e-Commerce Market Analytics

Food & Personal Care in the UK

The category Food & Personal Care consists of two subcategories: Food & Beverages and Personal Care. It includes the online trade of food and beverages as well as medicine, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical and personal care products. The market category also includes prescription drugs and medical products for private use (e.g., blood pressure monitors, disinfectants, dressings). Online pharmacies are counted among this category as well. Not included in this category are food products, especially for babies (see: Toys, Hobby & DIY).

In the United Kingdom, this segment generates a revenue of US$39 billion in 2021, which amounts to a 21.7% share of the entire UK eCommerce market.

Food & Personal Care in the UK

Top online stores

With sales in the UK Food & Personal Care market, tesco.com generated a revenue of US$6.1 billion in 2021, which means it is the leading online store in this segment. In second place is sainsburys.co.uk with a revenue of over US$4 billion, followed by ocado.com with a revenue of US$2.5 billion. Altogether, the top three online stores account for a market share of about 50% within the top 100 stores of the given segment.

The Food & Personal Care ranking of UK is based on all online stores that generated sales in this segment in 2021. Due to a country- and category-dependent approach, both national and international online stores can be part of the ranking. The ranking shows a filtered revenue. It only includes national sales within the segment.

One of the fastest growing stores in the UK Food & Personal Care market is coop.co.uk. The store achieved sales of around US$185.7 million in 2021. Its revenue growth amounts to 266% within the previous year.

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Top online Food & Personal Care stores in the UK by eCommerce net sales 2021 in million US$

# Store
1. tesco.com
2. sainsburys.co.uk
3. ocado.com
4. asda.com
5. waitrose.com

Food & Personal Care in the UK

Market size and growth rate

Revenue in 2021
CAGR 2021-2025
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Of the five categories considered by ecommerceDB, Food & Personal Care is the second largest segment in the United Kingdom, as indicated by the Statista Digital Market Outlook. Over the last year, the revenue of this market has grown by 11%. The predicted compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2021 and 2025 is 15%.The slightly increasing growth rate suggests good growth potential in the upcoming years.

Looking at the 2 subcategories of Food & Personal Care, Food & Beverages is the largest. It accounts for 51% of the sales in the market. The subcategory Personal Care has a 49% share of the segment.

Food & Personal Care in the UK

Top shipping service providers

Depending on which kind of product is shipped and which country a parcel is shipped to, a company chooses to use different shipping service providers. The top three providers in the UK Food & Personal Care market are shown in the table on the right.

In the Uk, Royal Mail is the most frequently offered shipping service provider in eCommerce in the Food & Personal Care market in 2021. Of those stores indicating which service they use to transport their goods, 35% cited Royal Mail as one of their providers. Moreover, DPD and Self-collection / Click & collect are among the top three shipping service companies offered by UK online retailers in the Food & Personal Care segment, at rates of 22% and 22% respectively.

Shipping information is based on orders from the store’s main country, which is defined as the one where the store generates most of its online revenue. In this case, it is the UK. To have a category-specific evaluation, only stores with a focus on the Food & Personal Care category are included. Only stores that provide information about their shipping providers can be considered.

Competitor analysis of shipping service providers in the UK

# Shipping service provider
1. Royal Mail
2. DPD
3. Self-collection / Click & collect