Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The strength of the Fruit and Vegetable Processing industry has been tested over the past five years by the deteriorating economic climate, rising production costs and thinner profit margins. Tighter household budgets meant people have been choosing to cook at home instead of eating out, which supported demand for processed food ingredients to some extent. However, weak consumer confidence translated into cautious spending and consumers traded down their food purchases, choosing low-cost items over more expensive products. Industry players have had to compete with aggressive promotions and discounting by major retailers, which fought hard to maintain and expand their customer bases during the recession... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Fruit and vegetable processing occurs throughout the United Kingdom, although the eastern regions of England account for about 50% of industry revenue. These parts of the United Kingdom are populous and industrious, and possess rich arable land to supply local processors with a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables. Hence, food processors are located close to agricultural areas in the eastern part of the country.
Fruit and vegetable growing is spread across these areas depending on the type of produce and the region's specific climate, soil condition and level of rainfall. For example, currants are primarily grown in the South East, East of England and parts of the West Midlands... purchase to read more