Armed and bready: Import competition from an appreciating loonie will threaten revenue

Over the past five years, industry conditions have largely been characterized by significant declines in input prices. The declining price of wheat, coupled with a depreciating Canadian dollar, has worked in favour of this industry, helping revenue grow. Over the next five years, however, revenue growth will be offset by an appreciating loonie, causing greater import competition, coupled with anticipated increases in input more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Favourable currency conditions increased production within the industry
  • As technology improves, larger players usually adopt it due to their vast financial resources
  • As consumers opt to eat healthier, demand for industry products will likely also increase
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Barriers to entry in the Flour Milling industry in Canada are moderate and depend on the scale of production the entrant pursues. The main barrier to entry lies in the initial level of capital investment needed for operators to enter the industry. For instance, starting an operation requires a large up-front investment; namely, a processing plant, as well as machinery to do the milling. New entrants that are unable to afford these costs will be unable to enter the industry. Moreover, other initial outlays include purchases of grain inventories which will then be processed and milled into flour. Cash-strapped entrants may find themselves unable to enter the market without sufficient capital to build up a store of inputs and industry products...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Flour Milling Industry

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

  • Supply contracts in place for key inputs
  • Marketing of differentiated products
  • Economies of scope
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from grocery stores and Canadian-dollar effective exchange rate index in the Flour Milling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Flour Milling Industry?

    This industry participates in the following activities: milling grains and vegetables into flour; cleaning, polishing and milling rice; and producing malt from a variety of cereal grains. Industry operators purchase grain inputs such as wheat, corn, barley and rice from wholesalers or directly from growers. They then process them into flour, gluten, starch and malt, and sell these products to grocery wholesalers or other food-related industries.

    Industry Products
  • Flour products for human consumption
  • Millfeed
  • Rice
  • Malt
  • Industry Activities
  • Producing flour from wheat
  • Producing flour from corn
  • Producing flour mixes from a variety of grain crops
  • Milling rough rice
  • Producing malt from a variety of cereal grains
  • Producing meal and animal feed
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from grocery stores
  • Canadian-dollar effective exchange rate index
  • Consumer price index for food
  • Per capita disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Shifting consumer preference
  • Profit trends and consolidation
  • Appreciation of Canadian flour abroad
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Per capita disposable income driving demand growth
  • Profit contraction
  • Product innovation
  • International trade
  • Table: Flour Milling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Flour Milling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Bread Production in Canada
  • Cookie, Cracker & Pasta Production in Canada
  • Breweries in Canada
  • Distilleries in Canada
  • Supermarkets & Grocery Stores in Canada
  • Single Location Full-Service Restaurants in Canada
  • Food Service Contractors in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Corn Farming in Canada
  • Soybean Farming in Canada
  • Vegetable Farming in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Flour products for human consumption
  • Rice
  • Millfeed
  • Malt
  • Other
  • Chart: Flour Milling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Exports
  • Food manufacturers and food service
  • Grocery wholesalers and stores
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Flour Milling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Flour Milling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Flour Milling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
  • Table: ADM - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Flour Milling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Flour Milling Industry
  • 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)
  • World price of wheat (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Durum Wheat
  • A type of wheat that has dark-coloured kernels and is mostly used for bread and pasta manufacturing.
  • Malt
  • A grain product mainly used for brewing and distilling that mostly comes from barley.
  • Rice Milling
  • A process of removing the husk, bran layer and germ of rice.
  • Vertical Integration
  • Owning different parts of the supply chain, either in the form of forward integration (owning upstream suppliers) or backward integration (owning downstream buyers).
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A popular trend in retail and manufacturing industries where producers supply goods directly to stores, eliminating the middleman.
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