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Grain Milling in the UK: Market Research Report

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Grain Milling Market Research Report | SIC C10.611 | Mar 2017

Greener pastures: The industry is set to return to growth, after chafing under a period of volatility

IBISWorld’s Grain Milling market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
ADM Milling Ltd ADM Milling Ltd market share
Rank Hovis Milling Ltd Rank Hovis Milling Ltd market share
Whitworth Bros Limited Whitworth Bros Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Revenue has been volatile as the industry depends on a number of unpredictable factors
  • Rising health consciousness has supported a shift in demand for different types of flour
  • Operators are expected to invest more heavily in order to improve efficiency and remain competitive
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Grain milling is an advanced, modern industry with highly specialised, automated production processes. Nonetheless, it is also in a somewhat precarious position. The industry depends on a number of unpredictable 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 inherently risky and reasonably volatile.

Recently, the industry has been affected by fluctuating wheat harvests and, in the early part of the period, a poor economic environment... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The level of capital intensity in an industry is measured using the capital-to-labour ratio, where depreciation is used as a proxy for capital and wages are used as proxy for labour. For every pound spent on capital, industry operators are estimated to spend £5.09 on labour, suggesting a moderate level of capital intensity. Grain milling has evolved into a highly automated industry, requiring significant investment in equipment such as rollers, separators and crushers. As a result, the industry's capital intensity has increased over the past five years.

However, small and medium-size companies tend to be more labour intensive because they lack the scale to be heavily automated, and this brings down the industry's overall capital intensity. The.. 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... purchase to read more


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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 flourDough and mixesGroats and meals
    Industry Activities
    Grain flourGroats, meal and grain pelletManufacturing dough from cereal grains

    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
  • 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
  • Demand conditions
  • Changing patterns of consumption
  • In the mill
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Consumer tastes
  • Investment
  • Regulation and trade
  • Table: Grain Milling Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Grain Milling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    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
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Grain Milling
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Grain Milling Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Whitworth Bros Limited
    Rank Hovis Milling Ltd
    ADM Milling Ltd
  • Table: Whitworth Bros Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Rank Hovis Milling Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: ADM Milling Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Grain Milling 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
  • 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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    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Grain Milling market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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