Crumbling away: Growing health concerns have restricted demand and eaten into revenue

The Biscuit Production industry produces a range of grain-based snack products. Its main products are sweet biscuits, which are estimated to generate 36.1% of revenue in 2018-19. Operators also produce crackers, preserved cakes and pastries, and snack foods produced from grain. Demand for biscuits is predominantly driven by demand from supermarkets, grocery wholesalers and bakery retailers, all of which is underpinned by consumer demand. The industry is fairly fragmented, with only three companies holding market shares of more than 5%. These companies are United Biscuits, with brands such as McVitie's and Jacob's; Burton's Foods, owner of Maryland Cookies, Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels; and Walkers Shortbread, producer of the traditional, tartan-packaged Scottish more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Firms have responded to health concerns with product innovations and aggressive marketing
  • Smaller operators have been particularly affected by pricing pressures from supermarkets
  • Product development is expected to focus on appealing to health-conscious consumers
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    The industry's products can be broadly classified into biscuits, snacks and bakers' wares. A biscuit is a flour-based baked product that may be sweet or savoury, and can be sandwiched with fillings. The most popular types of sweet biscuits are chocolate biscuits, digestives, ginger, rich tea, bourbons and custard creams. Digestive and rich tea biscuits are a traditional accompaniment to a cup of tea. Savoury biscuits, such as cream crackers, water biscuits and oatcakes, are commonly eaten with cheese. Snack products that fall within in the industry include crackers, pretzels and cheese puffs. The industry also includes preserved cakes and pastries but excludes fresh cakes and cereal bars (see IBISWorld reports C10.710 and C10.612)...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Biscuit Production Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Biscuit Production Industry are

  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Effective quality control
  • Development of new products
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from supermarkets and World price of wheat in the Biscuit Production industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Biscuit Production Industry?

    This industry includes the manufacture of biscuits, rusks and other dry bakery products. It also includes the production of bakers’ wares, such as preserved pastries, cakes and non-potato snack products.

    Industry Products
  • Sweet biscuits without chocolate covering
  • Sweet biscuits with chocolate covering
  • Savoury biscuits
  • Savoury snacks
  • Bakers’ wares
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing biscuits
  • Manufacturing rusks
  • Manufacturing crackers
  • Manufacturing preserved cake and pastry goods
  • Manufacturing pretzels
  • Manufacturing savoury snacks
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • World price of wheat
  • Health consciousness
  • Demand from bakery product retailing

  • Current Performance
  • Healthy snacking
  • Savoury snacks
  • Crunching profit
  • Biscuit shortage
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Structural shift
  • Consumer concerns
  • Regulation
  • Funding
  • Table: Biscuit Production Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Biscuit Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Grocery Wholesaling
  • Supermarkets
  • Full-Service Restaurants
  • Pubs & Bars

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Butter & Cheese Production
  • Chocolate & Confectionery Production
  • Grain Milling
  • Oil & Fat Production
  • Sugar Production

  • Products & Services
  • Bakers’ wares
  • Sweet biscuits with chocolate covering
  • Sweet biscuits without chocolate covering
  • Savoury biscuits
  • Savoury snacks
  • Other
  • Chart: Biscuit Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Retail traders
  • Grocery wholesalers
  • Speciality stores
  • Food-service sector
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Biscuit Production Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciationRent and utilitiesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Biscuit Production

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Biscuit Production Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    United Biscuits (UK) Ltd, Burton's Foods Ltd, Walkers Shortbread Ltd,
  • Table: United Biscuits (UK) Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Burton's Foods Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Walkers Shortbread Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Biscuit Production Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Biscuit Production Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A flat a cracker, containing mostly rye flour.
  • Premiumisation
  • The trend of consumers becoming more interested in buying small quantities of high-quality products than large amounts of low-quality ones.
  • Rusk
  • A dry biscuit or twice-baked bread. Rusks are more popular as a general food item in other parts of Europe. They are also a teething food for babies and an ingredient in sausages.
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