The US Animal Feed Industry Factsheet 2020: Largest Animal Feed Manufacturers in the US & the World

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As the US remains the world’s largest animal feed producer and exporter in 2020, the top 10 largest animal feed manufacturers in the US is expected to continue dominating the animal feed production and animal feed exports in the global market. According to a recent market report, the US animal feed market size was about US$72.6 billion in 2018, and it is expected to reach US$83.5 billion in 2024, representing a steady CAGR of 2.4% over the forecast period. Major factors such as rising consumer awareness about the safety of animal products couple with outbursts of diseases in animals are contributing to the increasing demand for animal feed during the forecast period. In addition, presence of major market players in the region is further expected to propel the market growth opportunities in the coming years. However, stringent regulatory structure about the animal feed production is expected to hinder the market opportunities in the coming years.

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Animal Feed Industry in the USA is the World’s Largest

The animal feed industry in the USA has long been the world’s largest in terms of animal feed production value, animal feed consumption and animal feed exports over the decades. The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) reports that the animal feed industry in the US contributes over $3billion in total US sales and over 944,000 jobs., making the animal feed industry one of the largest economic contributors in the US agricultural sector.

The top 5 animal feed manufacturing states include: California, Texas, Illinois, Iowa and Ohio. These states are all home to many feed mills generating economic activity in their state, ranging from 149 feed mills in California to 679 in Texas. The animal feed manufacturers in these top 5 states accounted over 36.5% of the total animal feed sales in the country.

Animal Feed Exports From the US

Meanwhile, the USA is also the world’s largest animal feed exporter, supplying a significant amount of the animal food for the livestock industries around the world. According to the latest trading data from ITC,  the USA exported $2.8 billion worth of animal feed products to the global market in 2019, representing over 11% of the world’s total animal feed exports in that year. Some of the largest US animal feed products importers were Canada, Mexico, Japan, China and Indonesia.

On a global landscape, the surging demand of livestock and livestock products, such as meat, dairy and eggs has spurred the growth of animal feed production and animal feed exports among many leading animal feed companies around the world. Today, the global animal feed production is estimated to be nearly 1 billion tonnes annually, while the world’s top 100 animal feed companies are responsible for about 42% of the world compound production volume every year. As the world’s largest animal feed market, the USA is also the home of many world’s leading animal feed producers. BizVibe has identified these largest animal feed manufacturers in the USA by their annual feed production.

Top 10 Largest Animal Feed Manufacturers in the US 2020

1.Cargill – annual production: 19.6 million metric tons 

Cargill Inc is a US privately held multinational corporation based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Founded in 1865, Cargill is nowadays the largest privately held corporation in the USA in terms of revenue. The company mainly engages in food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services. Its animal nutrition segment has over 20,000 employees working 280 locations across 40 countries in the world. With over 17.9 million metric tons of animal feed production annually, Cargill is one of the largest animal feed manufacturers in the USA and the world.

  1. Land O’Lakes – annual production: 13.5 million metric tons

Land O’Lakes, Inc., is one of America’s largest agribusiness and food companies, it is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations. Founded in 1921 and based in Minnesota, Land O’Lakes is also one of the largest animal feed producers in the USA. It’s animal nutrition division generated over US4 billion in revenue in 2018. Land O’Lakes also owns Mazuri, which produces animal feed for zoo keepers, veterinarians, breeders and exotic pet owners for over 50 countries.

  1. Tyson Foods – annual production: 10 million metric tons

Tyson Foods, Inc., is a leading US multinational corporation based in Springdale, Arkansas, that operates in the food and agricultural industries. Tyson Foods operates 32 feed mills mainly providing feed for chicken, pig and cattle around the world. Tyson Foods’ major animal feed sales markets include Brazil, Canada, Central America, China, the European Union, Japan, Mexico, the Middle East, South Korea and Taiwan.

  1. Alltech – annual production: 6.5 million metric tons

Alltech is a leading agri-business company in the USA, headquartered in Nicholasville, Kentucky, with core businesses in animal feed, meat, brewing, and distilling. Alltech has three main divisions: animal nutrition and health; crop science; and food & beverage. Alltech also operates in 128 countries, employs more than 4,700 people worldwide, and operates 77 production facilities and three bioscience centres across the globe.

  1. ADM Alliance Nutrition – annual production: 3 million metric tons

ADM Animal Nutrition is one of the world’s largest animal feed manufacturers offering a wide range of leading-edge products for the animal nutrition market. Known as a global leader in amino acids, ADM also offers high-quality feed products, supplements, premixes, custom ingredient blends and specialty feed ingredients to aid in optimizing animal health and nutrition goals.

  1. Perdue Farms – annual production: 2.5 million metric tons

Perdue Farms Inc. is a world’s leading manufacturer for food and agricultural products. It offers organic chicken, turkey, and pork products to consumers through retailers, food service customers, and distributors worldwide. The company also processes and supplies soybean meals, hulls, and vegetable oils; soy products for feed, food, and industrial applications; refined oils for food and non-food use; and grains, protein products, and organic fertilizers.

  1. J.D. Heiskell & Co. – annual production: 2.2 million metric tons

Founded in 1886, J.D. Heiskell & Co. is a 132-year-old grain and commodity trading business that also operates livestock feed manufacturing and trans-loading facilities in nine western states, and exports grains and commodities to Mexico, the Pacific Rim and the Far East. It’s one of the largest producers for Pig Feed, Poultry Feed and Ruminant Feed in the USA, with over 2.2 million metric tons of animal feed produced annually.

  1. Kent Nutrition Group – annual production: 2 million metric tons

Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. provides nutrition feed products and services for commercial livestock, animals, and pets in the United States. Headquartered in Londonderry, New Hampshire, United States, the company also provides nutrition and feed products for pets and zoo animals in the USA and the global.  It’s annual compound feed production is around 2 million metric tons.

  1. Hi-Pro Feeds – annual production: 1.9 million metric tons

Hi-Pro Feeds, Inc. manufactures animal nutrition and feed products for the animal nutrition industry. It offers livestock feed; feed additives, vitamins, and other healthy supplements; dairy, hog, and poultry feed; and bulk feed, equine, dairy cattle, beef cattle, aquaculture, companion, and specialty products.

  1. Southern States Coop – annual production: 1.7 million metric tons

Southern States Cooperative, founded in 1923, is an American farmer-owned agricultural supply cooperative based in Henrico County, Virginia. The Southern States is one of the largest providers of fertilizers, seeds, livestock feed, pet food, animal health supplies, petroleum products, and other farm and home items in the United States.

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