Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Confectionery Wholesaling industry includes merchant wholesalers that distribute confectionery to a range of retailers including supermarkets, convenience stores and other retailers. Despite volatile sugar and cocoa prices, the industry has performed well over the five years through 2016-17. The industry is characterised by intense internal competition, particularly between the key players such as Mondelez and Mars. While both firms predominantly manufacture confectionery, they also have vertically integrated wholesale divisions. Inflated corporate budgets have also helped to generate opportunities by allowing operators to invest in product innovation and use aggressive marketing to track and embrace new consumer trends... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The industry is concentrated in London, the South East and the North West. Together, these three regions account for 42.7% of industry establishments. The distribution of industry activity corresponds largely to the distribution of the population and the location of downstream retail and food services.
London is the most important region for the industry, accounting for 21.4% of industry establishments in 2016-17. London has the largest share of retail stores, as it is home to a significant share of the population and household disposable income. In terms of downstream food retail customers, London accounts for a large proportion of the UK’s supermarkets, meaning that operators in this region benefit from close proximity to downstream markets.
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