown quickly, this growth is coming off a low during the recession. From 2007 to 2008, the number of industry players fell more than 20.0% due to high fuel prices and a recession-induced dip in demand. Enterprise numbers have been growing since then, but have still not reached 2007 levels.

Minor growth in concentration is occurring as large companies acquire smaller distributors to gain market share... purchase to read more


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What is the Grocery Wholesaling Industry?

Grocery wholesalers act as the middlemen between food producers and retailers. They do little to transform products and are intermediaries in merchandise distribution. Wholesalers sell and distribute all general-line grocery products, and industry establishments generally do not specialize. Distributed products usually include dry groceries, perishable food and nonfood products found in grocery stores.

Industry Products
Fresh meat and meat productsCanned foodFrozen foodDairy productsSpecialty foodFresh fruits and vegetablesPaper and plastic products
Industry Activities
Wholesaling general-line groceriesWholesaling dry groceriesWholesaling perishable food productsWholesaling nonfood products

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