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Grocery Wholesaling in the US: Market Research Report

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Grocery Wholesaling Market Research Report | NAICS 42441 | Mar 2015

Missing link: Wholesale bypass forces industry to consolidate and seek new markets

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.

Report Snapshot
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$182bn
Annual Growth 10-15
3.0%
Annual Growth 15-20
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Profit
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Employment
133,875
Businesses
4,826
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Growth in the Grocery Wholesaling industry has been inconsistent over the past five years as intense competition and rising production costs drive food manufacturers and supermarkets to bypass middlemen. In addition to rising external competition from wholesale bypass, weak economic conditions during the recession led consumers to purchase more low-margin food products, reducing profitability and forcing the exit of some companies from the industry. This, in turn, has resulted in a continued trend toward consolidation among grocery wholesalers. Growth will remain marginal in the coming five years as wholesalers seek new markets and opportunities to mitigate their diminishing role in the grocery supply chain... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

Grocery wholesalers supply retailers with grocery and nonfood items sold in grocery stores. Historically, wholesalers have been an important link between manufacturers and retailers; however, the Grocery Wholesaling industry is stagnating, despite the steadily recovering economy and annualized revenue growth of 3.0% to $182.2 billion in the five years to 2015. A strong rebound in 2010 and a surge in food prices in 2012 largely protected the industry over the past five years, masking the corrosive effects of wholesale bypass and competition. High competition characterizes the industry, and profit is generated through high volumes of low-margin goods... 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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