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Grocery Wholesaling in Canada - Industry Market Research Report

Grocery Wholesaling in Canada

The Grocery Wholesaling industry in Canada, which acts as the middleman between food producers and retailers, has grown strongly in recent years as a result of favourable economic conditions and food price inflation. Strong consumption in the economy has fuelled the performance of downstream operators in the industry's major markets and has supported the expansion of demand for wholesaling services. Downstream operators, such as restaurants, rely on wholesale products and services to supply their operations. As a result, industry revenue tends to move in parallel with the performance of these downstream operators because demand for wholesale products grows as consumption increases. Solid growth in consumer spending and disposable income has driven revenue growth in the industry over the five years to 2018. A similar but cooler economic environment is expected to keep the industry growing at a slower pace over the next five years.

Industry operators are intermediaries in merchandise distribution and do little to transform products. Wholesalers sell and distribute all general-line grocery products. Establishments do not specialize. 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.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Per capita disposable income
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2018)
    • Table Business Locations 2018
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Number of employees per establishment
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major Players
    • Table Gordon Food Service (industry-relevant operations) - financial performance*
    • Table Sysco Corporation (industry-relevant operations) - financial performance*
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital Intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs. growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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