In rude health: Environmental consciousness and rising consumer health have spurred growth

The Organic Food Retailing industry includes retail sales of organic food and beverages by specialist organic supermarkets, farmers' markets, independent retailers and home delivery services. The industry does not include conventional supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda and Waitrose, although these stores do stock organic products. The term organic refers to a method of farming that uses only natural pesticides and fertilisers and adheres to a high degree of standards regarding animal welfare and crop rotation. Products sold by the industry include fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products and beverages.The industry has operated in favourable conditions since the start of the past five-year more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry faced greater competition from supermarkets but is still likely to record growth
  • Consumer concerns over ethical agriculture have been key in supporting robust revenue growth
  • Consumers are expected to continue shifting to non-traditional channels, to the benefit of the industry
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    London, the South East, the North West and the East of England account for the largest share of both industry revenue and industry establishments. IBISWorld expects the geographic distribution of establishments to generally follow that of the population, income and to some degree, the location of farms. As organic food is more expensive relative to conventional food, demand generally increases as incomes rise. This suggests that regions with higher income levels will spend more on organic food, and enterprises often increase establishment numbers in such regions to capitalise on the wider client base.LondonLondon is estimated to account for approximately 15.4% of establishments, the highest in the industry. Lon...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Organic Food Retailing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Organic Food Retailing Industry are

  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Having a loyal customer base
  • Having an extensive distribution/collection network
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Health consciousness and Public concern over environmental issues in the Organic Food Retailing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Organic Food Retailing Industry?

    Industry participants concentrate on selling organic food and beverages through both bricks-and-mortar stores and online portals. They are specialist natural and organic food retailers. Conventional supermarket chains and convenience stores that retail organic goods are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Dairy products
  • Fruit, vegetables and salad
  • Baby food
  • Beverages
  • Meat, poultry and fish
  • Eggs
  • Industry Activities
  • Organic fruit and vegetable retailing
  • Organic beverage retailing
  • Organic meat and meat product retailing
  • Organic dairy product retailing
  • Organic grains and starch retailing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Health consciousness
  • Public concern over environmental issues
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Consumer confidence index

  • Current Performance
  • Health consciousness
  • Ethical consumption and disease concerns
  • Innovative products
  • External competition
  • Profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Continued growth
  • Industry expansion
  • Competitive constraints
  • Future concerns
  • Table: Organic Food Retailing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Organic Food Retailing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Full-Service Restaurants
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Dairy Product, Egg & Edible Oil Wholesaling
  • Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling
  • Meat Wholesaling
  • Poultry Meat Processing
  • Vegetable Growing
  • Yoghurt & Other Dairy Product Processing

  • Products & Services
  • Fruit, vegetables and salad
  • Meat, poultry and fish
  • Other
  • Dairy products
  • Baby food
  • Beverages
  • Eggs
  • Chart: Organic Food Retailing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Consumer preferences
  • Weather and external competition

  • Major Markets
  • Fifth income quintile
  • Fourth income quintile
  • Third income quintile
  • Second income quintile
  • First income quintile
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Organic Food Retailing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Organic Food Retailing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Organic Food Retailing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Fresh & Wild Ltd, Abel & Cole Ltd, Riverford Organic Farmers Ltd,
  • Table: Fresh & Wild Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Abel & Cole Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Riverford Organic Farmers Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Organic Food Retailing 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 Organic Food Retailing 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
    Box Scheme
  • A scheme where consumers receive boxes of assorted fruit and vegetables sourced directly from farmers.
  • Conversion
  • The process of a farm becoming a fully organic producer. It can take up to three years for the relevant standards to be achieved. An organic farm must be fully converted to be labelled organic.
  • Organic
  • A method of farming and food production with minimal use of artificial pesticides and fertilisers and a focus on animal welfare and crop rotation.
  • Own-Label
  • Food and other products produced by contract manufacturers and sold under the supermarket's own-label. Own-label products are typically cheaper than branded products.
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