Germany to witness higher preference for inactive dry yeast in animal feed applications

Date of publication : 6/1/2021
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The adoption of inactive dry yeast in animal feed applications across Europe will reach significant traction in the coming years. The increasing meat consumption in the region has paved the way for increased efforts towards animal health and well-being. There are also several restrictions imposed on the use of antimicrobial growth promoters across numerous countries.

Inactive dry yeast is extensively utilized solely or in combination with beneficial bacteria to produce probiotic products. It is widely used as a supplement in animal feeds on account of high protein and amino acid content, energy, and micronutrient value in comparison to common feed grains and oilseed meals.

Yeast-based products are believed to be excellent catalysts for animal health development as they contain nutraceutical compounds. Furthermore, the active dried yeast components retain most of the fermentation capacities and are devoid of any grains and animal microbial preparations of other fillers. They can be easily accessed considering their commercial production and marketing.

It has been reported that Europe inactive dry yeast market size from animal feed applications is likely to surpass USD 80 million in annual revenue by 2026.

Inactive dry yeast benefits in pigs

The preference for inactive dry yeast in swine feed applications across Europe will rise exponentially. This can be attributed to its increasing penetration in pig production to enhance the animal appetite and growth, as well as feed intake. The inactive dry yeast products show potential in countering feed coefficient, and animal constipation.

They are used to lower the number of pathogens in the feces of piglets to prevent them from diarrhea. They also offer superior hindgut fermentation, anti-stress capabilities, and a breeding environment. However, due to their sensitivity to hot and humid conditions, active dry yeast is not employed in granulated and extruded feed.

Germany to see a considerable footprint

Germany is anticipated to register a substantial consumption of inactive dry yeast across animal feed applications owing to the rising regional intake of meat. This has led to increasing developments in the livestock industry. The expanding food sector in the country has resulted in the growing demand for various food products like sausages and hams. There is also a rising consumption of pork and chicken meat products. It was estimated that the total per capita meat consumption in Germany in 2019 was close to 60 kilograms.

Growth from marketing collaborations

Leading inactive dried yeast suppliers in Europe are focusing on novel product developments and modifications in their current offerings to cater to the increasing requirements in the animal feed sector. These firms are also keen on marketing strategies like partnerships, acquisitions, and mergers when possible to widen their product and customer portfolio. For instance, Alltech, in June 2016, acquired Coppens International, a prominent aquatic feed solution provider in the Netherlands, to proliferate its market in marine and freshwater diets.

Impact of COVID-19

The present COVID-19 pandemic brought a slightly lower demand for inactive dried yeast across diverse applications in Europe considering the worldwide lockdown imposed during the first two quarters of 2020. This caused the abrupt shutting down of the production facilities, simultaneously drawing a dearth of labor. However, the relaxation of the trade barriers and the gradual resumption of business operations in the continent will add a positive impetus to the industry forecast.

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