Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Fruit and Vegetable Wholesaling in Australia has proven to be a hardy and viable industry amidst challenging trading conditions over the five years through 2012-13. Operators have contended with a range of challenges including supply shortages due to adverse weather conditions, rising input costs, the growing dominance of supermarket retailers over the supply chain and the increasing incidence of wholesaler bypass. These factors have led to a decline in enterprise numbers over the past five years by pushing less efficient operators out of the industry as they buckle under increasing pressure to meet the high quantity and quality specifications of the industry's largest buyers... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter
The Fruit and Vegetable Wholesaling industry is currently in the mature of its life cycle. Factors used to assess the life cycle phase include the industry's growth rate or industry gross product, the number of enterprises and establishments and product and market performances.
The industry is changing, but not with the help of wholesalers themselves. Many farmers (commonly cooperatives) have integrated the wholesaling function into their operations and are thereby bypassing traditional wholesalers. Supermarkets deal directly with the suppliers, therefore avoiding the use of wholesale markets, which are primarily used for suppliers to restaurants and smaller grocery stores... purchase to read more