Hamming it up: Despite wholesale bypass, revenue has grown due to higher meat prices

Structural changes in upstream industries and ongoing retailer wholesale bypass have put pressure on operators in the Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods Wholesaling industry over the past five years. As larger wholesalers have diversified their product ranges to benefit from economies of scale, they have entered the General Line Grocery Wholesaling industry, leaving a highly fragmented market for meat wholesaling. Despite this, industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 6.1% over the five years through 2017-18, to reach $16.3 billion. This includes a projected rise of 2.4% in the current year. However, this growth slightly overstates the industry's performance, as disproportionately represents rising meat prices, rather than volume or market growth...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

  • Larger wholesalers have diversified their product ranges and therefore exited the industry
  • Increasing health consciousness has negatively affected consumption of red meat and smallgoods
  • Large meat processing firms are absorbing the wholesale function, constraining industry growth
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The industry is moderately capital-intensive. For every dollar invested in capital across the industry, an estimated $6.00 is paid as wages. Over the past five years, the level of capital intensity has remained at a moderate level as the industry has implemented new technology to improve efficiency and reduce costs. The main areas of capital expenditure include cooling or refrigeration equipment and delivery vehicles. The level of capital intensity is projected to continue rising as more processes become automated to achieve greater efficiency and cut costs.Labour requirements remain moderate due to the high number of small- to mid-sized operators. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods Wholesaling are:

  • Must comply with government regulations
  • Effective cost controls
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Domestic price of meat and Meat consumption in the Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods Wholesaling Industry?

    Industry operators primarily purchase and sell fresh or frozen meat, bacon, ham, smallgoods, poultry and rabbit meat. Businesses generally purchase meat and meat products from abattoirs and sell these products to retailers with minimum further processing. The industry excludes wholesaling activities related to canned meat, fish and seafood, and firms that wholesale industry products in conjunction with a variety of other grocery products.

    Industry Products
  • Beef and veal
  • Lamb and mutton
  • Pork
  • Processed meats and smallgoods
  • Poultry
  • Game and other meats
  • Industry Activities
  • Frozen meat wholesaling
  • Meat wholesaling (except canned meat)
  • Bacon wholesaling
  • Smallgoods wholesaling
  • Rabbit meat wholesaling
  • Poultry meat wholesaling (except canned poultry)
  • Sausage wholesaling
  • Ham wholesaling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Domestic price of meat
  • Meat consumption
  • Demand from fish and seafood wholesaling
  • Health consciousness
  • Real household disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Meat production
  • Consumer preferences
  • Wholesale bypass
  • Profit squeeze
  • Operational changes
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Consumption and demand
  • Structural changes
  • Table: Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Fresh Meat, Fish and Poultry Retailing
  • Catering Services
  • Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Cafes and Coffee Shops

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Cured Meat and Smallgoods Manufacturing
  • Meat Processing

  • Products & Services
  • Processed meats and smallgoods
  • Poultry
  • Beef and veal
  • Lamb and mutton
  • Pork
  • Game and other meats
  • Chart: Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Disposable incomes
  • Health consciousness
  • Supermarkets

  • Major Markets
  • Hospitality and other food-service providers
  • Butchers
  • Supermarkets
  • Other markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods Wholesaling 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 Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods Wholesaling 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 Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods Wholesaling 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 Meat, Poultry and Smallgoods Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Food Standards Australia New Zealand
  • An independent statutory authority that develops food standards to maintain a safe food supply for Australian consumers.
  • Smallgoods
  • Cooked, dried, smoked or cured meat products such as bacon and salami.
  • Turn-Off
  • The number of livestock available for market produced by a rural property or district.
  • Vertical Integration
  • The extent to which a firm owns its upstream suppliers and its downstream buyers. Wholesale activities are commonly owned by manufacturers or retailers.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • Bypassing the wholesaler, such as when retailers purchase directly from the manufacturer.
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