World - Soya Beans - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights
Global Soybean Market - China Drives Global Consumption Growth
IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Soya Beans - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025". Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.
Soybean is widely used both in animal feeding and human consumption, with soyfeed taking the larger part of consumption. For human consumption such products as soy oil, soy milk, soy flour, soy protein, tofu and many retail food products are made. In 2017, the volume of the global soybean consumption stood at approx. 358M tons, moving 6% up from the 2016 figure.
The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010, when consumption increased by 22% from the previous year level. Overall, soybean demand indicated a remarkable growth from 2007 to 2017: the total consumption volume increased at an average annual rate of +5.0% over the last ten years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Based on the result of 2017, global soybean consumption increased by +47.4% against its level of 2012.
Over the period under review, global soybean consumption reached its maximum volume in 2017, and is likely to continue its growth in the near future. The consumption is strengthening due to the growing interest in meat substitutes in western countries and increasing demand for meat products in Asia as the population and per capita consumption are surging and intensifying urbanization. The soybean revenue, however, has been subject to some serious fluctuations that correlated majorly with price changes.
In a break down by country, China (106M tons), the U.S. (70M tonnes), Argentina (53M tonnes), with a combined share of 64% dominated the total consumption of soybeans in 2017. India, Brazil and Russia together accounted for a further 18%. Chinese consumption are growing due to high population and income growth rates and thus increasing meat consumption; moreover, in China, approx. 44% of all the oil consumed is made of soybeans. India feature somewhat similar trends – besides rising population, the market there is expanding largely due to poultry feed demand growth.
According to IndexBox forecasts, soybean demand will be strengthening in the following 7-8 years. This assumption is based on the growing figures of Asian and global population, meat consumption expansion and a growing popularity for soyproducts and biodiesel in the US. At the same time, the market is subject to serious changes in soybean prices due to the ongoing trade disparities between the US and China, including the recent 25% tariffs for US soybean implemented by China. Therefore, discounting some major drops and booms that are possible in the future, it is projected that the performance of the global market is forecast to attain a moderate growth. Thus, the volume of consumption is set to increase with an anticipated CAGR of +3.1% from 2018 to 2025 to a figure of 459M tons in 2025.
IndexBox analysts expect that one of the crucial initiatives to be considered by local producers in the long run would be the search for new overseas markets. Our analysts developed a step-by-step algorithm for solving this problem, based on the use of big data, which are processed by the IndexBox AI Platform. The decision-making logic is shown in the figure below.
In the process of determining the best export prospects, it is necessary to answer four key questions:
1. Which markets performed best in terms of soybean sales in the last 10 years?
And which markets were among the outsiders?
2. Which countries are the most promising, in terms of soybeans consumption growth, and which ones are already saturated?
3. In which countries are local producers unable to satisfy the increasing demand for soybeans? Or, in some cases, which countries do not produce soybeans, at all?
4. Which markets are the most profitable for soybeans producers?
Previously, in order to answer these questions, analysts would need at least 6 weeks and over 400 sources of information. Today, using only one tool - the IB AI-platform, you can answer this question in less than 5 minutes.
So, here is the first chart and the first question: Which markets performed best in terms of soybean sales growth in the last 10 years and reached high figures in 2017? And which markets were among the outsiders? Here we will compare the volumes of consumption and growth rates for all the countries under review.
We can see that our target is represented by large and growing markets, such as China (106M tonnes) and the U.S. (70M tonnes). Russia (5.6M tonnes), Indonesia and Bolivia (3.4M tonnes each) also constituted the largest markets in 2017, but they are far smaller than the Russian and the US one. On the other hand, Argentina (53M tonnes), Brazil (46M tonnes), India (14M tonnes), Mexico (4.6M tonnes) and Paraguay (4M tonnes) were also among the world largest, but they have not been expanding in the past 10 years.
Next question: Which countries are the most promising, in terms of soybean consumption growth, and which ones are already sufficiently saturated?Here we estimate the average per capita consumption in 2017 and its dynamics since 2007.
The chart enables identifying markets with a large and growing average per capita consumption. This group includes Bolivia (306 kg per person) and the U.S. (215 kg per person), also China, Canada and the Ukraine. In these countries soybean demand is high, however it is also a sign that these markets are close to saturation. Whereas if we take relatively small but rising markets, such as Russia (39 kg per person), Turkey (31 kg per person), France , South Africa and Viet Nam, we would come up with unsaturated markets that have a great potential for expansion.
In the third step, the question is the following: In which countries are local producers unable to satisfy the increasing demand for soybeans if they produce it at all? Further, our task is to identify countries with a high share of imports, which will testify of the existing infrastructure for importers and market prospects for organizing new supplies.
The diagram shows that China with 94M tons of soybeans imported in 2017 is by far the largest importing market that has been growing rapidly for the past 10 years. Thailand (3.2M tonnes), Russia (2.3M tonnes), Turkey (2.3M tonnes) and Viet Nam (1.6M tonnes) are also among large and growing importers. The Netherlands (4.7M tonnes) alongside with Spain Mexico (4.1M tonnes), Spain (3.3M tonnes), Germany (3.1M tonnes) and Japan (3M tonnes) have imports growth remaining quite slow or even negative, compared to the leading countries.
Finally, basing on the counties left after our selection process, we will find markets with high and growing import prices to identify the most profitable ones to exports to.
These countries include Japan ($499 per tonne), Indonesia ($435 per tonne), Germany ($416 per tonne), Turkey ($416 per tonne) and Mexico ($411 per tonne). Nonetheless, despite somewhat lower CAGR of import price, Taiwan ($426 per tonne) and Thailand ($419 per tonne) can also be an option; it’s just that their prices aren’t growing as fast relatively.
Comparing the results of the 4 diagrams, we can state that Japan, Indonesia, Germany, Turkey and Mexico now appear to be the most promising markets for foreign suppliers of soybeans in the world. In these countries, there is either a significant or rapidly growing volume of imports and consumption. Moreover, import prices in these countries remain relatively high.
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Source: IndexBox AI Platform
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