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Grocery Wholesaling in the US - Industry Market Research Report

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  • 51 Pages
  • May 2022
  • Region: United States
  • IBISWorld
  • ID: 239544

Fresh is Best: Growing Demand for Specialized Goods Will Likely Lead to Niche Markets

The Grocery Wholesaling industry, which acts as the middleman between food producers and retailers, has exhibited growth in recent years. Revenue tends to fluctuate with variable fuel costs, food product prices and consumer spending. As per capita disposable income increases, consumers often trade up to more expensive options at grocery stores or switch to dining out at food service establishments. Nonetheless, grocery wholesalers distribute in both markets and, therefore, benefit either way. As demand from these downstream retailers increased over the past five years, the industry grew. The industry is mostly split between large operators and small operators. As larger players continue to make an effort to expand their geographical reach through both acquisitions and organic growth, favorable economic conditions facilitated the entrance of smaller players. When fuel prices rise, industry operators are able to charge downstream customers higher prices through fuel surcharges, bolstering profit margins. Over the five years to 2024, demand for specialized goods will lead smaller companies to carve out niche markets, supplying locally produced foods, ethnic foods and specialty imported foods.

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

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


Table of Contents

ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY

  • Industry Definition
  • Main Activities
  • Similar Industries
  • Additional Resources

INDUSTRY AT A GLANCE


INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE

  • Executive Summary
  • Key External Drivers
  • Current Performance
  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle

PRODUCTS & MARKETS

  • Supply Chain
  • Products & Services
  • Demand Determinants
  • Major Markets
  • International Trade
  • Business Locations

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

  • Market Share Concentration
  • Key Success Factors
  • Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Basis of Competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Industry Globalization

MAJOR COMPANIES


OPERATING CONDITIONS

  • Capital Intensity
  • Technology & Systems
  • Revenue Volatility
  • Regulation & Policy
  • Industry Assistance

KEY STATISTICS

  • Industry Data
  • Annual Change
  • Key Ratios

JARGON & GLOSSARY

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Sysco Corporation
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc.
  • Us Foods Holding Corp.
  • United Natural Foods Inc.
  • Performance Food Group Co
  • Wakefern Food Corporation
  • Bunzl Plc

Methodology

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