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Production and Market of DHA in China

DHA has attracted more and more attention since it has been recommended by the World Health Organization in 1993. There are two kinds of DHA in China, microalgal DHA and fish oil DHA. In the past five years, the development of fish oil DHA has been relatively stable, while microalgal DHA has witnessed a rapid growth. In 2011, China's output of fish oil is estimated at about 11,800 tonnes and microalgal DHA's would reach about 560 tonnes.

However, fish supply for DHA production is limited and China's production technology is inefficient. What will be the future development trend of the industry? What is the actual situation of Chinese producers? How about related laws and regulations promulgated by Chinese government?

The demand for DHA in China becomes increasingly large, so does the market size. The demand mainly comes from health care products and formula foods, the total DHA consumption of which may account for about 90% of the total DHA consumption in China. These two industries have been developing quickly in the past five years. What is the real consumption situation of DHA in these industries? And what is the demand trend in China's DHA market?

To figure out these questions, CCM International carries out a deep investigation into China's DHA industry and the following issues will be included in this report.

  • Production situation (2009-2011)
  • Industry environment
  • Price change (2009-2011)
  • Related laws and regulations
  • Consumption volume evolution (2009-2011)
  • Consumption pattern (2010-2011)
  • Forecast on supply and demand (2012-2016)

Table of Contents

Executive summary

Introduction and methodology

1. Overview of DHA industry in China

  • 1.1. Brief introduction to DHA
  • 1.2. Industry environment in China
    • 1.2.1. Global status of omega-3 industry
    • 1.2.2. Economic environment
    • 1.2.3. Policies and regulations

2. Production situation of DHA in China

  • 2.1. Current production situation of DHA
    • 2.1.1. Production situation of DHA, 2009-2011
      • 2.1.1.1. Production situation of fish oil DHA, 2009-2011
      • 2.1.1.2. Production situation of microalgal DHA, 2009-2011
    • 2.1.2. Major producers and distributors
      • 2.1.2.1. Major producers
      • 2.1.2.2. Major distributors
  • 2.2. Price
  • 2.3. Raw material supply
  • 2.4. Technology
    • 2.4.1. Introduction to production technology
    • 2.4.2. Comparison between different production technologies

3. Consumption of DHA in China

  • 3.1. Overview of DHA consumption
    • 3.1.1. Market size
    • 3.1.2. Consumption pattern
    • 3.1.3. DHA consumption in major end-use segments (separated by fish oil and microalgae)
    • 3.1.4. Comparison of consumption habit between China and abroad
  • 3.2. DHA consumption in major end-use segments
    • 3.2.1. Formula foods
      • 3.2.1.1. Market size
      • 3.2.1.2. Consumers
      • 3.2.1.3. Development trends
    • 3.2.2. Health care products
      • 3.2.2.1. Market size
      • 3.2.2.2. Consumers
      • 3.2.2.3. Development trends
    • 3.2.3. Others

4. Forecast on DHA in the next five years in China

  • 4.1. Influencing factors
    • 4.1.1. Drivers
    • 4.1.2. Barriers
  • 4.2. Forecast on DHA's supply and demand in China

5. Conclusion

6. Profiles

  • 6.1. Roquette Biotech Nutritionals (Wuhan) Co., Ltd.
    • 6.14. Shandong Yuwang Pharmaceutical Company

List of tables:

  • Table 1.1-1: Properties of DHA
  • Table 1.2.3-1: Standards of DHA quality in China, 2000-2011
  • Table 1.2.3-2: Regulations on DHA industry in China since 2009
  • Table 1.2.3-3: Usage of DHA according to regulations, 2007-2010
  • Table 2.1.2.1-1: Major producers of fish oil for human in China, 2011
  • Table 2.1.2.1-2: Capacity and output of major producers of fish oil for human in China, 2009-2011
  • Table 2.1.2.1-3: Major producers of feed grade fish oil in China, 2011, tonne
  • Table 2.1.2.1-4: Major producers of microalgal DHA in China, 2011
  • Table 2.1.2.1-5: Capacity and output of major microalgal DHA oil producers in China, 2009-2011
  • Table 2.1.2.1-6: Potential microalgal DHA oil producers in China, 2011
  • Table 2.1.2.1-7: Major producers exclusively making DHA powder in China, 2011
  • Table 2.1.2.1-8: Capacity and output of major producers exclusively making DHA powder in China, 2009-2011
  • Table 2.1.2.2-1: Some DHA distributors in China, 2011
  • Table 2.2-1: Ex-work price of fish oil in China, Dec. 2011, USD/t
  • Table 2.2-2: Ex-work price of microalgal DHA in China, Dec. 2011
  • Table 2.3-1: Strains used by some Chinese producers to produce microalgal DHA oil, 2011
  • Table 3.1.2-1: DHA's consumption in different application fields in China, 2010-2011, tonne
  • Table 3.1.3-1: Consumption of microalgal DHA and fish oil DHA in different application fields in China, 2011
  • Table 3.2.1.2-1: Some major infant formula producers' consumption of DHA in China, 2010, tonne
  • Table 3.2.1.2-2: Some major infant cereal producers' consumption of DHA in China, 2010, tonne

List of figures:

  • Figure 1.1-1: Molecular structure of DHA
  • Figure 1.2.2-1: GDP growth in China, 2006-Q3 2011
  • Figure 2.1.1.1-1: Capacity and output of fish oil for human in China, 2009-2011
  • Figure 2.1.1.2-1: Capacity and output of microalgal DHA in China, 2009-2011
  • Figure 2.1.2.1-1: Microalgal DHA oil production distribution by capacity in China, 2011
  • Figure 2.2-1: Ex-work price of ethyl ester fish oil in China, 2009-2011
  • Figure 2.2-2: Ex-work price of microalgal DHA powder in China, 2006-Dec. 2011
  • Figure 2.3-1: Output of fish oil in the world, 2007-2010
  • Figure 2.4.1-1: Flowchart of fish oil extraction method
  • Figure 2.4.1-2: Flowchart of method for producing ethyl ester fish oil
  • Figure 2.4.1-3: Flowchart of method for producing triglyceride fish oil
  • Figure 2.4.1-4: Flowchart of molecular distillation method
  • Figure 2.4.1-5: Flowchart of microbial fermentation method
  • Figure 3.1.1-1: Market size of DHA for human in China by value, 2009-2011
  • Figure 3.1.1-2: Consumption of DHA for human in China, 2009-2011
  • Figure 3.1.2-1: Consumption pattern of DHA by volume in China, 2011
  • Figure 3.1.3-1: Consumption pattern of microalgal DHA by volume in China, 2011
  • Figure 3.1.3-2: Consumption pattern of fish oil DHA by volume in China, 2011
  • Figure 3.2.1.1-1: Consumption of DHA in infant formula in China, 2007-2011
  • Figure 3.2.1.1-2: Output of infant formula in China, 2007-2011
  • Figure 3.2.2.1-1: Consumption of DHA in health care products in China, 2007-2011
  • Figure 3.2.2.1-2: Output value of health care products in China, 2006-2010
  • Figure 4.2-1: Projected capacity and output of microalgal DHA in China, 2012-2016
  • Figure 4.2-2: Projected capacity and output of fish oil for human in China, 2012-2016
  • Figure 4.2-3: Projected demand for DHA in China, 2012-2016
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