Arachidonic Acid Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

Global Arachidonic acid market is segmented by Source as Animal and Plant; by Form as Dry and Liquid; by Application as Food and Beverage (Infant Formula, Dietary Supplements), Pharmaceuticals; and by Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 6.8 %

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Market Overview

Global arachidonic acid market is projected to grow with  a CAGR of 6.8% during the forecast period (2019 - 2024).

  • The demand for ARA in dietary supplements is increasing, due to growing health awareness among consumers. With the growing outdoor sporting activities, including car racing and marathons, the possibility of physical injuries is expected to increase, which is likely to drive the market in terms of increasing applications, thus generating revenue.
  • The growth of the market is majorly due to the increasing penetration of infant food formulas and also increased usage in sports nutrition.
  • The ARA market is proportional to the increasing demand for omega-6 fatty acids in the food. This rise in demand is due to an increase in consumer awareness about the consumption of essential fatty acids and its associated benefits.


Scope of the Report

The arachidonic acid market is distributed in a different segment on the source, form, application, and by geography. By source, arachidonic acid market is segmented into animal and plant; by form into dry and liquid; by its application into food & beverage and pharmaceutical. The food & beverage segment is further divided into infant formula and dietary supplements. Among food & beverage sub-segments, infant nutrition holds the dominant share of the market and being driven by regulatory support. Also, the study provides an analysis of the arachidonic acid market in the emerging and established markets across the globe, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa.

By Source
By Form
By Application
Food and Beverage
Infant Formula
Dietary Supplements
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East and Africa
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Application of ARA in Infant Formula Increases

The application of arachidonic acid in infant nutrition is expected to increase during the forecast period due to the rapid technological advancements and new patents recorded by the key players in the market. This is due to the need of omega-6 fatty acids in infants, as they cannot synthesize the required amount. Hence, the essential fatty acids are provided by the additional supplement of ARA in infant food. DHA and arachidonic acid (ARA), a 20-carbon fatty acid, are the key components that help the formation of cell membranes in infant's brains. The amount of DHA and ARA in breast milk is highly variable among different countries and is dependent on a mother’s diet. During cases where the infant is not receiving the required amount of ARA, the latter can be provided in the form of ARA-supplemented formula, and eventually through solid foods.

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North America holds the largest market share

The market is further segmented on the region basis into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, and South America. North America holds the largest share of the arachidonic acid market in food applications followed by Europe and Asia- Pacific. The EU regulatory environment has supported the market growth in the region. This is due to the presence of many companies and intense R&D activities carried out with many new patents using ARA for infant formula, as well as sports nutrition and the growing fertility rate in the North American, especially in Mexico, enables for the market growth for the ARA in infant formula. The recent trend of using ARA for curing diabetes is expected to contribute to the market growth in other North American countries. 

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Competitive Landscape

The key players in the arachidonic acid market include Galactic, Cargill, Purac, ADM, Henan Jindam Arachidonic acid Co., Ltd., and Corbion, amongst others. The major competitors prefer investment in new product development and marketing strategy due to volatility in commodity costs to maintain their position.

June 2016- Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. and DuPont Pioneer have announced a successful field trial safflower plants which can produce high levels of arachidonic acid (ARA) oil.  This key milestone is a major step towards developing a new plant-based and cost-effective source of oil with high levels of ARA.

Major Players

  1. Cargill Inc.

  2. CABIO Biotech Wuhan Co Ltd

  3. Cayman Chemical

  4. Guangdong Runke Bioengineering Co., Ltd.

  5. Koninklijke DSM N.V

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Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Source

      1. 5.1.1 Animal

      2. 5.1.2 Plant

    2. 5.2 By Form

      1. 5.2.1 Dry

      2. 5.2.2 Liquid

    3. 5.3 By Application

      1. 5.3.1 Food and Beverage

        1. Infant Formula

        2. Dietary Supplements

      2. 5.3.2 Pharmaceuticals

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Russia

        6. Spain

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Australia

        4. Japan

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Market Share Analysis

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Cargill. Inc

      2. 6.2.2 Cabio Biotech (Wuhan)Co., Ltd

      3. 6.2.3 Cayman Chemicals

      4. 6.2.4 Guangdong Runke

      5. 6.2.5 Koninklijke DSM N.V.

      6. 6.2.6 A & Z Food Additives Co., Ltd

      7. 6.2.7 Merck Group

      8. 6.2.8 Wuhan Shu Ou Technology Co.,Ltd

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Arachidonic Acid Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Arachidonic Acid Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.8% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Cargill Inc., CABIO Biotech Wuhan Co Ltd, Cayman Chemical, Guangdong Runke Bioengineering Co., Ltd., Koninklijke DSM N.V are the major companies operating in Arachidonic Acid Market.

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