(MoneyNewsWire.Net, May 17, 2018 ) The aquafeed market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 9.9% from 2017, to reach USD 172.56 Billion by 2022. The increase in consumption of seafood and growing aquaculture industry are resulting in market growth for aquafeed, globally. Aquafeed is used to feed omnivorous fish (tilapia, catfish, common carp, and milkfish), carnivorous fish (salmon, trout, eel, seabass, seabream, and tuna), and crustacean species (marine & brackish-water shrimps, freshwater prawns, crabs, and lobsters).
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On the basis of ingredient, the soybean segment accounted for the largest market in the aquafeed market in 2016. Soybean is an excellent source of protein for aquafeed and is rich in highly digestible amino acids and xanthophylls. It is therefore extensively used as a key protein source in the production of aquafeed.
On the basis of end user, the fish segment accounted for the highest consumption of aquafeed in 2016. Fish is the cheapest and most easily digestible animal proteins. The increase in fish farming activities and aquaculture has led to an increased demand for fish feed.
On the basis of additive, the amino acids segment is projected to grow at a higher growth rate in the global aquafeed market from 2017 to 2022. The utilization of modern feed management techniques and high awareness levels are the main factors responsible for the high consumption of feed amino acids in the growing markets.
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The European region is projected to be the fastest-growing market for aquafeed between 2017 and 2022. The European market experiences the maximum consumption of aquafeed due to the increased consumption of seafood, flexibility in using secondary raw materials, and increasing income of the expanding middle class in developing nations. Key players focus on research & development to develop innovative aquafeed additives that provide nutrients such as proteins, minerals, and vitamins to aquatic animals through their feed.
The major challenge for the aquafeed industry is the price volatility of the raw materials. The increase in feed impacted the farming of different fish species in several countries. Major consequences of the rising prices of ingredients are a shortage in the local supply of fish and unsecured future food supply.
Key players identified in the global aquafeed market include Ridley Corporation Limited (Australia), Cargill (U.S.), Nutreco N.V (The Netherlands), and Avanti Feeds Ltd. (India), which are among the key players of the aquafeed market as these are well-established and financially stable players that have been operating in the industry for several years. Most key participants have been exploring new regions through expansions, investments, new product launches, and acquisitions across the globe to avail a competitive advantage through combined synergies.
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