Lean meat: Revenue will be bolstered by high meat prices, but health concerns will still loom large

The Beef & Pork Wholesaling market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Competition from alternative proteins hurts demand for beef and pork sales
  • As the number of health-conscious consumers increased, demand shifted to alternative sources of protein
  • More MSBOs are expected to enter the industry and capture market share

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Over the past five years, downstream demand for beef and pork decreased due to the recession's lingering effects. Instead of buying fresh red meat included in this industry's product offerings, some consumers switched to meat products outside this industry's scope. However, the industry is projected to experience revenue growth over the five years to 2021 as the economy strengthens. Per capita disposable income is projected to increase as employment levels recuperate and consumers regain confidence in the economy. As a result, Americans will slowly increase spending and consumption, subsequently increasing demand for pork and beef throughout downstream markets...

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    Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter


    Beef makes up the largest segment, accounting for 47.8% of revenue. The United States is the world's largest beef producer and beef is the second most-consumed meat per capita in the country. US expenditure on beef is higher than expenditure for any other meat, except chicken. However, per capita beef consumption has declined during the past five years, as health problems such as heart disease and cancers have been linked with excessive beef consumption. Consequently, this segment's share of revenue declined during the past five years.


    Pork is expected to account for 25.6% of revenue. Rising pork production has increased the sales of pork products during the past five years. How..

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    Additional Insights for the Beef & Pork Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Beef & Pork Wholesaling Industry are

  • Ability to distribute industry products to diverse locations
  • Delivering meat products to retailers promptly
  • Must comply with government regulations
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita beef consumption and Per capita pork consumption in the Beef & Pork Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Beef & Pork Wholesaling Industry?

    Operators in this industry wholesale beef, pork and other red meat products. There are two types of wholesalers that execute the industry’s activities. One type is merchant wholesalers, which include independent wholesaling operations. The other includes manufacturers’ sales branches and offices, which represent the wholesale division of vertically integrated meat processors. Canned and packaged frozen goods are excluded from this industry, as are poultry and seafood products.

    Industry Products
    Meat products, including deli meats
    Sausage and prepared meats
    Veal and Lamb
    Industry Activities
    Wholesaling beef
    Wholesaling pork
    Wholesaling other meats, including deli meats
    Wholesaling sausage and prepared meats
    Wholesaling lamb
    Wholesaling veal

    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
  • Per capita beef consumption
  • Per capita pork consumption
  • Price of red meat
  • Demand from wholesale trade, nondurable goods
  • Threat of disease in livestock

  • Current Performance
  • Competing industries
  • Declining profit
  • Shrinking industry
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Falling revenue
  • Profit stabilizes
  • Potential growth
  • Table: Beef & Pork Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Beef & Pork Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets & Grocery Stores
  • Meat Markets
  • Chain Restaurants
  • Single Location Full-Service Restaurants
  • Caterers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Beef Cattle Production
  • Hog & Pig Farming
  • Meat, Beef & Poultry Processing
  • Sheep Farming

  • Products & Services
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Sausage and prepared meats
  • Meat products, including deli meats
  • Veal and Lamb
  • Other
  • Chart: Beef & Pork Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Downstream demand and household disposable income
  • Price of meats
  • Health trends
  • Seasonality
  • Wholesale bypass
  • Competition from substitutes

  • Major Markets
  • Retailers for resale
  • Restaurants, hotels, food services and contract feeding
  • Wholesale establishments for resale
  • All others
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Beef & Pork Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Beef & Pork Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Beef & Pork Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    SYSCO CorporationTyson Foods Inc.Smithfield Foods Inc.Hormel Foods Corporation US Foods Holding Corp.
  • Table: SYSCO Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Tyson Foods Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Smithfield Foods Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Hormel Foods Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: US Foods Holding Corp. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Beef & Pork Wholesaling 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 Beef & Pork Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Price of Red Meat (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
  • A distributor technique that services a wide variety of accounts with a wide variety of products.
  • Merchant Wholesaler
  • A third-party wholesaler, commonly known as a middleman.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A popular trend within retail and manufacturing industries where producers supply goods directly to stores, thus eliminating traditional merchant wholesalers.
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