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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

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.

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 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

 


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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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