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Dairy Wholesaling in the US - Industry Market Research Report

Dairy Wholesaling in the US

The Dairy Wholesaling industry experienced stable but diminished revenue growth over the five years to 2017 as a result of growth in per capita disposable income, increased per capita dairy consumption, and growing downstream demand. Even with stable growth in recent years, dairy wholesalers have struggled with the growing trend of wholesale bypass; retailers have increasingly purchased dairy products directly from manufacturers instead of traditional merchant wholesalers, raising external competition and limiting industry expansion. The Dairy Wholesaling industry is expected to accelerate over the five years to 2022. Consistent growth in per capita consumption of dairy products, coupled with steady and increasing milk prices, will enable industry revenue to increase.

This industry wholesales dairy products (except dried or canned), including butter, cheese, cream, ice cream, milk and yogurt. This industry does not include manufacturers’ sales branches and offices (MSBOs) where the wholesaling and production of dairy products occur as one undifferentiated operation; revenue from MSBOs is included in the Dairy Product Production industry (IBISWorld report 31151).

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.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2017)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Demand from supermarkets and grocery stores
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2017)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2017)
    • Table Business Locations 2017
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major players
    • Table Dean Foods (US industry-specific) - financial performance*
    • Table SYSCO Corporation (US industry-specific) - financial performance*
    • Table Land O'Lakes (US industry-specific) - financial performance*
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital Intensive
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs Growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
    • Table Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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