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Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling in the UK: Market Research Report

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Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling Market Research Report | SIC G46.370 | Feb 2017

Boiling down: Revenue is set to decline in 2016-17 as the depreciating pound raises costs

The Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Ecom Agrotrade Ltd Ecom Agrotrade Ltd market share
Jacobs Douwe Egberts GB Ltd Jacobs Douwe Egberts GB Ltd market share
Olam Europe Ltd Olam Europe Ltd market share
R Twining and Company Limited R Twining and Company Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Profitability is expected to have remained steady despite fluctuating commodity prices
  • Falling coffee prices are expected to have caused revenue to decline over the past five years
  • Fruit- and herb- flavoured teas are anticipated to continue growing in popularity
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Coffee, Tea and Spices Wholesaling industry imports and distributes important grocery staples, including tea, coffee, cocoa and spices. According to statistics published by UK Tea and Infusions Association, Britain is the world's third-largest consumer of tea per person and the largest drinker of instant coffee in Europe, with an average of 165 million cups of tea and 70 million cups of coffee consumed every day. Each Briton eats, on average, 16.3 pounds of chocolate a year, making the United Kingdom the fourth-largest chocolate consumer in the world. Additionally, Britain's palate for curry, Asian cuisine and new types of food maintains demand for spices.

Over the past five years, volatile commodity prices and changing consumer preferences have affected the industry... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

Capital intensity is an indicator of the proportions of capital and labour used in the day-to-day activities of the industry. Wage costs are used as a proxy for labour, while depreciation is used as a proxy for capital. IBISWorld estimates that the capital-to-labour ratio in the Coffee, Tea and Spices Wholesaling industry is approximately 1:4.39. This means that wholesalers spend £4.39 on labour for every £1.00 they invest in capital, indicating a moderate level of capital intensity. This reflects the industry’s need for warehousing and storage facilities, trucks and packing machinery. Nevertheless, industry operators are still highly dependent on a skilful workforce, especially if they perform hedging operations in-house.

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Additional Insights for the Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling Industry are

  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Having an extensive distribution/collection network
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Exchange rate - US dollar per pound and World price of cocoa in the Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling Industry?

    This industry wholesales coffee, tea, cocoa and spices. Wholesalers perform no additional processing beyond repackaging, instead focusing on storing and distributing products.

    Industry Products
    Industry Activities
    Coffee and coffee substitute wholesaling Tea wholesalingCocoa, cocoa butter, cocoa fat and cocoa oil wholesalingSpices wholesaling

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Exchange rate - US dollar per pound
  • World price of cocoa
  • World price of coffee
  • Demand from cafes and coffee shops
  • Demand from coffee processing
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Demand from chocolate and confectionery production
  • Current Performance
  • Industry challenges
  • Commodity prices
  • Demand trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Trade and tariffs
  • Hot coffee, tepid tea
  • Wholesale bypass continues
  • Table: Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Chocolate & Confectionery Production
  • Coffee Processing
  • Supermarkets
  • Full-Service Restaurants
  • Food-Service Contractors
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Condiments & Seasoning Manufacturing
  • Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents
  • Tea Processing
  • Warehousing & Storage
  • Products & Services
  • Coffee
  • Cocoa
  • Tea
  • Spices
  • Chart: Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Food processors
  • Food-service providers
  • Major retailers
  • Specialty stores
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation, rent and utilities
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Ecom Agrotrade Ltd
    Olam Europe Ltd
    Jacobs Douwe Egberts GB Ltd
    R Twining & Company Limited
  • Table: Ecom Agrotrade Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Olam Europe Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Jacobs Douwe Egberts GB Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: R Twining & Company Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Soft Commodity
  • A term describing commodities that are grown rather than mined.
  • Vertically Integrated
  • Where a firm owns its upstream suppliers and/or its downstream buyers. Manufacturers and retailers commonly own their own wholesaling division.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • The process by which manufacturers bypass wholesalers in order to establish direct relationships with retailers such as supermarkets.

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    This report on Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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