The report " Aquafeed Market by Species (Fish, Crustaceans, and Mollusks), Ingredient (Soybean, Corn, Fishmeal, Fish Oil, and Additives), Lifecycle (Starter Feed, Grower Feed, Finisher Feed, and Brooder Feed), Form, Additive , and Region - Global Forecast to 2025 " , The aquafeed market is projected to reach USD 71.6 billion by 2025; it was estimated at USD 50.6 billion in 2020, recording a CAGR of 7.2% from 2020-2025. One of the major factors driving the aquafeed market is increasing seafood consumption. Also, increasing seafood trade has been driving the growth of this market.
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The amino acids segment, by additive, is projected to dominate the aquafeed market during the forecast period.
Amino acids are important in animal nutrition and are the building blocks of protein, which play an essential role in the growth, production, and overall maintenance of aquatic animal health. Amino acids provide the energy required for the growth of muscles and bones for muscle movement, digestion, and blood circulation. Owing to these factors, the amino acids segment dominates the aquafeed market, by additive.
On the basis of species, the fish segment is projected to witness higher growth in the aquafeed market.
The aquafeed market, by species, is segmented into fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and others (turtles and sea urchins). Fish farming in ponds, lakes, rivers, and coastal waters is increasing to fill the gap between demand and supply. The increase in fish farming activities and aquaculture has led to the increased demand for fish feed. Among fish, carp and tilapia are high consumers of aquafeed. Also, carps are being extensively reared, owing to their adaptability to changing climates, while Tilapia culturing has increased in recent years due to the growing supply of high-quality protein tilapia species at lower prices.
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Asia Pacific is projected to account for the largest share in the aquafeed market during the forecast period.
The Asia Pacific market accounted for the largest share in 2020; this market is majorly driven by China and Vietnam, which are major markets for aquafeed. China is among the leading producers of aquafeed in the Asia Pacific region. Due to the significant growth of seafood consumption and trade in this region, the aquafeed market is projected to grow in the region. The processed seafood market in the region is also currently undergoing significant transformation in response to the rapid urbanization and diet diversification. Also, consumer demand for convenience and processed seafood offers profitable growth prospects and diversification to the region's food sector.
The major vendors in the global aquafeed market are Cargill (US), Archer Daniels Midland Company (US), Alltech (US), Purina Animal Nutrition (US), Nutreco NV (Netherlands), and Ridley Corporation Ltd. (Australia).