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 - Starting a New Business Chapter

The barriers to entry for this industry are currently moderate and are expected to remain at that level during the next five years. The largest barrier to entry is the level of competition. Existing competition is quite high, given the number of players operating in the industry and increasing concentration. With so many firms, it's difficult for a new company to start in this industry especially because many existing industry players have signed supply contracts with large retail chains and food service providers, guaranteeing themselves a market for their products.

The cost of establishing a warehouse and distribution system is also a major barrier, as firms will need a large amount of space to store goods before distribution... 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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