Hot and cold: The popularity of organic and fresh foods will limit industry revenue growth

IBISWorld’s Industry Market Report on Frozen Food Wholesaling is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Ensure due diligence in your research with our strategic analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments; economic, lifestyle and demographic influences; distribution and supply chain factors; and pricing issues.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The growing popularity of organic foods will limit industry revenue growth
  • Technology advances have resulted in slow job growth
  • Major industry players will look to consolidate operations to cut costs
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Frozen foods have a special place in American households due to their simplicity, convenience and price. Nevertheless, the industry has experienced only slow growth over the five years to 2017, primarily due to escalating competitive pressure. In the coming years, the steadily improving US economy will likely have a positive impact on grocery and food-service sales overall, as disposable income rises and consumers spend more on discretionary products and meals outside the home. However, industry growth is expected to remain limited as consumers become more health conscious.

    Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Due to their significantly longer shelf lives and easy preparation, time-poor consumers and rushed fast-food managers are drawn to the Frozen Food Wholesaling industry’s products. The industry largely distributes its products to food service institutions (e.g. fast-food restaurants and cafeterias) and grocery retailers. Over the five years to 2017, uncertain economic conditions influenced food demands from consumers. While high-end, fine dining establishments mostly use fresh ingredients, many casual dining and chain restaurants rely on frozen meats, fruits and vegetables. Demand from such restaurants continues to grow as the economy expands and consumers spend more on modest discretionary goods, such as meals eaten outside the home. In

    Additional Insights for the Frozen Food Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Frozen Food Wholesaling Industry are

  • Effective quality control
  • Access to niche markets
  • Business expertise of operators
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Agricultural price index and Healthy eating index in the Frozen Food Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Frozen Food Wholesaling Industry?

    This industry primarily wholesales packaged frozen foods, excluding dairy products. Wholesaling in this industry involves the resale of frozen food products to downstream sectors, including restaurants, food-service outlets, grocery stores and other retailers and wholesalers. Products include packaged frozen meats, poultry, seafood, fruits and vegetables, juices, bakery products, pizzas and other frozen meals.

    Industry Products
    Fish and seafood
    Baked goods
    Fruits and fruit juices
    Other products
    Industry Activities
    Wholesaling frozen meats, poultry and fish
    Wholesaling frozen vegetables
    Wholesaling frozen fruits and juices
    Wholesaling frozen baked goods
    Wholesaling frozen meals and prepared foods
    Wholesaling frozen desserts (except ice cream and other dairy 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
  • Agricultural price index
  • Healthy eating index
  • Per capita disposable income
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
  • Icing the business
  • Consolidating the freezer
  • Dietary issues
  • Net effect of rising incomes
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Bigger freezers, bigger profit margins
  • Demand landscape
  • Table: Frozen Food Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Frozen Food Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets & Grocery Stores
  • Specialty Food Stores
  • Chain Restaurants
  • Single Location Full-Service Restaurants
  • Food Service Contractors
  • Coffee & Snack Shops
  • Fast Food Restaurants

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Bread Production
  • Frozen Food Production
  • Ice Cream Production
  • Juice Production
  • Meat, Beef & Poultry Processing
  • Seafood Preparation

  • Products & Services
  • Fish and seafood
  • Meat
  • Other products
  • Poultry
  • Baked goods
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits and fruit juices
  • Chart: Frozen Food Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Food service establishments
  • Retailers
  • Other wholesalers
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Frozen Food 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
  • Depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Frozen Food Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Manufacturers' sales branches and offices
  • Other wholesalers

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Frozen Food Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    SYSCO CorporationUS Foods Holding Corp.
  • Table: SYSCO Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: US Foods Holding Corp. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Frozen Food 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 Frozen Food Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Healthy eating index (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
  • The minimum quality standard for substances to qualify as fit for human consumption or permitted to come in contact with food.
  • Manufacturers' Sales Branches And Offices (Msbo)
  • A wholesaling divisions of large manufacturers, allowing for sales directly to retailers and bypass of third-party wholesalers.
  • 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.
  • Shelf Life
  • The period of time during which a food product may be stored and remain suitable for sale.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A popular trend within retail and manufacturing industries where producers supply goods directly to stores, eliminating the middleman.
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    • 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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