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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 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
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 Threats & Opportunities
  • The most important products for the industry are beef, pork and lamb, staples of the UK diet
  • The price war between supermarkets has put strong pressure on meat processors' profit margins
  • Exports are expected to benefit from the recent devaluation of the pound
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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 - Starting a New Business Chapter

Barriers to entry the Meat Processing industry are medium but gradually increasing. Stringent regulations coupled with increasing attention from the general public translate into growing costs for industry operators. Farmers tend to have long-standing relationships with incumbents that operate local slaughterhouses. This can prove a significant barrier to entry, since many farmers may be reluctant to work with new companies. Entrants need to find a location where they can establish themselves without heavy competition with an incumbent for supply, or in an area where there is very high demand.

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Additional Insights for the Meat Processing Industry

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

  • Output is sold under contract - incorporate long-term sales contracts
  • Upstream vertical integration (ownership links)
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Domestic price of beef and Demand from supermarkets in the Meat Processing industry impact industry performance... 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

    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
  • Domestic price of beef
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Domestic price of chicken
  • Domestic price of sheep meat
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • Current Performance
  • Horses for courses
  • Feeding the herd
  • In the bun
  • Profit cuts
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Rising targets
  • Regulation
  • Over the borders
  • American dream
  • Table: Meat Processing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Meat Processing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Meat Product Manufacturing
  • Meat Wholesaling
  • Supermarkets
  • Meat & Meat Product Retailing
  • Full-Service Restaurants
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Other Cattle & Buffalo Farming
  • Pig Farming
  • Sheep Farming
  • Products & Services
  • Beef and veal
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Other
  • Skins
  • Offal
  • Edible fats
  • Chart: Meat Processing Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Supermarkets
  • Food manufacturers
  • Food-service industries
  • Wholesalers
  • Butchers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Meat Processing Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Utilities
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Meat Processing
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Meat Processing Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Dunbia Ltd
    ABP Food Group
    Cranswick plc
  • Table: Dunbia Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: ABP Food Group - financial performance
  • Table: Cranswick plc - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Meat Processing 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 Meat Processing 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
    Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Bse)
  • Also known as mad cow disease, this neurological illness infected many British cattle in the 1990s. Many more were slaughtered in the attempt to limit its spread.
  • Fifth-Quarter Products
  • Another way of referring to offal - the organs and body parts left behind once normal cuts of meat have been removed.
  • Tallow
  • A rendered form of beef or mutton fat.

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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • 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 Meat Processing 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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