Aqua Feed Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Aqua Feed Market is Segmented by Type (Fish Feed, Mollusk Feed, Crustacean Feed, and Other Aquafeed), and Geography (North America, Europe, South America, Asia-Pacific, and Africa).

Market Snapshot

Aqua Feed Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 5 %

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Market Overview

The aquafeed market is projected to register a CAGR of 5 % during the forecast period (2021-2026). As per an article shared by IFFO, the marine ingredients industry has been considered part of the essential food supply chain in many countries, which explains that fishing and reduction operations have continued to be carried out almost everywhere.

The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down the operations, though, with staff shortages and new sanitary guidelines for the operation of fisheries and processing. Feed companies have ensured necessary supplies to farmers to safeguard the health and welfare of their animals and to maintain the production level on farms. The growing demand for fish has increased export-oriented aquaculture and increased the adoption of 'Scientific Aquaculture Management Practices' (SAMP). As a result, fish farming is anticipated to grow, presenting an opportunity for the aquafeed market to grow. Due to the limited availability of marine feed resources and the growing demand for fish, the fish farming trend is expected to increase, thus opening up an opportunity for the compound feed market to grow.

Asia-Pacific is anticipated to dominate the aquafeed industry in the next few years due to significant growth in the aquaculture industry. This is due to the ease of availability of natural resources, induced conditions for aquaculture, and cheap labor. In other regions such as Europe and North America, growing inclination toward salmon farming, rising demand for seafood, the hardiness of the species, and governmental interest have led to a higher demand for aqua feed from aquaculture species. Cargill Inc., Biomar, Aller Aqua AS, Charoen Pokphand Group, Nutreco NV, and Alltech Inc. are key players dominating the market. Key players compete to gain market share through new product launches, mergers, and acquisitions, among other strategies.

Scope of the Report

Aquafeed is a mixture of raw materials, additives, and other supplements, sourced from either natural or synthetic sources and is fed to farmed fish. Soybean meal, fishmeal, fish oil, and carp are the most commonly used raw materials. The Aqua Feed Market is Segmented by Type (Fish Feed, Mollusk Feed, Crustacean Feed, and Other Aquafeed) and Geography (North America, Europe, South America, Asia-Pacific, and Africa).

Fish Feed
Carp Feed
Salmon Feed
Tilapia Feed
Catfish Feed
Other Fish Feed
Mollusk Feed
Crustacean Feed
Shrimp Feed
Other Crustacean Feed
Other Aqua Feed
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
South Africa
Rest of Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increase in Global Seafood Consumption

Population growth, rising incomes in developing nations, and urbanization have led to a surge in global fish and aquaculture production. The level of income and consumption of animal protein is positively related to the increasing consumption of fish and other seafood at the expense of staple foods. Driven by higher incomes and urbanization, the global consumption of fish is growing faster than the global population. Fisheries and aquaculture are increasingly becoming a primary source of protein, foreign exchange, livelihoods, and well-being of the population globally. The highest growth for fish consumption is expected from the Asia-Pacific and Latin American regions because of changing diet patterns, urbanization, population, and economic growth. Chinese demand for fish continues to surpass the domestic supply, as stated by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. North America and Europe, which have relatively small aquaculture industries, have a high demand for fish and other seafood products and depend on Asian producers to meet their demands. The per capita consumption of seafood in the United states was around 14.7 pounds in 2016 and is increased to 16 pounds in 2018. Also, growing consumption of fish and aqua products in the Europe and other parts of globe is raising the aquaculture production which inturn driving the sales of aqua feed globally.

Seafood consumption in China

Asia-Pacific Dominates the Market

Asia-Pacific has accounted for about 89.0% of world aquaculture production for over two decades. Asia-Pacific is anticipated to dominate the aquafeed industry in the next few years due to significant growth in the aquaculture industry. More than half of the domestic production in countries like Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, India, and Indonesia are destined only for the European and North American markets. The aquafeed industry in the region is driven by expanding aquaculture and increased demand for seafood. China is one of the largest producers of compound feed globally, with the production at around 168 million metric ton in 2019, of which aquaculture was valued at 16.5 million metric ton.

Global Aqua Feed Market

Competitive Landscape

The global aquafeed market is a fairly consolidated market, with major players holding 62.0% of the market share and the others holding 38.0% market share. Cargill Incorporated, Charoen Pokphand Group, and Nutreco NV are the major players in the market. Ridley Corporation, Biomin, Aller Aqua, Inve Aquaculture Inc., etc., are some other small players in the market. The players are investing in new products and improvisation of products, expansions, and acquisitions for business expansions.

Recent Developments

In May 2021, Cargill has started the production of AquaXcel feed in its Serang plant, Indonesia with the aim of enhancing the productivity of the industry and hence to meet the demands of Indonesians for healthy and sustainable fish products.

In May 2020, BioMar established a new aqua-feed plant in Australia by investing EUR 40.0 million. The production facility would produce up to 110,000.0 metric ton per year of aquafeed to support the Australian and Oceania aqua industry.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Fish Feed

        1. Carp Feed

        2. Salmon Feed

        3. Tilapia Feed

        4. Catfish Feed

        5. Other Fish Feed

      2. 5.1.2 Mollusk Feed

      3. 5.1.3 Crustacean Feed

        1. Shrimp Feed

        2. Other Crustacean Feed

      4. 5.1.4 Other Aqua Feed

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. Spain

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Germany

        5. Russia

        6. Italy

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. Thailand

        5. Vietnam

        6. Australia

        7. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.2.5 Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Egypt

        3. Rest of Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 BioMar AS

      2. 6.3.2 Coppens International BV

      3. 6.3.3 Aller Aqua AS

      4. 6.3.4 Cargill, Incorporated

      5. 6.3.5 Alltech, Inc

      6. 6.3.6 Archer Daniels Midland Co.

      7. 6.3.7 Ridley Corporation Ltd

      8. 6.3.8 Nutriad International NV

      9. 6.3.9 Hanpel Tech Co. Ltd

      10. 6.3.10 Charoen Pokphand Group

      11. 6.3.11 Nutreco NV

      12. 6.3.12 Biomin

      13. 6.3.13 Inve Aquaculture Inc.

    4. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Aqua Feed Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Aqua Feed Market is growing at a CAGR of 5% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

BioMar A/S, Aller Aqua A/S, Cargill Inc., Nutreco NV, Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL. are the major companies operating in Aqua Feed Market.

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