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

The soybean market is segmented by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East & Africa). Each segment will cover Production Analysis(Volume), Consumption Analysis(Value and Volume), Import Analysis(Value and Volume), Export Market Analysis(Value and Volume) and Price trend Analysis.

Market Snapshot

Soybean Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 3.5 %
Soybean Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The soybean market is projected to register a CAGR of 3.5% during the forecast period (2021-2026). The supply chain disruptions due to the trade restrictions have impacted the market for soybean during the COVID-19 pandemic. These factors have reduced the production of soybean by-products like meal, oil, cake, etc which has been reflected on the market for soybean as well. 

The United States, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Paraguay, and Uruguay are the largest producers and exporters of soybean in the world, accounting for more than 85.0% of the global production. For many years, the United States was the world’s major producer and exporter of soybean. However, in 2019, soybean production has increased dramatically in Brazil surpassing Brazil's soybean production. The increased production of Soybean can be attributed to the favorable growing conditions augmented by the soil quality, weather conditions, and water availability. The market for soybean is driven by the increasing adoption of veganism in western countries owing to the popularity of plant-rich proteins in the diet. The increased health awareness among consumers due to the higher standard of living has also impacted the market affirmatively.

Scope of the Report

Soybean is a leguminous vegetable crop grown in tropical and subtropical climates. It is one of the most valuable crops in the world, not only as an oilseed crop and feed for livestock and aquaculture but also as a good source of protein in the human diet and as a biofuel. The soybean market is segmented by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East & Africa). Each segment will cover Production Analysis(Volume), Consumption Analysis(Value and Volume), Import Analysis(Value and Volume), Export Market Analysis(Value and Volume), and Price trend Analysis.

North America
United States
Asia Pacific
South America
Middle East and Africa
South Africa
Saudi Arabia

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Key Market Trends

Increased demand for by-products of Soybean

The demand for by-products of soybean like soybean meal, oil cakes, etc has been increasing over the past few years. The high nutritional value of the products has enhanced the popularity among consumers. The increased disposable income of consumers in developed countries along with the improved productivity of soybean in these countries has contributed to the enhanced demand for soybean by-products. In 2019, the soybean oil production in the United States was recorded at 10.8 million metric ton, showing an increase from 10.0 million metric ton in 2016, as per FAO statistics. The demand for soybean oil in the country has contributed to the production of the commodities. This is anticipated to drive the market during the forecast period. Soybean meal has a unique composition of amino acids and can be used as an alternative for cereal proteins. Therefore, soybean meal is used as a feed for animals and human consumption as well. The main reasons behind the increasing demand for protein-enriched foods are its health benefits and the growing number of livestock, cattle, ruminants, and other animals in the global market.

Soybean Market Trends

Brazil Dominates the Global Export Market

In 2019, Brazil was the largest exporter of soybeans which accounted for 47.3% of total exports, followed by the United States, Argentina, Paraguay, and Canada. The increasing soybean production in Brazil which accounted for 96.4million metric ton in 2017, which has increased by % and reached 114.3 million metric ton in 2019, and thus, this increase in production will boost exports of soybean in the upcoming years. The low value of Brazilian currency in 2020 has made the soybeans price competitive in the international market. The increased awareness among farmers pertaining to the cultivation of soybean along with the well-equipped nature of cultivation in Brazil has enhanced the production of soybean. The domestic and global demand for oilseeds like soybean has been rising over the recent years, which has impacted the prices of soybean and the revenue of farmers positively. The United States-China trade war has contributed to the growing exports from Brazil to China. The enhanced livestock population and the growing demand for soybean meal have improved the exports from Brazil to countries in the Asia Pacific and Europe region.

Soybean Market Growth

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 Value Chain/Supply Chain Analysis

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Production Analysis, Consumption Analysis by Value and Volume, Import Analysis by Value and Volume, Export Analysis by Value and Volume and Price Trend)

    1. 5.1 Geography

      1. 5.1.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.1.2 Europe

        1. Russia

        2. Italy

        3. Ukraine

        4. Spain

      3. 5.1.3 Asia Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. Australia

      4. 5.1.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Paraguay

      5. 5.1.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Egypt

        3. Saudi Arabia



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