Grocery Wholesaling in the US: Market Research Report

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Grocery Wholesaling Market Research Report | NAICS 42441 | Jun 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

The Grocery Wholesaling industry will continue to contract in size as intense competition and rising production costs continue to drive food manufacturers and supermarkets to cut out the middleman. As manufacturers and retailers become more involved in the distribution process, demand and revenue will drop as the industry's services become less necessary. These factors will cause the industry to continue consolidating throughout the five years to 2019... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Two types of wholesalers provide services in this industry. Merchant wholesalers buy and resell goods from their own warehouse facilities, while manufacturers who sell goods at the wholesale level maintain manufacturers' sales branches and offices (MSBO). Merchant wholesalers account for the majority of industry sales, but this share is sharply decreasing because large MSBOs are gaining market share with their streamlining capabilities.

Fresh meat and produce

Fresh meat and meat products (including poultry and poultry products), accounts for the largest share of revenue. These products are often the most costly for consumers because they must go from meat processing plants to grocery store shelves very quickly to avoid expiration... 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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