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 offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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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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The Grocery Wholesaling industry is in the mature phase of its life cycle. Overall, the industry has shrunk since 2007, with lower revenue and fewer companies in the industry. Still, increasing wage costs suggest that industry companies are expecting to perform better with a more advanced workforce. As a result, industry value added, a measure of the industry's contribution to the economy, is expected to grow an annualized 2.6% in the 10 years to 2019. This growth is in line with anticipated annualized GDP growth of 2.5% during the same period.

Overall industry changes, such as increased mergers and greater integration of wholesaling activities and retail operations, have weakened sales and increased competitive pressure for companies and their customers... 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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