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The French farm animal feed market is estimated to be worth over 12 billion euros by 2022.

The global livestock feed market has fluctuated in recent years. While marginal growth was recorded in 2019, the sector saw a decline in 2020, with a further drop in 2022 of 6.7%.

Despite this, the market was worth $432 billion in 2022, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% through to 2032. The European market saw a 3.1% drop in compound feed production in 2022, with significant declines in the pork and poultry sectors.

The French market, third in the EU, saw sales stagnate at 12.16 billion euros in 2022. Feed production in France, in particular, fell by 7.7% between 2018 and 2022, with Brittany retaining its role as the sector's hub. Trends point to a continuing shift towards alternative feeds, with notable interest in the use of insects due to their reduced environmental impact and high nutrient concentration.

The French livestock feed market: demand trends

The French livestock feed market has experienced growth patterns influenced by a combination of factors such as dietary trends, livestock fluctuations and international competition. With a market built on the pillars of cereal-based feeds, proteins and food waste, complemented by various feed additives, the sector has managed to maintain stable demand.

Feed demand in France is closely linked to the distribution of livestock in the country. Cattle (60-65%), poultry (14-16%) and pigs (around 13-15%) account for the lion's share of feed consumption. Despite a general decline in livestock numbers of around 10%, from 35 to 40 million head in 2018 to 35 to 40 million in 2023, cattle remain the main feed consumers, requiring a significant share of the sector's production.

Production trends in the French feed market have come under downward pressure. A gradual decrease of almost 8% compared to peak production levels. This trend is influenced by contemporary changes such as environmental regulations, changing eating habits and sharp rises in raw material costs.

In the deterioration of production figures, it is the regional disparities that highlight the sector's activities. Brittany, with a workforce of 2,500 and a number of companies approaching 70, has established itself as the powerhouse of the sector. This dominance is complemented by significant activity in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Pays de la Loire, creating a competitive environment for the market.

The distribution profile reveals a tripartite model in which feed is either produced on the farm forself-consumption, shipped in bulk, or sold retail.

A growing trend is the incorporation ofinsect-based feeds, a sustainable alternative reducing dependence on traditional raw materials. These practices offer enormous benefits for the environment and promise to reduce antibiotic resistance.

With input prices having risen by 25% and grain prices proving volatile, domestic producers are engaged in a fierce battle against imports - particularly from China - which account for over 80% of supplies of lysine, for example.

Market leaders in the livestock feed sector

  • Metabolic Explorer A pioneer in amino acids

With its facilities based in Amiens, France, Metabolic Explorer has established itself as one of Europe's leading producers of amino acids by fermentation. The company is an example of French innovation in the sustainable supply of ingredients for animal feed, and represents a national effort to counter competition from international imports, particularly from China.

  • French agricultural cooperatives:

France's major agricultural cooperatives play a key role in the livestock feed market. Bringing producers together under one roof, these cooperatives leverage collective action not only to meet the direct supply needs of livestock farmers, but also to ensure streamlined management of the supply chain.

  • Alltech: a global feed giant

Alltech is a major player in the global animal feed market, renowned for its contribution to animal nutrition and health. By producing additives and premixes, the company plays an active role in improving feed efficiency and animal performance.

  • FEFAC:

The European Federation of Feed Manufacturers, plays a strategic role not as a production entity, but as a collective voice representing the interests of the European feed industry.

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1 Market summary

1.1 Definition and scope of the study

The farm animal feed market encompasses the production and distribution of feeds specially designed to meet the nutritional needs of farm animals such as cattle, pigs, poultry and sheep. This sector involves a wide range of activities, from agricultural production to livestock breeding and the agri-food industry.

The sector's products are based on the use of two main types of raw material:

-compound feeds (mixtures of raw materials)

-additives (incorporations that improve foodstuffs)

The global market is expected to grow at an average annual rate of4.2% between 2023 and 2032. This growth is due in particular to increased demand foranimalfeed . What's more, the supply of products is constantly innovating, a dynamic that leads toa relentless increase in demand.

Despite stabilization in 2021 and 2022, the French livestock feed market experienced sustained growth between 2015 and 2022 , and represents a significant share of the European market. The development of this market is driven in particular by a growing concern for the dietary health of animals and increased attention to the benefits of additives in feed.

The feeds most consumed by farm animals in France are proteins such as soya and cereals such as corn, wheat and barley, although there is also a growing demand for additives. and barley, although a significant proportion of their diet is also made up of food waste, i.e. unsold human food.

In recent years, the French farm animal feed market has been characterized by a general increase in costs. This phenomenon, which has particularly affected the corn and soybean segment, represents a major threat to market operators, as it can jeopardize the entire supply chain of what is a key sector for the Italian economy.

The public is also increasingly concerned about the resource availability problems posed by the feeding of training animals, as it is claimed that this type of animal consumes an excessive amount of primary resources and land that is consequently withdrawn from human availability.

1.2 Global market size

The livestock feed market will be worth $*** billion by **** (***), and is expected to grow at a CAGR of *. *% to ****. This growth is driven by increasing demand for animal feed worldwide. While the emergence of new trends such as vegetarian and vegan diets or a focus on animal welfare, including farm animals, ...

1.3 The European market

Source: ****

According to FEFAC members, compound feed production in the EU reached ***.* million tonnes in ****, down -*.*% on ****. This decline affected all feed sectors, with a notable-*. *% drop in the pig sector and -*.*% in the poultry sector. This downward trend is largely attributed to the prevalence of animal diseases such ...

1.4 The domestic market

Sales in the French farm animal feed market have grown significantly in recent years. In ****, sales amounted to *.** billion euros, and have steadily risen to reach **.** billion euros in ****, representing an average annual growth rate of *.**% over this period.

This upward trend testifies to a positive dynamic in the French livestock ...

1.5 Trade balance analysis

Between **** and ****, imports rose significantly, from *,*** million euros to *,*** million euros, an increase of **% in * years.

At the same time, exports also increased over the same period, rising from *,*** million euros in **** to *,*** million euros in ****, an increase of **% in * years. This increase indicates the growing competitiveness of French products on ...

1.6 Market specifics

Dependence on raw materials: The farm animal feed market in France is sensitive to variations in the prices of agricultural raw materials such as corn and soy, which influence production costs and sales prices. Fluctuations in the prices of these raw materials can have a significant impact on the profitability of ...

2 Demand analysis

2.1 Analysis of demand through breeding operations in France

The breakdown of French livestock into livestock units highlights the predominance of cattle, poultry and pigs. These three categories account for **% of French livestock, with cattle in the lead(***).

Breakdown of French livestock in livestock units* France France, ****, in percent Source: INSEE *UGB: Unité Gros Bétail (***) based on feed consumption. one ...

2.2 Analysis of demand through consumption of meat and dairy products

Individual consumption of meat and eggs is directly correlated with demand for farm animal feed . In France from **** to ****, it is fairly constant, with minor variations from one year to the next. Overall demand therefore depends on the evolution of the French population. Individual meat consumption e

Analysis of dietary trends ...

2.3 International challenge

The French farm animal feed industry is facing an increase in the use of ingredients imported from China, particularly for poultry and pigs. France's Metabolic Explorer, Europe's leading producer of amino acids by fermentation, is directly affected by this competition, as its Amiens plant is under-utilized following a reduction in orders ...

3 Market structure

3.1 Farm animal feed value chain

The main raw materials are

Cereals are the mainstay of animal feed, accounting for **% of total dry matter consumption by livestock[***]. The most widely used are: rice, wheat, barley, maize, sorghum, rye and oats Proteins, mainly soybean Food waste

Additives are then added to complete the food. Additives are substances, micro-organisms ...

3.2 Production characteristics

French feed production from **** to **** shows an overall downward trend, with a total drop of around *. *% over this five-year period. After a marginal increase of *.*% in **** compared to the initial year ****, the sector experienced a slight regression in ****. Although there was a small rise in ****, the significant drop of *.*% in **** suggests ...

3.3 Distribution

As far as distribution is concerned, there are three possible scenarios:

The feed producer may be the same farmer, who then has a factory close to the farm. Feed is produced and shipped to farms in large quantities, often by land, as the distance between producer and farm is generally small. A ...

4 Offer analysis

4.1 Type of offer

European legislation defines and identifies different types of feed on the basis of multiple aspects linked in particular to the satisfaction of energy and nutritional requirements, certain desired functionalities and the specific nature of the ingredients used in the recipe or production process. and nutritional requirements, certain desired functionalities, and the ...

4.2 Production prices

Farm feed production price index France, ****-****, price index base *** in **** Source : INSEE The year **** has seen notable inflation in production costs, influenced byescalating prices for keyraw materials such as wheat and corn. We see an average increase of **% in animal feed prices in ****, following an already notable rise of **.*% in ...

4.3 New trends

Among the trends that will characterize animal feed production in the future, the most interesting is linked to the use of insects.numerous studies have shown that their introduction into animal feed not only has no negative effects on animal growth and production performance, but could alsopromote animal welfare while reducing ...

5 Regulations

5.1 Regulations

The animal feed industry is governed by a series of regulations covering production site hygiene, marketing and product labeling. Market players must comply with these rules, which are checked by local authorities such as the Directions Départementales de la Protection des Populations (***), depending on the département.

Additives in animal ...

6 Positioning the players

6.1 Segmentation

  • CP Group
  • 新希望集团 New Hope Group
  • Cargill France
  • Avril Groupe
  • Terrena (Coopérative)
  • Cooperl Arc Atlantique
  • Eureden Group - d’Aucy
  • LDC Groupe
  • Tromelin Nutrition
  • Adisseo
  • Olmix
  • Neovia
  • Serval
  • Synthèse Elevage
  • Duynie Feed Group (Royal Cosun Cooperativ)
  • Metabolic Explorer
  • Metex Nutrition Animale
  • Triskalia (Coopérative)
  • NextAlim
  • Prodia Alimentation Animale
  • Vitalac Biotech

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  • Farm feed market size forecasts
  • Sales of feed for farm animals
  • Import-export of animal feed
  • Breakdown of farm feed imports by value
  • Breakdown of farm animal feed exports by value
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Latest news

LDC passes the €6 billion mark in sales - 30/05/2024
  • Sales: up 6% to 6.5 billion euros.
  • - Net income: strong growth to 304.4 million euros.
  • - Poultry consumption since 2000: up 36%.
  • - Poultry Division France :
    • - Sales: 4.4 billion euros.
    • - Growth: 5.9% overall, and 2.3% on a like-for-like basis.
  • - Catering division :
    • - Sales: 911.8 million euros.
    • - Growth: 10.2%. - Volume: up 1.1%.
Why chicken king LDC is betting big on the delicatessen department - 30/05/2024
  • LDC Group, known for its Loué, Maître Coq and Matines brands
  • Sales of 6.2 billion euros in 2023
  • The company has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire 100% of the capital of Pierre Martinet, one of the market leaders in delicatessen salads and number one in tabbouleh.
  • This family-run business generates sales of 230 million euros,
  • The delicatessen division will exceed 1 billion euros in 2024, compared with 911 million in 2023.
  • Poultry consumption continues to grow in France, up 3.4% last year.
  • Leader in the poultry sector with 40% market share and sales of 4.4 billion in 2023
LDC ready to acquire caterer Pierre Martinet - 29/05/2024

Pierre Martinet

  • - Sales in 2023: €230 million
  • - Number of employees: 700
  • - Number of sites: 5
  • - Markets: France, international with notable development in Spain
  • - Activities: Delicatessen salads, seafood salads, delicatessen products, savoury pastries
  • - Brands: La Belle Henriette (acquired in 2010), Maison Randy (acquired in 1997)

- LDC :

  • - Sales for fiscal 2023-2024: €6.2 billion
  • - Number of sites: 102
  • - Number of employees: 25,000 Sectors: Poultry (Le Gaulois, Maître Coq, Loué, Doux), fresh and frozen delicatessen (Marie, Traditions d'Asie), in negotiations to acquire Pierre Martinet

- Self-service (LS) catering market:

  • - Sales in 2023: €8.5 bn, up 2.9
  • - Sales volume: down 3.1% according to Circana to end 2023
  • -lDC in negotiations with the industrial division of Les Mousquetaires for the takeover of Délices de Saint-Léonard (specialized in the manufacture of fresh and frozen pizzas, quiches, crêpes and tarts), announced for October 2023
  • - Takeover of Routhiau (fresh and frozen charcuterie and delicatessen) announced in January 2024
Animal nutrition: job cuts at Neovia and Sermix - 21/03/2024
  • - Job cuts at Neovia and Sermix, animal nutrition specialists in Saint-Nolff, Morbihan
  • - Total job cuts envisaged: around 60.
  • - Animal nutrition market down by around 7% between 2021 and 2023.
  • - Neovia and Sermix were taken over in 2019 by ADM from the InVivo cooperative group.
  • - Workforce before announced job cuts: Neovia SAS (347 employees), Sermix (352 employees).
Metabolic in safeguard proceedings, its two plants in receivership - 13/03/2024
  • Bpifrance holds nearly 26% of MetEx's capital.
  • The price of sugar has almost doubled since the pre-COVID period.
  • MetEx employs 450 people.
  • MetEx's sales have fallen from €226.5 million in 2022 to €132.4 million in 2023.
  • Sales of MetEx commodity products, such as lysine, fell from €138 million to €35.2 million in one year.
  • Sales of MetEx specialty products rose by almost 10% in 2023, reaching 97.2 million euros.
Green chemistry specialist Olmix strengthens its Plant Care division - 23/02/2024
  • - Olmix is aiming for double-digit growth by 2024.
  • - Olmix is located in Bréhan, Morbihan.
  • - The Olmix group has 900 employees.
  • - Olmix sales exceed 200 million euros.
  • - Olmix was founded in 1995.
  • - Olmix specializes in both the production and distribution of biosourced solutions and targets the seed treatment market.
  • - Olmix operates in the European, Asian and South American markets.

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

CP Group
新希望集团 New Hope Group
Cargill France
Avril Groupe
Terrena (Coopérative)
Cooperl Arc Atlantique
Eureden Group - d’Aucy
LDC Groupe
Tromelin Nutrition

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