Pick of the crop: Overseas demand for the sector's high-quality products boosts revenue

The Agribusiness sector is highly diverse and consists of operators involved in agricultural services or production across the food supply chain. Operators include primary producers of agricultural commodities, processors, manufacturers and wholesalers. Weather patterns have a strong influence on farm yields and input prices across the supply chain, and have contributed to varying revenue movements in each segment over the past five years. However, the diversity of operators in the sector has mitigated the effects of fluctuations at different times.Sector revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 2.1% over the five years through 2017-18, to $269.6 billion...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Overseas demand for high-value meat and dairy products has aided industry revenue growth
  • Many consumers in export markets have turned to Australia to meet strong demand for beef
  • Agricultural output volumes will likely increase, despite concerns over water availability
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The sector exhibits moderate barriers to entry. However, entry barriers are largely contingent on the scale of production the entrant pursues. There are many different levels in which to participate in the sector, such as farming, manufacturing and processing, right through to wholesaling of agricultural suppliers for farmers. The highest barriers to entry exist in those segments that deal directly with the handling and processing of food, particularly meat and other hygiene-sensitive products. Strict government regulations regarding food safety requirements apply to these businesses. The various regulatory authorities have the ability to refuse entry to operators that do not meet the relevant standards...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Agribusiness Industry

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

  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Economies of scale
  • Establishment of export markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Level of annual rainfall and Realised farm income in the Agribusiness industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Agribusiness Industry?

    The Agribusiness sector includes businesses that are directly engaged in, or directly benefit from, agricultural activities. All businesses in this sector produce agricultural commodities, are primary processors of agricultural produce, or supply goods and services to farms.

    Industry Products
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Meat, livestock and fish
  • Dairy products
  • Poultry and eggs
  • Grains and cereals
  • Fibres and other crops
  • Farm inputs and support
  • Industry Activities
  • Agricultural primary production
  • Food processing
  • Beverage
  • Agricultural product wholesaling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Realised farm income
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Domestic price of coarse grains
  • Domestic price of meat

  • Current Performance
  • Water availability
  • Global demand
  • Foreign interest
  • Sector structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Farm production
  • Globalisation trend
  • Sector structure
  • Table: Agribusiness Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Fresh Meat, Fish and Poultry Retailing
  • Fruit and Vegetable Retailing
  • Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
  • Convenience Stores

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Foreign Banks
  • National and Regional Commercial Banks
  • Rail Freight Transport
  • Road Freight Transport

  • Products & Services
  • Meat, livestock and fish
  • Grains and cereals
  • Farm inputs and support
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Dairy products
  • Fibres and other crops
  • Poultry and eggs
  • Chart: Agribusiness Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Consumer-driven demand
  • External demand influences

  • Major Markets
  • Manufacturers and processors
  • Food retailers and food-service establishments
  • Export markets
  • Primary producers
  • Wholesalers
  • Supermarket chains
  • Other markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Agribusiness Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation, rent and utilities
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Agribusiness

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Agribusiness 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 Agribusiness 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 Agribusiness Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Farm Gate
  • Refers to primary producers. Farmgate prices are those received by the farmer for livestock or crops. Farmgate prices typically dictate purchase costs throughout the supply chain.
  • Genetically Modified (Gm) Crops
  • Crops that have had their genetic material artificially altered to fulfil a specific purpose.
  • Grain Feed
  • Minimally processed grain that is used specifically to feed domesticated livestock such as cattle and sheep.
  • Imputed Wage
  • The estimated labour input of the farm owner, their partner and/or family members, based on hours worked and wages outlined in the Federal Pastoral Industry Award.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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