Tough conditions: Declining meat consumption has caused revenue to fall in recent years

Operators in the Meat Wholesaling industry have faced relatively challenging conditions over the past five years. Revenue has come under pressure from falling meat consumption at the beginning of the period, changing consumer trends and rising wholesale bypass. Additionally, the industry was rocked in early 2013 by the discovery of horsemeat in various products labelled as beef. This led to calls for stricter testing and supervision of meat processing and distribution. It also encouraged increased wholesale bypass by prompting supermarkets to take tighter control of their supply chains. Fluctuating levels of meat consumption and disposable incomes are expected to have resulted in a degree of revenue volatility over the period...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£9.9bn
Annual Growth 13-18
-1.2%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
23,939
Businesses
2,231
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Falling meat consumption and rising wholesale bypass have negatively affected performance
  • Falling demand and pressure to lower prices have caused profit margins to narrow in recent years
  • Rising levels of health consciousness are expected to result in fish becoming a stronger competitive threat
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Meat Wholesaling industry has faced numerous challenges over recent years, including constrained growth of meat consumption and the trend towards supermarkets integrating supply chain operations, bypassing meat wholesalers. Operators have had to contend with a number of supply-side and demand-side shocks over the past five years, such as the horsemeat scandal in early 2013, which hit meat sales and boosted wholesale bypass. As a consequence, meat consumption fell over the two years through 2013-14 and industry revenue declined significantly in 2013-14 as a result. Accordingly, industry revenue has been relatively volatile and is estimated to contract at a compound annual rate of 1.2% during the five years through 2017-18. Des...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Meat Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Must comply with government regulations
  • Effective cost controls
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Domestic price of beef and Domestic price of chicken in the Meat Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Meat Wholesaling Industry?

    Operators in the Meat Wholesaling industry wholesale fresh and frozen meat and meat products. Businesses in this industry generally purchase meat from slaughterhouses and sell it to retailers such as grocery stores, butchers, restaurants and caterers. Wholesalers perform little or no additional processing beyond repackaging, instead focusing on storage and distribution.

    Industry Products
  • Chicken and other poultry
  • Beef and veal
  • Lamb and mutton
  • Pork
  • Industry Activities
  • Wholesaling frozen meat
  • Wholesaling fresh meat
  • Wholesaling meat products
  • 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
  • Domestic price of chicken
  • Total meat consumption
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Real household disposable income
  • Health consciousness

  • Current Performance
  • Supermarket price pressure
  • Profit falls fowl
  • Flogging a dead horse
  • Concerns about consumption
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand conditions
  • Wholesale bypass
  • Referendum effects
  • Table: Meat Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets
  • Meat & Meat Product Retailing
  • Full-Service Restaurants

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Meat Processing
  • Poultry Meat Processing

  • Products & Services
  • Chicken and other poultry
  • Beef and veal
  • Pork
  • Lamb and mutton
  • Other
  • Chart: Meat Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Supermarkets
  • Restaurants
  • Butchers and speciality meat retailers
  • Caterers and food-service contractors
  • Food manufacturers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Meat Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Meat Wholesaling 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 Meat Wholesaling 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 Wholesaling Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Delivered Wholesaler
  • A wholesaler that supplies products solely via a delivery service to customers in the retail sector.
  • Lamb
  • Meat from a sheep less than one year old.
  • Mutton
  • Meat from a sheep more than two years old.
  • Small Drop Model
  • A business model based on delivering small consignments to downstream customers.
  • Veal
  • Meat from young cattle or calves.
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