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

IBISWorld’s Grocery Wholesaling market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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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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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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