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No grains: Increasing competition and pricing pressures will impede industry revenue growth

IBISWorld’s Cereal Production 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.

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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Cereal makers will look to healthful and convenient options to help offset competition
  • Despite a decrease in grain prices, poor demand and higher production costs will reduce profit
  • More spending money will allow consumers to dine out more, hampering revenue growth

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Overall economic conditions have largely guided the volatile performance for the Cereal Production industry over the past five years. As the economy continued to recover and per capita disposable income increased, people with relaxed budgets and less time returned to costly breakfast habits of obtaining food on the run at cafes or coffee shops. Over the next five years, revenue performance in the industry is forecast to improve compared with the previous five-year period. As the economy continues to recover, per capita disposable income is anticipated to increase, resulting in mixed demand for cereal products. This will enable consumers to spend more on expensive, branded products...

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    Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Ready-to-eat breakfast foods dominate the Cereal Production industry, accounting for the overwhelming majority of industry revenue. Consumers typically combine these traditional cereals with milk for consumption. The ready-to-eat cereal segment's share of revenue fluctuated over the past five years because consumers initially purchased cereal more readily as an affordable option, but switched to other breakfast items as the economy recovered. Adding healthy ingredients, like whole grains, often raises the marketability of cereals, which is expected to continue in the future. In addition, gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye, has been publicized as an unhealthy cause of obesity and health problems, consequently increasing demand for gluten-free products.

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    Additional Insights for the Cereal Production Industry

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

  • Ability to adapt to change
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Product differentiation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from supermarkets and grocery stores and Demand from grocery wholesaling in the Cereal Production industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Cereal Production Industry?

    Operators in this industry acquire raw materials such as corn, wheat, flour, sugar, malt extract and rice that are processed into ready-to-eat and hot cereals. They also purchase raw materials, such as plastic and paperboard containers, from other manufacturers for packaging purposes. The finished breakfast cereals are subsequently sold to grocery wholesalers, retailers and food service providers. Energy, cereal, granola and protein bars are not included in this industry.

    Industry Products
    Ready-to-eat corn breakfast foods
    Ready-to-eat wheat breakfast foods
    Other ready-to-eat grain breakfast foods
    Hot Cereals
    Industry Activities
    Manufacturing ready-to-eat cereal
    Manufacturing oatmeal
    Manufacturing other hot cereal foods
    Manufacturing other breakfast cereal foods

    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
  • Demand from supermarkets and grocery stores
  • Demand from grocery wholesaling
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Demand from fast food restaurants
  • World price of wheat
  • Price of coarse grains
  • Price of corn

  • Current Performance
  • Mixed demand
  • Falling profit
  • Pricing pressures
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Consumer trends
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Cereal Production Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Cereal Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Grocery Wholesaling
  • Supermarkets & Grocery Stores
  • Convenience Stores
  • Food Service Contractors

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Baking Mix & Prepared Food Production
  • Canned Fruit & Vegetable Processing
  • Corn Farming
  • Corn, Wheat & Soybean Wholesaling
  • Flour Milling
  • Seasoning, Sauce and Condiment Production
  • Sugar Processing
  • Wheat, Barley & Sorghum Farming

  • Products & Services
  • Other ready-to-eat grain breakfast foods
  • Ready-to-eat corn breakfast foods
  • Ready-to-eat wheat breakfast foods
  • Hot Cereals
  • Chart: Cereal Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Household disposable income
  • Changing consumer lifestyles
  • Product innovation
  • Pricing and the presence of substitutes

  • Major Markets
  • Supermarkets and convenience stores
  • Grocery wholesalers
  • Food service providers
  • Exports
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Cereal Production Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesMarketingOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Cereal Production

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Cereal Production Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    General Mills Inc.Kellogg CompanyPost Holdings Inc.PepsiCo Inc.
  • Table: General Mills Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Kellogg Company - financial performance
  • Table: Post Holdings Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: PepsiCo Inc. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Cereal Production 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 Cereal Production Industry
    Includes:
  • 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)
  • Price of coarse grains (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Private Label
  • Products sold as the house brand of a particular supermarket or retail chain, rather than the specific manufacturer.
  • Ready-To-Eat Cereal
  • Cereal or cereal products that are prepared in advance and are ready for consumption. Examples include cold cereals and minute-ready oatmeals.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A popular trend within retail and manufacturing industries where producers supply goods directly to stores, eliminating the middleman.
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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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