Strong appetite: Despite fierce competition and rising health consciousness, revenue has grown

The industry has expanded over the past five years. Although economic conditions improved, households continued to control their spending. This resulted in consumers purchasing prepared meals rather than going to restaurants, supporting revenue growth. The industry also has benefited from trends towards smaller households and falling unemployment, which prompted consumers to opt for time-saving and convenient food products over fresh ingredients. Developments in food science have also been advantageous, as operators have been able to produce tastier and more nutritious meals at lower more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Though revenue has increased, rising health consciousness has restricted industry growth
  • Advances in food science have made products cheaper and tastier, supporting an increase in demand
  • Trade restrictions arelikely to increase the costof EU-sourced inputs
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The level of capital intensity is determined by comparing the human and capital equipment factors of production, using wages and depreciation costs as proxies. Comparatively high depreciation costs indicate substantial investment in depreciable assets, such as buildings and equipment, resulting in high capital intensity. Conversely, comparatively high wage costs indicate high labour intensity.The Prepared Meal Manufacturing industry has a medium level of capital intensity. For every £1.00 spent on capital, approximately £6.21 is spent on wages. The industry requires labour for various activities, including production, research and development and marketing and sales. However, technological advances have allowed some tasks to be automated...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Prepared Meal Manufacturing Industry

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

  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Automation - reduces costs, particularly those associated with labour
  • Establishment of brand names
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from supermarkets and National unemployment rate in the Prepared Meal Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Prepared Meal Manufacturing Industry?

    Operators in the industry manufacture meals that are preserved by being frozen, chilled or stored in airtight containers such as in cans and jars. The industry excludes foods with fewer than two distinct ingredients (not including seasoning and additives) and perishable prepared meals like salads, sandwiches and fresh pizza.

    Industry Products
  • Chilled meals
  • Sealed meals
  • Frozen meals
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing frozen meals
  • Manufacturing canned meals
  • Manufacturing chilled meals
  • 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
  • National unemployment rate
  • Health consciousness
  • Real household disposable income
  • Population

  • Current Performance
  • Chilled meals

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  • Industry developments
  • Demographic changes
  • Imports and exports
  • The horsemeat scandal
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Product development
  • Growth restrictions
  • Import competition
  • Potential influences
  • Table: Prepared Meal Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Prepared Meal Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Grocery Wholesaling
  • Supermarkets

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Fruit & Vegetable Processing
  • Meat Processing
  • Plastic Packing Goods Manufacturing
  • Poultry Meat Processing
  • Seafood Processing

  • Products & Services
  • Chilled meals
  • Sealed meals
  • Frozen meals
  • Chart: Prepared Meal Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Single adults
  • Single-parent households
  • Nuclear families
  • Cohabiting couples
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Prepared Meal Manufacturing 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 Prepared Meal Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Prepared Meal Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Bakkavor Group plc, Northern Foods Limited, Birds Eye Limited,
  • Table: Bakkavor Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: Northern Foods Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Birds Eye Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Prepared Meal Manufacturing 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 Prepared Meal Manufacturing 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
    Chilled Prepared Meal
  • These are cooked prepared meals found in retail-store refrigerators. These products usually have a limited shelf life.
  • Own-Label
  • These products are marketed under the name of a retailer rather than the manufacturer's brand.
  • Sealed Meal
  • These prepared meals are preserved by an airtight seal, usually in the form of a can, so they do not need to be kept at low temperatures to prevent spoilage.
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