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 Locations Chapter
The Grocery Wholesaling industry's locations fall broadly in line with a region's population. The greater number of residents in a state, the stronger the demand for supermarkets and grocery stores; consequently, more wholesalers will locate in these states to fulfill their customers' needs.
This industry is largely concentrated in the Mid-Atlantic and West regions, which together account for nearly one-half of the industry's establishments. The Mid-Atlantic and the West are also the only two regions that have a greater share of industry establishments than population. The main reason for this disparity is the high population density and large cities in these regions... purchase to read more