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Organic Food Retailing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Organic Food Retailing Market Research Report | SIC UK0.002 | Sep 2016

Seeds of growth: Industry revenue expands thanks to demand for sustainable produce

IBISWorld’s Organic Food Retailing 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
Ocado Group plc Ocado Group plc market share
Sainsbury's Sainsbury's market share
Tesco Tesco market share
Waitrose Ltd Waitrose Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Demand for ethical and sustainable produce is expected to support revenue growth
  • Online sales of organic food have grown steadily over the past five years
  • Online sales and demand for box schemes are expected to grow over the next five years
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Organic Food Retailing industry includes retail sales of organic food and beverages by supermarkets, farmers' markets, independent retailers and home delivery. The term organic refers to a method of farming that uses only natural pesticides and fertilisers and adheres to a high level of animal welfare and crop rotation. Products sold by the industry include fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products and non-alcoholic beverages. In the 1990s through to the mid-2000s, the industry grew strongly as consumers demanded healthy and sustainable food. However, from 2009-10 sales slumped as rising unemployment and plummeting consumer confidence led shoppers to place value ahead of ethical concerns and trade down to non-organic products... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The UK Organic Food Retailing industry is in the growth stage of its life cycle. It is highly susceptible to a number of macroeconomic factors, such as consumer confidence, shifts in disposable income levels and the overall economic condition of the United Kingdom. As a result, demand for organic products can fluctuate substantially. Over the past decade, the industry grew at a double-digit rate as consumers increasingly demanded ethical and sustainable food. However, when the economic downturn hit, consumers scaled back, throwing the industry into sharp decline. Overall, the industry's contribution to the wider economy, measured by gross valued added, is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 2.9% over the 10 years through 2021-22. Thi.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Organic Food Retailing Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Organic Food Retailing Industry are

  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Having a loyal customer base
  • Having an extensive distribution/collection network
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Public concern over environmental issues and Consumer confidence index in the Organic Food Retailing industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Organic Food Retailing Industry?

    Companies in the industry retail organic food and drink. Organic food is made from foodstuffs grown using organic farming practices, i.e. without using artificial fertilisers or pesticides. Although organic farming and food processing are not covered by the industry, they are nonetheless important in the supply chain. The industry includes supermarkets that retail organic food.

    Industry Products
    Dairy productsFruit, vegetables and saladBaby foodBeveragesMeat, poultry and fishEggs
    Industry Activities
    Organic fruit and vegetable retailingOrganic beverage retailingOrganic meat and meat product retailingOrganic dairy product retailingOrganic grains and starch retailing

    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
  • Public concern over environmental issues
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Real household disposable income
  • Number of organic operators in the UK
  • Current Performance
  • Declining demand
  • Back in business
  • Opportunities to expand
  • Nutritional value
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Natural growth
  • Non-traditional retail channels
  • Rising competition
  • Table: Organic Food Retailing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Organic Food Retailing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Full-Service Restaurants
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Dairy Product, Egg & Edible Oil Wholesaling
  • Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling
  • Meat Wholesaling
  • Poultry Meat Processing
  • Vegetable Growing
  • Yoghurt & Other Dairy Product Processing
  • Products & Services
  • Dairy products
  • Fruit, vegetables and salad
  • Baby food
  • Other
  • Meat, poultry and fish
  • Beverages
  • Eggs
  • Chart: Organic Food Retailing Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Highest income quintile
  • Fourth income quintile
  • Third income quintile
  • Second income quintile
  • Lowest income quintile
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Organic Food Retailing 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 Organic Food Retailing
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Organic Food Retailing Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd
    Tesco plc
    Waitrose Ltd
    Ocado Group plc
  • Table: Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Tesco plc - financial performance
  • Table: Waitrose Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Ocado Group plc - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Organic Food Retailing 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 Organic Food Retailing Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Box Scheme
  • A scheme where consumers receive boxes of assorted fruit and vegetables sourced directly from farmers.
  • Conversion
  • The process of a farm becoming a fully organic producer. It can take up to three years for the relevant standards to be achieved. An organic farm must be fully converted to be labelled organic.
  • Organic
  • A method of farming and food production with minimal use of artificial pesticides and fertilisers and a focus on animal welfare and crop rotation.
  • Own-Label
  • Food and other products produced by contract manufacturers and sold under the supermarket's own-label. Own-label products are typically cheaper than branded products.

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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.
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    • 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
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