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Global amino acids market: $22 billion industry by 2018

Press release   •   Aug 14, 2013 16:31 BST

The global Amino Acids market is projected to reach US$22.1 billion by 2018, driven by strong demand in the animal feed end-use sector, and growing emphasis on Amino Acid requirements in human nutrition.

Demand for Amino Acid Based Supplements is poised to benefit in the coming years. In the sports nutrition market, amino acids provide endurance and energy and are mainly used for strength before and after workout sessions and to support body building activities. Growing use of amino acids not only as food additives but also as flavor, appearance, and consistency enhancers is expected to push demand further in the food industry.

The animal feed industry represents one of the largest end-use markets for amino acids. Amino acids primarily find application as additives in animal feed given their ability to promote optimal growth in animals. The growing need to rear healthy and high yielding food animals is driving the popularity of amino acid enriched animal diets. Amino acids also help farmers in reducing consumption of crude protein thus resulting in significantly lower diet costs and high farm productivity, competitiveness and profitability. Increasing consumption of dairy products is expected to benefit the use of amino acids as feed ingredients for dairy cattle. Growing population and rising per capita consumption of meat as a result of improving standards of living and growing focus on protein rich diets in developing countries, is also expected drive growth in this market. In addition to nutrition, amino acid formulations are also used by livestock farmers to reduce the environmental impact of animal breeding by cutting down greenhouse gas emission from animal waste. Amino acid rich animal diets help in reducing nitrogen compounds (N2O) excreted in fecal matter. 

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