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Biscuit Production in the UK: Market Research Report

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Biscuit Production Market Research Report | SIC C10.720 | Aug 2016

Crunch time: Industry operators have been forced to adapt to meet changing consumer demand

IBISWorld’s Biscuit Production market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Burton's Biscuit Company Burton's Biscuit Company market share
Pladis Ltd Pladis Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Product innovation has supported growth in the face of rising health consciousness
  • Heavy marketing activity has been key in stimulating industry demand in recent years
  • Since volume sales of sweet biscuits have been declining, operators will turn to savoury products
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Biscuit Production industry produces a range of grain-based snack products. The main products are sweet biscuits, which are estimated to generate 35.6% of revenue in 2016-17, but it also includes crackers, preserved cakes and pastries, and snack foods produced from grain, such as tortilla chips. 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 two companies holding market shares of more than 5%. These companies are Pladis, formerly United Biscuits, the maker of brands such as McVitie's and Jacob's, and Burton's Foods, owner of Maryland cookies, Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Biscuit Production industry is in the mature stage of its life cycle. The value that the industry adds to the UK economy is estimated to rise at a compound annual rate of 0.5% over the decade through 2021-22, a period during which UK GDP is anticipated to increase at a compound annual rate of 2.3%. This means that the industry's contribution to the economy will shrink over the period.

The industry's products are considered discretionary purchases but have been a staple for decades. This is not forecast to change dramatically, and the popularity of biscuits among all age groups diminishes the risk of the Biscuit Production industry declining. Saturation in the domestic market has left product innovation and heavy marketing the key success factors for industry incumbents. How.. 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
  • Ability to alter goods and services in favour of market conditions
  • 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... purchase to read more


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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 preserved pastry goods, cakes and non-potato snack products.

    Industry Products
    Sweet biscuits without chocolate coveringSweet biscuits with chocolate coveringSavoury biscuitsSnacksPreserved cakes and pastries
    Industry Activities
    Biscuit Rusk Cracker Cake and preserved pastry goods Pretzel Savoury snack

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • World price of wheat
  • Health consciousness
  • Demand from bakery product retailing
  • Current Performance
  • Healthy snacking
  • New developments
  • Crunching prices
  • Profit and prices
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Savoury snacks
  • Structural changes
  • Biscuit innovation
  • Consumer concerns
  • Table: Biscuit Production Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Biscuit Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Grocery Wholesaling
  • Supermarkets
  • Full-Service Restaurants
  • Pubs & Bars
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Butter & Cheese Production
  • Chocolate & Confectionery Production
  • Grain Milling
  • Sugar Production
  • Products & Services
  • Preserved cakes and pastries
  • Sweet biscuits without chocolate covering
  • Sweet biscuits with chocolate covering
  • Other
  • Snacks
  • Savoury biscuits
  • 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
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Biscuit Production
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Biscuit Production Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Pladis Ltd
    Burton's Foods Ltd
  • Table: Pladis Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Burton's Foods Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Biscuit Production Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • A flat a cracker, containing mostly rye flour.
  • Premiumisation
  • The trend of consumers becoming more interested in buying small quantities of higher quality products than large amounts of low-quality ones.
  • Rusk
  • A dry biscuit or twice-baked bread. Consumed as a general food item, although more popular in other parts of Europe, but also as teething food for babies and an ingredient in sausages.

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