Sticky situation: Volatility in the world price of sugar has constrained revenue growth

The Sugar Manufacturing industry has faced volatile commodity prices and fluctuating weather patterns over the past five years. The way milled sugar is marketed and exported has changed over the period, shifting supply chain arrangements and contributing to uncertainty among industry operators. Industry revenue is expected to rise at an annualised 1.2% over the five years through 2018-19, to $3.4 billion. This includes an anticipated decline of 2.4% in the current year. While world sugar prices have exhibited volatility over the past five years, the domestic price of sugar has fallen, boosting industry profitability. The industry derives a large share of its revenue from more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has faced volatile commodity prices and variable weather patterns over the period
  • The industry’s reliance on exports means that its performance depends on world sugar prices
  • Output from major global producers, such as Brazil, will continue to heavily influence the market
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Sugar Manufacturing industry is highly capital-intensive. For every dollar invested in capital across the industry in 2018-19, an estimated $2.80 is paid as wages. Industry operators have introduced new technology at a slower rate over the past five years after a period of extensive capital improvements when the industry upgraded its machinery. This trend is particularly true in the sugar refining segment, in which many refineries have introduced high-speed production lines over the past decade. These production lines have allowed manufacturers to increase output without a corresponding increase in employment. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Sugar Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Sugar Manufacturing are:

  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • Supply contracts in place for key inputs
  • Ability to effectively manage risk
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of sugar and Demand from chocolate and confectionery manufacturing in the Sugar Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Sugar Manufacturing Industry?

    Companies in the industry primarily manufacture raw or refined sugar or molasses from sugar cane, raw cane sugar or sugar beet.

    Industry Products
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Raw sugar
  • Cafe products
  • Sugar by-products
  • Other products
  • Industry Activities
  • Brown sugar
  • Cane syrup
  • Caster sugar
  • Icing sugar
  • Icing sugar mixture
  • Molasses
  • Sugar
  • Treacle
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of sugar
  • Demand from chocolate and confectionery manufacturing
  • Demand from soft drink manufacturing
  • Domestic price of sugar
  • Health consciousness

  • Current Performance
  • Export controversy
  • World sugar prices
  • Upstream production
  • Industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Export channels
  • Consumption outlook
  • World market trends
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Sugar Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Ice Cream Manufacturing
  • Cake and Pastry Manufacturing
  • Biscuit Manufacturing
  • Chocolate and Confectionery Manufacturing
  • General Line Grocery Wholesaling
  • Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
  • Soft Drink Manufacturing
  • Fruit Juice Drink Manufacturing
  • Restaurants

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Sugar Cane Growing

  • Products & Services
  • White sugar
  • Sugar by-products
  • Cafe products
  • Other products
  • Raw sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Chart: Sugar Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Health concerns
  • Price

  • Major Markets
  • Export markets
  • Supermarkets
  • Other markets
  • Wholesalers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sugar 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 Sugar Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sugar Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Wilmar Sugar Australia Limited, Mackay Sugar Limited, MP Australia Holdings Pty Ltd, Finasucre Investments (Australia) Pty Limited, Tully Sugar Limited,
  • Table: Wilmar Sugar Australia Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Mackay Sugar Limited - financial performance
  • Table: MP Australia Holdings Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Finasucre Investments (Australia) Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Tully Sugar Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sugar 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 Sugar Manufacturing 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
  • The residual fibrous pulp remaining from sugar cane processing.
  • Ethanol
  • An alcohol-based fuel produced from the fermentation of a range of plants, including sugar cane.
  • Molasses
  • A by-product from processing sugar cane or sugar beets into sugar.
  • Sugar Futures Market
  • Where sugar buyers and sellers enter agreements to trade a set amount of sugar at a predetermined price and date.
  • Treacle
  • Syrup produced during the sugar refining process.
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