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Published: 11 Mar 2019 Updated: 12 Oct 2022 Update History

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Use our industry guide to find key background information, market research, import and export guidelines, statistics, legislation, trade bodies and trade publications.

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Trends and forecasts

EU Exit
Resources from the Food & Drink Federation to help businesses understand the implications of the UK's new relationship with the EU.

Vulnerabilities of Supply Chains Post-Brexit
Study by LSE Consulting, commissioned by Arla Foods, on the vulnerability of the UK and EU food industry supply chains when the Brexit transition period ends. Considers a range of potential disruptors with the impact on trade, prices, product availability and labour estimated for both no-deal and Free Trade Agreement scenarios. Published in September 2020.

Market research

Market research reports focusing on this business sector are available from a number of market research specialists. In most cases these reports are available to fee-paying subscribers or on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Some free information is available from the following market research specialists, ranging from industry news to executive summaries of the reports.

Euromonitor
A full listing of reference products and research reports for the baked goods industry from Euromonitor, with a range of global, country and company level reports. Each report provides a contents listing and a useful executive summary reporting on the key trends in each country report.

IBISWorld
Business and industry research specialists offering reports on a wide range of sectors, including bread and bakery goods production and bakery product retailing. Report snapshots, table of contents and a sample report are available. The company also produces global industry research reports.

Mintel
A full listing of reports covering the food and food service sector including bread and baked goods. The website includes a short summary and the option to view a contents listing for each report.

Useful links

UK bakery market
Overview from the Federation of Bakers of the UK bakery market which includes information on market size and share.

Industry news

The Library can carry out industry news searches for ICAEW members and ACA students.

Statistics on the UK

Office for National Statistics

The Annual Business Survey (ABS) from the Office for National Statistics collects financial information covering UK production, construction, distribution and service industries. Statistics available include:

  • number of enterprises;
  • total turnover;
  • approximate gross value added at basic prices;
  • total purchases of goods, materials and services;
  • total employment – average during the year;
  • total employment costs;
  • total net capital expenditure;
  • total net capital expenditure – acquisitions;
  • total net capital expenditure – disposals;
  • total stocks and work in progress – value at end of year;
  • total stocks and work in progress – value at beginning of year;
  • total stocks and work in progress – increase during year.

The dataset Non-financial business economy, UK: Sections A to S includes statistics for:

  • Manufacture of bakery and farinaceous products (10.7)
    See Section C: Manufacturing
  • Retail sale of bread, cakes, flour confectionery and sugar confectionery in specialised stores (47.24)
    See Division 47: Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

Federation of Bakers

The Federation of Bakers publishes a range of data on the UK baking industry including member bread production statistics. Data on wheat and flour production and usage is provided in other industry data.

Statistics on Europe

International Association of Plant Bakers

The International Association of Plant Bakers has published a series of annual reports on the bread market in Europe. These provide data relating to the production and consumption of bread, production structure and market share plus working conditions in industrial bakeries.

Eurostat

Eurostat, the EU statistics hub, collates detailed Structural Business Statistics giving the latest figures for industry, construction, trade and services by sector and country. The indicators available include:

  • number of enterprises
  • turnover or gross premiums written
  • production value
  • value added at factor cost
  • gross operating surplus
  • wages and salaries
  • social security costs
  • gross investment in tangible goods
  • gross investment in land
  • gross investment in existing buildings and structures
  • gross investment in construction and alteration of buildings
  • gross investment in machinery and equipment
  • number of employees
  • number of persons employed per enterprise.

Statistics within the database are available for:

  • Manufacture of bread; manufacture of fresh pastry goods and cakes (C1071)
    See database section ‘SBS – industry and construction’
  • Retail sale of bread, cakes, flour confectionery and sugar confectionery in specialised stores (G4724)
    See database section ‘SBS – trade’

Statistics on the Americas

American Bakers Association

The American Bakers Association provides information on the economic impact of the baking industry in the United States. Includes data on output, jobs, wages and taxes which can be viewed at a country, state and district level.

Global statistics

INDSTAT

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) collects and compiles industrial statistics known as INDSTAT, which give information on:

  • number of employees
  • number of establishments
  • output
  • value added
  • total wages and salaries.

Statistics by country are available for:

  • Bakery products (1541)

UN Industrial Commodity Statistics Database

The UN provides statistics on the quantity of goods produced by country in the Industrial Commodity Statistics Database.

Figures are available for:

  • Gingerbread and the like; sweet biscuits; waffles and wafers (23)
  • Other bread and other bakers' wares (23)

Employment

Average employment costs within this sector are available from Table 14 of the Office for National Statistics publication Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE). Average employment costs are provided for full-time employees, part-time employees and all employees.

The data includes average employment costs for bakers and flour confectioners.

Other regions

Please see individual country profile pages for links to sources of national statistics.

UK business guides

Atom Content Marketing guides

The Start Up Donut from Atom Content Marketing provides practical information on starting up and running a number of small business types. Guides cover a range of areas including market research, current trends, regulations, products and services, promotion and pricing. They include:

Legislation and regulation

UK

The Federation of Bakers has a section on legislation which includes information on bread weights and the UK bread and flour regulations.

Gov.uk provides information and guidance on food, catering and retail businesses, including advice on:

The guidance Food and drink businesses: working with the EU has been published by Gov.uk. Areas covered include food labelling, importing and exporting, marketing standards, non-harmonised food products, employees and data protection.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has a section on health and safety with regards to bakery products, which includes latest regulations affecting this industry.

Coronavirus

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): Shops and branches
Guidance from GOV.UK for people who work in or run shops, branches and stores in England.

Import and export

Trade Tariff

The Trade Tariff is a useful Gov.uk database listing tax, duties and licenses for the import and export of goods between the UK and other countries. The database is searchable by product or commodity code and results can be filtered by date and country. Information also includes links to relevant conditions and regulations.

See import and export information for:

UK key players, ratios and trends

A range of reports on this sector are available to ICAEW members and ACA students via the Library.

UK benchmarking

The Library can supply benchmarking reports to ICAEW members and ACA students.

Trade bodies

Trade journals and publications

Trade journals, B2B magazines and specialist consumer magazines are another useful source of news and statistics.

Further reading

Articles and books in the Library collection

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