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Milk & Cream Production in the UK: Market Research Report

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Milk & Cream Production Market Research Report | SIC C10.511 | May 2017

Cream of the crop: The industry is expected to return to growth after a volatile five-year period

IBISWorld’s Milk & Cream Production 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
Arla Foods Ltd Arla Foods Ltd market share
Muller Dairy (U.K) Ltd Muller Dairy (U.K) Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Recent rises in the price of milk are expected to constrain industry operators’ profit margins
  • Fortified and low-fat varieties of milk have been developed in response to rising health consciousness
  • Milk consumption could rise due to an increased focus on the sale of milk from free-range cows
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Firms in the Milk and Cream Production industry can be either farmer co-operatives, private dairy companies or private limited companies. The industry has endured significant volatility over the past five years, which has prompted restructuring and consolidation activity in the industry. Milk and cream production is dominated by two operators, Muller UK & Ireland Group and Arla Foods, which together are estimated to account for approximately half of the industry’s revenue. The industry is characterised by relatively tight margins due to the homogenous nature of the products sold, combined with ease of production and abundant access to raw materials and key inputs... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

There are medium barriers to entry into the Milk and Cream Production industry. One of the biggest impediments to prospective industry participants is the well-entrenched position of the industry’s largest players. The top two players in the industry account for over half of the market. These companies wield enormous buying power, access to resources and enjoy favourable relationships with upstream suppliers and downstream buyers. Furthermore, they have the advantage of having economies of scale and scope, as many of the large players are involved in various aspects of dairy product and food manufacturing.

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Additional Insights for the Milk & Cream Production Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Milk & Cream Production Industry are

  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Marketing of differentiated products
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from supermarkets and Liquid milk consumption per capita in the Milk & Cream Production industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Milk & Cream Production Industry?

    Operators in this industry produce fresh liquid milk, pasteurised, sterilised, homogenised and ultra-heat-treated milk. It also includes the production of cream from fresh, pasteurised, sterilised or homogenised milk.

    Industry Products
    Semi-skimmed milkWhole milkFlavoured milkCondensed milkCreamSkimmed milk
    Industry Activities
    Fresh liquid milk productionPasteurised milk productionSterilised milk productionHomogenised milk productionUltra-heat-treated milk productionCream production

    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
  • Liquid milk consumption per capita
  • Domestic price of milk
  • Population
  • Real household disposable income
  • Current Performance
  • The price of milk
  • Nutritional trends
  • Supermarkets dominate
  • Consolidation activity
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Limiting milk production
  • Innovation
  • Common Agricultural Policy
  • Table: Milk & Cream Production Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Milk & Cream Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Dairy Product, Egg & Edible Oil Wholesaling
  • Supermarkets
  • Off-Licences
  • Food-Service Contractors
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Dairy Cattle Raising
  • Products & Services
  • Semi-skimmed milk
  • Whole milk
  • Cream
  • Flavoured milk
  • Skimmed milk
  • Condensed milk
  • Other
  • Chart: Milk & Cream Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Retailers
  • Food-service operators
  • Food processors
  • Households
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Milk & Cream 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 costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Milk & Cream Production
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Milk & Cream Production Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Muller UK & Ireland Group LLP
    Arla Foods Ltd
  • Table: Muller UK & Ireland Group LLP - financial performance
  • Table: Arla Foods Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Milk & Cream 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 Milk & Cream Production Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Farm-Gate Price
  • The price received by farmers at the point of production, i.e. the value of the product when it leaves the farm.
  • Homogenisation
  • Any of several processes used to make a chemical mixture the same throughout.
  • Pasteurisation
  • A process that slows microbial growth in food.

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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 Milk & Cream Production 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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