Feeling tender: Changing consumption habits and wholesale bypass have limited revenue

Operators in the Meat Wholesaling industry have faced relatively challenging conditions over the past five years. Revenue has come under pressure from declining meat consumption, changing consumer trends and wholesale bypass. Additionally, the industry has been negatively affected by the horsemeat scandal in 2013, which has led for stricter testing and supervision of meat processing and distribution, and also exacerbated the issue of wholesale bypass, with supermarkets taking more control over their supply chains. Weak levels of disposable income and declining consumer confidence are expected to have decreased demand for premium, high-margin goods, weighing on industry profit...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Pricing pressure from supermarkets has weighed on profitability over the past five years
  • Profit has been negatively affected by falling demand, pricing pressure, and the weakness of the pound
  • Meat prices are anticipated to remain high, which may push consumer demand towards cheaper varieties
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Meat Wholesaling industry has faced numerous challenges over the past five years. Operators have had to contend with a number of supply-side and demand-side shocks, such as the horsemeat scandal in 2013, which hit meat sales and boosted wholesale bypass. Wholesale bypass has becoming an increasing threat to operators following the commencement of the supermarket price war in 2014, which has led to supermarkets either consolidating their supply chains or demanding lower prices from wholesalers to cut costs, both of which have negatively affected industry profitability and enterprise growth. Meat consumption has been declining over the past five years, driven by rising environmental, social and health concerns. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Meat Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Must comply with government regulations
  • Effective cost controls
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Domestic price of beef and Domestic price of chicken in the Meat Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Meat Wholesaling Industry?

    Operators in the Meat Wholesaling industry wholesale fresh and frozen meat and meat products. Businesses in this industry generally purchase meat from slaughterhouses and sell it to retailers such as grocery stores, butchers, restaurants and caterers. Wholesalers perform little or no additional processing beyond repackaging, instead focusing on storage and distribution.

    Industry Products
  • Chicken and other poultry
  • Beef and veal
  • Lamb and mutton
  • Pork
  • Industry Activities
  • Wholesaling frozen meat
  • Wholesaling fresh meat
  • Wholesaling meat products
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Domestic price of beef
  • Domestic price of chicken
  • Total meat consumption
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Real household disposable income
  • Health consciousness

  • Current Performance
  • Supermarket

    price pressure

  • Profit performance
  • Flogging a dead horse
  • Concerns about consumption
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Prevailing preferences
  • Wholesale bypass
  • Future threats
  • Table: Meat Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Meat Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets
  • Meat & Meat Product Retailing
  • Full-Service Restaurants

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Meat Processing
  • Poultry Meat Processing

  • Products & Services
  • Chicken and other poultry
  • Beef and veal
  • Pork
  • Lamb and mutton
  • Other
  • Chart: Meat Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Supermarkets
  • Restaurants
  • Caterers and food-service contractors
  • Butchers and speciality meat retailers
  • Food manufacturers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Meat Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Meat Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Meat Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Meat Wholesaling 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 Meat Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Meat from a sheep less than one year old.
  • Mutton
  • Meat from a sheep more than two years old.
  • Veal
  • Meat from young cattle or calves.
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