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Food & Drink Wholesaling in Italy - Market Size, Industry Analysis, Trends and Forecasts (2024-2029)

IT-G463 March 2024 Factsheet

Revenue

€125.5bn

2019-2024 1.1 %
2024-2029 X.X %

Employees

173k

2019-2024 0.0 %
2024-2029 X.X %

Businesses

40,499

2019-2024 1.2 %
2024-2029 X.X %

Wages

€X.Xbn

2019-2024 X.X %
2024-2029 X.X %

Food & Drink Wholesaling in Italy market size outlook

Total value and annual change from from 2014-2029. Includes 5-year outlook.

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Industry Statistics and Rankings

How does this industry perform in Italy compared to Europe?

Country Benchmarking

Industry Data Italy

Ranking are out of 37 European countries for which IBISWorld provides country-level factsheets.

Revenue
#6 In Europe
Business
#3 In Europe
Employees
#6 In Europe
Wages
#6 In Europe

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The Food and Beverage Wholesaling revenue is forecast to drop at a compound annual rate of 4.4% over the five years through 2024 to reach a valuation of €1,691.0 billion, including an estimated dip of 3.8%, in 2024, while the average industry profit margin is expected to reach 4.8%. The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected Europe's food and beverage wholesaling industry. There's been a surge in grocery store sales due to a shift towards home cooking but a dip in catering service demand, resulting in higher food prices. Consumers have changed from buying in bulk to smaller packaged items, leading to increased production costs and squeezing wholesaler profit. The European Commission reported a severe 42% drop in the accommodation and food service sector's value in 2020 compared to 2019.

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Enterprises
Number of businesses in 2024

Biggest companies in the Food & Drink Wholesaling in Italy

Company
Market Share (%)
2024
Revenue (€m)
2024
Profit (€m)
2024
Profit Margin (%)
2024
Costco Wholesale
26,749.6
909.5
3.4
Metro AG
33,327.8
499.9
1.5
TransGourmet Holding AG
18,791.3
281.9
1.5

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Top Questions Answered in this Report

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What is the market size of the Food & Drink Wholesaling industry in Italy in 2024?

The market size of the Food & Drink Wholesaling industry in Italy is €125.5bn in 2024. 

How many businesses are there in the Food & Drink Wholesaling in Italy industry in 2024?

There are 40,499 businesses in the Food & Drink Wholesaling industry in Italy, which has grown at a CAGR of 1.2 % between 2019 and 2024.

Has the Food & Drink Wholesaling industry in Italy grown or declined over the past 5 years?

The market size of the Food & Drink Wholesaling industry in Italy has been growing at a CAGR of 1.2 % between 2019 and 2024. 

What is the forecast growth of the Food & Drink Wholesaling industry in Italy over the next 5 years?

Over the next five years, the Food & Drink Wholesaling industry in Italy is expected to grow.

What are the biggest companies in the Food & Drink Wholesaling market in Italy?

The biggest companies operating in the Food & Drink Wholesaling market in Italy are Costco Wholesale, Metro AG and TransGourmet Holding AG

What does the Food & Drink Wholesaling in Italy include?

Fruit and vegetables and Meat and meat products are part of the Food & Drink Wholesaling industry.

Which companies have the highest market share in the Food & Drink Wholesaling in Italy?

The company holding the most market share in Italy is Costco Wholesale.

How competitive is the Food & Drink Wholesaling industry in Italy?

The level of competition is moderate and increasing in the Food & Drink Wholesaling industry in Italy.

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Table of Contents

About this industry

Industry definition

Businesses in the industry wholesale a range of food products, including fresh or frozen meat; fresh, frozen or processed vegetables; beverages; dairy products, eggs and oils; tobacco; and baking products and confectionery. This industry also includes prepared meals, bread, dips and condiments, food spreads, savoury snacks, sandwich fillings, tinned goods and processed grain and cereal.

Related Terms

WHOLESALE BYPASS SPECIALISED WHOLESALER COOPERATIVESUPPLY CHAIN

What's included in this industry?

Fruit and vegetablesMeat and meat productsDairy products, eggs and edible oils and fatsBeveragesSugar and chocolate and sugar confectioneryCoffee, tea, cocoa and spices

Companies

Costco WholesaleMetro AGTransGourmet Holding AG

Industry Code

ISIC 2006

463 - Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco in Italy

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Performance

Revenue Highlights

Trends
  • Revenue
  • 2024 Revenue CAGR
  • Revenue Volatility

Employment Highlights

Trends
  • Employees
  • Employees per Business
  • Revenue per Employee

Business Highlights

Trends
  • Businesses
  • Employees per Business
  • Revenue per Business

Profit Highlights

Trends
  • Total Profit
  • Profit Margin
  • Profit per Business

Current Performance

Charts
  • Revenue
  • Employees
  • Business
  • Profit
Analysis

What's driving current industry performance in the Food & Drink Wholesaling in Italy industry?


Outlook

Analysis

What's driving the Food & Drink Wholesaling in Italy industry outlook?


Volatility

Analysis

What influences volatility in the Food & Drink Wholesaling in Italy industry?

Charts
  • Industry Volatility vs. Revenue Growth Matrix

Life Cycle

Analysis

What determines the industry life cycle stage in the Food & Drink Wholesaling in Italy industry?

Charts
  • Industry Life Cycle Matrix

Products and Markets

Highlights

Trends
  • Largest Market
  • Product Innovation

Key Takeaways

Rising health and environmental concerns hit meat consumption. The increasing popularity and awareness of plant-based diets and sustainability issues are driving down meat product sales.

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Products and Services

Charts
  • Products and Services Segmentation
Analysis

How are the Food & Drink Wholesaling in Italy industry's products and services performing?

Analysis

What are innovations in the Food & Drink Wholesaling in Italy industry's products and services?


Major Markets

Charts
  • Major Market Segmentation
Analysis

What influences demand in the Food & Drink Wholesaling in Italy industry?


International Trade

Highlights

  • Total Imports into Italy
  • Total Exports into Italy
Heat maps
  • Industry Concentration of Imports by Country
  • Industry Concentration of Exports by Country
Data Tables

Value and annual change (%) included

  • Number of Imports and Exports by European Country (2024)

Competitive Forces

Highlights

Trends
  • Concentration
  • Competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Substitutes
  • Buyer Power
  • Supplier Power

Key Takeaways

Major wholesalers dominate the industry. The industry is made up of numerous major players, including Sucres et Denrees SA, Groupe Lactalis SA and Metro AG.

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Supply Chain

Charts

Buyer and supply industries

Geographic Breakdown

Business Locations

Heat maps
  • Share of Total Industry Establishments by Region (2024)
Data Tables
  • Number of Establishments by Region (2024)
Charts
  • Share of Establishments vs. Population of Each Region
Analysis

What regions are businesses in the Food & Drink Wholesaling in Italy located?

Companies

Data Tables

Top 10 companies by market share:

  • Market share (2024)
  • Revenue (2024)
  • Profit (2024)
  • Profit margin (2024)

External Environment

Highlights

Trends
  • Regulation & Policy
  • Assistance

Key Takeaways

Wholesalers in the industry must ensure they distribute food free from harmful substances. European wholesalers must adhere to food safety and hygiene legislation like The General Food Law Regulation.

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External Drivers

Analysis

What demographic and macroeconomic factors impact the Food & Drink Wholesaling in Italy industry?

Financial Benchmarks

Highlights

Trends
  • Profit Margin
  • Average Wage
  • Largest Cost

Key Takeaways

Wholesalers are contending with rising procurement costs because of unprecedented inflation in food manufacturing. The high cost of commodities triggered by inflation and adverse weather conditions increases the purchasing expenses for wholesalers, directly impacting their profit.

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Cost Structure

Charts
  • Share of Economy vs. Investment Matrix
  • Industry Cost Structure Benchmarks:
    • Marketing
    • Depreciation
    • Profit
    • Purchases
    • Wages
    • Rent
    • Utilities
    • Other
Analysis

What trends impact cost in the Food & Drink Wholesaling in Italy industry?


Key Ratios

Data tables
  • IVA/Revenue (2014-2029)
  • Imports/Demand (2014-2029)
  • Exports/Revenue (2014-2029)
  • Revenue per Employee (2014-2029)
  • Wages/Revenue (2014-2029)
  • Employees per Establishment (2014-2029)
  • Average Wage (2014-2029)

Country Benchmarks

European Leaders & Laggards

Data Tables

Top and boottom five countries listed for each:

  • Revenue Growth (2024)
  • Business Growth (2024)
  • Job Growth (2024)

European Country Performance

Data Tables

Rankings available for 37 countries. Statistics ranked include:

  • IVA/Revenue (2024)
  • Imports/Demand (2024)
  • Exports/Revenue (2024)
  • Revenue per Employee (2024)
  • Wages/Revenue (2024)
  • Employees per Establishment (2024)
  • Average Wage (2024)

Structural Comparison

Data Tables

Trends in 37 countries benchmarked against trends in Europe

  • Concentration
  • Competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Buyer Power
  • Supplier Power
  • Volatility
  • Capital Intensity
  • Innovation
  • Life Cycle

Key Statistics

Industry Data

Data Tables

Including values and annual change:

  • Revenue (2014-2029)
  • IVA (2014-2029)
  • Establishments (2014-2029)
  • Enterprises (2014-2029)
  • Employment (2014-2029)
  • Exports (2014-2029)
  • Imports (2014-2029)
  • Wages (2014-2029)

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