Key Trends Shaping the Fats & Oils Market

The global fats and oils market size was estimated to be valued at USD 236.7 billion in 2021. It is projected to reach USD 285.22 billion by 2026, recording a CAGR of 3.8% during the forecast period.

The report "Fats Oils Market by Type (Vegetable Oils (Palm, Soybean, Rapeseed, Sunflower, and Olive), Fats (Butter, Tallow, and Lard)), Application (Food and Industrial), Source (Vegetables and Animals), Form, and Region - Global Forecast to 2026" The global fats oils market is estimated to be valued at USD 236.7 billion in 2021. It is projected to reach USD 285.22 billion by 2026, recording a CAGR of 3.8% during the forecast period. The global fats oils market has been influenced by some of the macroeconomic and microeconomic factors witnessed in some key countries. This would prove strong enough to drive the market significantly in terms of value sales during the forecast period. The growth of this market is attributed to the increased awareness about healthier substitutes to trans-fat, demand for a more nutritious and balanced diet among consumers, and sustainable food and energy systems. Companies manufacturing edible oil or cooking oil are positioning their products as healthy oils to gain market share as the customers are focusing on consuming healthy food.

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Palm oil continued to be the most popular vegetable oil globally, given its varied applications


Among vegetable oils, palm oil remained the most popular with around 30% of the market share. Grown only in tropical countries, oil palm trees produce high-quality oil that is used for cooking in developing countries. It is also used in food products, detergents, cosmetics, and to a small extent, biofuels. Being a very productive crop, it is used across applications and across the globe. It offers a far greater yield at a lower cost of production than other vegetable oils. The soybean oil market is projected to be the fastest-growing market by 2026. Animal fats find major applications in pet food, animal feed, and other industrial purposes such as biodiesel and oleochemicals.


Vegetable oils garnered popularity as a replacement to traditional oils and trans-fats


The fats oils market, by application, is estimated to be dominated by the food applications segment in 2021. It is also projected to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period. Oils of plant origin have been predominantly used for food-based applications. Plant oils not only represent a non-polluting renewable resource, but also provide a wide diversity in fatty acids composition with diverse applications.


The rising health awareness among the people of every generation has led to a rise in the adoption of vegetable oils and fats to replace traditional oils and trans-fats, which contain a high level of saturated fatty acids and are known to cause various ailments.


Liquid segment remained the major form of fats oils due to growing food applications


The fats oils market, by form, is estimated to be dominated by the liquid segment in 2021. The segment is also projected to grow at a higher CAGR through 2026. Liquid oils are used in households and hotels for food applications. There is no direct correlation between the form of the oil and fat and its unsaturated level. However, some researches have shown that fats that are liquid at room temperature tend to be more unsaturated than those that are solid. Therefore, this might influence the consumers to prefer liquid fats over crystalline fats.


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Asia Pacific remained the largest and fastest growing regional market, owing to high consumption in China and India


Asia Pacific, followed by Europe, accounted for the largest share both in value and volume in the global fats oils market  in 2021. The large consumption base in Asia Pacific, i.e., robust processed foods and industrial applications for fats and oils, makes it the fastest-growing region during the forecast period. Asia pacific fats oils market is majorly driven by China and India, owing to the shift in consumption patterns and the high imports of vegetable oils and fats. As per a report by Jiangnan University, China, the consumption of vegetable oils in China has been increasing year by year. The top vegetable oils consumed in China included soybean oil, rapeseed oils, palm oil, and peanut oil. India is the world’s second-largest consumer and the largest importer of vegetable oils. The country is expected to maintain a high per capita consumption level, reaching 14 kg/capita by 2030.


The Key players in this market include Associated British Foods PLC (UK), Archer Daniels Midland Company (US), Bunge Limited (US), Wilmar International Limited (Singapore), United Plantations Berhad (Malaysia), Unilever PLC (UK), Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (Japan), Mewah International Inc. (Singapore), Cargill, Incorporated (US), Richardson International Limited (Canada), International Foodstuff Company (UAE), Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd. (Singapore), Vega Foods (Singapore), Welch, Holme Clark Co., Inc. (US), Oleo Fats (Philippines), CSM Ingredients (US), AAK International (UK), Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. (Japan), Gemini Edible Fats India Pvt Ltd. (India), and K S Oils (Singapore).

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