Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Meat Wholesaling industry has suffered a challenging five years. Industry revenue has contracted or grown weakly during the five years since 2008-09 due to the deteriorating economic climate, declining meat consumption, countervailing consumer trends and rising wholesale bypass.
If this was not already enough to deal with, the industry was rocked by the discovery of horsemeat in various beef products in early 2013. This has caused many to question their faith in the food supply chain and has led to calls for stricter testing and supervision of the processing and distribution of meat products. The scandal will contribute to another year of weak growth in the industry as consumers turn off processed and frozen meat products. Industry revenue is estimated to grow by 1.1%... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter
Industry concentration is very low, with no firm holding more than 3.0% market share. Some of the main factors behind the low concentration are the need to be located near both suppliers and customers, and the low concentration of the upstream meat and poultry processing industries.
Concentration has been slowly rising though, with the emergence of a few firms that are expanding their footprints across the United Kingdom, particularly via vertical integration with suppliers. Gaining greater control of the supply chain via vertical integration provides increased security of supply, lowering the risk of operating a large wholesaling business across multiple locations... purchase to read more