Greener pastures: Strong revenue growth has attracted new players to the industry

IBISWorld’s Organic Farming market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.


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

  • Retailers and restaurants are selling an increasing number of organic products
  • Consumers that purchase their groceries online for home delivery are a significant market
  • Domestic demand for organic food and produce is expected to continue growing strongly

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Organic Farming industry provides a variety of products including beef, fruit, vegetables and poultry. These products are free from artificial chemicals, pesticides and fertilisers, or genetically modified organisms. Organic farming has been one of the economy’s best performing industries over the past five years. Global demand for organic produce is rising due to increasing health concerns about food. Industry revenue is projected to grow at an annualised 17.4% over the five years through 2016-17. Revenue is forecast to reach $919.2 million in 2016-17, up 7.2% from the previous year.

    Australia has the largest area of organic farmland in the world, covering more than 22.0 million hectares. Most of this land is large rangelands for organic cattle farming...

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    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The barriers to enter the Organic Farming industry are moderate, mainly due to the lengthy certification process and conversion costs. The barriers to entry are expected to decline as organic farming becomes more established and new industry players have a greater network of resources to draw upon.

    Some farmers are deterred by the difficulty and potentially lower income involved in the conversion process to organic farming. Full organic certification requires a farmer to produce organically in accordance with all requirements of the organic standard for at least three years.

    The period of conversion usually involves a drop in farm income. Over this period, there may be a decline in yield but no balancing increase in the price received for produce. Con..

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    Additional Insights for the Organic Farming Industry

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

  • Having a good technical knowledge of organic farming systems
  • Access to organic inputs
  • Consistent supply to the market
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Level of annual rainfall and Health consciousness in the Organic Farming industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Organic Farming Industry?

    The industry includes farms that primarily produce organic fruit, vegetables, grains, other crops or livestock. Organic farming does not involve the use of artificial chemicals, pesticides and fertilisers, or genetically modified organisms. This report focuses on organic producers that are certified organic by any of the organic certification organisations.

    Industry Products
    Vegetables and herbs
    Beef cattle
    Other livestock
    Other products
    Industry Activities
    Fruit and vegetable growing
    Livestock farming
    Grain and oilseed production
    Honey production
    Other crop production

    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
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Health consciousness
  • Demand from food product manufacturing
  • Public concerns over environmental issues
  • Real household disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Organic goes mainstream
  • Price of produce
  • Farm trends
  • Downstream markets
  • Alliances and integration
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Supply boost
  • Downstream markets
  • Prices and structure
  • Table: Organic Farming Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Meat Processing
  • Poultry Processing
  • Milk and Cream Processing
  • Fruit and Vegetable Processing
  • Cereal Grain Wholesaling
  • Fruit and Vegetable Wholesaling
  • Supermarkets and Grocery Stores

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Agricultural Machinery Manufacturing
  • Livestock and Other Agricultural Supplies Wholesaling
  • Organic Farming

  • Products & Services
  • Beef cattle
  • Grains
  • Milk
  • Other products
  • Vegetables and herbs
  • Other livestock
  • Fruit
  • Chart: Organic Farming Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Price
  • Consumers

  • Major Markets
  • Processors
  • Wholesalers
  • Retailers
  • Farmers' markets
  • Export markets
  • Other producers and cooperatives
  • Consumers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Organic Farming 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
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Organic Farming

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Organic Farming Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Organic Farming 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 Organic Farming Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Certified Producer
  • A crop, livestock farmer or wild crop harvester that is accredited as producing organic produce.
  • Farmgate
  • Refers to the price the farmer receives for their produce. This represents farm revenue.
  • Genetically Modified
  • Plants and animals that have had their genome modified through genetic engineering techniques.
  • Imputed Wages
  • 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.
  • Pesticide
  • A chemical used to control, repel, attract or kill pests.
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