According to MarketsandMarkets, the global feed additives market is estimated to be valued at USD 38.1 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 49.6 billion by 2026, recording a CAGR of 5.5%, in terms of value. The growth in consumption of animal-based products, growth in feed production, standardization of meat products owing to disease outbreaks, and implementation of innovative animal husbandry practices to improve meat quality have led to the increased consumption of feed additives.
The European Commission defines feed additives as, “products used in animal nutrition for the purpose of improving the quality of feed and the quality of food from animal origin, or to improve the animals’ performance and health, e.g. providing enhanced digestibility of the feed materials. Feed additives may not be put on the market unless authorization has been given, following a scientific evaluation demonstrating that the additive has no harmful effects on human and animal health and on the environment.”
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Globally shift towards natural growth promoters driving the demands for feed additives
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 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 new science. This new generation of growth enhancers includes botanical additives such as appropriate blends of herbs or plant extract. Herbs and plant extracts used as feed additives include different bio-active ingredients. These natural growth promoters predominantly include organic acids, probiotics, prebiotics, and so on. In addition to this, growing demands of feed additives from developing countries such as India, China, and Indonesia are also boosting the demand of feed additives. However, the growth of the market is restricted due to the stringent regulations in regions such as Europe and the price volatility of different feed additives.
Some of the key companies in feed additives market are ADM (US), Cargill (US), DSM (Netherlands), DuPont (US), Evonik (Germany), and BASF (Germany) amongst others. These players are actively investing into developments of novel feed additives ingredients developments and thus developing newer feed additives based on them.
COVID 19 impact on Feed additives Market
The impact of COVID-19 on the animal feed additives market directly corresponds to the condition of the HoReCa segment across the globe. In the pessimistic scenario, the hotel and tourism industry will continue to remain shut, and demand for meat and poultry products witness a decline, which shall negatively impact the feed additives market growth. Also, trade barriers between the countries may hinder export and will result in a shortage and price rise for feed additives. In the optimistic scenario, the COVID-19 wave is expected to subside, and the launch of effective vaccines will enable governments to lift lockdown or relax the social distancing norms. Declining mortality due to COVID-19 and immunization are some of the factors encouraging consumers to enjoy away-from-home food, which shall positively impact the market growth for the feed additives market.
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