Ripening up: The industry is expected to grow marginally due to rising health consciousness

The industry has endured mixed conditions over the past five years. A general rise in health awareness and increasing demand from food-service contractors are expected to have increased overall demand for fruit and vegetables throughout the period. However, factors such as the supermarket price war, the decision to leave the European Union and volatile weather conditions have limited revenue growth and industry profit. Fruit and vegetable prices have fluctuated due to unpredictable weather conditions. It has been difficult to pass any price increases on to downstream firms. Supermarkets have lowered their retail prices due to competitive pressures from discount more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Wholesale bypass and unpredictable weather conditions have weighed on the industry
  • Large companies are able to change suppliers when crop yields from one supplier suffer
  • The future of the industry is likely to depend in part on government incentives for production
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The ratio of labour costs to capital is used to determine an industry's capital intensity. Wage costs are used as a proxy for labour and depreciation is used as a proxy for capital. IBISWorld estimates that the capital to labour ratio in the industry will be approximately 1:9. This means that wholesalers spend £9.00 on wages for every £1.00 invested in capital, indicating a low level of capital intensity. Capital investment is needed in the industry for warehousing and storage facilities, modern packing facilities, an extensive fleet of trucks and machinery for the assembly and sorting of the products. Other capital purchases include refrigerators to transport fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as freezers for some processed vegetables. Mod...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling Industry are

  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Must have licence
  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from fruit and vegetable retailers and Demand from food-service contractors in the Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling Industry?

    This industry includes wholesalers of fresh and processed fruit and vegetables. Businesses purchase fruit and vegetables from farmers or growers and sell produce to retailers, such as greengrocers, supermarkets, farmers’ markets and food-service industries. Wholesalers perform no additional processing beyond re-packaging but focus mainly on storage and distribution.

    Industry Products
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Fresh fruit
  • Processed vegetables
  • Processed fruit
  • Industry Activities
  • Fresh fruit wholesaling
  • Fresh vegetable wholesaling
  • Processed fruit wholesaling
  • Processed vegetable wholesaling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from fruit and vegetable retailers
  • Demand from food-service contractors
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Fruit and vegetable prices
  • Health consciousness
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Real household disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Dampened domestic harvests
  • Feedstock inconsistencies
  • Unfruitful conditions
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry Outlook continued
  • Supporting growers
  • EU concerns
  • Table: Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets
  • Fruit & Vegetable Retailers
  • Full-Service Restaurants
  • Catering Services

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Citrus Fruit Growing
  • Growing of Other Tree and Bush Fruits and Nuts
  • Growing of Pome Fruits and Stone Fruits
  • Vegetable Growing

  • Products & Services
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Fresh fruit
  • Processed vegetables
  • Processed fruit
  • Chart: Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Greengrocers
  • Supermarkets
  • Food-service operators
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Organic Produce
  • Fruit and vegetables that are grown without the use of chemical fertilisers or pesticides.
  • Vertical Integration
  • The extent to which a firm owns its upstream suppliers and its downstream buyers. Wholesale activities are commonly carried out by manufacturers or retailers.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • The process by which manufacturers bypass wholesalers to establish direct relationships with retailers.
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