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Feed Additives Market Global Outlook, Trends, and Forecast

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According to MarketsandMarkets, the Feed Additives Market by Type (Amino Acids, Phosphates, Vitamins, Acidifiers, Carotenoids, Enzymes, Mycotoxin Detoxifiers, Flavors & Sweeteners, Minerals, and Antioxidants), Livestock, Form, Source, and Region – Global Forecast to 2026″ size is estimated to be valued at USD 38.1 billion in 2021. It is projected to reach USD 49.6 billion by 2026, recording a CAGR of 5.5%, in terms of value. The growing consumption of livestock-based products and increasing feed manufacturers is driving the demand for feed additives.


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Market Dynamics


Drivers: Increase in demand and consumption of livestock-based products

An increase in demand and consumption of livestock-based products such as dairy & dairy-based products, meat, and eggs is expected to drive the usage of feed additives in feed for the growth and development of farm animals. Poultry meat is the primary driver for the growth of the overall meat production, owing to its high demand, low production cost, and lower product prices, both in developed and developing countries. Furthermore, owing to the increasing awareness about the role and dynamics of food nutrients, especially protein, on overall physical and mental growth and development, there is a growing trend toward animal-sourced protein in the form of either meat, eggs, or milk. This drives the usage of feed additives in feed as it increases its nutritional quality.


Restraints: Ban on antibiotics in different nations

An increase in raw material prices is a major challenge faced by feed manufacturers worldwide. Feed acids, antioxidants, and vitamins are extracted from natural sources such as seeds, tree barks, and plant leaves. The rising cost of extraction from these sources, coupled with stringent regulations for waste biomaterials and wastewater treatment, restrains the feed additives market growth. Availability of feed has become a critical issue for the industry. With the growing global population and the consequent rise in demand for food, the industry faces severe pressure in procuring raw feed such as corn, wheat, and barley. 


Opportunities: Shifting towards natural growth promoters

Antimicrobial compounds are commonly included in poultry diets for promoting growth and controlling diseases. The European Union banned feed-grade antibiotic growth promoters, owing to cross-resistance and also due to the risk posed to the EU’s food safety and public health. Due to this, feed manufacturers are adopting new forms of natural feed additives apart from antibiotics with the help of modern science. This new generation of growth enhancers includes botanical additives such as appropriate blends of herbs or plant extracts. Herbs and plant extracts used as feed additives include different bio-active ingredients such as alkaloids, bitters, flavonoids, glycosides, mucilage, saponins, and tannins. Therefore, there are various effects expected from herbs and plant extracts—they act on the appetite and intestinal microflora, thereby stimulating pancreatic secretions to increase endogenous enzyme activity and immune system. Many plant products and their constituents have broad antimicrobial activity and antioxidant & sedative properties.


Challenges: Sustainability of feed and livestock chain

The global feed industry is focusing on improving feed efficiency by improving the feed conversion rates for all major livestock and farmed fish species. The feed and livestock industries can achieve sustainability by developing a harmonized environmental footprint methodology, based on life cycle analysis, involving the entire chain. The development of common metrics can also help to calculate a broader range of resource efficiency indicators. Efficient usage of feed ingredients can support the reduction of the environmental impact of livestock farming through resource-efficient feed production. The use of co-products from other processing industries can reduce the pressure on land-grown crops.


The Asia Pacific region accounted for the largest share in the global feed additives market, in terms of value. The market in the region is driven by the presence of a large livestock population and their growth rate. Furthermore, the region has witnessed an increase in the number of feed mills and feed production, particularly in countries such as India and Japan. This increase in the number of feed mills in the region reflects the growth in feed production. The largest feed producer, China, contributes significantly to the region’s leading position, with Thailand and Indonesia being the emerging feed-producing countries, while India and Japan demonstrate constant growth in feed production.


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Key players in this market include Cargill (US), ADM (US), Dupont (US), Evonik (Germany), BASF (Germany), DSM (Netherlands), Ajinomoto (Japan), Novozymes (Denmark), Chr Hansen (Denmark), TEGASA (Spain), Nutreco (Netherlands), Kemin Industries Inc. (US), Adisseo (France), Alltech (US), Palital Feed Additives B.V. (Netherlands), Global Nutrition International (France), Centafarm SRL (Italy), Bentoli (US), NUQO Feed Additives (France), and Novus International Inc. (US).

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