Home to roost: The enduring popularity of chicken dishes has supported revenue growth

The Poultry Meat Processing industry has performed well over the past five years. Industry operators process chicken, turkey, goose, duck and other fowl. Approximately 80% of processed poultry products are sold raw, while the remaining 20% are ready to cook or fully cooked value-added products. Value-added poultry products include seasoned, marinated, crumbed and battered meats or cuts useful for snacks, entertaining or meals. The industry’s major downstream markets are retailers and food-service operators. Over the five-year period through 2018-19, industry revenue is expected to rise at a compound annual rate of 0.7% to reach £5.2 billion...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Chicken has remained highly popular and has benefited from weaker economic conditions
  • Operators have undertaken significant merger and acquisition actvity over the past five-year period
  • Per-capita poultry consumption is expected to rise, to the benefit of the industry
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Poultry Meat Processing industry has a medium level of capital intensity. For every £1.00 spent on capital, approximately £4.24 is spent on wages, which has remained steady over the past five years.The extent to which new technology has been adopted varies, with higher uptake by larger operators. Investment has been undertaken to improve efficiency so that most firms are using modern, automatic equipment and freezing and chilling facilities. New technology tends to increase capital intensity and most activities can be automated. However, some firms are sticking with traditional hand-cutting methods as a means of differentiation and in pursuit of quality. This is expected to keep capital intensity at a moderate level...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Poultry Meat Processing Industry

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

  • Output is sold under contract - incorporate long-term sales contracts
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Upstream vertical integration (ownership links)
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from supermarkets and Demand from takeaway and fast-food restaurants in the Poultry Meat Processing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Poultry Meat Processing Industry?

    This industry consists of firms operating slaughterhouses engaged in killing, dressing or packing poultry. Operators are involved in the production of fresh, chilled or frozen meat in individual portions as well as the rendering of edible poultry fats. Also included is the production of feathers and down, whereas the packaging of meat is excluded from this industry.

    Industry Products
  • Whole chicken
  • Cuts of chicken
  • Turkey
  • Goose, duck and other fowl
  • Offal, feathers, down and fats
  • Industry Activities
  • Chicken processing
  • Turkey processing
  • Duck processing
  • Goose processing
  • Game bird processing
  • Feather and down selling
  • 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
  • Demand from takeaway and fast-food restaurants
  • Animal feed prices
  • Domestic price of beef

  • Current Performance
  • Contamination concerns
  • Gobbling up the competition
  • Demand from


  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Increased uncertainty
  • Profit performance
  • Consumption trends
  • Feeding farmers
  • Table: Poultry Meat Processing Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Meat Wholesaling
  • Supermarkets
  • Department Stores
  • Meat & Meat Product Retailing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Poultry Raising

  • Products & Services
  • Cuts of chicken
  • Whole chicken
  • Turkey
  • Goose, duck and other fowl
  • Offal, feathers, down and fats
  • Chart: Poultry Meat Processing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Supermarkets
  • Wholesalers
  • Food-service industry
  • Food manufacturers
  • Butchers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Poultry Meat Processing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Poultry Meat Processing

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Boparan Holdings Ltd, Moy Park Limited, Faccenda Foods Limited,
  • Table: Boparan Holdings Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Moy Park Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Faccenda Foods Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Poultry 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 Poultry Meat Processing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A layer of finer feathers found under a bird's tougher exterior feathers.
  • Game Bird
  • A bird that can be legally hunted. These include pheasants, quails and pigeons.
  • Offal
  • The internal organs of a slaughtered animal. These include products such as liver, which can be sold as by-products.
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