Sweet success: Growing sugar consumption will drive industry demand and revenue growth

IBISWorld’s Sugar Cane Growing market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • A forecast spike in domestic sugar prices is expected to boost current year industry revenue
  • Sugar cane yields dictate industry performance and are highly volatile from year to year
  • Industry growth prospects are positive but modest, given its vulnerability to external variables

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Sugar Cane Growing industry has performed strongly over the past five years, largely due to favourable weather patterns, higher commodity prices and fluctuations in global sugar production. At the beginning of the period, Australian sugar cane crops were recovering from excessive rainfall and flooding damage. Since then, mostly favourable weather conditions have allowed growers to increase harvested areas and sugar cane output. A forecast spike in the domestic price of sugar is expected to grow industry revenue by 18.3% in the current year. Over the five years through 2016-17, industry revenue is forecast to rise at an annualised 9.8%, to reach $1.8 billion.

    Approximately 80% of Australia's processed sugar is exported...

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    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Barriers to entry into the Sugar Cane Growing industry have eased over the past decade. Up until 2005, government regulations restricted entry to the industry. The Queensland State Government had the power to allocate growing areas and processing quotas. The deregulation of the sugar market in Queensland has lowered entry barriers substantially, though some factors still need to be overcome by operators looking to enter the industry.

    In some production areas, access to suitable land is a restraint to entry. This is partly the result of urbanisation. According to ABARES, the limited availability of land for expansion of Queensland farms will constrain growth in sugar production over the next ten years.


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    Additional Insights for the Sugar Cane Growing Industry

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

  • Ability to take advantage of government subsidies and other grants
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from sugar manufacturing and Domestic price of sugar in the Sugar Cane Growing industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Sugar Cane Growing Industry?

    Operators in the industry are primarily engaged in sugar cane growing.

    Industry Products
    Sugar cane
    Industry Activities
    Sugar cane growing

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from sugar manufacturing
  • Domestic price of sugar
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Production constraints
  • A global market
  • Export controversy
  • Profit fluctuations
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Downstream


  • Global demand and supply
  • Domestic consumption
  • Table: Sugar Cane Growing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sugar Cane Growing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Sugar Manufacturing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Fertiliser Manufacturing
  • Livestock and Other Agricultural Supplies Wholesaling
  • Pesticide Manufacturing
  • Shearing, Cropping and Agricultural Support Services

  • Products & Services
  • Sugar cane
  • Chart: Sugar Cane Growing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Sugar cane exporters
  • Sugar refiners selling to industrial users
  • Sugar refiners selling to supermarkets
  • Sugar refiners selling to wholesalers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sugar Cane Growing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Rent and utilities
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sugar Cane Growing

  • Basis of Competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sugar Cane Growing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sugar Cane Growing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

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

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Sugar Cane Growing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Cane crushed (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • A side product of sugar cane production, bagasse is used as a fuel in some sugar mills, and can also be processed into paper and other fibre-based products.
  • Farmgate Prices
  • Prices received by farmers, net of transport costs.
  • Molasses
  • A viscous by-product of the processing of sugar cane or sugar beets into sugar.
  • Tillage
  • Agricultural preparation of land for crop growing.
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