What is Value Added and How Do You Calculate It?

Andrew Strassmore
Andrew Strassmore
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Updated: 01.12.2022

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Value added is a measure of the contribution to a product‘s worth by any organization that handles it on its way to the ultimate user. Value added is measured by subtracting the cost of a product (or the cost of ingredients from which it was made) from the price that the organization received for it. This calculation determines if an organization is adding true value to a product and not just making a profit from it.


When you go to the grocery store, do you ever wonder how much of the price you pay goes to the farmer? Or, how much of it goes to the company that packaged and sold the product? Chances are, not a lot. Most of the cost we pay for groceries is for value added activities like packaging, shipping, and marketing. In this post, we will discuss what value added is and how to calculate it. Stay tuned!


When calculating value added for a reseller, the firm’s gross margin (the difference between its sales price and cost of goods sold) can be used. For manufacturing firms, the contribution over cost of ingredients should be considered. This will show if the firm’s work was actually reflected in the higher price for which someone is willing to pay for the product.


Value Added

In order to calculate value added, you will first need to know the cost of goods sold (COGS). This includes all costs that are associated with producing a product or service such as labor and materials. You will then need to subtract the COGS from the revenue generated by selling the product/service. The difference is your value added.

For example, if a company has $500 of COGS and their sales revenue is $1000, their value added would be $500 ($1000 - $500 =$500). This means that the company has added $500 worth of value to their product.

As you can see, calculating value added helps companies determine if they are adding true value to a product or just making a profit from it. It is important for firms to understand how much of their sales revenue comes from value-added activities and how much comes from simply increasing the price of their product. By monitoring value added, companies can better understand their operations and make better decisions about how to grow their business.


We hope this blog post has helped you learn more about value added and how to calculate it. Knowing these details can help your business determine if they are really making a difference with their products or services. Understanding value added can also help you make better decisions when it comes to pricing and operations. Thanks for reading!

Andrew Strassmore

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Marketing addicted and blockchain inspired. Writing about marketing and cryptocurrency since 2017.

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