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Food Processing (Industrial Report) - Ireland - April 2011

The recession has changed the food processing landscape, with collapses of some companies, consolidation among others and even the creation of new enterprises designed to meet consumers ever increasing demands.

Further to this the industry has had to face rising energy costs, high food inflation, the strong Euro/weak Sterling making exports of goods and import of ingredients difficult, and difficulty accessing credit. This report investigates the key factors influencing the food processing industry in both NI and RoI, highlight key threats and opportunities for growth.

Key themes of the report include:

  • What role do exports play in the Irish food processing industry? – How important is the overseas market to Irish food processors? What opportunities does this channel provide?
  • What impact does the drive for value among consumers have? – The recession has seen Irish consumers become more savvy in their buying habits, and pushing for lower prices from food companies. What effect has this on the industry?
  • Is ‘buying local’ the way forward? – Environmental and ethical trends have seen consumers more inclined to want to buy food products from local producers. What opportunities or threats does this provide food processors?
  • Who are the key players in the Irish food processing market? – Who are the key suppliers and buyers?
  • What effect are rising production costs having? – As ingredient prices and energy costs continue to rise, what effect is this having on Irish food processors? Does it effect their ability to compete with cheaper overseas processors?
  • What impact will the health trend have on Irish food processors? – As NI and RoI governments aim to make consumers healthier, and reduce the threat of obesity, what impact will this have on food processors and how they conduct business?

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Table of contents

  1. Issues in the Market

      • Key themes of the report
        • Definition
          • Abbreviations
          • Future Opportunities

            • Dark shadow cast over industry by continued economic difficulties
              • Meeting the Irish consumer’s needs
                • Figure 1: Drivers of Irish consumer demand, 2011
              • Still room for a little luxury
                • Irish exports remain strong
                  • For opportunities look East
                    • Seeds of growth in Australia and America
                      • Will the Euro remain strong?
                      • Market in Brief

                        • IoI value of processed foods worth €17 billion in 2011.
                          • Exports continue to drive growth in the Industry
                            • Economic climate remains challenging for processors
                              • High costs of production for Irish food processors
                                • Difficulties within the Eurozone
                                  • Powerful buyers are able to exert their influence
                                    • Health concerns over processed foods
                                      • Traceability more important than ever
                                        • Waste packaging – goals are met early but requirements become stricter
                                          • Immigrant workers in food processing
                                          • Market Background

                                            • Key points
                                              • Structure of the Irish food processing industry
                                                • Figure 2: Structure of the Irish food processing industry
                                              • Chain of food processing
                                                • Figure 3: Overview of stages of food production
                                              • Irish food industry characterised by fragmented production
                                                • Importance to the economy
                                                  • Heavily regulated industry
                                                    • RoI food processing governing bodies
                                                      • Food Safety Authority of Ireland
                                                        • Environmental Protection Agency
                                                          • NI food processing governing bodies
                                                            • The Food Standards Agency
                                                              • Gangmasters Licensing Authority
                                                                • Environment and Heritage Service
                                                                  • Supporting bodies
                                                                    • RoI supporting bodies
                                                                      • Bord Bia
                                                                        • Teagasc
                                                                          • Food and Drink Industry Ireland
                                                                            • NI supporting bodies
                                                                              • Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association
                                                                                • Food NI
                                                                                  • Livestock and Meat Commission
                                                                                    • Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health
                                                                                    • Internal Market Environment

                                                                                      • Key points
                                                                                        • Food consumption and the recession
                                                                                          • Figure 4: Patterns of demand pre recession, during recession and post recession
                                                                                        • Consumers demand value for money
                                                                                          • The value of exports
                                                                                            • RoI food exports
                                                                                              • Figure 5: RoI food exports 2009-10
                                                                                            • Meat and seafood main import and export countries
                                                                                              • Figure 6: Primary meat and seafood import and export countries for RoI, 2011
                                                                                            • NI exports
                                                                                              • Figure 7: Gross turnover by subsector in 2008 with provisional estimates for 2009
                                                                                            • Export opportunities
                                                                                              • Beef to mainland Europe
                                                                                                • Dairy to China
                                                                                                  • Concerns regarding imports
                                                                                                    • Worry about standard of imported meat
                                                                                                      • The drive to remain competitive
                                                                                                        • Staying local versus going global
                                                                                                          • NI and RoI associations campaigning for local produce
                                                                                                            • From Food Miles to Life Cycle Assessment
                                                                                                              • Pinching pennies or protecting the planet?
                                                                                                                • Health scares
                                                                                                                  • Rising obesity levels
                                                                                                                    • Healthy choices
                                                                                                                      • Using health claims to market food and drinks
                                                                                                                        • Concern about cancer risks
                                                                                                                          • Reducing salt is vital
                                                                                                                            • Regulatory burden facing the market
                                                                                                                              • GM foods and labelling
                                                                                                                                • Consumers struggle to understand food labels
                                                                                                                                  • From farm to fork – the impact of food traceability
                                                                                                                                    • Waste regulations
                                                                                                                                      • Waste management and the recession
                                                                                                                                        • Enterprising solutions to costly problems
                                                                                                                                        • Broader Market Environment

                                                                                                                                          • Key points
                                                                                                                                            • RoI cedes control to the IMF/EU
                                                                                                                                                • Figure 8: RoI economic outlook, 2008-11
                                                                                                                                              • NI economy faring better
                                                                                                                                                • Figure 9: NI economic outlook, 2008-10
                                                                                                                                              • Effects of recession on food processing
                                                                                                                                                • Figure 10: The finance sources used by SMEs in the past six months, June-July 2009
                                                                                                                                              • The spectre of inflation
                                                                                                                                                • Food prices poised to increase
                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 11: US wheat prices per ton September 2006 to September 2011
                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 12: US sugar prices September 2006-September 2011
                                                                                                                                                • Operating costs to rise also
                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 13: Brent crude oil price, September 2006-September 2011
                                                                                                                                                • Transport costs also to rise
                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 14: UK and RoI diesel prices, 2001 -10
                                                                                                                                                • Will the Euro remain strong?
                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 15: Euro to GBP exchange rates, January 2000 to December 2010
                                                                                                                                              • Market Value and Forecast

                                                                                                                                                • Key points
                                                                                                                                                  • Food processing market grows, despite recession
                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 16: Estimated market value of the Irish food processing industry, NI and RoI, 2005-15
                                                                                                                                                  • NI market heavily reliant on external markets
                                                                                                                                                    • RoI exports account for three-quarters of total revenue
                                                                                                                                                      • Future outlook
                                                                                                                                                      • Market Segmentation

                                                                                                                                                        • Key points
                                                                                                                                                          • Meat processors account for highest market value in NI
                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 17: Estimated gross turnover for NI food processors, by subsector, 2011
                                                                                                                                                          • Meat processors also dominate RoI market
                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 18: Estimated gross turnover for RoI food processors, by subsector, 2011
                                                                                                                                                          • Dairy market faces production cost challenge
                                                                                                                                                            • Drinks industry seeing shift in channel distribution
                                                                                                                                                            • Strengths and Weaknesses

                                                                                                                                                              • Strengths
                                                                                                                                                                • Weaknesses
                                                                                                                                                                • Suppliers

                                                                                                                                                                  • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                    • RoI food processing companies
                                                                                                                                                                      • AIBP (Anglo Irish Processors)
                                                                                                                                                                        • Breeo Foods
                                                                                                                                                                          • Carton Bros
                                                                                                                                                                            • Dawn Group
                                                                                                                                                                              • Donegal Creameries
                                                                                                                                                                                • Glanbia
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kerry Group
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ó' Cathain Iasc Teo
                                                                                                                                                                                      • NI food processing companies
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Avondale Foods
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Crossgar
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Dale farm
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dunbia
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Foyle Food Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Irwin’s Bakery
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Moy Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Willowbrook Farm
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Buyers

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Multiples
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • ALDI and LIDL
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • ALDI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Lidl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Asda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Co-operative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Dunnes Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Iceland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sainsbury’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Superquinn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Tesco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Symbol operators
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ADM Londis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Barry Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • BWG Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Henderson Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Musgrave Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Foodservice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Outsourced catering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sodexo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ARAMARK/Campbell Catering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Mount Charles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Compass Group UK and Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Fast food outlets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Hotels and restaurants

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Companies Covered

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Food Processing (Industrial Report) - Ireland - April 2011

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