Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The UK Fruit and Vegetable Processing industry has performed extremely well during the past five years. After the financial crisis and its adverse effect on consumer spending, the industry has more than recovered as a result of strong demand for healthy products that offer time-poor consumers quicker cooking options. Innovative operators have managed to meet consumer demand by developing new products, achieving spectacular growth by capitalising on consumers' increasing health concerns. During the five years through 2015-16, industry revenue is estimated to increase at a compound annual rate of 10.2% to £4.2 billion.
Despite strong overall growth, the industry began to struggle in 2014-15 as food prices started tumbling... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Fruit and vegetable processing occurs throughout the United Kingdom and is fairly evenly spread. The location of businesses is mainly affected by the type of processing they carry out, since the requirements differ between segments.
London and the South East
It is no coincidence that the more populated regions are the ones with the highest number of establishments. This is because most of the businesses located here are packaging firms that work for supermarkets and only wash, cut and pack fruit and vegetable. These need to be close to supermarkets due to the short lifespan associated with this type of products. As the number of supermarkets is highly correlated with population numbers, there is increased need for packaging firms in these areas... purchase to read more