EU - Bread And Bakery Product - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights
Update: COVID-19 Impact
The Bread and Bakery Market in the EU Has Recovered from the Pandemic but Runs into Growing Prices
IndexBox has just published a new report: 'EU - Bread And Bakery Product - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights'. Here is a summary of the report's key findings.
In 2020, the total bread and bakery market in the EU countries and in the UK slightly dropped to $88.7B due to lockdowns in the HoReCa segment. In the second half of 2020, demand began to rebound quickly, and in 2021, the output of bread and baked goods reached pre-pandemic levels. In the past six months, prices for bread slightly increased due to the rising costs of grains. In the mid-term, higher prices are forecast because of accelerated inflation for commodities globally. The gradual population growth in tandem with the growing desire for organic, wholegrain and gluten-free bread, as well as bread with immunity-boosting supplements, will drive the market in the medium term.
Key Trends and Insights
In 2020, the bread and bakery market in the EU and the UK totaled $88.7B, which was a bit lower than the previous year’s numbers. According to Eurostat, production of bakery and farinaceous products in the EU sharply decreased in the period from April to August. In September, it began to rebound and reached pre-Covid levels by the end of the year. The decline in production was caused by lockdowns in the HoReCa sector and local bakeries suspending operations.
According to Eurostat, in the first half of 2021 consumer prices grew slightly as they faced rising costs of cereal grains and flour. The highest average consumer price for bread was recorded in Finland (3.91 Euro per kg), while the lowest price was in Romania (1.18 Euro per kg). The UK bread market experienced similar trends this year. Brexit didn’t influence prices as a large portion of ingredients is imported from the U.S. and Canada, not from the EU.
In the mid-term, prices for bread and bakery will retain moderate growth as the cost for their primary ingredient, wheat, will increase from $211 per tonne in 2020 to $233-241 per tonne in 2025 according to the World Bank’s projections. The prices for grain are rising on the heels of inflation in commodities around the world as it accelerates due to faster growth in demand than supply, in particular for biofuels.
The gradual increase in population, as well as diminished COVID-19 restrictions on the HoReCa sector thanks to widespread vaccinations, will continue to be the fundamental drivers for the bread and bakery market. Consistent demand for bread will ensure stability on the market in the mid-term.
On account of the growing popularity of healthy foods in the EU, organic flour products will be more in demand in comparison to regular equivalents. Increased attention is being given to high-fiber bread and ones with immunity-boosting supplements as well as gluten-free flour products. Due to rapid developments in the food delivery sector throughout the pandemic, demand grew for frozen bread with a long expiration period, which additionally bolsters the market.
Consumption of Bread and Bakery in the EU (incl. the UK)
After three years of growth, the EU bread and bakery market decreased by -1.1% to $88.7B in 2020. In value terms, Germany ($19B), the UK ($15B) and Italy ($12.5B) appeared to be the countries with the highest levels of market value in 2020, with a combined 52% share of the total market. France, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Portugal, Austria, Belgium, Ireland and Hungary lagged somewhat behind, together comprising a further 39%.
The countries with the highest volumes of bread and bakery consumption in 2020 were the UK (5.4M tonnes), Germany (5.3M tonnes) and Spain (3.9M tonnes), together accounting for 44% of total consumption. These countries were followed by France, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Romania, Portugal, Belgium, Hungary, Austria and Ireland, which together accounted for a further 46%.
The countries with the highest levels of bread and bakery per capita consumption in 2020 were Ireland (111 kg per person), the Netherlands (96 kg per person) and Spain (82 kg per person).
Bread and Bakery Imports in the EU (incl. the UK)
In value terms, bread and bakery imports fell slightly to $17.7B (IndexBox estimates) in 2020. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +2.8% over the period from 2012 to 2020. After eight years of growth, overseas purchases of bread and bakery decreased by -2.6% to 6.4M tonnes in 2020.
In value terms, the largest bread and bakery importing markets in the EU (incl. the UK) were the UK ($2.9B), Germany ($2.7B) and France ($2.3B), with a combined 45% share of total imports. The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Austria, Ireland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Portugal lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 40%.
The purchases of the three major importers of bread and bakery, namely the UK, Germany and France, represented more than a third of total imports. The Netherlands (482K tonnes) held the next position in the ranking, followed by Belgium (358K tonnes) and Italy (314K tonnes). All these countries together occupied near 18% share of total imports. Spain (268K tonnes), Austria (258K tonnes), Ireland (202K tonnes), the Czech Republic (195K tonnes), Poland (193K tonnes), Portugal (175K tonnes) and Romania (173K tonnes) took a little share of total imports.
The bread and bakery import price in the EU (incl. the UK) stood at $2,776 per tonne in 2020, remaining relatively unchanged against the previous year. From 2012 to 2020, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by Romania, while the other leaders experienced mixed trends in the import price figures.
Source: IndexBox Platform
This report provides an in-depth analysis of the bread and bakery market in the EU. Within it, you will discover the latest data on market trends and opportunities by country, consumption, production and price developments, as well as the global trade (imports and exports). The forecast exhibits the market prospects through 2025.
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