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Global grocery markets to offer sales opportunities for $1.9 trillion by 2023

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The sector is expected to register a growth of 28% in the next five years adding $1.9 trillion in sales in the leading 20 global grocery markets.

Posted on Dec 16 ,12:06

Global grocery markets to offer sales opportunities for $1.9 trillion by 2023

Asian grocery markets will explode in the next five years, according to a new forecast from global research organisation IGD.
Nearly half (44%) of the extra sales will be created in Asia, which will add more than Africa, Europe and Latin America combined. Asia as a region will contain seven of the world's largest grocery markets by 2023. These will have a combined market size of $3.8tr. Europe will be the second most important region in terms of additional sales between 2018 and 2023. It is forecast to generate $322 bn in new sales in the timeframe", according to the forecast.

Global market growth 2018 - 2023

          

Rank

Country

2018

US$bn

2023 US$bn

Total change 2018-2023

CAGR 2018-2023

1

China

1,395.7

1,822.9

30.6%

5.5%

2

USA

1,494.4

1,726.4

15.5%

2.9%

3

India

510.5

869.5

70.3%

11.2%

4

Japan

459.0

479.7

4.5%

0.9%

5

Brazil

328.4

469.7

43.0%

7.4%

6

Russia

297.7

362.7

21.8%

4.0%

7

Germany

296.0

341.1

15.2%

2.9%

8

France

275.6

307.6

11.6%

2.2%

9

United Kingdom

264.1

303.3

14.8%

2.8%

10

Mexico

203.1

268.7

32.3%

5.8%

11

Italy

212.6

231.6

9.0%

1.7%

12

Turkey

118.4

223.4

88.7%

13.5%

13

Indonesia

133.3

191.7

43.8%

7.5%

14

Nigeria

104.9

172.2

64.2%

10.4%

15

South Korea

124.3

155.7

25.3%

4.6%

16

Spain

133.2

149.9

12.5%

2.4%

17

Pakistan

91.2

140.3

53.9%

9.0%

18

Canada

102.7

120.2

17.0%

3.2%

19

Australia

96.8

111.8

15.5%

2.9%

20

Bangladesh

63.9

109.3

71.0%

11.3%

 

TOTAL

6,705.6

8,557.8

27.6%

 

Source: IGD research

 

IGD predicts Asia will see the strongest real growth – from population growth or consumers spending more on grocery – and is set to account for 47% of the additional spend between 2018 and 2023. After Asia, the growth opportunities provided by Latin America, with the exception of Argentina and Venezuela, and North America are likely to provide a number of opportunities for retailers and manufacturers between now and 2023. Looking at the underlying drivers of growth in each region IGD expects inflation to be the most significant factor driving growth over the next five years.

 

Commenting on growth in Europe, Head of Retail Insight EMEA Jon Wright said: "Five key countries will stand out in the next five years – France, Germany, Russia, Turkey and the UK – and these are set to account for nearly two-thirds of all additional sales generated between 2018 and 2023. The continued strength of these markets will, therefore, dictate the growth outlook for Europe as a whole. Online and discount are set to gain the most share to 2023, with discount set to be the strongest gainer between them both. Several factors are set to help maintain the channel's growth, including expansion from regional leaders such as Aldi and local operators like Biedronka, and improvements in retailer offer as we've seen with Salling Group-owned Netto. We're also seeing growth through more targeting of missions, as with Dia's to Go format, and an expansion of ranges to include more organic and niche products. Despite growing slower than the market, the expansion and embedding of omnichannel strategies from hypermarket and supermarket operators are set to help them compete against discounters and pure-play e-commerce retailers. These initiatives are set to be enabled by alliances at a regional level, as between Carrefour and Tesco, and globally, as with US-based Target and Germany-based Metro collaborating."

 

On growth in Asia, Nick Miles, Head of Asia Pacific at IGD said: "China's grocery market is expected to continue growing over the next five years, establishing itself as the largest grocery market globally. While growth varies between markets across Asia, countries such as India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam will continue to grow in importance for retailers and suppliers given the large populations, improving levels of GDP per capita and the development of modern trade. Retail partnerships have also in some cases helped retailers accelerate growth ahead of the market, and we expect more of these relationships to emerge and develop over the next 12 months.
Grocery growth in Asia continues to benefit from a rapidly growing middle class, the rapid development and adoption of new technology, improved infrastructure and logistics networks, plus improvements to retail standards. Modern trade retailers continue to expand their store networks and improve existing operations. Meanwhile, traditional trade still plays a role, with mom and pop stores modernising their offerings and tailoring services to local communities. In countries like China and India, this is being aided by online retailers such as Alibaba and Amazon. Across Asia, the pace of development and focus of retailing varies by market. However, online is expected to be the fastest growing channel regionally over the next five years. Online grocery retailing is already well established in countries like South Korea, Japan and China and we expect the share of sales accounted for by channel in these markets to increase to over 10% by 2023. While online grocery retailing is growing rapidly across Southeast Asia we expect it to still account for less than 2% of sales in most markets in five years' time."

 

On North America, IGD Canada Programme Director Stewart Samuel said: "The US market heavily influences the region's performance given its size. The outlook is for a fairly low growth scenario, meaning that retailers and manufacturers need to focus on the growth opportunities provided by the online channel and discount retail, as these will be the fastest growing channels over the period. The North American market is seeing significant investment in online grocery retail, particularly in terms of supply chain and fulfilment. There is a big focus on making the channel more efficient which involves lots of testing for different solutions. Albertsons and Ahold Delhaize have partnered with Takeoff Technologies for hyperlocal fulfilment, Kroger partnered with Ocado. These investments suggest that retailers view the channel as being materially more important in the future."

Looking at Latin America, IGD's Head of Latin America Gavin Rothwell said: "The size and strength of the economies in Brazil and Mexico mean that their outlook dominates the future performance of Latin America to 2023. Together these two countries will account for over 68% of all additional sales generated in the region. We see these two markets, alongside Colombia and Chile, as leading the grocery market agenda across the region. Yet while much of the growth in Latin America looks set to be driven by inflation, we continue to see great potential in markets such as Peru".

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