Sunny side up: Shifts in consumer preferences and health trends will benefit operators

The Egg & Poultry Wholesaling industry market report contains data and analysis of the most influential current and future trends shaping the industry. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical, user-friendly format, and provides growth and profit forecasts for a five-year outlook period.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has performed well in recent years as people become more health-conscious
  • High feed costs brought down profit margins for much of the period
  • Consolidation will ramp up as independent wholesalers band together against MSBOs
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    While many industries are suffering under the threat of wholesale bypass, egg and poultry wholesaling has remained relatively calm. The industry is expected to experience stable growth over the next five years, as individuals become more aware of the health benefits of chicken and egg consumption in comparison with red meat. Moreover, operators will benefit from increased consolidation and technological improvements. The industry will shrink in terms of employment and wages, but solid demand will boost profitability in the long run.

    Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    This industry is in the mature stage of its life cycle. Over the 10 years to 2021, industry value added (IVA), which measures an industry's contribution to the economy, is projected to rise at an annualized rate of 1.4%. In comparison, GDP is forecast to grow an annualized 2.1% over the same period. While industry IVA underperformed the economy during the past five years, other factors, such as the overall market acceptance of industry products, rising per capita consumption of chicken meat and eggs and some merger and acquisition activity point to the maturity of this industry.

    Although per capita poultry and egg consumption is anticipated to grow steadily during this 10-year period, the consumption of food is limited to the amount that people can physically consume. Con

    Additional Insights for the Egg & Poultry Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Egg & Poultry Wholesaling Industry are

  • Ability to deliver products to multiple regions
  • Complying with government regulations
  • Distribution management
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Price of poultry meat and Demand from food services and drinking places in the Egg & Poultry Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Egg & Poultry Wholesaling Industry?

    This industry includes specialty wholesalers whose primary business is the distribution of poultry products from manufacturers to downstream markets, including the retail and foodservice sectors. Products include fresh chicken and turkey, frozen and processed poultry and eggs, although canned and packaged frozen meals containing poultry are not included. Broadline grocery distributors and vertically integrated poultry processing and egg companies are not included in this industry.

    Industry Products
    Processed or frozen poultry
    Fresh or refrigerated chicken
    Turkey, duck, quail and other fresh poultry
    Industry Activities
    Wholesaling eggs
    Wholesaling processed chicken
    Wholesaling processed turkey
    Wholesaling other processed poultry 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
  • Price of poultry meat
  • Demand from food services and drinking places
  • Per capita poultry consumption
  • Per capita egg consumption
  • Demand from supermarkets and grocery stores

  • Current Performance
  • Higher input costs and reduced profit margins
  • Wholesale bypass and MSBO takeover
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Increasing competition
  • Stabilizing input costs and improved profit margins
  • Table: Egg & Poultry Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Egg & Poultry Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Grocery Wholesaling
  • Supermarkets & Grocery Stores
  • Meat Markets
  • Educational Services
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance
  • Accommodation and Food Services

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chicken & Turkey Meat Production
  • Chicken Egg Production
  • Meat, Beef & Poultry Processing

  • Products & Services
  • Fresh or refrigerated chicken
  • Eggs
  • Processed or frozen poultry
  • Turkey, duck, quail and other fresh poultry
  • Other
  • Chart: Egg & Poultry Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Nutritional and health factors
  • A recession-resistant industry
  • A shifting industry structure

  • Major Markets
  • Other wholesalers
  • Retailers
  • The foodservice sector
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Egg & Poultry Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Egg & Poultry Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Egg & Poultry Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Egg & Poultry Wholesaling 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 Egg & Poultry Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • price of poultry meat (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Broadline Distributor
  • Major, national distributors that service a broad range of diverse markets with a wide variety of products. Examples: Sysco Corporation, McLane Company and US Foods
  • Manufacturers' Sales Branches And Offices (Msbos)
  • The wholesaling divisions of vertically integrated processing or production companies. These wholesalers are typically much larger than independent, third-party operators.
  • Merchant Wholesalers
  • Independent, third-party wholesalers that act as the middleman.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A cost-cutting trend within retail and manufacturing industries whereby producers supply goods directly to stores, eliminating the middleman.
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    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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