Recent innovations in essential oil propel feed phytogenics consumption

Recent innovations in essential oil propel feed phytogenics consumption

Amidst mounting pressure to keep up with the global demand for protein-rich food, feed phytogenics has received considerable attention. Moreover, robust projection of meat production by various watchdogs has instilled confidence among stakeholders in feed phytogenics industry. According to the FAO, world meat production is touted to rise two-fold by 2050, primarily in emerging economies.

With plant-based feed additives gaining ground in the past several years, feed phytogenic appears to be an innovative new trend. A notable trend for encapsulation has triggered investments in the landscape. In terms of revenue, feed phytogenics market is forecast to surpass US$845 million by 2026.

Bullish demand for beef and beef-based products is likely to bolster alternative protein market trend for animal feed. FAO projects beef consumption to soar to 76 Mt over the next ten years, while pigmeat consumption will surge to 127 Mt during the same time period.

A sustained global protein-deficit caused by African swine fever (ASF) will potentially underpin demand for feed phytogenics. Behemoths such as the U.S., Australia, Japan, China and Brazil will look to reap rewards from the expanding footfall of phytogenics.

Phytogenic feed additives have become pivotal in fostering gut health of aquatic animals through their anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

BIOMIN announced EU zootechnical authorization of Digestarom DC Duplex Capsule in February 2020 in its advanced phytogenic feed additive in weaned piglets. The company is buoyed by the fact that the authorization has reinforced the conclusion of the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) on additives and products in animal feed.

The company exhorts that the application of phytogenic feed additives will surge in the ensuing period as they continue to launch feed additives containing substance found in essential oils and herbs to boost swine feed digestibility and reduce inflammation.

Industry experts opine that essential oil will help reduce fermented protein, enhance gut health and boost healthy digestion in poultry. Essential oils have gained popularity in light of antioxidant, antibacterial, antiprotozoan, antiviral properties that can have an influence on coccidiosis.

While essential oils are expected to spur the trend, they can succumb to environmental factors such as oxidation, dust and high temperatures and may lose efficiency and efficacy. Leading companies, as such, have upped their efforts towards encapsulation technologies to provide high-quality phytogenics to end-users.

Forward-looking companies are likely to cash in on the upsides of microencapsulation to protect the substance from oxidation, improve feed acceptance, protect active substance and volatile substances. Microencapsulation process is seen by many as a standard prerequisite for high-quality phytogenic feed additives and helping protect them from being inactive.  

Leading companies are gearing to expand their penetration in Latin America given the staggering consumption of meat in Brazil and Argentina. Brazil was alleged to be the largest beef exporter in the world in 2020. Not to mention both advanced economies and emerging economies are striving to develop antibiotic strategy.  

Phytobiotics Brazil announced BioZyme Inc., as its new partner in November 2020 to expand its footfall in Latin America. The company opines the new partnership will help provide sustainable and effective solutions and influence absorption, intake and digestion.

International Flavors & Fragrances is on course to conclude the $26.2 billion merger with DuPont’s Nutrition by February 1, 2021. People aware of the event expect the merger to help the company gain an edge in terms of enzymes, taste, culture, texture, nutrition and soy proteins.

Phytogenics will partially or completely substitute harmful feed additives such as antibiotics and will remain instrumental in boosting livestock productivity.