Fats and Oils Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Global Fats and Oils Market is Segmented by Type (Fats (Butter, Tallow, Lard, and Specialty Fats), and Oils (Soybean Oil, Rapeseed Oil, Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Cotton Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Others)), by Applications (Food, Industrial, and Animal Feed), and by Geography

Market Snapshot

Fats and Oils Market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 4.42 %

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Market Overview

The global fats and oils market is projected to grow, witnessing a CAGR of 4.42% during the forecast period (2020-2025).

  • Fats and oils are being used extensively in food applications such as confectioners in the production of candies, and for polishing of confectionery products. Also, refined olive oil and coconut oil are increasingly being used for various bakery applications as it is bland in taste, thereby, allowing food to maintain its original flavor. Additionally, it does not exhibit any pungency, unlike mustard oil.
  • Fats and oils have gained prominence as feed products due to the health benefits posed by them for poultry and cattle. Fats and oils are high-energy supplements that ensure nutritional balance, while minimizing feed costs. Thus, these are added as feed products to reduce the incidence of bloat and energy density in the feed.
  • Moreover, fats and oils are finding applications in various manufacturing areas. They are now being used in industries, such as paints, lubricants, and paper, as a sustainable method of production, without involving chemical ingredients.

Scope of the Report

The scope of the global fats and oils market includes segmentation by type, by application, and by geography. On the basis of type, the market is segmented by fats and oils. The fats segment includes butter, tallow, lard, and specialty fats. The oils segment comprises soybean oil, rapeseed oil, palm oil, coconut oil, olive oil, cottonseed oil, sunflower seed oil, and other oils. Further, the market is segmented on the basis of application into food, industrial and animal feed. Based on geography, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World.

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Key Market Trends

Supportive Policies On Vegetable Oil-Usage In Various Countries

There has been a considerable number of policies implemented by the authorities of several countries that support the production and consumption of vegetable oils, thus leading the market to grow. The European Union’s consumption of vegetable oil for bio-fuel has been primarily driven by the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). This directive, established in 2009, requires 10% of the energy consumption in road and rail transport, in 2020, to be generated from renewable sources. The EU member states (countries) are required to implement this target, along with their national laws and incentives, such as blending mandates. Palm oil contributes to around 20% of the production of biodiesel (fatty acid methyl ester) and renewable diesel (hydro-treated vegetable oil) in the European Union. The other significant feed-stocks for producing diesel substitutes are rapeseed, also used in cooking oils, and animal fats. Additionally, the amount of soybean oil used in biofuel production in the United States has been rising steadily as a result of the RFS and the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credits, and this trend is likely to continue during the foreseeable future.


Increasing Reliance On Natural Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

Beauty and cosmetic products contain numerous detrimental ingredients and toxic chemicals. Around 90% of the approximately 13,000 chemicals used in cosmetic products are not FDA-approved. Furthermore, several tests conducted by organizations and associations indicated the presence of catastrophic heavy metals, such as lead, beryllium, thallium, and cadmium, which are branded as potential carcinogens and lead to serious health risks, including cancer, infertility, and Alzheimer’s disease. Amidst rising concerns, consumers are increasingly shifting toward natural alternatives, in order to avoid using conventional beauty products, which has conclusively raised the demand for products formulated with natural ingredients, including specialty fats, such as cocoa and shea butter, for their excellent emollient properties. Moreover, the personal care industry has witnessed a substantial surge in the launch of products, such as body butter, body moisturizers, and lipsticks, all comprising pure forms of shea and cocoa butter.


Competitive Landscape

The global fats and oils market is highly fragmented, yet competitive, with a significant share held by the leading player, Wilmar International, by its segment, Tropical Oils, claiming a dominant presence across the world. Furthermore, the most active companies in the market are Cargill Inc., Sime Darby Plantation, Bunge Limited, AAK, Olam International Limited, and ADM.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study



    1. 3.1 Market Overview


    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 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Fats

        1. Butter

        2. Tallow

        3. Lard

        4. Specialty Fats

      2. 5.1.2 Oils

        1. Soybean Oil

        2. Rapeseed Oil

        3. Palm Oil

        4. Coconut Oil

        5. Olive Oil

        6. Cotton Seed Oil

        7. Sunflower Seed Oil

        8. Others

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Food

        1. Confectionary

        2. Bakery

        3. Dairy Products

        4. Others

      2. 5.2.2 Industrial

      3. 5.2.3 Animal Feed

    3. 5.3 By Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Italy

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Rest Of The World


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Cargill Incorporated

      2. 6.4.2 Bunge Limited

      3. 6.4.3 The Archer Daniels Midland Company

      4. 6.4.4 Wilmar International Limited

      5. 6.4.5 Olam International

      6. 6.4.6 Musim Mas Group

      7. 6.4.7 Fuji Oil Holding Inc.

      8. 6.4.8 Alami Commodities Sdn Bhd

      9. 6.4.9 Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Fats and Oils Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Fats and Oils Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.42% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Cargill Incorporated, Olam International, Bunge Limited, The Archer Daniels Midland Company, Fuji Oil Holding Inc. are the major companies operating in Fats and Oils Market.

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