Toned down: Supermarket price wars have constrained industry revenue growth

Consumer appetites for processed herbs and spices have grown over the past five years. While many of the Herb and Spice Processing industry's products are staple items, consumers have demonstrated an increasing willingness to experiment with their food, trying new products and flavours. Industry revenue is expected to grow by an annualised 0.7% over the five years through 2017-18, to $232.4 million. Popular reality TV cooking shows and a general trend towards higher quality, healthier food have driven industry revenue growth over the past five years. However, the dominance of large-scale supermarkets as distributors of industry products has suppressed prices and kept industry revenue growth in check. Consequently, industry revenue is expected to decline by 1.5% in more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has benefited from cooking reality TV shows inspiring consumers to try new flavours
  • Popular cooking reality TV shows have boosted the use of processed herbs and spices
  • Supermarket competition will remain fierce and continue to force down industry prices
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Herb and Spice Processing industry has grown modestly over the past five years. The industry has sustained relatively stable demand, as pre-packaged herbs and spices are generally considered staple items used in home cooking and in restaurant and cafe meals. Industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 0.7% over the five years through 2017-18, to $232.4 million. Changing consumer attitudes towards cooking have boosted industry growth over the past five years. Popular reality TV shows such as MasterChef have encouraged consumers to experiment more with their cooking, boosting purchases of processed herbs and spices. However, the industry’s relatively weak position in the supply chain compared with supermarkets has driven down prices and limited revenue growth. Sup...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Herb and Spice Processing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Herb and Spice Processing Industry are

  • Proximity to key suppliers
  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Establishment of brand names
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from supermarkets and grocery stores and Real household disposable income in the Herb and Spice Processing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Herb and Spice Processing Industry?

    Industry operators process and package herbs and spices for use in food production, hospitality and home cooking. The industry does not include fresh herbs and spices.

    Industry Products
  • Spices
  • Leafy herbs
  • Root herbs
  • Seed herbs
  • Flower herbs
  • Mixed spices and seasonings
  • Industry Activities
  • Dry herb processing
  • Spice processing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from supermarkets and grocery stores
  • Real household disposable income
  • Demand from cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Rising popularity
  • Supermarket prices
  • Trade and participation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Stable demand
  • Supermarket competition
  • Export markets
  • Participation and profit
  • Table: Herb and Spice Processing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Herb and Spice Processing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Soft Drink and Pre-Packaged Food Wholesaling
  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Supermarkets and Grocery Stores

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Outdoor Vegetable Growing
  • Under Cover Vegetable Growing

  • Products & Services
  • Spices
  • Leafy herbs
  • Mixed spices and seasonings
  • Seed herbs
  • Root herbs
  • Flower herbs
  • Chart: Herb and Spice Processing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Supermarkets and grocery stores
  • Export markets
  • Wholesalers
  • Food manufacturers
  • Food service establishments
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Herb and Spice Processing 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 Herb and Spice Processing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Herb and Spice Processing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    McCormick Foods Australia Pty Ltd, Mars Australia Pty Ltd,
  • Table: McCormick Foods Australia Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Mars Australia Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Herb and Spice Processing 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 Herb and Spice Processing 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
    Food Standards Australia New Zealand
  • The agency responsible for developing and administering requirements for food safety and labelling in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Private-Label Products
  • A product purchased from a contracted manufacturer by a retailer or supplier, and sold under the brand name of the retailer or supplier, not the manufacturer.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A rising trend in the food supply chain, where end sellers and processors deal directly with each other and bypass intermediary wholesalers.
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