Gluten Feed Market size is projected to record substantial gains worldwide throughout the forecast period 2021-2027. The rise of gluten feed products can be closely tied to the expansion of the animal feed sector. The increasing consumer demand for meat and high-value animal protein is putting tremendous pressure on the poultry, livestock, and aquaculture sectors.
The ever-growing world population, rising household income levels, and urbanization will further boost the demand for animal-based products. The expansion of the gluten feed industry can be also attributed to the growing industrialization in livestock, processed meat, and animal feed sectors, where the product is widely used as a nutrient enhancer which provides all the required essential elements for animal growth.
Gluten feed is an ingredient rich in protein, fiber, and starch. It finds extensive application as a feed additive in animal diets as a healthy source of protein and energy. Gluten feed is also beneficial for absorption and digestion. With the growing awareness regarding the nutritional benefits of gluten feed, its use is becoming a necessity for ensuring optimum health and growth for animals.
Gluten feed is sourced from corn, maize, wheat, barley, rye, and others. The wheat gluten feed market is expected to gain traction through 2027. Wheat-based gluten is fast gaining popularity in the animal feed sector as it offers a balanced composition of protein, starch, and digestible fiber. Its utilization in pet food, poultry, swine, and ruminant feed is increasing steadily. The increasing demand for meat and dairy products in developing regions and the need to increase livestock production will certainly augment the consumption of wheat gluten feed in the future.
By application, the poultry segment is antdicipated to capture a fair share of the gluten feed market. The consumption of poultry products has increased tenfold over the past few years. In 2020, more than 40.6% of the overall meat production belonged to the poultry group, according to the FAO. Globally, the vast majority of consumers are looking to boost their protein intake, which has led to the increased consumption of meat and eggs. These factors along with the growing consumption of processed meat in the fast-food sector will propel the product demand significantly.
In terms of region, the market for gluten feed in North America is slated to see extraordinary development between 2021 and 2027. This is owing to the strong demand for gluten feed from the expanding meat industry. The region is one of the leading producers and consumers of meat and dairy products. On average, Americans consume more than 274 pounds of meat per year. Gluten feed suppliers in the region will witness lucrative opportunities in the coming years owing to the growing awareness regarding specialized livestock nutrition and the demand for high-protein animal feed.
Cargill, Roquette, Agrana and Tate & Lyle are some of the prominent companies in the gluten feed production and supply business. Manufacturers are expanding their production capacities and business operations to meet the global product demand. In November 2020, for example, Cargill had invested USD 100 million in Sorini Agro Asia Corporindo, its Indonesian subsidiary. The company had also announced plans to set up a corn wet mill factory and a starch dryer to meet the increasing demand from animal feed ingredients and other areas. With this expansion, Cargill aimed to add new products including corn gluten feed to its portfolio.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a massive shift in the eating habits of consumers. Due to health concerns, a large number of consumers have shifted from animal-sourced products to plant-based ones, leading to a declining product demand. In addition, the closure of fast-food outlets, restaurants, and food processing facilities during the COVID-19 crisis, along with the introduction of certain production protocols may have led to lower-than-expected growth in the gluten feed market.