The global animal intestinal health market is estimated to be valued at USD 3.1 billion in 2020. It is expected to reach a value of USD 4.6 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 8.0% during the forecast period. Factors such as an increase in the consumption of feed and feed additives, steady growth in the market for meat and meat products, a shift toward natural growth promoters, is driving to the growth of the animal intestinal health market.
By additive, the prebiotics segment is projected to have highest CAGR during the forecast period in the market. Prebiotics are non-digestible ingredients offered by host enzymes that enhance the growth of indigenous gastrointestinal bacteria that encourage metabolic characteristics that are considered beneficial to the host, depending on the type of metabolite and antagonistic to the establishment of pathogens.
There are several carbohydrate polymers that qualify as prebiotics and have been fed to poultry. These include mannan-oligosaccharides and fructooligosaccharides as the most common ones marketed commercially that have been used as feed supplements in poultry.
Leading companies are Cargill, Incorporated (US), Koninklijke DSM N.V. (Netherlands), Archer Daniels Midland Company (US), DuPont (US), Novozymes (Denmark), Kemin Industries, Inc. (US), Nutreco N.V (Netherlands), Chr. Hansen Holding A/S (Denmark), Bluestar Adisseo (China), Alltech (US), Evonik Industries (Germany).