Fork out the dough: Volatile input prices have put pressure on industry margins

IBISWorld’s Bread Production market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Bread Production industry has faced numerous challenges over the past five years. Growing competition from supermarkets’ instore bakeries and the consumer shift away from factory-baked bread towards speciality and artisan retailers have caused the industry’s share of the overall bread market to fall. In addition, volatile input prices have constrained industry growth prospects and squeezed profit margins. Evolving nutritional concerns, particularly those relating to carbohydrate consumption, have also worked against the industry. Consumers’ purchasing patterns are changing and the traditional factory-baked packaged loaf of sliced white bread is falling out of favour, with unpackaged fresh-baked artisanal bread taking its place...

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Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

Similarly to other high-carbohydrate food industries, the Bread Production industry has faced numerous challenges over the past decade. The increased availability of substitute foods and rapidly changing dietary and lifestyle trends pose significant threats to industry sales and growth prospects. Fluctuating commodity prices, particularly for wheat, have placed additional pressure on production costs and squeezed manufacturers’ profit margins. Competitive pressures have also intensified over the past five years due to price wars initiated by the major supermarkets. Supermarkets have also added to downward price and volume pressures for industry operators by rolling out more instore bakeries that bring extra competition. How..

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What is the Bread Production Industry?

The industry produces leavened and unleavened bread from factory-based premises. Companies that produce bread dough (fresh or frozen), breadcrumbs or par-baked bread are also included. Businesses that bake and sell bread from the same premises are not part of the industry.

Industry Products
White breads and rolls
Flat and savoury breads
Other breads and bread based products
Muffins, crumpets and sweet breads
Other breads and rolls
Industry Activities
Bread production (leavened or unleavened)
Bread roll production
Breadcrumbs production
Bread dough production (fresh or frozen)
Fruit loaf production
English muffin, panini, bagels and pita bread production

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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