Insect Feed Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Insect Feed Market is segmented by Animal Type (Aquaculture, Poultry, Swine, and Other Animal Types) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa. The report offers the market estimates and forecasts in value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Insect Feed Market Overview
Study Period: 2017-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Europe
Largest Market: Asia-Pacific
CAGR: 12 %

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Market Overview

The insect feed market is projected to register a CAGR of 12% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the working of several markets, including the insect feed market, during the initial lockdown. The insect feed for aquaculture was negatively impacted mainly due to the decreasing international seafood trade, as restrictions on the fishing industry have minimized the yield and production.

Asia-Pacific dominates the global market, having the largest share, and Europe is projected to be the fastest-growing market in the years to come. In Asia-Pacific, the growing meat consumption compelled the demand for nutritious insect feed in recent years. Along with this, investments by the insect feed companies in the region have fueled the market growth. Similarly, in Europe, government initiatives, coupled with the maintenance of vast poultry by the farmers, are projected to drive the revenue of the insect feed market during the forecast period.

The insect feed sector, at present, has challenges, such as commercial-scale production, when compared to conventional animal feed products. However, major factors, including a number of favorable government policies, are driving the market. For instance, the Kenyan government took the initiative GREEiNSECT, which is a research consortium between public and private institutions working on insects for food and feed in Kenya. Such government initiatives are anticipated to drive the market in the long term.

By animal type, the aquaculture segment dominated the market among other animals in 2021. Increasing demand for farmed fish across the world has led to a rise in the prices of fishmeal and fish oil. Hence, insect feed serves as a viable protein-rich option for aquafeed, thus, driving the market.

Scope of the Report

Insect feeds are meals enriched with high proteins that are blended from various raw materials and additives. These blends are formulated according to the specific requirements of the target animal, especially to use as an aquafeed. They are manufactured by feed compounders as meal types, pellets, or crumbles. For the purpose of this report, only insect feed has been considered. The report covers an extensive study of segments and factors driving the growth of the commercial insect feed market.

The Insect Feed Market is segmented by Animal Type (Aquaculture, Poultry, Swine, and Other Animal Types) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa. The report offers the market sizing and forecasts in value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Animal Type
Other Animal Types
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
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

High Feed Conversion Ratio of Insects

The population on the earth is expected to increase to 9 billion by 2050. The growing population and increasing demand for protein-rich food from livestock, poultry, and fish, pose serious food security challenges for the future. Hence, the demand for the production and consumption of edible insects is increasing pertaining to their high nutritional value and low risk of transmitting zoonotic diseases.

Insects contain more protein and low fat compared to traditional meats, such as poultry and livestock. They also emit fewer greenhouse gases and ammonia than conventional livestock and can be grown on organic waste. This is driving the market growth. Insects are efficient in converting feed into protein. For instance, crickets need 12 times less feed than cattle, four times less feed than sheep, and half as much feed as pigs and broiler chickens to produce the same amount of protein. Hence, rearing of these insects and usage as feed for animals has become prominent in developed and developing countries.

The need for grain and protein feeds is likely to increase as the demand for meat rises. For instance, livestock is fed about 6 kg of plant protein to get 1 kg of animal protein. Feed-to-meat conversion rates (Amount of feed needed to produce a 1 kg increase in weight) vary widely depending on the animal types and the production practices used. Typically, 1 kg of live animal weight in the US production system requires the respective amount of feed: 2.5 kg for chicken, 5 kg for pork, and 10 kg for beef, whereas insects require much less feed. Thus, the high feed conversion ratio and high nutritional value of insects compared to livestock and poultry may drive the growth of the insect market during the forecast period.

Insect Feed Market: Feed Conversion Ratio, Global, 2021

Asia-Pacific Dominates the Market

In Asia-Pacific, the growing meat consumption compelled the demand for nutritious insect feed in recent years. Along with this, investments by the insect feed companies in the region fueled the market growth. For instance, in 2017, Protix partnered with Buhler Insect Technology Solutions, based out of China, to enhance the insect feed production in the country, where Buhler, with the help of the former, installed a pilot facility to process fly larvae and mealworms for animal feed. This has led the companies to develop new forms of insect feeds to provide a protein-rich diet to livestock. Moreover, local Chinese companies, like Haocheng Mealworms Inc. and Guangzhou Wuliang Biotechnology Co. Ltd, have been producing insect feed rather than relying on soybean imports from the United States for animal feed. This has decreased due to the US-China trade war. Moreover, in 2019, a crop-eating pest damaged a lot of animal feed crops in the country. Such developments in the country are fueling the insect feed market’s revenue in China. Hence, the region is anticipated to witness robust growth owing to the increasing demand for insect feed across various countries such as China, South Korea, and Japan, coupled with increased animal protein demand.

Insect Feed Market

Competitive Landscape

The global insect feed market was observed to be highly fragmented in nature in 2021, as the majority of the companies are new in the market studied and held only a small fraction of the market share. As per the companies profiled in the study, Europe has the largest number of major players, followed by Asia-Pacific. Alltech Coppens, Protix, Enterra Feed Corporation, Ynsect, and Enviroflight were some of the prominent companies that accounted for the majority share in the global insect feed market in 2021. Acquisitions, partnerships, and expansions are some of the important strategies adopted by the insect feed producing companies for their research support and marketing purposes. For instance, Enviroflight, Alltech Coppens, and Protix are the three companies that successfully adopted these strategies.

Recent Developments

In 2022, Insect farmer Protix, which produces protein for use in feed for fish, farm animals, and pets, raised EUR 50 million for further international expansion and ground-breaking research and development.

In 2021, US agriculture giant Cargill and French biotech firm InnovaFeed expanded their partnership to include more species, starting with the use of oil derived from insects for pig feed. Cargill and InnovaFeed announced their first agreement in 2019, initially focusing on fish feed.

In 2021, Nutrition Technologies, an insect protein producing company opened its new industrial-scale factory located in Johor, Malaysia. This is the first large-scale factory in Southeast Asia having capacity of growing over 3 trillion bugs at a given time.

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 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Animal Type

      1. 5.1.1 Aquaculture

      2. 5.1.2 Poultry

      3. 5.1.3 Swine

      4. 5.1.4 Other Animal Types

    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. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Egypt

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Alltech Coppens

      2. 6.3.2 Multibox

      3. 6.3.3 nextProtien

      4. 6.3.4 EnviroFlight

      5. 6.3.5 Protix

      6. 6.3.6 InnovaFeed

      7. 6.3.7 Tiny Farms

      8. 6.3.8 Ynsect

      9. 6.3.9 AgriProtien

      10. 6.3.10 Enterra Feed Corporation

      11. 6.3.11 Hexafly

      12. 6.3.12 Entofood



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Frequently Asked Questions

The Insect Feed Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Insect Feed Market is growing at a CAGR of 12% over the next 5 years.

Europe is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia-Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

nextProtien, Alltech Coppens, Protix, Enterra, Ynsect, Enviroflight are the major companies operating in Insect Feed Market.

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