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Fish & Seafood Wholesaling in the US: Market Research Report

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Fish & Seafood Wholesaling Market Research Report | NAICS 42446 | Jul 2016

Big fish: Higher consumer spending and improved health perceptions will propel industry revenue

IBISWorld’s Fish & Seafood Wholesaling market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

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Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Similar to many other wholesaling industries, traditional merchants in the Fish and Seafood Wholesaling industry face stiff competition from manufacturers' sales branches and offices (MSBOs) of vertically integrated fishing or processing companies. Many of these larger companies sell their products directly to retailers and end customers, eliminating the cost of paying a merchant wholesale middleman in a practice called wholesale bypass. Despite wholesale bypass and competition, the industry has grown over the past five years due to several positive factors. As the economy continued to stabilize and grow, per capita disposable income increased, giving more consumers the means to purchase seafood, which is often viewed as a more expensive protein option... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

The major barriers to entering the Fish and Seafood Wholesaling industry include the costs of establishing a warehouse and distribution system and the difficulties that can be encountered when trying to forge business relationships with key upstream and downstream clients.

Logistics costs

A fish and seafood wholesaler usually invests a considerable amount of capital into distribution logistics such as trucks, refrigeration and database management. Costs can increase if an electronic inventory system is installed such as computerized tracking software that uses global positioning, radio-frequency identification tags and barcoding... purchase to read more


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What is the Fish & Seafood Wholesaling Industry?

Establishments in this industry primarily wholesale fish and seafood; canned or packaged frozen products are excluded from the industry. This industry does not include manufacturers’ sales branches and offices (MSBOs) where the wholesaling and preparation of seafood products occur as one undifferentiated operation; revenue from such MSBO’s are included under the scope of the Seafood Preparation industry (IBISWorld 31171).

Industry Products
Fresh fishFresh shellfishFrozen fish and seafoodCured fish and other
Industry Activities
Wholesaling fish (except canned or packaged frozen)Wholesaling cured fishWholesaling fresh fishWholesaling fresh seafoodWholesaling unpackaged frozen fishWholesaling unpackaged frozen seafood

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