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Citrus pulp pellets are derived from the waste that is left after juice, and other value-added products are developed from citrus fruit. The large waste generated in citrus processing unit is dried and converted into the pellets to be sold as a cattle feed. The citrus pulp is rich in simple and complex carbohydrates – the competitive cost of production, economical storage, and transportation make it an ideal source of feed for livestock. Citrus pulp pellets have an added advantage of little diversification into other products, ensuring its abundant supply provided that the citrus processing is conducted at the optimum scale. The growing popularity of citrus by-products in recent years have favoured the growth of citrus pulp pellets market.
According to USDA, global orange production in 2018/19 is forecasted to expand by 4.2 million metric tonnes from the previous year to 51.77 million tonnes. Brazil, China, EU, and the U.S. are the largest producer and processors of oranges. The global citrus pulp pellets market is majorly driven by the large scale processing of citrus fruit, especially oranges. Cirus pulp is a solid residue containing peel, tissues, and seeds. The by-products from orange processing have ensured a sufficient quantity of raw materials for the processing and manufacture of pellets. The market is also fueled by increasing demand for cereal substitute in ruminant feeds wherein the citrus pulp has proved to be an effective option owing to its high energy content and good digestibility profile.
Key Market Driver -
Decent Growth Trajectory of Cattle Feed Market
Key Market Restraint -
Contamination and Supply Concerns
Citrus pulp is generally dried to a moisture content of 10%; nonetheless, if water activity is in the convenient range for microbial contamination owing to the hygroscopic nature of citrus pulp, there is a high chance of storage stability getting drastically affected. Moreover, the citrus meal availability is directly dependent on the optimum production of citrus fruits – the negative effects of weather extremities have negatively impacted the supply of such fruits, and consequently, the supply-side dynamics of citrus pulp is also distorted. The price fluctuations that arise from such supply crunch discourages the cattle owners and livestock farms to opt for citrus pulp pellets.
The impetus and incentivization offered to citrus fruit producers and processors has resulted in the product diversification – the drying facilities at fruit processing sites are saving the transit cost, the pellet-making is not only providing the pulp with higher bulk density but also improves its handling efficiency. The citrus pulp has also been successfully utilized as poultry bedding material world over.
Some of the major companies that are present in the global citrus pulp pellets market are Louis Dreyfus Citrus, Inc., SAF US LLC, Citrosuco North America, Inc., Furst-MCNess Company, LaBudde Group Inc., Suwannee Valley Feeds LLC, KW Alternative Feeds, Cefetra Ltd. among the other players operating in the global citrus pulp pellets market.
On the basis of form, orange-based citrus pulp pellets are dominating the market owing to the raw-material availability, greater convenience, and inclusion of drying facilities within the fruit processing units. The high palatability offered by orange-based citrus pulp makes it an ideal bulky feed concentrate – the roughage properties further compliment the high energy density. Citrus pulp pellets (CPP) are increasingly replacing cornmeat for the ruminants. Dairy and beef cattle feed are leading application sectors for CPP owing to its bulk carbohydrates and high calcium contents.
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The developing markets of South America are optimizing their production efficiency in response to robust demands emerging from cattle feed sectors of China, Indonesia, and other South-east Asian markets. Asian markets offer the largest importing market for citrus pulp pellets (CPP) followed by Europe. Brazil and the U.S. have scaled-up their distribution efficiency to further the sales expansion of citrus pulp pellets. The European market also offers good opportunities for citrus pulp pellets manufacturers and suppliers, given the rising awareness about the benefits of CPP in the health and yield of dairy cattle.
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