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Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling in the UK: Market Research Report

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Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling Market Research Report | SIC G46.310 | May 2017

Small windfall: Revenue has grown in recent years after having declined for much of the period

IBISWorld’s Fruit & Vegetable 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.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Declining vegetable consumption habits led to revenue contraction for much of the period
  • Supermarkets have taken advantage of their increasing market powerto bypass wholesalers
  • The loss of EU funding could significantly affect UK producers, and may push up operators’ prices
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Fruit and Vegetable Wholesaling industry has endured difficult conditions over the past five years. The prolonged effects of the economic downturn meant that the industry commenced the period on a relatively low base. Despite a general rise in health awareness, during 2014 each person in the United Kingdom is estimated to have consumed, on average, four kilograms less fruit and vegetables than they did in 2010. Together with this decline in demand, wholesalers have had to contend with a general rise in fruit and vegetable prices over the five-year period, which has reduced profitability, while the dominance of large supermarkets has limited the ability of industry operators to pass costs on to consumers... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

The biggest impediment to new entrants in the industry is the initial capital outlay required to establish warehousing and distribution systems. Fruit and vegetable wholesaling also requires investment in expensive refrigerated transportation and storage systems. These systems are essential due to the perishable nature of most fresh produce. A further threat to prospective industry participants is the well-entrenched position of existing major players. Despite the top players accounting for less than 10% of the market, they have significant buying power, access to resources and favourable relationships with upstream and downstream suppliers. New entrants will be best suited to supply niche markets with specialty goods in a concentrated geographic area. Ver.. 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 Fruit and vegetable prices and Demand from catering services in the Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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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 vegetablesFresh fruitProcessed vegetablesProcessed fruit
    Industry Activities
    Fresh fruit wholesalingFresh vegetable wholesalingProcessed fruit wholesalingProcessed vegetable 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
  • Fruit and vegetable prices
  • Demand from catering services
  • Demand from food-service contractors
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Health consciousness
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Current Performance
  • Dampened domestic harvests
  • Feedstock inconsistencies
  • Unfruitful conditions
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Fresh appeal
  • Supporting growers
  • Vertical integration
  • Table: Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    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
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • 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
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    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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    The Fruit & Vegetable 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
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