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Global Aquafeed Market Size, Share & Industry Trends Analysis Report By Form, By Application, By Feed, By Additives, By Regional Outlook and Forecast, 2022 – 2028

Global Aquafeed Market Size, Share & Industry Trends Analysis Report By Form, By Application, By Feed, By Additives, By Regional Outlook and Forecast, 2022 – 2028

  • June 2022
  • 304 pages
  • ID: 6309583
  • Format: PDF
  • KBV Research


Table of Contents

The Global Aquafeed Market size is expected to reach $84.8 million by 2028, rising at a market growth of 4.4% CAGR during the forecast period.

The advancements in aquafeed processing and formulation, farm-raised species that are generally carnivores in the wild are becoming more and more omnivorous, and in some cases, herbivores. The effective trophic level basically, their position in the food chain of many farmed fish has decreased and resource use efficiency has increased as researchers work to make feed more nutritious and sustainable. Aquafeeds allow for the use of a wider variety of ingredients. This boosts input diversity and resilience, ultimately acting as a buffer against sudden changes in availability brought on by the climate, markets, and technology.

Aquatic animal culture, particularly fish culture, has experienced a dramatic expansion in recent years. About half of all fish eaten by humans comes from aquaculture. Animal productivity can be increased through proper nutrition. As the aquaculture business has grown, knowledge of the nutritional needs and fish feed production is crucial to its success and sustainability.

Diets that are prepared or manufactured might be either full or supplemental. For the fish to grow and stay healthy, complete meals provide all the ingredients such as protein, fat, carbohydrate, ash, phosphorus water, and small traces of vitamins and minerals. When fish are raised in high-density urban systems or cages and are unable to forage freely on natural foods, natural foods are lacking, or natural foods only contribute minimally to nutrition, nutritionally complete diets should be employed. Supplemental feeds only serve to help reinforce the natural foods in the culture systems with more protein, carbohydrate, and fat when massive quantities of natural productivity are available. They are not required to provide all-important nutrients.


Finding boats or airplanes for the shipment of raw materials has been difficult due to the pandemic, which has caused supply chain disruption. Even though truck availability and other logistical measures are generally getting better, some places still have comparatively few of these resources compared to before COVID-19. As a result, businesses are anticipated to rapidly increase the number of retailers they work with through various digital platforms that provide advertising and sales services. Additionally, the length of the lockdown period and how quickly the COVID-19 pandemic is contained would affect how long it takes for the world to recover.

Market Growth Factors

Activities involving fish commerce and habitat

Direct and indirect economic activities are generated by aquariums. Direct economic activity includes the money aquariums spend on the products and services they utilize. Indirect economic activity refers to the positive effect’s aquariums have on nearby companies like hotels, restaurants, and shops. Increased economic activity results in higher taxes for cities and governments. It is impossible to overestimate the importance of the amateur fishing market. In contrast to the Philippines, where collectors have few employment opportunities, this industry makes up 60% of the local economy in Amazonas, Brazil. However, these financial advantages are now provided by the capture industry.

Expansion of the aquaculture sector

Aquaculture feeds have a limited shelf life and unique handling requirements, so it is imperative to store and handle them correctly to maximize their nutritional and economic value. It is possible to reduce feed quality degradation during storage by rotating the inventory and maintaining hygienic conditions that prevent mold and mildew, insect infestation, and rodent infestation. Proper handling procedures can decrease nutrient loss as well as pellet breakage soon before feeding. It is crucial to pay close attention to the particular guidelines for the safe handling and storage of aquaculture feeds.

Market Restraining Factors

Diseases and Environmental issues of the aquaculture

The spread of illness in natural habitats can be accelerated by breeding animals. Salmon farming is one of the most prevalent examples of this phenomenon. Salmon anemia was first documented in Chile in the 1990s, and it has since spread to other countries. The disease spread from one nation to another and even continent to another because of poor biosecurity and the international movement of salmon larvae. A common negative effect of aquaculture is sea lice, which are typically of the genera Lepeophtheirus and Caligus. Sea lice attach themselves to the epidermis of their chosen victim and feed on the host’s body. This can be extremely harmful to salmon juveniles.

Form Outlook

Based on Form, the market is segmented into Dry, Moist and Wet. The moist segment witnessed a substantial revenue share in the Aquafeed market in 2021. It is damp to varying degrees, ranging from 45% to 70%. They are manufactured from components with high moisture content, such as fishing waste, undried fodder, and slaughterhouse waste. These wet feeds are regularly manufactured in farm sheds and mostly fed to predatory fishes including sea bream, sea bass, and eels.

Application Outlook

Based on Application, the market is segmented into Carp, Catfish, Salmon & Sea Bass, Rainbow Trout, Grouper, Crustaceans, Tilapia and Others. The carp segment procured the largest revenue share in the Aquafeed market in 2021. Due to the related health benefits, including immune booster, improved heart health, management of chronic diseases, and protection of gastrointestinal functions, this species is increasingly consumed, which accounts for high production rate. It typically spawns in the spring, when the female lays a large number of eggs on vegetation or other debris, typically in shallow water.

Feed Outlook

Based on Feed, the market is segmented into Grower Feed, Finisher Feed, Starter Feed and Brooder Feed. The finisher feed segment witnessed a substantial revenue share in the Aquafeed market in 2021. Adult fish and other animals that are older than 20 weeks are typically fed finisher feeds. The essential nutritional requirements of the animal are met by it. It has a high energy content and 21% protein to support life. The feed supplies a lot of energy to enable the seamless performance of routine chores.

Additives Outlook

Based on Additives, the market is segmented into Amino Acids, Anti-parasitic, Enzymes, Probiotics & Prebiotics, Vitamins, Minerals & Feed Acidifiers, Antibiotics & Antioxidants and Others. The Amino acid segment procured the highest revenue share in the Aquafeed market in 2021. This high share is credited to its benefits, which include boosting immunity, improving larval performance, increasing fishes’ patience with environmental stresses, improving metabolic transformation efficiency in fishes, regulating spawning efficiency and timing, and enhancing fillet flavor and texture when added to aquafeed.

Regional Outlook

Based on Regions, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, Middle East & Africa. The Asia Pacific region garnered the largest revenue share in the Aquafeed market in 2021. It is due to the regional aquaculture sector’s rapid expansion. India is one of the nations included in this range. However, to meet their dietary protein needs, individuals have tended to favor fish and other seafood. Increased demand for aquafeed products in India is a result of increased awareness. Although most farmers still feed aquatic species with conventional feeds like groundnut cake, rice/wheat bran, and other agricultural products, the shift to commercial feed would ultimately change.

The major strategies followed by the market participants are Partnerships. Based on the Analysis presented in the Cardinal matrix; Koninklijke DSM N.V. (Biomin GmbH) and Nutreco N.V. are the forerunners in the Aquafeed Market. Companies such as BioMar A/S, Cargill Corporation, Aller Aqua A/S are some of the key innovators in the Market.

The market research report covers the analysis of key stake holders of the market. Key companies profiled in the report include Nutreco N.V., Koninklijke DSM N.V. (Biomin GmbH), Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited, BENEO GmbH (Südzucker AG), Avanti feeds Limited, Cargill Corporation, Aller Aqua A/S, Alltech, Inc., and BioMar A/S (Schouw & Co.)

Recent Strategies deployed in Aquafeed Market

Partnerships, Collaborations and Agreements:

May-2022: BioMar formed a technical and commercial partnership with Deep Branch, a carbon recycling biotechnology enterprise. This partnership aimed to re-evaluate conventional aquaculture feed elements and enhance the aquaculture enterprise’s profitability, efficiency, and reliability. In Addition, The company’s primary focus would be to advance salmon meal utilizing Proton, a single cell protein produced by Deep Branch for the feed enterprise, as an immediate protein origin.

Apr-2022: BioMar formed a partnership with Earthworm Foundation, a multinational non-profit undertaking environmental and social projects. This acquisition focused on deforestation-free aquafeeds, along with ability building industries to propel social transformation and sustainability conventions in the region.

Oct-2021: Cargill extended its partnership with BASF, a chemical enterprise. Through this partnership, the companies aimed to add development and research abilities and new industry partners’ living feed enzymes distribution agreements. Together, the companies aimed to produce, develop, market, and market consumer centric enzyme solutions and products. In Addition, Cargill aimed to fetch growers to provide creations that facilitate nutrient scrap, enhance feed adaptability and encourage animal wellbeing and growth.

Sep-2021: Cargill extended its partnership with The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute, which focuses on the sustainability of the domestic seafood supply. Together, the entities aimed to produce, estimate and improve feeds for the expanding land-based aquaculture initiative. Moreover, the extended partnership authenticates the significance of Cargill’s new diet for Atlantic salmon raised in land-based recirculating aquaculture methods.

May-2021: Cargill extended its partnership with InnovaFeed, a biotech company that produces a new source of protein from insect rearing. This partnership aimed to provide endurable, unexplored feed opportunities to additional sectors of the animal nutrition enterprise. Moreover, an extended partnership focused on aqua-nutrition would retain more species, starting with the utilization of oil emanated from insects in swine feed.

Mar-2021: Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company joined hands with Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship, leading a global transformation towards sustainable seafood production and a healthy ocean. This collaboration aimed to safeguard aquatic resources and ecosystem, encourage a translucent supply chain by enforcing technologies, and deliver more effective and administrative methods for processors, governments, and producers.

Jan-2020: Nutreco formed a partnership with BlueNalu, a leading visionary food company producing seafood products. Together, the companies aimed to deliver protein from a various source, such as standard aquaculture farming along with new creative solutions. In Addition, the partnership would extend the possibility to up-scale real seafood exhibition in a favorably bearable manner.

Mar-2020: Alltech came into a partnership with Corey Nutrition, a Canadian aquafeed nutrition enterprise. This collaboration aimed to deliver aquaculture manufacturer across North America with a new coverage of feed products. Moreover, to supply aquaculture producers in America the possibility to gain highest efficiency and productivity from their meal, creating more healthy fish for customers.

Product Launches and Product Expansions:

Mar-2021: BIOMIN unveiled Mycofix Plus 5.Z with ZENzyme, the most recent mycotoxin risk managing solution. Mycofix Plus 5.Z with ZENzyme is a creative, compact meal additive delivering next-era mycotoxin risk governance for reproducing animals and descendants.

May-2020: Cargill Aqua Nutrition introduced Harvestar, the first shrimp feed in Indonesia. The Harvester is launched to fulfill the conditions of regional farmers for a more effective shrimp feed with a more abundant shrimp crop. The Harvestar is manufactured from vannamei shrimp, and is made with superior-quality raw materials along with immunostimulant.

Feb-2020: Aller Aqua introduced A series of functional aquafeeds. The A-series range contains meals for sea bream, catfish, trout, carp, sturgeon, tilapia, and sea bass. Additionally, Aller Aqua’s result has been to create a sequence of meals to encourage fish health and presently maintain valuable bacteria to support entire pathogenic bacteria.

Jan-2020: Alltech Coppens introduced the Top fry feed, A new range of starter feeds for trout. The new Top fry feed is an advance balance between digestible energy and digestible protein, which shows adequate performance, higher protein utilization and lesser ammonia excretion, directing to enhanced feed ability and suitable water quality.

Acquisitions and Mergers:

Jun-2022: Aller Aqua Group completed the acquisition of Danforel, one of Europe’s foremost manufacturer of smoked trout fillets. This acquisition aimed to deliver the business with more suitable possibilities to improve fish farming, handling, and dealing shortly.

May-2022: BioMar took over AQ1 Systems, the world’s ruling manufacturer of acoustic feeding technology for the shrimp farming enterprise. Through this acquisition, the company aimed to boost the stability of the enterprise.

Mar-2022: BioMar acquired Viet-Uc feed, the leading seafood group in Vietnam. Through this acquisition, BioMar aimed to seek a place within exclusive shrimp feed in Vietnam, forming an alliance with existing shrimp enterprises in LATAM.

Jan-2022: Nutreco formed two joint ventures with Unga Group, a Kenyan-based holding company, under the name Tunga Nutrition. These ventures are focused on fish feed expansion in East Africa and entire animal feed development in Uganda. Moreover, Tunga Nutrition Kenya would expand production ability at its together owned fish feed plant in Nairobi to market these products under Fugo and Skretting brands. While Tunga Nutrition Uganda would utilizing Unga Millers’ dormant flour mill in Kampala, transforming this into a state-of-the-art feed mill making animal concentrates and feeds.

Scope of the Study

Market Segments covered in the Report:

By Form

• Dry

• Moist

• Wet

By Application

• Carp

• Catfish

• Salmon & Sea Bass

• Rainbow Trout

• Grouper

• Crustaceans

• Tilapia

• Others

By Feed

• Grower Feed

• Finisher Feed

• Starter Feed

• Brooder Feed

By Additives

• Amino Acids

• Anti-parasitic

• Enzymes, Probiotics & Prebiotics

• Vitamins, Minerals & Feed Acidifiers

• Antibiotics & Antioxidants

• Others

By Geography

• North America

o US

o Canada

o Mexico

o Rest of North America

• Europe

o Germany

o UK

o France

o Russia

o Spain

o Italy

o Rest of Europe

• Asia Pacific

o China

o Japan

o India

o South Korea

o Singapore

o Malaysia

o Rest of Asia Pacific


o Brazil

o Argentina


o Saudi Arabia

o South Africa

o Nigeria

o Rest of LAMEA

Companies Profiled

• Nutreco N.V.

• Koninklijke DSM N.V. (Biomin GmbH)

• Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited

• BENEO GmbH (Südzucker AG)

• Avanti feeds Limited

• Cargill Corporation

• Aller Aqua A/S

• Alltech, Inc.

• BioMar A/S (Schouw & Co.)

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