2015 Food pricing study

The 2015 Food Pricing Study is a comprehensive analysis of what sets food prices in Australian agrifoods value chains, helping provide a factual basis for who gets what out the the value chain, where value is being best captured, and … to bust some myths.

We have completed a major study – the 2015 Food Pricing Study – into the grocery-basket-of-fooddeterminants of pricing along the key value chains in agrifoods in Australia.  The final report can be accessed here on the RIRDC site.

This work updates a previous study into this issue undertaken in 2004 by a precedent firm Whitehall Associates, but extends the analysis significantly given the pace of change affecting agrifood sectors in the country.

The aim of this work is to provide a factual understanding of factors driving prices in key food value chains, explaining:

  • The trade and food market settings including consumer trends relevant to food pricing;
  • Movements over time in prices paid by consumers in comparison to those received at the farm level;
  • Costs and value-adding factors which are determining and influencing food prices over time;
  • Trends affecting the profitability and returns over time for participants along key food supply chains in Australia; and
  • Potential options for improving price transparency along food value chains and impacts on their effective and efficient operation.

The analysis is intended for a wide audience as a resource and reference for policymakers, researchers, food industry participants and advisers.

It draws on a wide set of information accessed by our team which includes retail sales data and analysis inputs, as well as that gathered from our experience over recent years in undertaking specific assignments within and across sectors of the food industry.

The 2015 Food Pricing Study is a comprehensive analysis of what sets food prices in Australian agrifoods value chains, helping provide a factual basis for who gets what out the the value chain, where value is being best captured, and … to bust some myths.

We have completed a major study – the 2015 Food Pricing Study – into the determinants of pricing along the key value chains in agrifoods in Australia.

This work updates a previous study into this issue undertaken in 2004 by a precedent firm Whitehall Associates, but extends the analysis significantly given the pace of change affecting agrifood sectors in the country.

The aim of this work is to provide a factual understanding of factors driving prices in key food value chains, explaining:

  • The trade and food market settings including consumer trends relevant to food pricing;
  • Movements over time in prices paid by consumers in comparison to those received at the farm level;
  • Costs and value-adding factors which are determining and influencing food prices over time;
  • Trends affecting the profitability and returns over time for participants along key food supply chains in Australia; and
  • Potential options for improving price transparency along food value chains and impacts on their effective and efficient operation.

The analysis is intended for a wide audience as a resource and reference for policymakers, researchers, food industry participants and advisers.

It draws on a wide set of information accessed by our team which includes retail sales data and analysis inputs, as well as that gathered from our experience over recent years in undertaking specific assignments within and across sectors of the food industry.