Food & Grocery Retail Market Size Report, 2022-2030 (2023)

Report Overview

The global food & grocery retail market size was valued at USD 11,324.4 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.0% from 2022 to 2030. The growth can be primarily attributed to COVID-19 lockdown-induced higher spending on groceries, increased online-grocery sales volume, and consumer polarization. The pandemic resulted in the emergence of consumer polarization where some consumers scaled up to purchase expensive products. Furthermore, the pandemic-induced increased cooking at home has been a major growth driver for the market growth. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the food and grocery retail industry.

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During the first wave of the pandemic, customers rushed to stock up on groceries, both in stores and online, while restaurants, businesses, and schools were largely closed in most nations. For instance, according to Public Health England’s report “Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Grocery Shopping Behaviours”, grocery sales surged by nearly 11.1% in the U.K. when the first shutdown began in March 2020 up to the week ending June 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. Because of the market volatility caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, grocery retailers were forced to restructure their supply chains, explore private-label goods, and expand their supplier networks to meet consumer demand.

The supermarket business has been driven to digitalization by omnichannel mass merchandisers. The seamless omnichannel strategies have led to revolutionary trends in the global market. This trend was expedited by Amazon’s strategy of acquiring brick-and-mortar establishments to merge e-commerce and physical storefronts. Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods cemented its position as a major player in the supermarket market. Amazon was able to connect and Whole Foods as a result of this acquisition, providing a variety of delivery options as well as other advantages of online food shopping. The emergence of new delivery models has also propelled market growth.

Consumers are driving the development and acceptance of new grocery delivery models to match their retail and service consumption patterns. New delivery methods like Buy Online Pickup In-Store (BOPIS), curbside pickup, and direct-to-door are becoming more popular, indicating a shift in customer behavior. One- to two-day delivery is becoming more widespread, and it has the propensity to elevate delivery expectations. Inaccurate delivery estimates have a detrimental influence on customer loyalty and retention. Therefore, grocers are redesigning brick and mortar stores to optimize their real estate investments to accommodate these new consumption models, as subscription services and direct-to-consumer models grow in popularity.

There is an emerging trend wherein individuals are resorting to cooking international cuisines at home, to recreate the experience of traveling and vacationing. This has driven the demand for the food cupboard segment. Food cupboard staples like curry pastes and spice mixes offer amateur home cooks a shortcut to flavor-filled meals. Hence, food cupboard products have become an important and lucrative sector for specialty shops to pursue, as the home cooking trend grows and along with it the demand for ingredients that will add something unique to a normal dish. Furthermore, innovations in delivery models have propelled the segment growth. For instance, in China, Alibaba’s 232 Freshippo (Hema) stores were built with delivery as a top emphasis.

In the stores, often known as Hema, pickers who frequently outnumber shoppers, walk between reduced aisles to gather food and send them to an in-store packing station on conveyor belts. Scooter couriers then deliver the orders, frequently in under 30 minutes. Personalized customer experience is another significant factor driving the growth of the global market. Consumer preference is still heavily influenced by the shopping experience. According to Oracle’s Grocery Retail survey, carried out in 2020, 71% of customers exhibited speedy checkout as a top priority, followed by informed staff (57%).

To enhance customer experience, many leading retailers in the U.S., such as Hannaford, are using technology to manage and sync their retail operations from the back-end, which include supply chain, employee scheduling, and stock replenishment, to the front-end tasks, such as tracking purchases and providing real-time personalized product recommendations while the customer is shopping. The technology facilitates e-commerce while simultaneously driving the in-store experience for the consumers.

Product Insights

The food cupboard segment held the largest market share of more than 37.5% in 2021. According to the COVID-19 Consumer Tracker commissioned by the U.K. Food Standards Agency, approximately 39% of the U.K. consumers cooked food from the scratch due to the pandemic-induced lockdowns, which resulted in the temporary closure of bars, restaurants, and cafes. The surge in cooking and baking activities, predominantly noticed among Generation Z consumers has led to an increased demand for the food cupboard segment in recent years. Nutrition and provenance have become increasingly important in the fine food industry in recent years, but the demand for high-quality, long-lasting food cupboard ingredients is expected to increase over the coming years, as more customers shop locally and less frequently. However, the beverages segment is projected to register the fastest growth during the forecast period. The off-trade purchases of beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages shot up due to the closure of restaurants, bars, pubs, and cafes during the pandemic. The altered consumer habits of consumption of beverages at home are expected to drive the segment growth during the forecast period. The beverage sector has undergone significant changes in recent years, as new trends force manufacturers to discover new ways to increase sales. The beverage business, like many others, has recently experienced an increase in health and wellness products. While standard beverage sales continue to drop, alternative goods, such as natural and organic beverages, continue to gain popularity.

Distribution Channel Insights

The supermarkets & hypermarkets segment led the market in 2021 and accounted for the largest revenue share of more than 64.00%. The high number of supermarkets and hypermarkets across the globe is the primary factor for its large market share. The convenient shopping experience of having a plethora of food and beverage items in a single place is one of the key factors that drive consumers to visit their nearby supermarkets and hypermarkets. Furthermore, to ensure the in-store buying habits of customers are maintained, storeowners are coming up with innovative marketing and promotional activities.

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The online delivery channel is expected to register the fastest CAGR from 2022 to 2030 due to the emergence of shopping trends brought about by the pandemic. More safety restrictions expanded the market for both online and (particularly in areas of stricter lockdowns) local shopping, while the closure of cafes and restaurants, coupled with a surge in remote working, diverted consumers’ food consumption from food service to grocery retail. Customers are becoming more exposed to the advantages of digitalization in other retail environments and are demanding them in grocery stores as well.

Savvy merchants are flourishing by leveraging technology to improve the shopping experience and satisfy shifting customer demands. The maturity of digital natives, or customers who grew up with digital technologies, has contributed to the expansion of online food and grocery sales (the Millennials and Generation Z). These customers are incredibly enthusiastic about and comfortable with technology, and internet purchasing is a deeply-rooted habit.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific accounted for the maximum share of 36.3% of the global revenue in 2021. The proliferation of supermarkets in developing countries in this region is the main factor leading to the dominance of this region. This rise of supermarkets in Asia Pacific has been brought about by factors, which include urbanization and rising disposable incomes on the demand side, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), format diversification, domestic investments, and modernization of procurement systems to reduce costs on the supply side. Increases in mobile usage and broadband penetration, particularly in developing countries, have also aided in the growth of online food purchases.

Asia Pacific routinely outperforms the global average in terms of online retailing adoption. Online ordering for home delivery is the most popular flexible retailing option in the region, with China being the biggest adopter of online food and grocery retailing. This has propelled the market in this region and is expected to drive the demand during the forecast period. Retailers in this region are harnessing the power of technology to enhance the customer experience as well as supply chain management.

With breakthroughs in blockchain technologies, many Asian retailers are leading the way in food safety. For instance, Walmart China’s traceability system employs cutting-edge blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to track the movement of more than half of all packaged fresh meat, 40% of packaged vegetables, and 12.5% of seafood at every stage of the supply chain. Customers are becoming more aware of where their food originates from, and hence retailers are investing in technologies that promote health and safety to increase customer trust and brand loyalty.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is fragmented with the presence of many global and regional players. These players are engaging in major acquisition and promotional activities to increase their customer base and brand loyalty. Furthermore, these players are harnessing new technologies, such as blockchain and AI, to enhance customer experience and streamline their supply chain activities. For instance, in 2021, U.K. grocer, Sainsbury’s, teamed up with Amazon to test a “just walk out” store, where it is possible to buy groceries without having to scan items or wait in the check-out lanes.

In December 2021, Discount grocery retailer, Netto, part of the Edeka Group, opened its first-ever Trigo’s hybrid, checkout-free solution-powered store in Munich, Germany. The 250 square meter store underwent a retrofit to become a Pick & Go hybrid autonomous offering. In January 2020, Walmart unveiled a new technology, called Alphabot, for its grocery business. The platform will enable to pick, pack, and deliver shoppers’ online grocery orders faster as the company tries to strengthen its foothold as America’s largest grocer. Some of the key players operating in the global food & grocery retail market include:

  • Walmart

  • Costco Wholesale Corp.

  • 7-ELEVEN, Inc.

  • Inc

  • The Kroger Co.

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  • Target Brands, Inc.

  • ALDI

  • AEON Co Ltd

  • Carrefour CA

  • Schwarz Gruppe

Food & Grocery Retail Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2022

USD 11,618.8 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 14.78 trillion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 3.0% from 2022 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion/trillion and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

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Segments covered

Product, distribution channel, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada;; U.K.; Germany; France; Japan; China; India; Brazil; South Africa

Key companies profiled

Walmart; Costco Wholesale Corporation; 7-ELEVEN, Inc.; Inc; The Kroger Co.; Target Brands, Inc.; ALDI; AEON Co Ltd; Carrefour CA; Schwarz Gruppe

Customization scope

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global food & grocery retail market report on the basis of product, distribution channel, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • Fresh Food

    • Frozen Food

    • Food Cupboard

    • Beverages

    • Cleaning & Household

    • Others

  • Distribution channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • Supermarkets & Hypermarkets

    • Convenience Stores, Departmental Stores & Clubs

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    • Online

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

Frequently Asked Questions About This Report

How big is the food and grocery retail market?


What is the size of the online grocery market? ›

How big is the online grocery market? b. The global online grocery market size was estimated at USD 285.70 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 354.28 billion by 2022.

What is the food retail industry? ›

The food retail industry covers a broad range of stores and outlets involved in the selling of products to consumers. In most cases, the modern retail trade includes hypermarkets, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, and independent specialized stores (butchers, flower shops, etc.

What is the UK grocery market worth? ›

In 2020, the total market value of grocery retailing came to approximately 205 billion British pounds (GBP) in the United Kingdom.

What is the future of grocery stores? ›

The global grocery market is projected to reap $1.9 trillion in new sales by 2023, a 28 percent increase since 2018. Unlike other retailers, grocers face unique inventory issues – the freshness and availability of produce, online and on store shelves.

What percentage of retail is grocery? ›

The Nation's 115,526 food stores sold $717 billion of retail food and nonfood products in 2019. Grocery stores—including supermarkets and smaller grocery stores (except convenience stores)—accounted for the largest share of store sales (92.1 percent), followed by convenience stores without gasoline (4.6 percent).

Is online grocery shopping growing? ›

Monthly online grocery spending has more than doubled as a result of the pandemic. Consumers spend an average of $6.7 billion each month on online grocery orders, up from $3.1 billion pre-pandemic, according to Adobe. In 2020, online grocery sales jumped 103% year-over-year to $73.7 billion.

What percentage of grocery shopping is online? ›

Coresight's “U.S. Online Grocery Survey 2022” report found 54.3 percent of U.S. adults had purchased groceries online in the past 12 months, well above the 36.9 percent doing so in the pre-pandemic 2019 year but down from 59 percent in the 2021 survey.

What percentage of food shopping is done online? ›

Online share of grocery sales rise to 13.1% in January as overall sales drop.

Why is food retailing important? ›

In addition to being the primary way most consumers access food, retailers form the crucial links that hold such a system together. If we want local food to reach more people, such farm-to-retail exchanges are an essential component of local food system development.

Why is the food retail industry important? ›

The food retail industry has a significant economic impact on federal, state and local economies, employing millions of workers to provide consumers with safe, healthy and affordable food every day.

Who controls the grocery market? ›

Only 10 companies control almost every large food and beverage brand in the world. These companies — Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg's, Mars, Associated British Foods, and Mondelez — each employ thousands and make billions of dollars in revenue every year.

Is the grocery industry growing? ›

The market size of the Supermarkets & Grocery Stores industry in the US has grown 2.6% per year on average between 2017 and 2022.

How many supermarkets are there in the UK in 2022? ›

Supermarkets in the UK - Market Size 2011–2029
Feb 1, 2019186,911.9
Feb 1, 2020184,846.9
Feb 1, 2021187,151.1
Feb 1, 2022188,144.1
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How big is the online food and grocery market in the UK? ›

The online food & grocery market rose 76.3% in 2020 to over £20bn in spend for the year. 48.7% of food & grocery shoppers in the UK purchased grocery items online, up from 47.4% seen in 2019 - the equivalent to an extra 985,000 shoppers.

What is the future of grocery retail in 2030? ›

By 2030, 25 percent of the US population will be 65 years or older. This aging population will be marked by specific shopping habits and dietary needs, along with a reduced capability to drive to stores.

What items are hard to find in stores 2022? ›

4 Notable Product Shortages in 2022
  • Groceries and Food. Empty shelves are becoming common in groceries across North America and Europe. ...
  • Aluminum. One of the main reasons canned goods are harder to find in stores is the tight supply of aluminum, which is a major component in the manufacture of cans. ...
  • Semiconductors. ...
  • Tampons.
Jun 22, 2022

How does technology affect grocery stores? ›

As grocers seek to adapt, technology can streamline store operations—from checkout and talent management to merchandising and replenishment—and provide a better in-store environment for customers, all while helping to manage costs.

What is a good profit margin for food product? ›

The usual percentage of a return, or profit margin, for a manufacturer is 30-35 percent. In summary, since it is virtually impossible for small businesses to compete in the lower price range, it is critical that they highlight attributes about their product that consumer's value and will pay a higher price for.

How big is the food industry in the world? ›

The global food and beverages market size is expected to grow from $5,817.4 billion in 2021 to $6,383.49 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.7%. The food and beverage market size is expected to grow to $8,905.5 billion in 2026 at a CAGR of 8.7%.

What is the profit margin for grocery stores? ›

Grocery Store Profit Margins

Generally, profit margins are between 1 percent and 3 percent, depending on the item. It's not unusual for a grocery store to make just a few cents per item. Grocery stores make money on volume.

What is the future of online grocery? ›

In leading countries, online grocery could make up 18 to 30 percent of the food-at-home market 3. The food-at-home market includes the grocery market (fast-moving consumer goods [FMCG], fresh) and the meal delivery market (for example, Deliveroo, Just Eat, and Uber Eats). by 2030 in our aggressive scenario (exhibit).

Who is the leader in online grocery shopping? ›

Walmart Inc. is the No. 1 retailer in digital grocery and will remain on top, followed by Amazon and Kroger.

Who is the target audience for online grocery shopping? ›

Among those surveyed, the most common demographic of online grocery shoppers were men who are the primary shopper for their household. Households of four and of five or more members accounted for the highest percentage of online shoppers, with 68% and 71% respectively shopping at least partly online.

Are more people buying groceries online? ›

A new survey of more than 11,000 US consumers reveals over seventy percent of consumers (71%) have made an online grocery or consumer packaged goods (CPG) purchase within the most recent three-month period (compared to 73% a year ago and 17% in 2017), and 72% say they shop online for groceries more now than they did ...

How many people shop online for food? ›

The number of households buying online groceries also jumped 15% between November 2020 and November 2021, with nearly 69 million US households buying some amount of groceries online.

How popular is grocery delivery? ›

Fast forward to 2021, and the grocery delivery industry has drastically evolved due to the pandemic and emerging technology. In fact, a study by Coresight Research found that 60% of U.S. consumers are now buying their groceries online.

What percentage of retail is now online? ›

Figure 1 (below) shows that the U.S. online market share of 20.7% (in 2021) now means that the U.S. has the fourth highest online retail market share, but as recently as 2019 it was second (with 16.5%).

How do food retailers add value for customers? ›

By utilizing locally produced goods retailers can broaden their product lineup while simultaneously build closer relationships with customers. There is a sense of pride when a consumer goes to the store and buys goods and products from people they know or from companies they see in their own backyard.

What are three significant trends facing food retailers? ›

Demographic changes within the country, consumers' demand for convenience and continued cost pressure, along with continued channel blurring, are the most significant factors facing the food retail industry.

How can we reduce grocery waste? ›

Seven Ways to Reduce Grocery Store Waste
  1. Take Inventory. One of the first steps to eliminating grocery store waste is to only buy what you need (easier said than done, I know). ...
  2. Make a Meal Plan. ...
  3. Reusable Bags. ...
  4. Buy in Bulk. ...
  5. Farmers' Markets. ...
  6. Deli Duties. ...
  7. Coupon Caution.

How big is the food industry in the world? ›

The global food and beverages market size is expected to grow from $5,817.4 billion in 2021 to $6,383.49 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.7%. The food and beverage market size is expected to grow to $8,905.5 billion in 2026 at a CAGR of 8.7%.

What is Walmart's market share? ›

Amazon has 39.5% of online market share in the U.S. compared with Walmart's 7%, according to estimates by research firm eMarketer.

Is the grocery industry mature? ›

In the 21st century, the industry is dominated by a limited number of large, sophisticated chains serving multi-state regions in more of an oligarchical structure, the mature stage of the industry life cycle.

Is grocery an industry? ›

The grocery industry employs nearly three million people in the United States. 3. “Supermarkets & grocery stores in the US - Employment statistics 2002–2027,” IBISWorld, updated December 29, 2021.

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