Keeping cool: Increased demand from downstream outlets has fuelled revenue growth

Over the five years to 2018, the Frozen Food Wholesaling industry has performed well. Industry growth has primarily been driven by a steadily appreciating price of food, with the broad consumer price index for industry products rising steadily during the same period. Moreover, revenue growth has been spurred by increased demand from downstream outlets, such as food-service providers and drinking establishments, and from supermarkets and grocery stores. Over the five years to 2023, the Frozen Food Wholesaling industry is expected to continue growing, though at a slower pace than over the five years to more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Specialty local distributors catering to niche markets are expected to drive industry growth
  • Wholesalers have taken advantage of the opportunity to offer healthy or natural foods
  • Demand growth will help shelter the industry from volatility in a single segment
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    As is the case with most wholesaling industries, frozen food wholesaling locations are highly correlated to greater population and business location patterns in Canada. Wholesalers will benefit from lower transportation costs by establishing their distribution facilities as close as possible to both upstream suppliers and downstream customers. Suppliers tend to be located near major transportation hubs to keep their transportation costs low, while customers, like retailers, restaurants and institutional cafeterias, are largely located near population centres to benefit from foot traffic and best serve consumers.As a result, Canada’s three most populous provinces are home to the greatest concentration of industry establishments, led by Ontario (38.5%), Quebec (28.4%) ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Frozen Food Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Frozen Food Wholesaling Industry are

  • Effective quality control
  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Access to niche markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from food services and drinking places and Demand from supermarkets and grocery stores in the Frozen Food Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Frozen Food Wholesaling Industry?

    The Frozen Food Wholesaling industry in Canada sells an array of frozen and other grocery products. Wholesaling in this industry involves the resale of food products to downstream sectors, including restaurants, food service outlets, grocery stores and other retailers and wholesalers.

    Industry Products
  • Frozen and canned meat and poultry
  • Frozen and canned seafood
  • Frozen baked goods
  • Canned goods
  • Other frozen goods
  • Frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Other non-frozen goods (including dairy)
  • Frozen meals
  • Industry Activities
  • Wholesaling frozen meats, poultry and fish
  • Wholesaling dry and canned goods
  • Wholesaling fresh and frozen baked goods
  • Wholesaling frozen fruits and vegetables
  • 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 food services and drinking places
  • Demand from supermarkets and grocery stores
  • Consumer spending
  • Demand from hotels and motels
  • Per capita meat consumption

  • Current Performance
  • Downstream demand and changing perceptions drive growth
  • Industry structure
  • Costs and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Downstream demand drives expansion
  • Purchase costs on the rise
  • Table: Frozen Food Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Frozen Food Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets & Grocery Stores in Canada
  • Convenience Stores in Canada
  • Specialty Food Stores in Canada
  • Full-Service Restaurants in Canada
  • Food Service Contractors in Canada
  • Fast Food Restaurants in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Baking Mix & Prepared Food Manufacturing in Canada
  • Bread Production in Canada
  • Canned Fruit & Vegetable Processing in Canada
  • Cereal Production in Canada
  • Cookie, Cracker & Pasta Production in Canada
  • Frozen Food Production in Canada
  • Meat, Beef & Poultry Processing in Canada
  • Seafood Preparation in Canada
  • Seasoning, Sauce and Condiment Production in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Frozen and canned meat and poultry
  • Frozen and canned seafood
  • Other non-frozen goods (including dairy)
  • Other frozen goods
  • Frozen baked goods
  • Frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Canned goods
  • Frozen meals
  • Chart: Frozen Food Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Restaurants and food service establishments
  • Other wholesale distributors
  • Retailers
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Frozen Food Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Frozen Food Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Frozen Food Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Frozen Food 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 Frozen Food Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Consumer price index for food (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Electronic Data Interchange (Edi)
  • The transmission of electronic documents between businesses from one computer system to another.
  • Private Label
  • Products sold as the house brand of a particular supermarket or retail chain, rather than the specific manufacturer.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (Rfid)
  • A technology that tracks products from the time they leave the assembly line to the time they leave the store by releasing continuous signals from a chip.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A popular trend within retail and manufacturing industries where producers supply goods directly to stores, eliminating the middleman.
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