Being indispensible to compound feed formulations, shelf life stabilizers remain strong drivers for market growth. This combined with the introduction of natural alternatives to synthetic ingredients, as well as multifunctional ingredients, is expected to keep the market for shelf life stabilizers buoyant. Compound feed remains a mainstay for many animal producers in the United States. With greater emphasis on feed composition standardization, search for new feed ingredients and the requirement of greater quality in animal feed, shelf life stabilizers are on a growth path in the United States.
Analysis from Frost & Sullivan (food.frost.com), U.S. Market for Shelf Life Stabilizers in Animal Feed, finds that the market earned revenues of $661.1 million in 2009 and estimates this to reach $1,105.0 million in 2016.
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"Shelf life stabilizers are suitably positioned to prevent spoilage of compound feed, decrease antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) usage and to reduce disease incidence in animals," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Kaushik Ramakrishnan Shankar. "The growth for this class of ingredients, therefore, is bright, if compound feed production continues to be stable."
Compound feeds are easy to use and help farmers to increase nutritional availability for their animals. Productivity gain is of immediate concern for farmers, as they are under immense pressure to produce more at less cost. The antioxidants and acidifiers used in animal feed contribute to the overall health of the animal, thereby enhancing the productivity of the farming system.
Inclusion rate variability and price pressures are some impediments confronting industry participants in the market for shelf life stabilizers. Animal feed production is under pressure to increase productivity, reduce its influence on the environment, and keep costs under control. These objectives can be met with rational inputs for energy and other biological functions.
The greatest challenge comes from a decrease in compound feed manufacture and the constantly changing nature of compound feed, which requires innovation from shelf life stabilizer manufacturers. Compound feed production has come under pressure in the United States due to many factors, such as diversion of feedstock for biofuels and the increasing preference of farmers to grind their own feed.
This trend is leading to a decrease in the requirement of shelf life stabilizers. Most manufacturers also face the challenge of a more convoluted access to farmers who still need to preserve their milled feed.
Market participants have to innovate to provide new formulations that can address the new feedstock that are being used as animal feed, including distillers dried grain solids (DDGS), and oilcake. The introduction of phytogenics is a step toward providing natural ingredients that ensure shelf life extension.
"The market for shelf life stabilzers is ready for the introduction of new 'natural' tag ingredients," says Shankar. "Phytogenics are a key product category that has the potential to become a popular alternative to widely used synthetics."
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