Western Europe Food Market Opportunities, Trends, Growth Analysis and Forecast to 2028

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Western Europe Food Market Overview

The Western Europe food market size was $1.00 billion in 2023 and will grow at a CAGR of more than 3% during 2023-2028. The Western Europe food market research report covers a comprehensive overview of consumption of various food products by sector, for the period 2018-2028. To help market players understand future market opportunities, the report covers high-potential countries based on key factors such as economic development, governance, socio-demography, and technological infrastructure.

Western Europe Food Market Outlook 2023-2028 ($ Billion)

Western Europe Food Market Outlook 2023-2028 ($ Billion)

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Market Size (2023) $1.00 billion
CAGR (2023-2028) >3%
Historic Period 2018-2022
Forecast Period 2023-2028
Key Sectors •         Meat

•         Bakery & Cereals

•         Dairy & Soy Food

•         Savory & Deli Foods

•         Fish & Seafood

Key Country •         Belgium

•         Denmark

•         Switzerland

•         The UK

Key Distribution Channels •         Hypermarkets & Supermarkets

•         Food & Drink Specialists

•         Convenience Stores

•         E-Retailers

•         Cash & Carries and Warehouse Clubs

Key Packaging Types •         Flexible Packaging

•         Rigid Plastics

•         Paper & Board

•         Rigid Metal

•         Glass

Leading Companies ·       Mondelēz International

·       Unilever

·       Groupe Lactalis

·       Nestlé

·       Ferrero

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Western Europe Food Market Segmentation by Sector

The key sectors in the Western Europe food market are bakery & cereals, dairy & soy food, savory & deli foods, fish & seafood, meat, and others. In 2023, the meat sector amassed the largest value share. However, dairy & soy food will register the steepest value CAGR, while, fish & seafood’s value sales will achieve a relatively modest growth rate during the forecast period.

Western Europe Food Market Analysis by Sector, 2023 (%)

Western Europe Food Market Analysis by Sector, 2023 (%)

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Western Europe Food Market Segmentation by Country

The key countries in the Western Europe food market are Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, and the UK. In 2023, the UK accounted for the largest share of the Western Europe food market. However, the UK and Switzerland are forecast to register the highest value CAGRs during 2023-2028.

Western Europe Food Market Analysis by Country, 2023 (%)

Western Europe Food Market Analysis by Country, 2023 (%)

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Western Europe Food Market Segmentation by Distribution Channel

The key distribution channels in the Western Europe food market are hypermarkets & supermarkets, food & drink specialists, convenience stores, e-retailers, cash & carries and warehouse clubs, and others. Hypermarkets & supermarkets was the leading distribution channel across most high-potential countries in 2023.

Western Europe Food Market Analysis by Distribution Channel, 2023 (%)

Western Europe Food Market Analysis by Distribution Channel, 2023 (%)

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Western Europe Food Market Segmentation by Packaging Type

The key packaging materials in the Western Europe food market are flexible packaging, rigid plastics, paper & board, rigid metal, and glass. Flexible packaging was the most used pack material in the Western Europe food market in 2023. Additionally, the bag/sachet pack type was the most used in the Western Europe food market in the same year.

Western Europe Food Market Analysis by Packaging Type, 2023 (%)

Western Europe Food Market Analysis by Packaging Type, 2023 (%)

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Western Europe Food Market – Competitive Landscape

A few of the leading companies in the Western Europe food market are:

  • Mondelēz International
  • Unilever
  • Groupe Lactalis
  • Nestlé
  • Ferrero

In 2023, Mondelēz International was the leading company in the Western Europe food industry in 2023. The company offers products mainly in the bakery & cereals sector.

Western Europe Food Market Analysis by Companies, 2023 (%)

Western Europe Food Market Analysis by Companies, 2023 (%)

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Segments Covered in this Report

Western Europe Food Market Sector Outlook (Value, $Billion, 2018-2028)

  • Bakery & Cereals
  • Dairy & Soy Food
  • Savory & Deli Foods
  • Fish & seafood
  • Meat

Western Europe Food Market Countries Outlook (Value, $Billion, 2018-2028)

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • The UK

Western Europe Food Market Distribution Channel Outlook (Value, $Billion, 2018-2028)

  • Hypermarkets & Supermarkets
  • Food & Drink Specialists
  • Convenience Stores
  • E-Retailers
  • Cash & Carries and Warehouse Clubs

Western Europe Food Market Packaging Type Outlook (Value, $Billion, 2018-2028)

  • Flexible Packaging
  • Rigid Plastics
  • Paper & Board
  • Rigid Metal
  • Glass

Scope

The report provides:

  • An overview of the current food industry scenario regarding the future outlook in terms of ingredients, product claims, labeling, distribution, and packaging.
  • The regional overview of the Western Europe region — highlighting industry size, growth drivers, latest developments, and future inhibitors for the region.

Reasons to Buy

  • Manufacturing and retailers seek the latest information on how the market is evolving to formulate their sales and marketing strategies. There is also a demand for authentic market data with a high level of detail. This report has been created to provide its readers with up-to-date information and analysis to uncover emerging opportunities for growth within the sector in the region.
  • The report provides a detailed analysis of the countries in the region, covering the key challenges, competitive landscape, and demographic analysis, that can help companies gain insight into the country-specific nuances.
  • The analysts have also placed a significant emphasis on the key trends that drive consumer choice and the future opportunities that can be explored in the region, which can help companies in revenue expansion.
  • To gain competitive intelligence about leading brands in the sector in the region with information about their market share and growth rates.

Mondelēz International
Unilever
Groupe Lactalis
Nestlé
Ferrero

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Market Environment

Market Size Analysis – Western Europe Compared with Other Regions

Value and Volume Growth Analysis by Region

Western European Market Growth Analysis by Country

Western European Market Growth Analysis by Sector

High-Potential Countries Analysis

Methodology – Identifying High-Potential Countries

Top Four High-Potential Countries in Western Europe

Overview of High-Potential Countries in Western Europe

Growth Contribution Analysis by Country (1/3)

Growth Contribution Analysis by Country (2/3)

Growth Contribution Analysis by Country (3/3)

Value Share Analysis of Food Sectors

Change in Value Consumption Levels by Country and Sector

Per Capita Consumption Analysis

Per Capita Expenditure Analysis

Country Deep Dive

Overview of the Belgian Food Industry

Belgium: Demographic Analysis

Belgium: Market Size Analysis of Top Five Cities

Belgium: Market Size Analysis of Top Five Cities by Sector

Key Trends in the Belgian Food Industry

Overview of the Danish Food Industry

Denmark: Demographic Analysis

Denmark: Market Size Analysis of Top Four Cities

Denmark: Market Size Analysis of Top Four Cities by Sector

Key Trends in the Danish Food Industry

Overview of the Swiss Food Industry

Key Trends in the Swiss Food Industry

Overview of the UK Food Industry

UK: Demographic Analysis

UK: Market Size Analysis of Top 10 Cities

UK: Market Size Analysis of Top 10 Cities by Sector

Key Trends in the UK Food Industry

Success Stories

About Success Stories

Case Study: Nestlé Quality Street

Case Study: Honestly Tasty, Plant-Based Cheese

Case Study: Phileos EVOO’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Competitive Environment

Leading Companies’ Shares in the Western European Food Industry

Brand Share Analysis of Top Five Companies

Leading Companies in the Western European Food Industry

Leading Brands in the Western European Food Industry

Private Label Penetration in the Western European Food Industry

Health & Wellness Analysis

Value Share Analysis of Health & Wellness Market

Health & Wellness Market Growth Analysis by Country

Key Product Attributes and Consumer Benefits

Leading Health & Wellness Companies by Sector

Distribution Analysis

Leading Distribution Channels by Country

Leading Distribution Channels by Sector

Packaging Analysis

Growth Analysis – by Pack Material and Pack Type

Growth Analysis – by Closure Type and Primary Outer Type

Challenges and Outlook

Key Challenges in the Western European Food Industry

Outlook for the Western European Food Industry

Select Industry Metrics

European Patent Filings

Global Patent Filings

European Job Analytics by Company

European Job Analytics by Theme

Global Deals

Appendix

Definitions

About GlobalData

Table

Regional comparison: market size, growth, and per capita analysis, 2023–28

Overview of high-potential countries in Western Europe

Value share of the food industry, by country, 2023

Change in value consumption of sector within food industry, by country, 2023–28

Belgium: Volume analysis of top five cities (%), 2018–23

Belgium: Volume analysis of top five cities by sector (%), 2023

Denmark: Volume analysis of top four cities (%), 2018–23

Denmark: Volume analysis of top four cities by sector (%), 2023

UK: Volume analysis of top 10 cities (%), 2018–23

UK: Volume analysis of top 10 cities by sector (%), 2023

Top five companies’ shares by brand (in value terms) in the food industry, 2023

Private label penetration (in value terms) in the food industry, 2023

Health & wellness value and its share in overall sales, 2018–23

Shares of key product attributes and benefits in high-potential countries in Western Europe, 2023

Leading distribution channels in Western Europe by country, 2023

Leading distribution channels in Western Europe by sector, 2023

Figures

Annual value growth analysis by region, 2023–28

Annual volume growth analysis by region, 2023–28

Volume growth analysis of countries compared with regional average growth

Country value size and CAGR analysis grid based on regional average

Value and volume growth analysis by sector in Western Europe, 2023–28

Country-level contribution to growth of meat sector in Western Europe, 2023–28

Country-level contribution to growth of bakery & cereals sector in Western Europe, 2023–28

Country-level contribution to growth of dairy & soy food sector in Western Europe, 2023–28

Country-level contribution to growth of fish & seafood sector in Western Europe, 2023–28

Country-level contribution to growth of savory & deli foods sector in Western Europe, 2023–28

Country-level contribution to growth of other sectors in Western Europe, 2023–28

Per capita consumption by sector in Western Europe by country, 2023

Per capita expenditure by sector in Western Europe by country, 2023

Belgium: Sector share

Belgium: Demographic analysis

Belgium: Volume analysis of top five cities (%), 2018–23

Denmark: Sector share

Denmark: Demographic analysis

Denmark: Volume analysis of top four cities (%), 2018–23

UK: Sector share

UK: Demographic analysis

UK: Volume analysis of top 10 cities (%), 2018–23

Leading companies in the Western European food industry by value sales (% share), 2023

Leading companies in the Western European food industry by value sales ($ million), 2023

Leading brands (and private label) in the Western European food industry by value sales ($ million), 2023

Key pack material volume (units) share, 2023

Unit volume growth by pack material, 2018–28

Key pack type volume (units) share, 2023

Unit volume growth by pack type, 2018–28

Key closure type volume (units) share, 2023

Unit volume growth by closure type, 2018–28

Key primary outer type volume (units) share, 2023

Unit volume growth by primary outer type, 2018–28

Global food industry patent filings, 2023

Food industry patent filings by leading companies, 2023

Total food industry patent filings for key markets, 2023

Total job postings in the food industry by company, 2023

Active jobs in food industry by theme, 2023

Deals in the food industry by geography, 2023

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