Sunflower Meal Market Size, Share, Opportunities, And Trends By Form (Pellets, Cakes, Ground Up Powder), By End Use (Ruminants, Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Swine, Poultry), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2023 To 2028

  • Published : May 2023
  • Report Code : KSI061615396
  • Pages : 143

Sunflower meal is a protein-rich byproduct of the sunflower seed oil. It is the fourth most significant oil meal in terms of production, behind soybean meal, rapeseed meal, and cottonseed meal. Sunflower meal products are widely accessible on the market, ranging from low-quality straw-like meals to high-quality flours. The low-fibre and high-protein nature of sunflower meals makes them a great feed choice for swine and poultry.  

Sunflower meals are expected to witness a growing demand from cattle, dairy, and aquaculture sectors. The demand for animal protein such as dairy, cattle, fish and swine is growing rapidly. As a result, the demand for cheap protein-rich feed such as sunflower meal is on the rise. United Nations has predicted that the world population will reach 9 billion by 2050, raising the demand for food by 60 per cent. It is critical that the feed industry, be able to satisfy future demand sustainably and safely, while also retaining consumer trust and confidence in the food supply chain. Therefore, the flourishing animal feed industry is also driving the growth of the sunflower meal market.  

During the anticipation period, the growing demand for nutritious animal feed will support the growth of the global sunflower meal market.

Sunflower meal is a key protein source in animal feed, particularly for dairy cattle, chickens and pigs. It is high in protein, fibre, and oil. It contains 29 to 30 per cent protein and 27-31 per cent crude fibre. Sunflower meal does not include any substances that impact animal nutrition making them safe for a wide variety of livestock animals. Sunflower is also high in calcium, phosphorus, and A & B vitamins which are essential for animal growth. Sunflower meal is high in macronutrients, which are necessary for overall animal development. They are also more degradable than soybean or rapeseed meals, making them the ideal choice for animal feed. Sunflower meal has a high-fat content, making it a suitable feed for dairy cows since farmers frequently add fat to increase the quality of milk collected from the cows. Therefore, the high nutritious content of sunflower meals makes them a popular choice among farmers, driving the growth of the global market.

Demand for sunflower meal in ruminant feed is on the rise.       

Ruminants who are fed low-quality forages such as winter range, crop aftermath, or other low-quality forages require supplementary degradable protein, which can boost overall intake, forage digestibility, and performance. Protein can be provided using a variety of feeds, byproducts, or oilseed meals. Sunflower meal acts as a protein supplement in ruminant feed. Sunflower meals aid in the faster production of milk in lactating animals such as cows and sheep. They are a great feed option for ruminants due to their high oil and amino acid content.  Sunflower meals can also reduce weight and condition score reductions in cattle cows.

During the forecast period, Asia Pacific is anticipated to hold a significant share of the global sunflower meal market.

The Asia Pacific region will experience rapid expansion throughout the projection period due to the growing demand for cheap protein-rich animal feed. Countries like India and China have a massive share in the commercial animal feed industry. According to the International Feed Industry Federation, the total industrial feed output in China was 252.7 million tons in 2020, representing a 10.4 percent increase from the previous year. The total output for pig, ruminant, and poultry feed increased by 16.4 percent, 18.9 percent, and 7.5 percent respectively in 2020. Moreover, the presence of a well-established agriculture industry and increasing investment are also spurring regional demand for sunflower meals. In addition, the prevalence of key market players such as Cargill Inc., Colorado Mills, Bunge, Glencore Agriculture, Kernel and others also spur the growth of sunflower meals in this region.

Market Key Developments

  • In February 2022, SDSP or South Dakota Soybean Processors LLC planned to build a multi-seed processing factory near Mitchell, South Dakota, in the United States. The facility is scheduled to open in 2025. The new facility will have the capacity to process 35 million bushels of sunflowers annually.
  • In April 2022, Burcon NutraScience and Pristine Gourmet are collaborating with Protein Industries Canada to harness Canada's supply of sunflower seeds in a research study. Canadian companies setting the standard for plant-based protein products, this time by harnessing the potential of sunflowers. This research will improve innovative techniques for extracting protein from plant seeds. By doing so, our sector will continue to contribute to a rising global population's food security by producing high-quality, sustainable goods


  • By Form
    • Pellets
    • Cakes
    • Ground up Powder
  • By End Use
    • Ruminants
    • Dairy
    • Beef
    • Sheep
    • Swine
    • Poultry
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • United States
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • United Kingdom
      • Germany
      • France
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Israel
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • Japan
      • China
      • India
      • South Korea
      • Indonesia
      • Thailand
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

2021 has been taken as the base year in the sunflower meal market.
Prominent key market players in the sunflower meal market include Archer Daniel Midland, Cargill, Wilmar International, Optimus Agro Holding, and Aston, among others.
The sunflower meal market has been segmented by form, end-use, and geography.
The growing demand for nutritious animal feed will support the sunflower meal market growth.
Asia Pacific is anticipated to hold a significant share of the global sunflower meal market due to the growing demand for cheap protein-rich animal feed.


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Market Definition

1.3. Scope of the Study

1.4. Market Segmentation

1.5. Currency

1.6. Assumptions

1.7. Base, and Forecast Years Timeline


2.1. Research Data

2.2. Assumptions


3.1. Research Highlights


4.1. Market Drivers

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porter’s Five Force Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis


5.1. Introduction

5.2. Pellets

5.3. Cakes 

5.4. Ground up Powder


6.1. Introduction

6.2. Ruminants

6.2.1. Dairy

6.2.2. Beef

6.2.3. Sheep

6.3. Swine

6.4. Poultry


7.1. Introduction

7.2. North America

7.2.1. United States

7.2.2. Canada

7.2.3. Mexico

7.3. South America

7.3.1. Brazil

7.3.2. Argentina

7.3.3. Others

7.4. Europe

7.4.1. United Kingdom

7.4.2. Germany

7.4.3. France

7.4.4. Spain

7.4.5. Others

7.5. The Middle East and Africa

7.5.1. Saudi Arabia

7.5.2. UAE

7.5.3. Israel

7.5.4. Others

7.6. Asia Pacific

7.6.1. Japan

7.6.2. China

7.6.3. India

7.6.4. South Korea

7.6.5. Indonesia

7.6.6. Thailand

7.6.7. Others


8.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

8.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness

8.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

8.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix


9.1. Archer Daniel Midland

9.2. Cargill

9.3. Wilmar International

9.4. Optimus Agro Holding

9.5. Aston

9.6. Mezpology

9.7. Allseeds

Archer Daniel Midland


Wilmar International

Optimus Agro Holding