Overview

In a pickle: Industry operators will face slimming profit and increased competition from national wholesalers

IBISWorld’s industry research report on Grocery Wholesaling in California provides up-to-date sales and market data, allowing you to identify the product and customer segments driving revenue growth. The report identifies the leading companies in the industry, and offers strategic analysis of the key factors influencing the market. Our data forecasts are accompanied by full analysis to illustrate how the market is responding to dominant and emerging trends.

REPORT SNAPSHOT

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry will continue to benefit from a growing population and rising incomes
  • Currently, the largest threat to the industry’s overall growth is attributed to wholesale bypass
  • The price of gasoline in California is expected to rise, which will significantly raise transport costs

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Grocery Wholesaling industry in California has grown over the five years to 2017. Operators in the industry, which act as the middlemen between food producers and retailers, experienced revenue fluctuations in line with variable fuel costs, food product prices and consumer spending habits during the five-year period. Overall, IBISWorld expects industry revenue to grow over the five years to 2017. Over the five years to 2022, the Grocery Wholesaling industry in California is expected to increase slowly. The industry will continue to benefit from a growing population and rising incomes, enabling a greater base of consumers to purchase more goods at grocery and foodservice locations...

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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Grocery Wholesaling industry in California has a low level of capital intensity. Industry operators typically invest $0.08 of capital for every $1.00 spent on labor. Expenditure on capital for this industry comes in the form of computerized inventory systems, shelves, refrigerators and freezers to store food items. The industry's use of capital has been increasing through technological advancements, which have enabled computers to take over tasks traditionally performed by labor, such as radio frequency identification tags and warehouses with technologically advanced climate control systems. Nevertheless, there will always be a need for some labor components to be involved in checking that orders are correct.

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    Additional Insights for the Grocery Wholesaling in California Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Grocery Wholesaling in California Industry are

  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Prompt delivery to market
  • Effective quality control
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per Capita Disposable Income in California and Population of California in the Grocery Wholesaling in California industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Grocery Wholesaling in California Industry?

    Grocery wholesalers act as the intermediaries in the distribution of merchandise between food producers and retailers. Wholesalers do little to transform products and instead sell and distribute all general line grocery products. Industry establishments generally do not specialize. Distributed products usually include dry groceries, perishable food and nonfood products found in grocery stores.

    Industry Products
    Canned food
    Fresh meat and meat products and poultry
    Frozen food
    Dairy products
    Specialty foods
    Bread, baked goods and baking ingredients
    Paper and plastic products
    Industry Activities
    Wholesaling general line groceries
    Wholesaling dry groceries
    Wholesaling perishable food products
    Wholesaling nonfood products

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per Capita Disposable Income in California
  • Population of California
  • Grocery Price Index of California
  • Price of Gasoline in California

  • Current Performance
  • Wholesale bypass
  • High competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Rising fuel costs
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Grocery Wholesaling in California Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Grocery Wholesaling in California Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets & Grocery Stores
  • Convenience Stores
  • Meat Markets
  • Fish & Seafood Markets
  • Fruit & Vegetable Markets
  • Specialty Food Stores
  • Chain Restaurants
  • Single Location Full-Service Restaurants
  • Food Service Contractors
  • Caterers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Bottled Water Production
  • Bread Production
  • Canned Fruit & Vegetable Processing
  • Coffee Production
  • Dairy Product Production
  • Juice Production
  • Snack Food Production
  • Soda Production
  • Tea Production
  • Vegetable Farming

  • Products & Services
  • Other
  • Canned food
  • Fresh meat and meat products and poultry
  • Frozen food
  • Dairy products
  • Bread, baked goods and baking ingredients
  • Paper and plastic products
  • Specialty foods
  • Chart: Grocery Wholesaling in California Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Major Markets
  • Food service outlets
  • Supermarkets and other grocery retailers
  • Other wholesalers
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Grocery Wholesaling in California Industry

  • Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Grocery Wholesaling in California

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Grocery Wholesaling in California Industry

  • Major Companies
    SYSCO CorporationC&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. Unified Grocers, Inc. US Foods Holding Corp.Bunzl PLCPerformance Food Group
  • Table: SYSCO Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Unified Grocers, Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: US Foods Holding Corp. - financial performance
  • Table: Bunzl PLC - financial performance
  • Table: Performance Food Group - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Grocery Wholesaling in California Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Grocery Wholesaling in California Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Population of California (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Cooperative
  • A jointly owned, vertically integrated organization, also referred to as a co-op, that produces and distributes goods for the benefit of the owners.
  • Electronic Data Interchange (Edi)
  • The transmission of electronic documents between businesses from one computer system to another.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (Rfid)
  • A technology that tracks products from the time they leave the assembly line to the time they leave the store by releasing continuous signals from a chip.
  • Supply Chain
  • A network of entities, including primary producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and other agents, engaged in delivering products to the consumer or customer.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A popular trend within retail and manufacturing industries where producers supply goods directly to stores, eliminating the middleman.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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