Cut fine: Revenue is expected to rise in the current year, following a period of volatility

The Meat Processing industry in the United Kingdom is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 1.6% over the five years through 2017-18. 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 declined at the beginning of the period on the back of reduced demand for industry products, IBISWorld expects healthier growth over the second part of the five-year period supported by rises in meat consumption and stronger export demand. During the current year, revenue is expected to grow by 1.7% to reach £7.6 billion.The horsemeat scandal, which broke in early 2013, was an important factor influencing the development of the industry over the past five more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Although scandals caused volatility earlier in the period, revenue is expected to rise overall
  • Many burger restaurants have emphasised sourcing meat domestically, to the benefit of the industry
  • The UK’s exit from the European Union could open up trade with the United States
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The UK Meat Processing industry has faced major changes in the past five years as consumers’ tastes started changing as a result of fluctuations in meat prices and health concerns. Apart from the horsemeat scandal of 2013, which prompted some changes to the industry’s organisation and brought a great deal of adverse publicity for industry operator ABP Food Group, the industry has also been changed by the departure of VION Food UK Ltd, also in 2013. Its pork division was bought by its management in January 2013 and became Karro Food Group. A packing plant was sold to Morrisons and the red meat and poultry operations went to 2 Sisters Food Group. Volatile meat prices have caused substantial fluctuations in industry revenue over the past five years. The...purchase to read more.

    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..

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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 veal
  • Lamb and sheep
  • Pork
  • Skins
  • Edible fats
  • Offal
  • Industry Activities
  • Slaughtering animals
  • Producing cuts of beef
  • Producing cuts of lamb and mutton
  • Producing cuts of pork
  • Producing cuts of other red meats
  • Selling by-products from the slaughtering process
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    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
  • In the bun
  • Profit cuts
  • Over the borders
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Rising regulation
  • American dream
  • Funding
  • Table: Meat Processing Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • 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 and sheep
  • Offal
  • Skins
  • Edible fats
  • Other
  • 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
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesUtilitiesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Meat Processing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Meat Processing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Dunbia Ltd, ABP Food Group, Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, Cranswick plc,
  • Table: Dunbia Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: ABP Food Group - financial performance
  • Table: Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc - financial performance
  • Table: Cranswick plc - financial performance

  • 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
    Table: Industry Data for the Meat Processing Industry
  • 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
    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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