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Article Publishing Date: Jul 20, 2021

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

Product coverage:
• Prodcom 10721130 - Crispbread
• Prodcom 10721230 - Gingerbread and the like
• Prodcom 10721255 - Sweet biscuits (including sandwich biscuits, excluding those completely or partially coated or covered with chocolate or other preparations containing cocoa)
• Prodcom 10721259 - Waffles and wafers (including salted) (excluding those completely or partially coated or covered with chocolate or other preparations containing cocoa)
• Prodcom 10721150 - Rusks, toasted bread and similar toasted products
• Prodcom 10711100 - Fresh bread containing by weight in the dry matter state . 5 % of sugars and . 5 % of fat (excluding with added honey, e ggs, cheese or fruit)
• Prodcom 10711200 - Cake and pastry products, other bakers
• Prodcom 10721910 - Matzos
• Prodcom 10721920 - Communion wafers, empty cachets of a kind suitable for pharmaceutical use, sealing wafers, rice paper and similar products
• Prodcom 10721940 - Biscuits (excluding those completely or partially coated or covered with chocolate or other preparations containing cocoa, sweet biscuits, waffles and wafers)
• Prodcom 10721950 - Savoury or salted extruded or expanded products
• Prodcom 10721990 - Bakers

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.



Data coverage:
• Market volume and value
• Per Capita consumption
• Forecast of the market dynamics in the medium term
• Production in the EU, split by region and country
• Trade (exports and imports) in the EU
• Export and import prices
• Market trends, drivers and restraints
• Key market players and their profiles

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1. INTRODUCTION

Making Data-Driven Decisions to Grow Your Business

1.1
REPORT DESCRIPTION
1.2
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND AI PLATFORM
1.3
DATA-DRIVEN DECISIONS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
1.4
GLOSSARY AND SPECIFIC TERMS
2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A Quick Overview of Market Performance

2.1
KEY FINDINGS
2.2
MARKET TRENDS
3. MARKET OVERVIEW

Understanding the Current State of The Market and Its Prospects

3.1
MARKET SIZE
3.2
CONSUMPTION BY COUNTRY
3.3
MARKET FORECAST TO 2030
4. MOST PROMISING PRODUCTS

Finding New Products to Diversify Your Business

4.1
TOP PRODUCTS TO DIVERSIFY YOUR BUSINESS
4.2
BEST-SELLING PRODUCTS
4.3
MOST CONSUMED PRODUCT
4.4
MOST TRADED PRODUCT
4.5
MOST PROFITABLE PRODUCT FOR EXPORT
5. MOST PROMISING SUPPLYING COUNTRIES

Choosing the Best Countries to Establish Your Sustainable Supply Chain

5.1
TOP COUNTRIES TO SOURCE YOUR PRODUCT
5.2
TOP PRODUCING COUNTRIES
5.3
TOP EXPORTING COUNTRIES
5.4
LOW-COST EXPORTING COUNTRIES
6. MOST PROMISING OVERSEAS MARKETS

Choosing the Best Countries to Boost Your Exports

6.1
TOP OVERSEAS MARKETS FOR EXPORTING YOUR PRODUCT
6.2
TOP CONSUMING MARKETS
6.3
UNSATURATED MARKETS
6.4
TOP IMPORTING MARKETS
6.5
MOST PROFITABLE MARKETS
7. PRODUCTION

The Latest Trends and Insights into The Industry

7.1
PRODUCTION VOLUME AND VALUE
7.2
PRODUCTION BY COUNTRY
8. IMPORTS

The Largest Importers on The Market and How They Succeed

8.1
IMPORTS FROM 2007–2020
8.2
IMPORTS BY COUNTRY
8.3
IMPORT PRICES BY COUNTRY
9. EXPORTS

The Largest Exporters on The Market and How They Succeed

9.1
EXPORTS FROM 2007–2020
9.2
EXPORTS BY COUNTRY
9.3
EXPORT PRICES BY COUNTRY
10. PROFILES OF MAJOR PRODUCERS

The Largest Producers on The Market and Their Profiles

11. COUNTRY PROFILES

The Largest Markets And Their Profiles

• Austria
• Belgium
• Bulgaria
• Croatia
• Cyprus
• Czech Republic
• Denmark
• Estonia
• Finland
• France
• Germany
• Greece
• Hungary
• Ireland
• Italy
• Latvia
• Lithuania
• Luxembourg
• Malta
• Netherlands
• Poland
• Portugal
• Romania
• Slovakia
• Slovenia
• Spain
• Sweden
• United Kingdom
LIST OF TABLES
Table 1:
Key Findings In 2020
Table 2:
Market Volume, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Table 3:
Market Value, 2007–2020
Table 4:
Per Capita Consumption, By Country, 2018–2020
Table 5:
Production, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 6:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 7:
Imports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 8:
Import Prices, By Country Of Destination, 2007–2020
Table 9:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 10:
Exports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 11:
Export Prices, By Country Of Origin, 2007–2020
LIST OF FIGURES
Figure 1:
Market Volume, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 2:
Market Value, 2007–2020
Figure 3:
Consumption, By Country, 2020
Figure 4:
Market Forecast To 2025
Figure 5:
Products: Market Size And Growth, By Type
Figure 6:
Products: Average Per Capita Consumption, By Type
Figure 7:
Products: Exports And Growth, By Type
Figure 8:
Products: Export Prices And Growth, By Type
Figure 9:
Production Volume And Growth
Figure 10:
Exports And Growth
Figure 11:
Export Prices And Growth
Figure 12:
Market Size And Growth
Figure 13:
Per Capita Consumption
Figure 14:
Imports And Growth
Figure 15:
Import Prices
Figure 16:
Production, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 17:
Production, In Value Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 18:
Production, By Country, 2020
Figure 19:
Production, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 20:
Imports, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 21:
Imports, In Value Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 22:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2020
Figure 23:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 24:
Imports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 25:
Import Prices, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 26:
Exports, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 27:
Exports, In Value Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 28:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2020
Figure 29:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 30:
Exports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 31:
Export Prices, 2007–2020

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