Aquafeed Market: APEJ to Remain Dominant Regional Market Throughout the Forecast Period

APEJ will remain the main hub for aquafeed manufacturing while North America will continue to grow at an exponential rate

The global aquafeed market is spread over most of the countries of the world, lending increased visibility to the regional markets in terms of revenue growth. APEJ is the leading producer of aquafeed followed by North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Japan, MEA and Latin America. China and Norway have emerged as major producers of aquafeed in the past three years. The U.S is a major producer of aquafeed in the world. APEJ has been leading the global consumption of aquafeed for the last 10-20 years with an average per capita production of nearly 53% of the entire global production in million metric tonnes over the period. An abundant supply of fresh water sources in APEJ along with a rich aquaculture has helped the region retain the top position in the global aquafeed market. The MEA region will hold great potential for aquaculture as most of the big feed manufacturing firms are establishing their aquafeed plants in Egypt owing to the availability of cheap labour. Besides, being the largest tilapia producing region makes Egypt the most promising region for aquafeed production over the assessment period.

Within the APEJ market, China will exhibit significant growth owing to the large water mass surrounding the Asian countries coupled with favourable climatic conditions and a positive trade scenario in countries such as India, Singapore, and Malaysia. The APEJ aquafeed market is predicted to grow 2x over the forecast period of 2017-2027. From an estimated market valuation of about US$ 18 Bn in 2017, the APEJ regional market will grow at a CAGR of 7.0% to reach a market valuation of about US$ 36 Bn by the end of the forecast period in 2027. In terms of volume, the APEJ market will register a CAGR of 6.3%. APEJ leads the global market in terms of both value and volume CAGR.

Key factors fuelling revenue growth of the global aquafeed market across various regional markets

Increase in marine and terrestrial land growth: Data acquired from the World Bank indicates that the marine and terrestrial protected areas covered by the UN Environmental Program & the World Conservation Monitoring Centre offer plenty of opportunities for aquaculture companies to meet consumer demand effectively. For instance, in 2000, the percentage of marine and terrestrial land was 8.79% of the total terrestrial land and in 2014 this went up to 12.8% showing significant opportunistic growth.

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Increasing global population: A rapid increase in the global population and a subsequent rise in the consumption of food demands modern and advanced technologies as well as sonar equipment, leading to an over-exploitation of marine species and marine resources to meet the expanding consumer demands.

Better arable land: There is vast arable agricultural land available for cultivating wheat, corn, soybean, and maize, which are the main ingredients used in the production of aquafeed. A limited availability of marine resources such as fish meal and fish oil have led to an increased usage of wheat, corn, soyabean, and maize as ingredients for aquafeed production.

Rural population relying on fisheries: In several regions of the world, the rural populace survives on fisheries and aquaculture as fish is a cheaper and economical source of fats, protein, and other micro-nutrients required for proper growth and nourishment.

Global aquafeed market anticipated to grow 1.6x over the forecast period 2017 – 2027

The global aquafeed market was valued at about US$ 48 Bn in 2016 and this is estimated to increase at a CAGR of 5.9% during the 10 year period to reach a market valuation of nearly US$ 86 Bn by the end of 2027. Besides the factors listed above, other market growth drivers include increasing incidence of food borne illness, rising concern for food safety and quality, drifting inclination towards aquaculture growth and increasing demand for sea food across the globe.

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