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Australian Food and Grocery Industry under Intense Pressure

Australian Food and Grocery Industry under Intense Pressure

Over the last five years, the Australia food and grocery manufacturing industry has come under intense pressure from a confluence of forces and pressures across the value chain:

  • Rising costs of wages, water and energy
  • High Australian dollar making imported products cheaper
  • Near record high global commodity prices—sugar, dairy, cocoa, oilseeds and wheat
  • Intense supermarket discounting in a range of products forcing down retail prices and seriously impacting manufacturer margins
  • Rise in market share of private label products in the world's second most concentrated retailer market
  • Increasing Government regulation, e.g., the proposed Blewett Labelling Review recommendations could force industry into expensive and multiple labelling changes

To illustrate these intense challenges, future trends, and the urgent solutions needed, the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) commissioned A.T. Kearney to produce a comprehensive report, "2020: Industry at a Crossroads." The industry-first, fact-based economic analysis highlights key trends as well as the longer-term impacts facing food and grocery manufacturers. The report acutely highlights that the industry's competitiveness and future sustainability is under threat, emphasising the urgent need to have a greater national policy focus to allow the industry to continue to grow and employ.

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Irvinder Goodhew

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