Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
While per capita meat consumption is expected to remain stagnant in the five years to 2016, economic woes before this period exacerbated consumption declines. In addition to broad trends related to consumer preference and disposable income, disease outbreaks have limited industry growth during specific years. Due to recovering consumer sentiment, population growth and strong export demand, meat-processing revenue is forecast to increase during the five years to 2021. Despite the stability of consumer demand for meat-based products, unpredictable weather conditions and disease outbreaks can cause volatility from year to year. To combat such volatility, operators will continue to vertically integrate, guaranteeing their supply.
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Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter
The Meat, Beef and Poultry Processing industry has a medium concentration of ownership. The four largest companies in this industry are estimated to account for 37.3% of the domestic market. Acquisitions by larger industry operators have increased concentration even further during the past five years. This trend is projected to continue due to profitability pressures in many major firms, as key players concentrate on core business development to achieve optimal economies of scale. Most of the larger operators within this industry produce more than one type of meat product, and many are expanding their product range. Tyson and Smithfield, the leading processors of chicken and pork (respectively), recently acquired beef and turkey processing plants (respectively)... purchase to read more