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Confectionery Wholesaling in the UK: Market Research Report

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Confectionery Wholesaling Market Research Report | SIC G46.360 | Mar 2017

Sweet success: Resilient demand has supported revenue growth over the past five years

IBISWorld’s Confectionery Wholesaling market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

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Market Share of Companies
Mars Chocolate UK Ltd Mars Chocolate UK Ltd market share
Mondelez UK Limited Mondelez UK Limited market share
Nestle UK Ltd Nestle UK Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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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 Investment Chapter

The Confectionery Wholesaling industry displays a high level of capital intensity. In 2016-17, IBISWorld estimates that for every £1.00 spent on capital, £1.55 is spent on wages. Although wholesalers increasingly rely on technological automated inventory management solutions, labour still plays a pivotal role. Human labour is required for inventory management, sales, operating machinery and marketing functions. These roles involve marketing products and taking, preparing, checking and shipping orders to customers. However, labour costs remain a small expense for the industry compared to industries in most other sectors. Wages are anticipated to account for 2.8% of industry revenue in the current year, while the average wage is estimated to be just over £33,500.

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What is the Confectionery Wholesaling Industry?

Operators in this industry wholesale chocolate and sugar confectionery such as chewing gum, caramels, nougats and lozenges. They also wholesale sweet bakery products. The industry excludes the wholesale of bread. Industry operators sell products to markets such as supermarkets, speciality retail outlets and convenience stores.

Industry Products
ChocolateSugar confectionery Chewing gumBakers' confectionery
Industry Activities
Chocolate wholesalingChocolate confectionery wholesalingChewing gum and bubblegum wholesalingSugar confectionery wholesalingBakery product wholesaling

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