Grocery Wholesaling in the US
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. The industry is mostly split between very large operators and very small operators. While the top four players account for more than half the market, a majority of industry establishments employ fewer than 10 people. 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. 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.
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