On the grind: Volatile wheat prices have contributed to industry revenue fluctuations

Grain milling is an advanced, modern industry with highly specialised, automated production processes. The industry’s performance is determined by a number of highly variable factors that affect upstream conditions, such as climate, pests and wheat prices. Wheat, the industry’s primary input, is one of the most important agricultural commodities in the world and is used in a number of staple foods. Though they account for a smaller share of the industry, maize and oats also have an influence on the industry and are subject to the same volatility, making the industry moderately volatile. Over the five years through 2019-20, industry revenue is forecast to fall at a compound annual rate of 0.8%, to reach £2.3 billion, including growth of 2.4% in the current year...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rising health consciousness has weighed on industry demand over much of the period
  • Changes in consumer tastes can significantly affect the industry
  • Operators may rely more heavily on imported grain if yields continue to fall
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Wheat flourWheat flour is the most popular variety of flour in the world and in the United Kingdom sales of wheat flour are expected to contribute 65.2% of industry revenue in 2019-20. Flour is the main ingredient in bread and a range of bakery and food products, such as biscuits, cakes, pastry and processed foods. According to the National Association of British and Irish Flour Millers, over 5 million tonnes of wheat are processed in the United Kingdom to produce four million tonnes of flour per year. Over 400 different types of flour are produced to meet increasingly diverse consumer demands. For instance, some are low in carbohydrate and gluten, or are made using organic crops. Mos...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Grain Milling Industry

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

  • Supply contracts in place for key inputs
  • Economies of scale
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of wheat and Demand from bread and bakery goods production in the Grain Milling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Grain Milling Industry?

    This industry includes the production of flour, groats, meal or pellets of wheat, rye, oats, maize (corn) or other cereal grains. It also includes the manufacture of flour mixes and prepared dough. The  industry excludes starch manufacturing  and the production of breakfast cereals.

    Industry Products
  • Wheat flour
  • Dough and mixes
  • Groats and meals
  • Industry Activities
  • Grain flour
  • Groats, meal and grain pellet
  • Manufacturing dough from cereal grains
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of wheat
  • Demand from bread and bakery goods production
  • Real household disposable income
  • Demand from biscuit production
  • Real effective exchange rate

  • Current Performance
  • Upstream volatility
  • Profit pressure
  • Flour power
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • International trade
  • Consumer tastes
  • Regulatory changes
  • Table: Grain Milling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Grain Milling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Breakfast Cereals & Cereal-Based Foods Production
  • Bread & Bakery Goods Production
  • Biscuit Production
  • Supermarkets

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Cereals, Leguminous Crops & Oilseed Growing
  • Grain, Seed, Animal Feed & Unmanufactured Tobacco Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Wheat flour
  • Dough and mixes
  • Other
  • Groats and meals
  • Chart: Grain Milling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Food manufacturers
  • Food-service enterprises
  • Grocery wholesalers, grocery stores and supermarkets
  • Animal feed processors
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Grain Milling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Grain Milling

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Grain Milling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Whitworth Bros Limited, ADM Milling Ltd, Heygates Ltd,
  • Table: Whitworth Bros Limited - financial performance
  • Table: ADM Milling Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Heygates Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Grain Milling 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 Grain Milling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Exports (2011-2025)
  • Imports (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • The brown shell of the wheat grain. It is rich in vitamins, minerals and protein, but excluded from white wheat flour.
  • Endosperm
  • The tissue inside the seeds of most flowering plants around the time of fertilisation. White wheat flour is produced entirely from the wheat endosperm.
  • Germ
  • The part of the wheat grain responsible for reproduction. It is also rich in nutrients.
  • Gluten
  • A protein that is joined with starch and found in the endosperm of some grass-related grains, notably wheat, rye and barley.
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