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Meat Processing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Meat Processing Market Research Report | SIC C10.110 | Aug 2016

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IBISWorld’s Meat Processing market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
ABP Food Group ABP Food Group market share
Cranswick plc Cranswick plc market share
Dunbia Ltd Dunbia Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Meat Processing industry in the United Kingdom is expected to grow at an annual compound rate of 2.3% over the five years through 2016-17. The most important products for the industry are beef, pork and lamb, which have been staples of the British diet for many years. Although industry revenue is expected to increase over the five years through 2016-17, this conceals relatively weak growth over the past three years, following a sudden drop in revenue in 2013-14. During the current year, revenue is expected to grow by 1.1% and reach £6.9 billion.

The horsemeat scandal, which broke in early 2013, was an important development in the industry during the past five years... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

The geographic spread of meat processors is fairly even and reflects the spread of pastureland and livestock farmers. These are often located in less fertile areas, since the highest quality agricultural land is often given over to arable crops. Transporting animals to an abattoir close to the farm where they are raised keeps the distress associated with moving them to a minimum, which can help to improve the quality of the meat while also keeping transport costs to a minimum. There is also extensive legislation governing the transport of animals and it can be expensive for farmers to regulate travelling conditions over long distances.


Scotland is well known for its beef production and 12.2% of industry establishments are located there. It .. purchase to read more


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What is the Meat Processing Industry?

Businesses in the Meat Processing industry slaughter livestock to produce red meat. Participants produce fresh, chilled or frozen meat as carcasses and cuts, in addition to by-products like rendered lard, tallow and pulled wool. Operators also bone, preserve and pack meat. The industry excludes meats from non-mammal sources such as fish and poultry, and meat products such as sausages, bacon and pate (see IBISWorld report C10.130).

Industry Products
Beef and vealLambPork SkinsEdible fatsOffal
Industry Activities
Slaughtering animalsProducing cuts of beefProducing cuts of lamb and muttonProducing cuts of pork Producing cuts of other red meatsSelling by-products from the slaughtering process

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