Omega-3 PUFA Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Global Omega-3 PUFA Market is segmented by source (plant and marine); and by type (Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) and others); by concentration, (high concentration, medium concentration, and low concentration); and by application (food and beverage, dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, and animal feed); and by geography

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 8.2 %

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Market Overview

The global omega-3 PUFA market is growing at a CAGR of 8.2% during the forecast period (2020-2025).

  • The market growth is fueled by factors such as rising consumer awareness of the health benefits associated with omega 3 PUFA and a rise in its application in the industrial sector. On the segmentation font, EPA and DHA are gaining importance and becoming a part of the consumer’s daily diet owing to the increased prevalence of maladies and people taking preventive healthcare measures. Moreover, emerging applications of EPA and DHA in food, dietary supplements, and clinical nutrition are further stimulating market growth.
  • In terms of application, dietary supplements hold the largest shareholding category of the market, followed by infant nutrition and pharmaceutical, due to the growth of the dietary supplements market in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Rest of the World. Geographically, Asia-Pacific and North America together contributed more than 70% of the global market. The Asia-Pacific region is the fastest-growing region, owing to consumer awareness in developing countries. 
  • However, few of the regulations from the regulatory bodies are the factors restraining the global market growth. For instance, according to the IEG (International Expert Group) recommendations, the content of EPA in infant formula should not exceed the DHA content, which is creating a barrier for key players who are willing to introduce EPA-based infant formula products.

Scope of the Report

The global omega-3 PUFA market has been segmented by source into plant and marine source; and by type into Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) and others. By concentration, the market is segmented into high concentration, medium concentration, and low concentration; and by application into food and beverage, dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, and animal feed. The food and beverage segment is further bifurcated into functional food and beverage, and infant formula. Also, the study provides an analysis of the omega 3 PUFA 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 Type
Docosahexanoic acid (DHA)
Eicosapentanoic acid (EPA)
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA)
By Concentration
High Concentrated
Medium Concentrated
Low Concentrated
By Application
Food and Beverages
Functional Foods & Beverages
Infant Formula
Dietary Supplements
Animal Nutrition
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
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

Demand for EPA to Drive the Market

The increasing focus on EPA omega-3 containing products is mainly due to the growing awareness about EPA omega-3 fatty acids’ health benefits. The EPA is extensively utilized in combination with developing effective infant nutrition solutions. Also, the prenatal daily supplementation of EPA has been found to offer enhanced protection against allergic outcomes in infants and children up to school-going age. Other applications of EPA include animal feed and clinical nutrition application. The fortification of pet food products with EPA has gradually increased, with strong demands for nutritional ingredients in pert food. Furthermore, the companies are moving toward algae instead of fish to produce 100%-EPA products, due to the varied advantages that algae offer, which are expected to change market dynamics, in upcoming years.

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Asia Pacific to Witness the Fastest Growth in the Global Market

Asia- Pacific is the fastest-growing region for the omega-3 ingredient market with major markets of China and Japan. China is the largest market, followed by Japan and Australia. The strong manufacturing base, increasing middle-class population, disposable income, and health awareness are fueling the market for omega 3 PUFA, especially the consumption of EPA and DHA ingredients in China. The high birth rate and the recent abolition of the one-child policy in China are expected to fuel the demands for DHA-based ingredients for infant nutritional formulae. Infant formulae followed by dietary supplements are two major application areas in the Chinese EPA and DHA market. The dietary supplements sector in the China marketplace is expected to emerge as a lucrative application sector for EPA and DHA ingredients amid an increase in discretionary spending.

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Competitive Landscape

The global market for omega-3 PUFA is fragmented, owing to the presence of a large number of regional and domestic players in different countries. Emphasis is given on the merger, expansion, acquisition, and partnership of the companies along with new product development as strategic approaches adopted by the leading companies to boost their brand presence among consumers. For instance, In October 2015, DSM launched a new line of high concentrate DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) products sourced from fish oil and a high concentrate docosahexaenoic acid from the vegetarian algae oil, where the products contain 85% omega 3 to support cardiovascular and cognitive health. In 2015, Croda introduced Incromega DHA, which is ideal for cognitive health and has certification of EFSA (European Food Safety Authority).

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 Plant

      2. 5.1.2 Marine

    2. 5.2 By Type

      1. 5.2.1 Docosahexanoic acid (DHA)

      2. 5.2.2 Eicosapentanoic acid (EPA)

      3. 5.2.3 Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA)

      4. 5.2.4 Others

    3. 5.3 By Concentration

      1. 5.3.1 High Concentrated

      2. 5.3.2 Medium Concentrated

      3. 5.3.3 Low Concentrated

    4. 5.4 By Application

      1. 5.4.1 Food and Beverages

        1. Functional Foods & Beverages

        2. Infant Formula

      2. 5.4.2 Dietary Supplements

      3. 5.4.3 Pharmaceuticals

      4. 5.4.4 Animal Nutrition

    5. 5.5 Geography

      1. 5.5.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.5.2 Europe

        1. Spain

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Germany

        4. France

        5. Italy

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.5.3 Asia Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.5.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.5.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    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 BASF SE

      3. 6.4.3 Corbion NV

      4. 6.4.4 Archer Daniels Midland Company

      5. 6.4.5 Croda International Plc

      6. 6.4.6 Omega Protein Corporation

      7. 6.4.7 Biosearch Life

      8. 6.4.8 KD Pharma Group

      9. 6.4.9 Novotech Nutraceuticals Inc

      10. 6.4.10 Clover Corporation Ltd

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Omega 3-PUFA Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Omega 3-PUFA Market is growing at a CAGR of 8.2% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Cargill, Incorporated, BASF SE, Corbion NV, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Croda International Plc are the major companies operating in Omega 3-PUFA Market.

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