The Week in Review
Saturday, October 21, 2023
China aqua food products: What's making gains in Chinese import and consumption
On average, 58.3% of Chinese consumers spend ¥51-200 (US$7.12-27.91) on each purchase of aqua food products, with a copious amount of freshwater fish getting consumed. In 2021, the total output of aquaculture-based fish in China was 28.25 million tonnes, of which 26.4028 million tonnes were freshwater fish, accounting for 93.5% of the total output. Meanwhile, as the proportion of seawater-based food products in aquaculture production increased steadily, consumer demand also boosted the import of aquatic food products, particularly South American white shrimp.
Saturday, October 14, 2023
How do India's aquaculture, fisheries progress
Lower shrimp prices, high product cost challenges and seed quality issues are the major challenges for India's shrimp production in the first half of 2023. According to sources, a nearly 40% reduction in shrimp production was expected in the first half. In major shrimp production areas like Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, various climatic factors influenced the shrimp production cycle. Declining demand from the United States and the competition from Ecuador further worsened the market opportunities for Indian shrimp.
Saturday, October 7, 2023
In brief: China's producers of poultry breeder grow market share over imports
China's poultry layer industry is partially reliant on imports. However, local breeder layer companies control 70% of the Chinese breeder layer market, while the market shares of imported breeds dropped to 30%. In fact, local breeder producers have the production capacity to produce twice the quantity of China's demand for grandparent layer breeders. China's yellow feather broiler breeders are 100% domestically produced, while the white feather broiler industry depends significantly on imports for breeders.
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Adisseo's Mycopedia: An extensive user's guide to the mycotoxin threat
Adisseo has recently launched Mycopedia, a reference book for industry professionals seeking accurate, practical information on mycotoxins in feed, Ricardo Communod, APAC regional marketing manager and category lead for feed integrity at Adisseo Asia Pacific, tells eFeedLink. With the guide, Adisseo "strongly" positions itself "with a one-stop solution" addressing mycotoxin challenges, he adds.
Saturday, September 23, 2023
US Midwest weather inhibits American soybean output - and to Brazil's benefit
Can the US produce enough soybeans to realise bountiful economic gains for the next crop season? This answer hinges on "weather-driven" markets for soybean and corn which "have rapidly fluctuated since early May amid weather concerns," S&P Global stated in a June 30 report. "Both soybean and corn crops in the US for MY 2023-24 have been under dryness stress for the better part of May and June, leading to a notable decline in crop conditions, especially in the eastern Corn Belt," the report added.
Saturday, September 16, 2023
China poultry egg market in 2022: As feed costs rose to historic high, egg production increased by 1.4%
China's poultry egg production increased by 1.4% year-on-year in 2022, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics. The egg output of Henan, Shandong and Hebei last year was 4.562 million tonnes, 4.381 million tonnes and 3.984 million tonnes, respectively. These provinces, as China's largest egg producers, account for 13.20%, 12.68% and 11.53%, respectively, of the national egg production. Together with Liaoning, Jiangsu and Hubei, they accounted for about 59.32% of China's egg production.
Saturday, September 9, 2023
Chinese broiler market tussles for profitability with fluctuating prices
Following Chinese New Year last February, the price of white-feather broilers climbed to a high of ¥10.00/kg, with the rally ending in May. Additionally, the average price of white-feather broiler chickens in the first five months of 2023 reached ¥9.90/kg, a level unseen in the past decade. According to statistics from the General Administration of Customs, the country's white-feather breeder broiler population plunged 34.17% in 2022 to 762,800 sets. This drove up the price of parent stock breeders from ¥40/set in November 2022 to ¥80/set by the end of 2022.
Saturday, September 2, 2023
Chinese pig producers hit by post-ASF epidemic realities
With small and medium-scale farms shuttered by African swine fever, China’s pig farming becomes increasingly consolidated. By 2021, pig stocks gradually recovered. In 2022 and 2023, they rose to pre-ASF levels. Due to ASF’s impact, the number of small farms (with at least five pigs) dropped from 1.1 million pre-ASF to 200,000 during the outbreak, before recently recovering to 400,000.
Saturday, August 26, 2023
How Chinese pig producers fared in 2022?
In 2022, Chinese pig prices were mostly below production costs from January to June while the industry was hit by multiple losses Pig prices then recovered since late June and reached their peak in October, hence helping pig producers to make profits in the second half of the year. However, as production patterns differed among different companies, some companies managed to offset their losses in Q1 with profits made in Q2, thereby achieving full-year profits.
Saturday, August 19, 2023
China's pork consumption rests on unpredictable economy
Last April, pork consumption in China recovered steadily. However, due to the availability of finishing pigs and weak demand, pork prices fell by 3.8% from March 2023, contributing to a low consumer price index (CPI). Based on data compiled by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the average weekly pork demand in April was 9,311.50 tonnes, a 6.78% increase from last March's 8,769.25 tonnes.
Saturday, August 12, 2023
Changing supply volume gets China's pig prices swinging
Before the African swine fever outbreak in 2018, China's pork production was around 50 million tonnes. Following about five years of recovery, production expanded to 47 million tonnes by 2022. Meanwhile, the shortage of pork during China's ASF outbreak has transformed the pattern of domestic meat consumption. Per capita pork consumption last year decreased by more than 10% compared with the previous year.
Saturday, August 5, 2023
Hurt by ASF, India's pork-producing sector holds promises
While pork is not a preferred meat in India for religious reasons, there is demand for the meat in the country's northeastern states and metro cities.
Saturday, July 29, 2023
In brief: China's aquafeed market in 2022
Latest statistics by the China Feed Industry Association show that China's 2022 feed production totaled 302.234 million tonnes, a 3.0% increase over 2021. However, the output of concentrated feed and premixed feed had, in fact, dropped significantly. Meanwhile, feed consumption in China has decreased.
Saturday, July 22, 2023
Special aquafeed market booms in China
China is the largest aquafeed producer in the world; in 2022, its aquafeed production reached 24.30 million tonnes while consumption totaled 31.63 million tonnes. Based on Chinese feed producers' classification, aquafeeds for the four common fishes — Chinese carp, grass carp, silver carp and bighead carp — in the market are known as 'common feeds,' while others are known as 'special feeds.' Special feeds are produced for 'special' aquatic species including freshwater shrimps, crabs and freshwater fish (such as perch, snakehead fish and golden pomfret).
Saturday, July 15, 2023
Lumis Enzymes: Feed enzymes innovator of the Indian market
India-based Lumis Enzymes is owned by the K-Genix corporate group, which was founded in 1945 and focuses on the research and production of pharmaceutical and biotech products. "Owing to our technological excellence in fermentation with a team of dedicated research scientists and industrially potent microbial strains, Lumis Enzymes proactively continues to offer several unique and sustainable enzyme solutions for the animal feed industry," Lumis Enzymes tells eFeedLink.
Saturday, July 8, 2023
'Photovoltaic-aquaculture' concept takes shape in China with Zhongchengtou-Zhengda shrimp farm
Late last year, it was reported that the Zhongchengtou-Zhengda integrated photovoltaic shrimp farm in Dongying, Shandong, was expected to complete construction last January. The first phase of the project, which involved a ¥350 million investment, has about 50,000 cubic meters of industrialised breeding waters, with a capacity to breed up to four batches of shrimp a year. This translates to an annual output of 1,600 tonnes of shrimp.
Saturday, July 1, 2023
Philippines finds way forward as ASF challenges continue
The Philippines continues to witness a spate of African swine fever (ASF) cases, with its situation - to a certain degree - affecting how other local livestock productions (specifically, poultry) are conducted in some areas.
Saturday, June 24, 2023
Rough times for China's tilapia industry
China is the world's largest producer and exporter of tilapia, with the United States as the biggest importer of Chinese tilapia.However, Chinese tilapia exports have been trending low since the third quarter of 2022. Industry veterans projected the country's tilapia production to suffer a freefall this year, a great challenge for tilapia producers if that would happen.
Saturday, June 17, 2023
How precision animal nutrition influence inclusion rates in Chinese feed formulations
In 2021, the use of wheat in China surged but lysine consumption did not decrease, which means the inclusion rates of lysine in feed formulation were somewhat maintained. Last year, the use of wheat shrank prominently, whereas those of other substitute ingredients increased. However, the consumption of lysine did not increase in tandem as the practice of precision animal nutrition (PAN) is taking root in the feed industry.
Saturday, June 10, 2023
BASF's Dr. Sven K. Weber: Enzymes lead the way for sustainable animal production
More than 30 years ago, BASF created the first enzymes for animal nutrition and introduced them into feed solutions for pig, poultry and aquaculture productions. "As feed enzymes pioneers, we have been innovating and refining them ever since," Dr. Sven K. Weber, the vice president of Feed Enzymes & Feed Performance Ingredients at BASF, tells eFeedLink. Dr. Weber shares more about enzymes in animal nutrition and BASF's role in this market.
Saturday, June 3, 2023
The rise of raw egg consumption in China
According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, China's total poultry egg production was 34.56 million tonnes in 2022, a 1.4% increase, of which around 85% was chicken egg. Egg consumption is divided between fresh eggs and egg-based products. The consumption habit of Chinese consumers is gradually changing, and the consumption of raw eggs is increasing.
Saturday, May 27, 2023
Live poultry market closure drives Chinese producers to prepared food sector
Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Chinese local authorities closed down live poultry markets, which expedited the pace of centralised slaughtering and the sales of chilled and fresh poultry products across China. This development mainly affected the yellow-feather broiler market. Key players in this segment include Wen's Group, Jiangsu Lihua, Guangdong Jiangfeng and Hunan Xiangjia. These companies are investing in three areas to adapt to the change: building broiler slaughterhouses, setting up food companies and product branding and promoting.
Saturday, May 20, 2023
The prospect of China's organic trace minerals market
Alltech recently issued its Agri-Food Outlook 2022 and reported 2021's global feed production volume at 1.2355 billion tonnes. The output of organic trace mineral products may pale in comparison. However, it does not mean that this market is negligible. According to a report by Global Market Insights, it is estimated that by 2024, the sales of organic trace minerals for feed in the global market will exceed US$750 million.
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Alltech's Nick Adams: Insights on mycotoxin risk assessment and mitigation
The threat of mycotoxins in animal feed remains a top priority for the agriculture industry. To better understand this challenge, eFeedLink speaks to Nick Adams, global director of mycotoxin management at Alltech, during the VIV Asia 2023 trade show in Bangkok, Thailand. Adams shares the intricacies of mycotoxin risk analysis and both global and regional perspectives on mycotoxin contamination.
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Kemin's Chris Nelson: Educating and servicing the global market as the pandemic wanes
At the VIV Asia 2023 trade show in Bangkok, Thailand, Kemin Industries engaged with customers face-to-face in a very dynamic manner. Kemin's business units, namely Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health (Asia Pacific and South Asia), Kemin Biologics and Kemin AquaScience™, came together to showcase their services and solutions at the event. Chris Nelson, president and chief executive officer of Kemin Industries, shares with eFeedLink about the company's participation at VIV Asia, the role of its business units and the exciting developments it is ushering in.
Saturday, April 29, 2023
AB Vista's Dieter Suida: Resilience and reliability in service of Asia-Pacific's feed market
Feed enzymes developer AB Vista relishes reconnecting with its customers at the onsite edition of VIV Asia 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand. As the show returns to its original format, Dieter Suida, global commercial director of the company, prioritises face-to-face meetings as one of AB Vista's agendas. "With COVID, we have learned to use other resources to meet (with customers) through the use of digital media tools," he remarks. "We have seen that these tools are here to stay but face-to-face meeting is still important. We are now balancing between (these two forms of communication)."
Saturday, April 22, 2023
Evonik tackles animal nutrition with science-based solutions, reveals methionine strategy at VIV Asia
Evonik recently held the "Sciencing the Global Food Challenge" press breakfast on March 9 at this year's VIV Asia show in Bangkok, Thailand. Providing sustainable animal nutrition based on scienced-based solutions was the main topic of the event, Gaetano Blanda, Evonik's head of Business Line Animal Nutrition, stated in his opening speech. "The greatest challenge (today) is to ensure food (availability)," he said.
Saturday, April 15, 2023
ADM's Boon Kee Chew: The natural, holistic way to sustainability
The approach to sustainability in livestock production and feed formulations requires natural solutions — a view conspicuously expressed by ADM Animal Nutrition's Boon Kee Chew, vice-president of feed additives, ingredients and amino acids for the Asia-Pacific market. Along with demands for agriculture to be less impactful on the environment, antibiotic overuse and antimicrobial resistance have also become contemporaneous issues. Chew, who speaks to eFeedLink during the VIV Asia 2023 trade show in Bangkok, Thailand, prioritises holistic problem-solving to these challenges.
Saturday, April 8, 2023
Alltech's Dr. Mark Lyons and Jonathan Forrest Wilson: A bigger purpose for agriculture sustainability
Each decision by Alltech is a chess move with a potentially strong impact on how the livestock and feed markets play out in the coming years. Some of these decisive developments are shared by Dr. Mark Lyons, Alltech's president and chief executive officer, during VIV Asia 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand. Along with Jonathan Forrest Wilson, the company's president of Asia Pacific, he presents Alltech as a versatile solution provider for agriculture.
Saturday, April 1, 2023
Hamlet Protein's Erik Visser: Delivering value, building relationships in the feed industry
VIV Asia 2023 marked a return to face-to-face meetings between industry players in the livestock and feed production sectors. The chance to gather onsite with customers again is very much welcomed by Erik Visser, chief executive officer of soy-based specialty ingredients company Hamlet Protein. He empahsises the importance of prioritising customers and the role of knowledge transfer in driving value for them.
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