Market Overview

The Wholesale & Retail of Food in South Africa 2018 - Including Profiles for Key Players; Shoprite, Pick 'n Pay, SPAR, Massmart, and Woolworths -


The "Wholesale
and Retail of Food in South Africa 2018"
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precise valuation of the entire wholesale and retail market for
foodstuffs is complicated by the fact that the informal sector continues
to play a significant role but estimates of its value vary wildly.
Recent market surveys indicate an estimated figure of between R42bn and
R46bn for the informal food retail market in 2016.

contrast, Pick 'n Pay, citing Nielsen, states that the informal sector
accounts for between 30% and 40% of South African food sales and
estimates the total market for 2018 is worth more than R800bn.

number of submissions to the Competition Commission, which is currently
conducting an inquiry into the Grocery Retail Market, state that South
Africa's large retailers hold more than 70% of national market share and
some estimates reach as high as 90%.

The South African
grocery industry is highly dependent on consumer spending and economic
growth. While positive at 1.3% year-on-year, GDP growth in 2017 was
muted and consumers were pressured as real incomes failed to keep up
with relatively high food price inflation.

Combined with high
unemployment, South Africa's slow economy is not conducive to increases
in disposable income and retail sales growth has been muted. However,
proportional grocery spending at middle- and upper-income households is
increasingly rapidly and retailers are looking to leverage the upmarket,
high-margin niche currently occupied by Woolworths.

for 10 companies are included in this report. Apart from the Big Five;
Shoprite, Pick 'n Pay, SPAR, Massmart and Woolworths, there are profiles
for Wellness Warehouse (Pty) Ltd, which has 29 stores, including one
online store, and Choppies Enterprises Ltd, which secured approval to
acquire 21 retail stores owned by South African firm, Jwayelani Retail
during 2016.

Companies Profiled

  • Shoprite Holdings Ltd.
  • Massmart Holdings Ltd.
  • SPAR Group Ltd. (The)
  • Pick n Pay Stores Ltd.
  • Wellness Warehouse (Pty) Ltd.
  • Woolworths (Pty) Ltd.
  • Big Save Distribution Centre (Pty) Ltd.
  • Food Lovers Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
  • Subtropico Ltd.
  • Choppies Enterprises Ltd.

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