Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The industry includes retail sales of organic food and beverages by supermarkets, farmers' markets, independent retailers and home delivery. The term organic refers to a method of farming that uses minimal artificial pesticides and fertilisers and focuses on animal welfare and crop rotation. Products sold by the industry include fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products and non-alcoholic beverages. In the 1990s through to the mid-2000s, the industry grew strongly as consumers demanded healthy and sustainable food. Since 2008-09, however, sales have slumped as rising unemployment and plummeting consumer confidence have led shoppers to place value ahead of ethical concerns and trade down to non-organic products... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter
IBISWorld research indicates that the UK Organic Food industry has a medium level of market share concentration. The top four players are expected to account for 59.4% of the market in 2013-14. The industry has become increasingly concentrated as the sheer size and supply chains of major players make them formidable.
The industry's major players are Tesco and Sainsbury's. As these are the two largest supermarket chains in the United Kingdom, this is no surprise. Waitrose and Ocado have a much larger share in the Organic Food industry than they do in the wider grocery industry, owing to their strong representation in the more affluent southern regions of the United Kingdom and their wealthier, more ethically minded clientele... purchase to read more