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

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

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

IBISWorld’s Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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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 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.

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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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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

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