Refined tastes: Demand for profitable premium confectionery is anticipated to support growth

The Confectionery Wholesaling industry includes merchant wholesalers that distribute confectionery to a range of retailers including supermarkets, convenience stores and the hospitality sector. It also includes the wholesale and distribution divisions of major confectionery producers such as Mondelez, Mars and Nestle. Key industry products include chocolate, sugar confectionery, sweet baked goods and chewing gum.Demand for confectionery products has proved to be considerably dependent upon changes in consumer preferences. Rising concerns over the health problems contributed to by confectionery, such as obesity, has deterred demand for a number of products over the past five years, most notably sugar confectionery...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£9.8bn
Annual Growth 15-20
5.6%
Forecast Growth 20-25
Profit
Employment
5,310
Businesses
516

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Operators have altered their product mixes to adapt to changing consumer preferences
  • An increasing number of companies have incorporated fair trade products into their offerings
  • To remain competitive, firms are likely to expand portfolios to include more healthy products
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The barriers to entering the Confectionery Wholesaling industry are moderate and increasing, predominantly due to fierce competition in the industry. Traditional barriers include the initial capital investment into warehouses and transportation vehicles. Barriers can also vary between different product segments.Large operators such as Mondelez, Mars and Nestle, all have internal wholesaling divisions and entrants may find it difficult to acquire market share due to entrenched consumer loyalty and brand recognition afforded by manufacturing and wholesaling gains. The high level of competition within the industry may also dissuade wholesalers from entering the market, or even detract from their success depending on their product offering. For...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Confectionery Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Marketing of differentiated products
  • Economies of scope
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Health consciousness and Public concern over environmental issues in the Confectionery Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Confectionery Wholesaling Industry?

    Operators in this industry wholesale chocolate and sugar confectionery such as chewing gum, caramels, nougats and lozenges. They also wholesale sweet bakery products. The industry excludes the wholesale of bread. Industry operators sell products to markets such as supermarkets, speciality retail outlets and convenience stores.

    Industry Products
  • Chocolate
  • Sugar confectionery
  • Chewing gum and bubblegum
  • Bakers' confectionery
  • Industry Activities
  • Wholesaling chocolate
  • Wholesaling chocolate confectionery
  • Wholesaling chewing gum and bubblegum
  • Wholesaling sugar confectionery
  • Wholesaling bakery products
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Health consciousness
  • Public concern over environmental issues
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • World price of cocoa
  • World price of sugar
  • Real household disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Health trends
  • Premium products and ethics
  • Growth constraints
  • Profit performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Health concerns
  • Premium growth
  • Small operators struggle
  • Market structure and profit
  • Table: Confectionery Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets
  • Department Stores
  • Petrol Stations
  • Full-Service Restaurants
  • Takeaway & Fast-Food Restaurants
  • Pubs & Bars

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Bread & Bakery Goods Production
  • Chocolate & Confectionery Production

  • Products & Services
  • Chocolate
  • Sugar confectionery
  • Bakers' confectionery
  • Chewing gum and bubblegum
  • Other
  • Chart: Confectionery Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Supermarkets and convenience stores
  • Food-service operators
  • Other
  • Specialised confectionery stores
  • Households
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Confectionery Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Confectionery Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Mondelez UK Limited, Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK Ltd, Nestle UK Ltd, Ferrero UK Ltd,
  • Table: Mondelez UK Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Nestle UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Ferrero UK Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Confectionery 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 Confectionery Wholesaling Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Fair Trade
  • Aims to ensure sustainable pay and appropriate working conditions in developing countries by ensuring they are paid minimum prices that cover their production costs.
  • Flavonoids
  • Naturally occurring plant compounds, which act primarily as plant pigments and antioxidants.
  • Vertically Integrated
  • When a firm owns its upstream suppliers and its downstream buyers. Manufacturers or retailers commonly wholesale their own goods.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • When customers purchase their products from manufacturers and cut out wholesalers.
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