Meal Replacement Product Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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High obesity rates and less leisure time will contribute to growth for the Meal Replacement Product Manufacturing industry; as the economy recovers, competition from other weight loss services will increase, but higher disposable income and increasing health consciousness will support revenue growth. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Meal Replacement Product Manufacturing industry in its growing industry report collection.

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Input costs and competition will rise, but demand for convenience will spur demand

Revenue for the Meal Replacement Product Manufacturing industry has grown strongly in the five years to 2014. Rising obesity rates and robust demand for convenient food products are two factors that have helped revenue thrive. These products are also more affordable than other forms of weight loss goods; therefore, in times of tight spending, such as during and immediately following the recession, consumers continued to buy meal replacement products. Despite industry growth, the industry has faced some setbacks. Rising raw material prices of milk and soybeans have hurt industry profitability. Nonetheless, Meal Replacement Product Manufacturing industry revenue is projected to increase at an average annual rate of 5.9% to $3.2 billion over the five years to 2014, including growth of 2.2% in 2014 spurred by stronger consumer spending on discretionary items.

According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Jeremy Edwards, “As Americans continue to struggle with weight loss and aim to improve their nutrition, sales will increase.” Also, as job opportunities increase and more Americans go back to work, consumers will have less free time and demand more food products that can be eaten on the go. Therefore, consumers will be more likely to opt for industry products, which are portable and convenient, to the benefit of industry revenue. Similar to the previous five years, operators will likely experience higher input costs but will also face strong competition from weight loss services. Many Americans will be able to purchase more expensive weight loss treatments as the economy rebounds and disposable income expands.

“In addition to rising revenue growth, the number of industry companies is expected to increase,” says Edwards. In the five years to 2019, enterprises are expected to rise an average 2.0% per year to 496 companies. Industry profit margins are forecast to improve, and greater demand for health products is expected to bolster growth in the number of industry enterprises and overall employment.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Meal Replacement Product Manufacturing in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Companies in the Meal Replacement Product Manufacturing industry manufacture meal replacement products and protein supplements. These products come as prepackaged powdered drink mixes, ready-to-drink beverages or edible bars designed to replace prepared meals.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalization & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

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