Content of the study

Available languages


1.1 Introduction

The soya is an Asian plant of the fabaceae family, widely used in the food industry but also used for its medicinal properties. Cultivated for its seeds rich in proteins and oil, soya is intended for the food and feed . The use of soybeans for human consumption is concentrated around the production of tofu, soy milk, soy sauce, nattö and tempeh. Soya is also used for industrial purposes and for the production of biodiesel and bio-fuels. After palm oil, soybean oil is the second most consumed vegetable oil in the world.

The world soybean market represented a production of several hundred million tons with ever-increasing trade ( 751% increase of world soybean production over the past 50 years). According to Greenpeace, between 70% and 90% of the world's soybean production is used to produce soybean oilcake for the animal feedingstuffs the China being the leading consumer of soybeans for its various farms.

The world soybean market is dominated by the giants of the grain trade, leaving little room for new entrants. In order to maintain their margins, soybean market players are relying on the quality upgrading through, in particular, the production of a local non-GMO soybean.

However, the soybean market is faced with international competition This is due to the presence of emerging economies in this segment, notably Brazil, whose exports are increasing every year, Argentina, but also the United States, the world's leading producer

In 2020, the price of soybeans has experienced an increase for an agricultural product. Factors include massive Chinese imports in the aftermath of the first wave of covid-19 in order to rebuild its pig herd, which was largely affected by African Swine Fever in 2018-2019, but also unfavourable weather conditions for the soybean harvest in South America

France is largely dependent on American soybeans In the case of the United States, its domestic production does not meet the scale of its demand. And, while France has banned the production of GMOs for commercial purposes since 2008, imported soybeans are from soy-GMO ...which is used to feed cattle, then consumed by the French. Although local production is increasing on this market, France cannot achieve independence from this raw material. Thus the question of soybean imports remains a subject for discussion controversial

Thanks to its nutritional richness, soy can be consumed as a substitute for meat or animal proteins, which attracts the players in the organic consumption and healthy in the soybean market. The rate of growth of food products based on soya has been around 15% per year since 2000. In addition, 60% of French people have declared having consumed soy-based products in 2017.

The players in this market are of different sizes and natures. Firstly, French or foreign soybean farmers, then soybean oil cake and soybean oil producers (such as Huilerie Gid, but also Avril and Euralis, which are joining forces in 2017). Then there are the companies that create biofuel from soya, such as Total, but also the companies that are trying to integrate soya-derived products into the French diet. (such as Bjorg et compagnie, Triballat Noyal, etc)






To keep reading, buy the full research

What is in this market study?

  • What are the figures on the size and growth of the market?
  • What is driving the growth of the market and its evolution?
  • What are the latest trends in this market?
  • What is the positioning of companies in the value chain?
  • How do companies in the market differ from each other?
  • Access company mapping and profiles.
  • Data from several dozen databases

  • This market study is available online and in pdf format (30 p.)
  • Consult an example PDF or online
Buy this market study 89€

Availability within 1 business day

Buy a pack and get an immediate discount

Pack 5 études (-15%) - France


  • 5 études au prix de 75,6€HT par étude à choisir parmi nos 800 titres sur le catalogue France pendant 12 mois
  • Conservez -15% sur les études supplémentaires achetées
  • Choisissez le remboursement des crédits non consommés au terme des 12 mois (durée du pack)

Consultez les conditions du pack et de remboursement des crédits non consommés.

Inclus dans ce pack: This study (The soybean market - France) + 4 other studies of your choice

Buy the 5 Study Pack 378€


Analysts 1 sector analyzed
in 40 pages


  • Top Universities
  • Expert opinion


  • Databases
  • Press
  • Company reports


  • Continuously updated
  • Permanent watch


  • Synthetic structure
  • Standardized charts

Reviews (5)

The chocolate and chocolate factory market - France

Publicado en 23/06/2022 by Helie Krotoff


The market for sports nutrition supplements - France

Publicado en 31/01/2022 by Thibaut Reinhard - Biocanna Technologies SRL

We got the numbers we needed. Excellent study

Businesscoot Response:

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that the study lived up to your expectations. We hope you will give us a 5/5 next time ;)

The Farm Animal Feed Market - France

Publicado en 09/01/2022 by Hugo Schott - Businesscoot

Note the recent but steady take-off of organic feed for farm animals, which is leading to a renewal of research and development in the sector

Businesscoot Response:

Hello Hugo, Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that the study was up to your expectations. We hope you will give us a 5/5 next time ;)

The market for sports nutrition supplements - France

Publicado en 06/01/2022 by Amaury Wernert

The work of collection, data processing and the method to estimate the market still poorly known are very relevant. Interview with the market specialist on the impact of the Covid crisis very interesting

Businesscoot Response:

Hello Amaury, Thank you for your feedback. We are happy to read that the content and structure of the study have fully met your expectations. :)

The ready meal market - France

Publicado en 26/11/2020 by Lucie Piette - Cooperl

Good synthesis of the market with interesting figures

Businesscoot Response:

Hello Lucie, Thank you for your feedback. We are happy to read that you were completely satisfied with the content of the study. :)