The report "Feed Processing Market by Type (Cleaning & Sorting, Grinding, Mixing, Conditioning & Expanding, Dosing & Batching, Pelleting, Extrusion), Mode of Operation, Livestock, Form of Feed, and Region - Global Forecast to 2023", The feed processing market is estimated at USD 21.61 Billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 26.62 Billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 4.3% during the forecast period. The market is driven by factors such as the rising awareness of feed nutrition and health, technological advancements in the equipment industry, customized services, and increase in the demand for feed around the world.
Based on type, the testing & analysis segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR from 2018 to 2023. The need to understand the composition of feed was driven by the demand for balanced feed and improved additives from the stakeholders in the feed industry. Several advanced rapid analytical methods and technologies have been developed to conduct a wide range of tests and analyses of animal feed, which include pathogen testing, fat & oil analysis, mycotoxin analysis, nutritional labeling, and pesticide testing.
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The pellets segment, by form of feed, accounted for the largest share of the global feed processing market in 2017. Pelleting is subsegmented into pellet mills, pellet crumblers, and others (block presses and feeders). Pellet feed is made from the mash, which is heated and compressed into a pellet, whereas crumbles are mostly made from whole pellets, which are cracked or rolled into a smaller size.
One of the major restraining factors for the growth of the feed processing market is market consolidation. For instance, in December 2017, Pavan Group was acquired by GEA Group AG (Germany) in Italy. This acquisition enabled GEA in extending its technological portfolio by adopting extrusion and milling technologies for processed food and feed products.
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Companies such as Andritz (Austria), Buhler (Switzerland), Pavan (Italy), Clextral (France), and Muyang (China) collectively account for a share of more than half of the feed processing market. These companies have a strong presence in Europe and the Rest of the world (RoW). They also have manufacturing facilities across these regions and a strong distribution network.