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The global aquafeed market size was USD 55.71 billion in 2020 and is projected to grow from USD 58.19 billion in 2021 to USD 85.17 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 5.59% during the 2021-2028 period. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with the market witnessing a negative impact on the supply chain across the globe amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the market exhibited a decline of -2.1% in 2020 than the average year-on-year growth during 2017-2019. The rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.
The rising popularity of aquafeed incorporated with beneficial ingredients holds steady growth opportunities for the market. Moreover, an increase in seafood trade due to growing global fish consumption is anticipated to drive the global market. Several government initiatives and schemes have been implemented to encourage farmers to utilize high-quality feed. For instance, the government of India allocated USD 73.84 million for the continuation of the ‘Blue Revolution Scheme’ during the financial year 2020-21. This scheme undertakes various ongoing fisheries development programs, including marine fishery, mariculture, and aquaculture.
Disruption in Global Supply Chains Has Negatively Affected Market Growth
The COVID-19 outbreak has sent shock waves across nearly every industry vertical. It has disturbed supply chains, leading to the shutdown of numerous manufacturing facilities worldwide, severe air and sea traffic disruption, and closure of vital air routes. With all industrial activities paused, international travel stopped, and only essential business services permitted to function; these actions significantly affected feed production as factories faced supply chain interruptions and labor scarcities.
The industry relies on marine ingredients, out of which most are imported. For instance, the Chinese population is primarily dependent on Chilean fish meals, usually imported from South America and require weeks for shipping. With the pandemic, finding ships or planes for raw material shipment has been a challenge that has resulted in supply chain disruption. Although the availability of trucks and overall logistical measures is progressively improving, there are still some regions where such resources are relatively limited compared to the pre-COVID-19 period. Hence, companies are expected to expand their retailer base rapidly through various digital platforms that offer advertising and sale services. Moreover, the recovery time will depend on how long lockdown restrictions last and how fast the world can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Organic Fish Production to Experience High Growth Trajectory & Foster Market Growth
Organic fish farming is a newly developed idea and is still in the initial stages of development. Organic fish production emphasizes chemical-free, genetically modified products and pesticides. It also ensures animal welfare by decreasing the stocking density. The use of organic fish feed helps in raising aquatic animals in a humane manner that is suitable. In recent years, it has been observed that the buyers’ inclination towards organic food has increased significantly, and therefore, the increase in the production of organic feed is expected to favor aquafeed market growth.
Rise in Seafood Trade to Play Crucial Role in Market Growth
The increasing consumption of seafood and rising consumer spending on fish and fish products such as fish oil, fish meal, and fish silage are anticipated to escalate aquaculture production, which are predicted to boost the market growth. In addition, the increased demand for animal protein in well-established western economies and increasing trade of seafood across several global economies are expected to further propel the market growth in the forthcoming years.
Increasing Investments in R&D Activities to Support Market Growth
The increasing investments by market players and associations in the research and development of innovative products is expected to positively impact the market’s growth. For instance, in August 2020, Milkfish Aquafeeds Research, Development, and Extension Project (RDEP) was launched in Guiuan. This new project aims to develop substitutes for fish feed ingredients for fighting the existing high costs of feeds in the market. A new substitute comprises the use of plant-based proteins as a key ingredient for fish feed.
The companies are embarking on mergers and acquisitions to diversify their product portfolio and consumer offerings. For instance, in November 2019, The Washington-based feed and ingredient company, Wilbur-Ellis, announced the acquisition of Renger Inc., a U.S.-based producer and distributor of feed. This acquisition is predicted to help Wilbur-Ellis to strengthen its footprint in this market.
Volatility of Raw Material Prices could Restrict Market Growth
High price volatility associated with the raw materials used in the feed preparation can hamper the market's growth. For instance, a significant rise in the price of soybean, corn, or other raw materials can directly impact the product's final price, which may hamper product sales. Moreover, a growing number of people opting for vegetarian diets and excluding non-vegetarian food is anticipated to reduce the demand for fish, which can negatively affect the market.
Fish Segment to Lead the Market throughout the Forecast Period
The fish segment held the largest share in the global aquafeed market in 2020. The tremendous increase in fish farming to fill the gap between overall fish demand and supply is expected to positively impact fish feed sales. A good quality fish feed is a great way to support the base of the food chain and help sustain a healthy fish community. This can drive the fish feed demand in upcoming years. Among fish, tilapia and carp are some of the prominent consumers of feed. Carps are considered a high source of protein, and they are widely utilized in fish and rice farming as well. As a result, the demand for carps is expected to increase in forthcoming years, which can drive their market demand.
At present, the mollusks segment holds the second-largest position in the global market. The increasing popularity of oysters and clams as an important source of nutrition to humans has led to a rise in production for clams and oysters, which is predicted to boost the demand for fish feed from mollusks growers.
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Soybean Segment to Dominate the Global Marketplace over 2021-2028
Soybean is one of the beneficial and cheapest non-fish sources of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Henceforth, it is widely used in feed preparation to enhance aquatic species' overall growth and development. The increasing utilization of soybean cake and soybean meal in the preparation of organic feed is anticipated to boost the demand for soybean in the industry.
The additives segment is predicted to grow at the highest CAGR in the global market. Aquafeed additives, especially amino acids, are crucial macromolecules necessary for the healthy growth, development, and overall maintenance of aquaculture. Increasing fish growers’ inclination towards the adoption of high-quality feed is predicted to raise the demand for additives from manufacturers.
Dry Form of the Product to Witness Strong Demand through 2028
The dry form of the product secured a large revenue chunk in 2020, and the segment is expected to grow at a significant pace throughout the forecast period. The demand for pellet feed is high among the aquaculture industry across the globe, owing to their potential to improve the feed conversion ratio of fish. Fish feed available in dry form is getting wider acceptance owing to its outstanding palatability and efficiency in bringing enhancement in fish performance. Furthermore, the ease of storage and transport of the product and higher shelf life of the dry products compared to wet or moist products are predicted to impact product sales positively.
Asia Pacific Aquafeed Market Size, 2020 (USD Billion)
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Asia Pacific to Proliferate Led by Increasing Fish Production Rate
Asia Pacific is a prominent market for aquafeed at present, and is expected to hold a significant proportion of the global market share during the forecast period. The Asia Pacific market has developed rapidly over the last decade, with China and India occupying more than half of the regional sales. The demand for this feed in China and India is expected to remain promising during the upcoming years owing to the tremendous increase in fish production rate. As a result, several key market players operating in the global market are expanding their business in India and China. For instance, in January 2018, Cargill Inc. inaugurated its first dedicated fish feed plant in India. The plant is strategically located in Andhra Pradesh as it is one of the prominent regions for farm-raised aquaculture in India.
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The rising aquaculture production due to increasing seafood demand and growing inclination towards salmon production will propel the growth of the market in Europe. North America is predicted to witness considerable growth in the global market. The presence of prominent players such as Cargill Incorporated, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Alltech Inc. in the U.S. is likely to act as a growth booster for the market in the region. Furthermore, the high profit associated with the export of aquaculture is another reason attributed to the latent growth of the quality fish feed industry within the region.
Investments in New Product Development to Favor Market Growth
High fish consumption positively impacts aquaculture production; as a result, the demand for aquafeed is expected to increase at a stronger pace. The increasing demand for this product gravitates market players to diversify their product portfolio and distribution network to increase their market reach and consumer base. Archer Daniels Midland Company is one of the leaders operating in the feed market. Innovations and mergers & acquisitions are some of the key strategies adopted by the company to compete in the global market.
December 2019–Archer Daniels Midland Company inaugurated its new animal nutrition technology center. The company is focusing on the production of feed ingredients and nutritional products for aquaculture. The new center will support the company in expanding its footprint in the global market.
February 2019 – Archer Daniels Midland Company announced the complete acquisition of Neovia. This acquisition is predicted to offer a strong platform for Archer Daniels Midland company’s future growth.
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The global market research report provides qualitative and quantitative insights on the aquafeed market and a detailed analysis of market size and growth rate for all possible segments in the market. Along with this, the market research report provides an elaborative analysis of the market dynamics, swot analysis, and competitive landscape. Various key insights provided in the report are the overview of related markets, recent industry developments such as mergers & acquisitions, the regulatory scenario in key countries, and key industry trends.
Value (USD Billion)
Fortune Business Insights says that the global market was USD 55.71 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 85.17 billion by 2028.
Growing at a CAGR of 5.59%, the market will exhibit robust growth during the forecast period (2021-2028)
Fish segment is expected to hold a prominent share during the forecast period.
The increasing seafood trade owing to the rise in global fish consumption is predicted to drive the growth of the global market.
Cargill Inc., Alltech Inc., and Archer Daniels Midland Company are some of the key players in the market.
Asia Pacific is expected to hold the highest market share in the global market.
The demand for aquafeed in dry form is expected to remain high in the global market.
Escalating demand for organic aquafeed due to increasing organic aquaculture production is one of the emerging market trends in the global market.
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