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Grocery Wholesaling in the UK: Market Research Report

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Grocery Wholesaling Market Research Report | SIC G46.390 | May 2017

Slim pickings: Margins have been narrow, while revenue has fluctuated over the past five years

IBISWorld’s Grocery Wholesaling market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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Market Share of Companies
Booker Group plc Booker Group plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Over the five years through 2017-18 the industry has had to contend with slow growth in real disposable income and volatile consumer confidence. Since 2014, the industry has been affected by the supermarket price war, which has suppressed selling prices across the industry. It has also had to adapt to the rising incidence of wholesale bypass, which has also damaged operations as large supermarkets circumvented wholesalers by establishing direct relationships with manufacturers.

However, steady demand for the staple and inexpensive products offered by the industry has prevented revenue from contracting significantly over the past five-year period. The strong performance of other downstream industries also supported grocery wholesalers... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

The Grocery Wholesaling industry has faced tough market conditions over the past five years. Wholesale bypass constrained demand for industry services, as larger retailers opted to buy some products directly from manufacturers and farmers. As a result, revenue growth is expected to have been constrained, falling in three of the past five years; contracting by 0.8% in 2013-14, by 2.4% in 2015-16 and by an estimated 0.7% in the current year. Revenue fell particularly significantly in 2015-16 due to a decline in demand for the industry’s services from supermarkets. Decline in demand for supermarkets has been boosted by the supermarket price war, which has dominated the second half of the five-year period through 2017-18, and has created challenges for industry operators. Des.. purchase to read more


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What is the Grocery Wholesaling Industry?

Businesses in the Grocery Wholesaling industry wholesale a range of food products, including prepared meals, bread, dips and condiments, food spreads, savoury snacks, sandwich fillings, tinned goods and processed grain and cereal. The industry excludes the wholesale of fresh or frozen meat and fresh, frozen or processed vegetables. It also excludes the sale of beverages, dairy products, eggs, tobacco and confectionery.

Industry Products
Prepared mealsBreadDips and condimentsFood spreadsSavoury snacksProcessed grains and cerealSandwich spreadsTinned goods
Industry Activities
prepared mealsbreaddips and condimentstinned goods (excluding tinned fruit and vegetables, and unprocessed meat)savoury snacks sandwich spreads and fillings

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