A cut above: Revenue has risen as consumers have demanded a greater focus on provenance

Operators in the Butchers industry specialise in the sale of fresh and cooked meat such as poultry, beef, lamb and pork. The industry is largely fragmented, with the majority of butchers operating on a small scale and serving the local market. Despite this, butchers across the country have been influenced by the same consumer trends, most notably the shift towards healthier, busier lifestyles and ethical consumption. However, industry revenue has been constrained over the period, primarily due to strong external competition. Industry revenue is expected to increase at a modest compound annual rate of 0.3% over the five years through 2019, to reach €770.4 million, including growth of 2.5% in the current year...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
€770.4m
Annual Growth 14-19
0.3%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
4,234
Businesses
1,068
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has recorded relatively robust recent growth as butchers have adapted to consumer trends
  • Consumers are increasingly demanding ethically sourced meat, benefiting butchers with a focus on provenance
  • Competitive pressures from supermarkets are expected to intensify, as is pressure from vegetarian alternatives
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    IBISWorld estimates the industry to have a medium level of capital intensity. Using depreciation as a proxy for capital and wages as a proxy for labour, IBISWorld estimates the industry to have a capital-to-labour ratio of 1:4.41. This indicates that for every €1.00 spent on capital, operators typically spend €4.41 on labour. The Butchers industry is highly labour-intensive, with workers required for tasks such as restocking, handling of delicate produce and customer service. Workers are required to pass on specialised knowledge of their meat products while assisting customers. Additionally, it is common for butchers to prepare cooked meats in-store, which requires skilled cooks. Despite this, operators still require a range of machinery. Ope...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Butchers Industry

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

  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Attractive product presentation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from supermarkets and Total Meat Consumption in the Butchers industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Butchers in Ireland Industry?

    The industry consists of operators which specialise in the sale of meat such as poultry, beef, lamb and pork. The industry excludes products sold by supermarkets.

    Industry Products
  • Poultry meat
  • Sheep meat
  • Pig meat
  • Beef and veal
  • Industry Activities
  • Poultry retailing
  • Beef and veal retailing
  • Pork, mutton and lamb
  • Cooked meats retailing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Total Meat Consumption
  • Perceived health
  • Gross disposable income of households

  • Current Performance
    Health consciousnessEthical consumptionExternal competitionProfit margins
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
    Consumer trendsCompetitive pressuresAvenues for growth
  • Table: Butchers Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Butchers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers in Ireland

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Meat Processing in Ireland
  • Meat Product Manufacturing in Ireland
  • Poultry Meat Processing in Ireland
  • Prepared Meal Manufacturing in Ireland

  • Products & Services
  • Poultry meat
  • Pig meat
  • Beef and veal
  • Sheep meat
  • Other
  • Chart: Butchers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • High-income households: first and second income quintiles
  • Middle-income households: third and fourth highest income quintiles
  • Low-income households: fifth income quintile
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Butchers Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Marketing
  • Rent
  • Other Costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Butchers

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Butchers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Butchers Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Butchers Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Marketing (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Flexitarian
  • A person who is primarily vegetarian but also occasionally eats meat or fish.
  • Organic Meat
  • Meat which comes from animals that are raised and slaughtered using sustainable and ethical farming and production methods, such as being given no antibiotics or growth hormones.
  • Wagyu
  • A Japanese breed of beef cattle.
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