Agrifood

Agriculture & Livestock | Farming & Forestry
Food & Beverages | Processing technologies

Agriculture is a form of cultivation and harvesting of plants, animal care, and has evolved into several industrial branches such as animal husbandry, farm equipment, agricultural biotechnology, agrochemicals and other services, while balancing environment sustainability objectives, and supporting a diversified economy.

The agricultural sector is of key importance to many emerging country economies. Countries like China, Brazil and India are now considered to be true agricultural powers in terms of production, exports and imports.

The world population has been increasing at a faster rate and is projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. The food production has to be increased by 70% by 2050 to feed the growing population.
The agriculture industry can be broadly classified into crop protection chemicals, plant nutrition, seeds, agricultural biologicals, farm equipment and irrigation, agriculture technology, and animal nutrition and health.

The industry is seeking new opportunities by adopting modern technologies not just in crop production tools and techniques. The agriculture industry has transformed itself through the advent of precision agriculture, organic farming and agrigenomics, along with the development of hybrid seeds, slow-release pesticides and fertilizers, and agricultural biological, and the application of genetics in animal breeding. We also encounter the application of IoT, biotechnology and artificial intelligence in agriculture operations.

Modern innovations in sustainable agriculture and processing technologies have shaped the future of the industry.

With technological advancement in products which includes tractors, mechanical harvesters, and irrigation pumps, agrochemicals and so forth, the sector has increased the per-acre productivity. Moreover, concerns such as the harmful impact of chemical fertilizers on the environment have forced the agriculture industry to focus on organic farming.

The agriculture industry is set to leverage the capabilities of big data for more productive results. Data analysis enables farmers to better forecast the climatic conditions and hence optimize the utilization of the available resources.

There is increasing awareness about environmental concerns among crop growers which compels to utilize more organic and sustainable products in agriculture. The application of biological, including biopesticides, biostimulants, and biofertilizers are growing in significance with respect to integrated pest management practices to enhance crop production at sustainable levels.

Also increasing regulation for agricultural products – the banning of organochlorines and organophosphates agrochemical compounds in the European market and strict regulations on pesticide residue levels has been the major cause for adoption of alternative technology to support sustainable agriculture.

Leading companies in the agricultural landscape include seed and crop protection producer Monsanto, flour-miller Archer Daniels Midland, and agricultural machinery and farm equipment manufacturer Deere & Company.

Our reports provide industry analysis into the agricultural sector and the dominant companies. Agriculture reports include facts and market data on Farming, Forestry and Fishery.
They provide figures on production and production value and covers infrastructure information such as commodity prices, sales and trade data on major imports and exports, income levels and number of production facilities, and shows data on industry employment.

Our reports offer analysis of different market segments of the agriculture industry, focusing on the way production and quality of the crops can be improved through genetic modifications and plant protection through agrochemicals, and the latest advancements in irrigation processes, storage methods and farm mechanization.
Additional focus is on empowering rural people through policies and measures, as to ensure sustainability in agriculture practices.

Farming

Farming comprises the cultivation of crops such as corn, soybean, hay and wheat and livestock for mainly food or use as biofuel. The livestock sector mainly concentrates on cattle and dairy farming, hog and pig farming, poultry and egg production, and sheep and goat farming. Dairy farming results in downstream processing to produce milk and milk products.

Depending on national regulations, farmers are allowed to use chemical plant protectors and chemical fertilizers, while protective requirements regulate the organic crop production and livestock breeding, employing methods such as crop rotation and biological pest control.

Forestry

Forestry covers the management of forests in order to produce raw materials and to use wood in a sustainable way.

Fishery

Fishery comprises the harvesting, processing and marketing of fish for food production or further processing. Recent trends shaping this sector include sustainable and responsible fishing to protect against the loss of endangered species biodiversity.

Agrochemicals, Pesticides & Fertilisers

The agriculture industry is evolving leading to an increased demand for agrochemicals so as to meet the growing requirements from the farming sector.

The global agrochemicals market has grown significantly over the last few years, due to the increasing demand for food products, and its growth is expected to continue in the near future.

Agricultural productivity has risen due to the use of improved crop varieties, enhanced fertilizers, pesticides, the increasing area under irrigation system and greenhouse crop production.

Demand for high value crops such as greenhouse grown vegetables are expected to be the driving factors for the agrochemicals market. However, increasing environmental concerns and availability of eco-friendly alternatives are restraining the market for agrochemicals market.

In addition, the cost of agrochemicals is comparatively higher than that of conventional chemical fertilizers, and for emerging economies such as Brazil, India, and China, which are the biggest consumers of conventional fertilizers, these fertilizers and pesticides are beyond the purchasing power of Asian farmers. However, the Asia- Pacific market is growing at a higher rate due to rising awareness regarding the advantages of agrochemicals among farmers.

The global pesticides market has been divided into patented and generic pesticides. Almost 67% of the market is dominated by patented or proprietary active ingredients, while 33% is held by generic pesticides. The proprietary pesticides market strongly focuses on crop protection chemicals based on stringent regulations, driven by US and European standards. Strict regulations have provided a springboard for multinationals to develop and bring the expensive patented alternatives in the market to replace low-priced generics.

Animal Feed & Nutrition

Animal feed plays a crucial role in the global food industry, with global feed production exceeds one billion tonnes annually, generating 400 billion USD annually; commercial sale or production of manufactured feed products takes place in more than 130 countries. It is also responsible for direct employment of more than a quarter of million technicians, professionals, managers, and skilled workers.

The United Nations Food and Agricultural organization, has estimated that globally there needs to be a production of ~60% more food by the year 2050, and hence it is expected that animal protein production will increase even more. The production of meat and dairy is predicted to double, whereas fish production is expected to triple by 2050.

Nutrition feed additives are used for the improvement of the nutritional value of feed and also affect the animal health in a positive manner. The animal feed additives market is primarily driven by the rise in global meat consumption and threat of disease in livestock. The increase in the cost of operations, restrains the growth of this market segment.

Seeds Market

The global seed market is expected to grow, due to increased adoption of new and improved seeds, and genetically modified seeds over conventional ones, as to minimize health concerns.

Given the emerging trend of increased consumption of processed foods and spread of awareness regarding the consumption of nutrient rich crops in daily diet, forage seeds, hybrid seeds, transgenic seeds, fruit & vegetable seeds, and seed coating materials, will grow in terms of market share. In addition, an increasing focus on the production of biofuels, has enhanced the demand for grain and oilseed crops.

Farm Equipment and Irrigation Systems

The global market for farm equipment and irrigation systems is leveraging innovations to increase productivity of land and labour, and improve the quality of produce.

In addition, there are technology innovations for loss prevention in storage, handling, and transport.

Access to equipment, maintenance support, training, finance, and enabling government policies will help promote increased adoption of irrigation and farm equipment.

The food and beverage industry plays a key role in the global food chain by transforming raw agricultural commodities into end products that meet the needs of discerning consumers who are keen to know the constituents of what they consume and how it is produced.

The food and beverage industry has experienced a significant growth over the past few years, driven primarily by increasing popularity of healthy and organic food products, as consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the ill-effects of the usage of artificial ingredients.

The food and beverages industry has grown rapidly due to the increase in the disposable income in developing countries, and gave the opportunity to large multinationals and nationwide food chains to take advantage of untapped markets.

The global food and beverage industry have seen significant growth in excess of 5% over the last ten years, and this trend is projected to continue, with an average annual growth of the industry is estimated to be 7.0%. Asia Pacific is expected to grow with the highest CAGR 9.0 % up to 2025.

The industry is characterized by the changing consumer demands and evolving tastes and is in constant search for innovation in packaging and production for convenience foods, snacks, frozen & packaged meals, and processed meat and fish. Changing food habits, lifestyle changes, global travel, and the ongoing trend of healthy foods and best food ingredients, are offering plentiful opportunities to the food and beverage industry to satisfy customers seeking unique experiences.

The industry faces the challenge of meeting health and safety issues and the fast changing interests and demands of the consumers.

The food and beverages industry is seeing shifts in terms of consumer attitudes, health awareness and costs of production. The Southeast Asian market, particularly those in India, Korea and China, for processed and ready to eat foods hold growth potential, as the number of working middle class Asians increases.

The food and beverage industry has a diversified landscape which includes the transformation and selling of food. The storage and logistic is a key consideration, since the products have varying requirements related to packaging, hygiene and temperature.

The food and beverages industry sets trends in terms of product innovation and novel packaging that impacts several ancillary industries.

Processed foods, packaged foods, and ready-to-go meals are becoming common to serve the changing lifestyle in emerging economies. Demand for special foods such as gluten free foods and lactose free foods are revving up growth of the food and beverage industry. Diabetic food, food for lactating mothers, and iron fortified food are some other special foods that serves to boost the food and beverage industry.

The launch of cost-effective and energy efficient equipment have modernized processes in the food and beverage industry.

Our analysis of the various food and beverage segments can help clients to better understand market trends, and formulate strategies to capture opportunities.

The research also addresses issues to improve the operational efficiency.

Our reports offer you a chance to keep yourself updated with the changing dynamics of the industry, including data on production, consumption, sales, trade and prices.

Food & Nutrition

The food market is highly competitive with multinational players such as PepsiCo, Nestlé, General Mills. and Kraft Foods Group. Facts and market data, are featuring rankings and company-related annual revenues, sales distribution outlets, and employment trends.

Food & Nutrition provides facts and market data on the food industry: Milk & Dairy Products, Fish & Meat, Fruit & Vegetables, Bread, Organic & Health Food, Convenience & Frozen Food, Dietary Supplements, Sweets & Snacks, Condiments & Seasoning and Eating Behaviour.

With regard to wider consumer behaviour, statistics on grocery expenditure, reveal which brands consumers prefer and how often shop for a product.

Convenience Frozen Food Market

The industry is driven by the convenience and experience it can offer to end users.

Factors such as rising population and increasing disposable income affect market dynamics for convenience frozen foods, which are in demand due to increased shelf -life without altering its taste, flavour and nutritional qualities.

Changing consumer lifestyles, with an increase in the number of working women is also driving the growth of the frozen food market.

The convenience frozen food market, includes various frozen products such as vegetables, baked goods, meat and ready meals, fish, frozen pizza, frozen desserts, snacks and pasta.

As a result, the frozen food market is expected to witness substantial growth in future, and various opportunities will emerge in the interrelated markets such as food packaging and food processing market.

Food Ingredients

The expectations of today’s health-conscious consumers will drive the food ingredients market in the future.

Manufacturers are increasingly inclined toward innovation with more focus on natural and functional ingredients. Some of the most popular functional ingredients include omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids, probiotics, amino acids, plant extracts, vitamins, and minerals, which have found applications in dairy products, health drinks, nutrition bars, breakfast cereals, mineral supplements, and weight-loss products.

Non-alcoholic Beverages

The latest trends reveal that many companies are trying to diversify their product portfolio in the direction of healthier options such as bottled water to counteract the growing public health concern around the high sugar content of soft beverages.

The concept of smaller cans and bottles and the growing consumption of energy drinks, water, fruit beverages and sports drinks are some of the important trends that will drive the market in the future.

Hot beverages range from coffee, tea and hot chocolate, and soft carbonated drinks, covering drinks containing water, sugar or a type of artificial sweetener, and a flavouring agent are also on the rise.

Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic Beverages provides facts and market data on beverages containing alcohol - beer, wine & Champagne, and spirits.

The industry is characterized by companies such as AB InBev, Heineken, Molson-Coors, Brown-Forman and Diageo.

Emerging business trends are the growth of microbreweries and wineries and flavoured spirits innovations.

Food Processing Equipment and Technology

The demand for food & beverage processing equipment is growing owing to the increasing consumption of food products such as meat, bakery; confectionery, prepared food, and convenience food.

The food and beverage processing equipment market includes pre-processing and processing equipment. Pre-processing equipment include sorting, grading, cutting, slicing, peeling, washing, blending, and mixing equipment. Processing equipment include forming, extruding, coating, drying, pressing, filtering, homogenizing, and thermal equipment.

New technologies such as non-thermal processing technologies (High Pressure Processing, Pulsed-Electric Field, Ultrasonic, Irradiation, and Cold Plasma are still at the development stage) are gaining popularity in the manufacturing processes to reduce production time, food wastage and overall cost of production.

Other technologies gaining ground among the food processors, include microencapsulation, aseptic packaging, food & beverage disinfection, food safety testing technologies, and spray drying.

Food Testing Services and Food Logistics

Due to rise in consumer awareness and the implementation of food safety regulations, and advancements in food technology, food safety testing services have been increasing, by adopting rapid test technologies in the food safety testing and authenticity testing market.

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), which provides quick results, and aids the decision-making process for decisions for product recalls, is the dominant rapid test technology applied in food testing, and demand is projected to grow at a significant rate in the next five years.

As the consumption patterns of perishable foods such as fruits & vegetables, meat, fish & seafood, bakery and dairy foods are changing, demand for refrigerated transport and warehousing facilities will increase. Government funding and initiatives in various countries to reduce food loss is providing opportunity for the innovation in the food logistics industry. Advancements in refrigerated systems and equipment and transport technology have resulted in improved food safety, reduced food waste, reduction in energy consumption, and reduction in environmental impact.

Pets & Animal Supplies

The market for animal supplies is including, pet food, pet care products, toys for pets, pet furniture, collars, bowls and feeders. Animals, which are mainly kept as pets, include dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs, and reptiles.

Tobacco

The tobacco industry has been under ongoing extreme scrutiny. Led by the anti-smoking campaign, a wide range of laws and regulations have been implemented. Leading key players includes Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International.

Our reports provide key statistics and analysis on market operating conditions, business challenges, current and historical industry growth trends, and more. They offer an explanation of the structure of the industry and analysis across the value chain, market sizes, revenue growth, market and product trends, demographics, price trends, product/company rankings or comparisons, key players profiles, comparing national and multinational operators by sales, market share, investments, projects, partners and expansion strategies,designed to provide a better understanding of a market's competitive landscape, and market forecasts, projecting how current trends will influence industry sales and consumption patterns in the future, latest market developments and analyzing the potential effects of regulatory changes in conjunction with the background macroeconomic outlook.