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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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, revenue is still expected to decline 0.7% to $136.7 billion in 2014. High competition characterizes the industry, and profit is generated through high volumes of low-margin goods. Wholesalers compete with local, regional and national food distributors and with vertically integrated national and regional grocery and supercenter chains... 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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