Serving up: Demand from food-services operators has assisted industry growth

Downstream industries have strongly influenced the General Line Grocery Wholesaling industry over the past five years. Competition from the major supermarket chains, Coles, Woolworths and ALDI, has created difficulties for operators that cater to supermarkets and grocery stores. However, stronger demand from food-service establishments has offset this and assisted industry growth. Industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 1.7% over the five years through 2017-18, to $21.7 billion. This includes an anticipated revenue decline of 0.6% in 2017-18.Heavy discounting by the major supermarket chains has taken its toll on wholesalers that cater to food retailers...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$22bn
Annual Growth 13-18
1.7%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
12,706
Businesses
536

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Heavy discounting by the major supermarkets has hurt wholesalers that cater to food retailers
  • Price competition and the influx of private-label products have put downward pressure on prices
  • Demand from food-service establishments is projected to grow over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Industry barriers to entry are moderate, and have remained steady over the past five years. Key barriers include the critical mass of volume wholesalers must carry and sell to achieve competitive prices, and the dominance of the major players. Given that the major players account for over 60% of the industry, new players can find it difficult to gain a share of the market sufficient to maintain operations. However, the absence of licensing requirements and government regulations allows some scope for new player entry. Additionally, capital expenses are low, particularly for operators that lease storage facilities and outsource transport.Wholesalers operate on low margins and high product turnover. Ope...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the General Line Grocery Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the General Line Grocery Wholesaling Industry are

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Having an extensive distribution/collection network
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from accommodation and food services and Demand from supermarkets and grocery stores in the General Line Grocery Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the General Line Grocery Wholesaling Industry?

    Industry operators wholesale a range of general groceries to a variety of markets, including supermarkets, convenience stores and food-service establishments. The industry includes firms that wholesale at least three of the following grocery lines: meat, poultry and smallgoods; dairy produce; fish and seafood; fruit and vegetables; liquor or tobacco; and confectionery or soft drinks.

    Industry Products
  • Meat, poultry and smallgoods
  • Dairy produce
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Liquor and tobacco
  • Fish and seafood
  • Confectionery and soft drinks
  • Other products
  • Industry Activities
  • Meat, poultry and smallgoods wholesaling
  • Dairy produce wholesaling
  • Fish and seafood wholesaling
  • Fruit and vegetable wholesaling
  • Liquor or tobacco wholesaling
  • Confectionery or soft drink wholesaling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from accommodation and food services
  • Demand from supermarkets and grocery stores
  • Population
  • Real household disposable income
  • Domestic price of meat
  • Domestic price of vegetables

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and profitability
  • Industry structure
  • Innovation and consumer trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue and profitability
  • Industry structure
  • Innovation and consumer trends
  • Industry Outlook
  • Table: General Line Grocery Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - General Line Grocery Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Fuel Retailing
  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
  • Convenience Stores

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Cake and Pastry Manufacturing
  • Cereal, Pasta and Baking Mix Manufacturing
  • Chocolate and Confectionery Manufacturing
  • Egg Farming
  • Seafood Processing
  • Tea, Coffee and Other Food Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Other products
  • Meat, poultry and smallgoods
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Liquor and tobacco
  • Confectionery and soft drinks
  • Dairy produce
  • Fish and seafood
  • Chart: General Line Grocery Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Food-service establishments
  • Supermarkets and grocery stores
  • Convenience stores and other retailers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the General Line Grocery Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs General Line Grocery Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the General Line Grocery Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Metcash Limited, Bidfood Australia Limited, PFD Food Services Pty Ltd,
  • Table: Metcash Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Bidfood Australia Limited - financial performance
  • Table: PFD Food Services Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the General Line Grocery Wholesaling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the General Line Grocery 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
    Food-Service Establishments
  • Establishments such as cafes, restaurants and caterers that sell food and beverages ready-to-eat.
  • Independent Retailer
  • A supermarket or grocer that is independently owned and incorporated. Independent retailers may (or may not) operate under a banner network or franchising agreement.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A trend within retail and manufacturing industries where producers supply goods directly to stores, bypassing the wholesaler.
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