How sweet it is: A weak Australian dollar is boosting industry export earnings

IBISWorld’s Sugar Manufacturing 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.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Sugar Manufacturing industry has faced volatile commodity prices and fluctuating weather patterns over the past five years. Despite these trends, industry revenue is forecast to grow at an annualised 2.8% over the five years through 2016-17, to reach $3.0 billion. Domestic sugar prices have remained high for the majority of the past five years, although they have trended downwards over most of the period. Additionally, domestic sugar production has increased over the past five years. These two factors have boosted industry revenue over the period. Industry revenue is forecast to grow 19.9% during 2016-17, due to soaring world sugar prices in Australian dollar terms.

The industry derives a large share of its revenue from exports...

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Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

Firms wishing to engage in sugar manufacturing face significant barriers to entry. A major factor inhibiting entry is access to raw supplies. The presence of internationally owned companies and medium- and long-term supply contracts in both raw and refined sugar markets can act as a major impediment to entry. Although the deregulation of the Queensland sugar industry has allowed canegrowers to sell their harvest to the mill of their choice, most canegrowers have contracts with mills to sell to them for a set period. This arrangement may limit the ability of new millers to secure sugar cane for processing. The land available for agriculture is also declining, so the difficulty of sourcing raw supplies may increase in the future.


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Industry Products

What is the Sugar Manufacturing Industry?

Industry companies 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
Other products
Industry Activities
Brown sugar
Cane syrup
Caster sugar
Icing sugar
Icing sugar mixture

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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