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

Vietnam Aquaculture Feed Market is segmented by Feed Type (Fish Feed, Molluscs Feed, Crustaceans Feed, and Other Aqua Feed).

Market Snapshot

Vietnam Aquaculture Feed Market Overview
Study Period:

2016 - 2026

Base Year:



5.7 %

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Market Overview

The Vietnamese aquaculture feed market is projected to witness a CAGR of 5.7% during the forecast period (2021-2026). Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vietnamese Government imposed various measures such as social distancing, mobility restrictions, and shutdown of non-essential service facilities to contain the outbreak. The major impact of the containment measures was seen on exports of fish and other seafood, which in turn impacted the aquaculture feed demand in the country. However, due to the early measures taken by the government, and the overall moderate impact was observed on the aquaculture feed market in Vietnam. Over the medium term, factors including an increase in export demand for aquaculture products, steady change in diet preferences, and increasing per capita spending, rising sustainable shrimp farming are expected to drive the market growth. The growing demand for aquaculture products has a direct implication on the production of high-yield aqua feed. According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers, in the first 9 months of 2020, Vietnam exported seafood to 154 markets. The major markets including Japan, the US, China, EU, South Korea, and ASEAN accounted for nearly 80% of export turnover. Hence, the aquafeed market is expected to grow significantly in the country with the rising demand from the seafood industry for exports. Moreover, per capita spending on fish and seafood by Vietnamese consumers is predicted to reach USD 48.8 in 2024, from an estimated USD33.4 in 2020. Hence, the rising consumer spending on seafood is expected to create the increase in demand for premium fish, which in turn will likely boost the feed market growth in the coming years. However, one of the main restraints for this market is the increasing cost of feed ingredients and raw materials.

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. Aquafeed is commonly available in the form of pellets, which contain vital ingredients for fish, administered externally. These pellets vary in size, depending on the species that has to be fed. In addition, properties of these feeds can be altered to make them float on the water surface or sink to the bottom of the tanks, where fishes are reared. Furthermore, the content of various nutrients in the feed can be controlled, and this resulted in the growth and rise in popularity of the aquafeed industry over the past few years.

The Market studied is segmented by Feed Type into Fish Feed, Molluscs Feed, Crustaceans Feed, and Other Aqua Feed.

Feed Type
Fish Feed
Carp Feed
Salmon Feed
Tilapia Feed
Catfish Feed
Other Feed Types
Molluscs Feed
Crustaceans Feed
Shrimp Feed
Other Crustacean Feed
Other Aqua Feed

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Key Market Trends

Increase in Export Demand For Aquaculture Products

The growing demand for aquaculture products has a direct implication on the production of high yield aqua feed. Intensive aquaculture depends on commercially manufactured aqua feed, though most of the inland farmers in the country rely on farm-made feed. As a member of ASEAN, Vietnam involved in several bilateral and free trade agreements, which created a huge demand for Vietnamese aquaculture products in major economies, such as the United States, North America, China, and India. The European Union and Vietnam signed a Trade Agreement on June 2019. From January 1 to May 15 2019, pangasius fish exports to the EU reached 105.2 million USD, up 31.5 percent against the same period of 2018. The growth was largely attributed to four markets, namely the Netherlands, the UK, Germany and Belgium. Demand for pangasius fish imports from central and eastern European countries is also increasing. A large proportion of pangasius fish imported by the Netherlands and Germany has been shipped to central and eastern European nations which do not have big import ports. With tax advantages from the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), exports of aquaculture products to the EU are expected to see positive growth in the near future. This is turn is expected to boost considerably the aquaculture feed demand in the country during the forecast period.

Vietnam Aquaculture Feed Market Key Trends

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Fish Feed is the Largest Segment by Type

Vietnam is among the leading countries in global aquaculture and is the world’s 2nd largest exporter of shrimp. The total shrimp production in Vietnam is estimated at 650,000 metric ton a year. About 95% of all Black Tiger shrimps (Monodon) produced in Vietnam are farmed in the Mekong Delta. Additionally, the Mekong Delta is also the farming hub for the Pacific White Shrimp, accounting for 75% of the total Vietnamese production. Shrimp farming is rising in the country over the past few years with the rising seafood demand globally. In 2017, Skretting Vietnam has opened a new, dedicated aquaculture feed plant in the Mekong Delta to help the country's fast-growing shrimp farming sector in the country. The new facility also houses a special system to produce Skretting’s unique functional health feed for shrimp, Lorica. Shrimp farming has been facing challenges because the environment is getting more and more polluted. In 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development approved a semi-intensive shrimp farming project for food safety assurance. In 2020, BioMar and Viet-UC, Vietnam’s leading shrimp hatchery, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop and produce aquafeed in Vietnam. Thus, with the rising investments and sustainable farming methods, the shrimp farming is expected to grow at a phenomenal rate in the country, which in turn is expected to boost the shrimp feed demand in the country in the coming years.

Vietnam Aquaculture Feed Market Share

Competitive Landscape

The Vietnam aquaculture feed market is consolidated in nature, with the major players holding more than 60% share of the aquaculture feed market. The key players are not only competing based on product quality and promotion but are also focused on strategic moves such as expansions, to gain a larger market share.

Recent Developments

In 2020, BioMar and Viet-UC, Vietnam’s leading shrimp hatchery, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop and produce aqua feed in Vietnam.

In 2018, Cargill in Vietnam opened a shrimp-focused Technology Application Center(TAC) in Bac Lieu province, in Vietnam. The center is designed to help the aquaculture farmers access the latest innovations and apply the best possible solutions to increase their profits. This is company’s second such center in Vietnam. The company previously had opened a fish Technology Application Center in Tien Giang, Vietnam in 2017.

In 2017, Skretting Vietnam, a brand under Nutreco, opened a new, dedicated aquaculture feed plant in the Mekong Delta to help the country's fast-growing shrimp farming sector in the country. The new facility also houses a special system to produce Skretting’s unique functional health feed for shrimp, Lorica.

In 2017, the Royal De Heus opened an Aquaculture Research & Development Centre in Vinh Long, Vietnam. This De Heus R&D Centre is supported by three organizations namely Fresh Studio, Vietnam’s Can Tho University and the Netherlands’ Wageningen University. This state-of-the-art centre enables De Heus to test innovative feed formulas and new Aquaculture farming techniques.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions & 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 Force Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Feed Type

      1. 5.1.1 Fish Feed

        1. Carp Feed

        2. Salmon Feed

        3. Tilapia Feed

        4. Catfish Feed

        5. Other Feed Types

      2. 5.1.2 Molluscs Feed

      3. 5.1.3 Crustaceans Feed

        1. Shrimp Feed

        2. Other Crustacean Feed

      4. 5.1.4 Other Aqua Feed


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Archer Daniels Midland Co.

      2. 6.3.2 Cargill Inc.

      3. 6.3.3 Nutreco NV

      4. 6.3.4 De Heus LLC

      5. 6.3.5 Biomin GmbH

      6. 6.3.6 INVE Aquaculture Inc.

      7. 6.3.7 Charoen Pokphand Group

      8. 6.3.8 Aller Aqua

      9. 6.3.9 BASF SE

      10. 6.3.10 Altech Inc.

      11. 6.3.11 Lallemand Vietnam



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Frequently Asked Questions

The Vietnam Aquaculture Feed Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Vietnam Aquaculture Feed Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.7% over the next 5 years.

  • Nutreco NV
  • Charoen Pokphand Group
  • Archer Daniels Midland Co.
  • De Heus Vietnam
  • Cargill

Are the major companies operating in Vietnam Aquaculture Feed Market.

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