A mixed bunch: Sector profitability has increased despite an overall decline in revenue

The Agribusiness sector plays a key role in New Zealand’s economy. Some agribusiness industries are among the largest in New Zealand, such as the Cheese, Butter and Milk Powder Manufacturing industry and the Meat Processing industry. However, the range of operations included in the sector means that collective revenue performance has been subdued over the past five years. Strong revenue growth for some sector activities has been offset by declining revenue in others. As a whole, revenue for the Agribusiness sector is expected to fall at an annualised 0.7% over the five years through 2019-20, to $93.7 billion. This includes an anticipated revenue decline of 0.2% in the current year...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Exports are vital to the Agribusiness sector, accounting for over one-third of revenue
  • Dairy Cattle Farming is one of the largest industries included in the Agribusiness sector
  • Agribusinesses are anticipated to benefit from a weak New Zealand dollar over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Agribusiness sector is highly capital-intensive. For every dollar spent on wages in 2019-20, an estimated $0.38 is spent on capital. Capital intensity varies among sector operators. For example, dairy cattle farmers have high depreciation expenses due to their investment in automated milking machines and feeding systems. Conversely, capital intensity is much lower in the Fruit and Vegetable Wholesaling industry, as wholesalers require less investment in automated machinery. The sector's capital intensity has fallen slightly over the past five years...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Agribusiness Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Agribusiness are:

  • Economies of scale
  • Establishment of export markets
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Trade-weighted index and Level of annual rainfall in the Agribusiness industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Agribusiness in New Zealand Industry?

    The Agribusiness sector includes businesses that are directly engaged in, or benefit from, agricultural activities.

    Industry Products
  • Dairy products
  • Meat and livestock products
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Fish and seafood
  • Other products and services
  • Industry Activities
  • Agricultural primary production
  • Agricultural support services
  • Food processing
  • Wine production
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Agricultural product wholesaling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Beef and veal production
  • Domestic price of meat
  • Domestic price of milk
  • Milk production

  • Current Performance
  • Dairy
  • Meat and livestock
  • International trade
  • Sector structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue and profitability
  • Changing product mix
  • International trade
  • Sector structure
  • Table: Agribusiness Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Specialised Grocery Retailing in New Zealand
  • Supermarkets, Grocery Stores and Convenience Stores in New Zealand
  • Consumers in New Zealand

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Road Freight Transport in New Zealand
  • Water Freight Transport in New Zealand

  • Products & Services
  • Meat and livestock products
  • Dairy products
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Other products and services
  • Fish and seafood
  • Chart: Agribusiness Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Export markets
  • Manufacturers and processors
  • Retailers and food-service establishments
  • Primary producers
  • Wholesalers
  • Other markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Agribusiness Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Other Costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Agribusiness

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Agribusiness Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited,
  • Table: Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Agribusiness 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 Agribusiness Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Exports (2011-2025)
  • Imports (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Farmgate Prices
  • The price the farmer receives for their produce.
  • Fodder
  • Food, such as dried hay and straw, eaten by cattle and other livestock.
  • Scouring
  • The process of carbonising, carding and combing wool to separate grease from wool fibres.
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