Global Cottonseed Oil Market To Garner Growing Revenue During The Forecast Period

03-Jul-2023 | Zion Market Research

The global cottonseed oil market size was worth around USD 5.12 billion in 2022 and is predicted to grow to around USD 6.87 billion by 2030 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 3.75% between 2023 and 2030.

Global Cottonseed Oil Market Size

Cottonseed oil is a form of cooking oil extracted from the seeds of cotton plants across species. In textural form, cottonseed oil is similar to oilseeds derived from sunflower seeds consisting of a kernel that bears oil and is surrounded by a hard outer hull. Cottonseed oil has a neutral flavor and hence can be used for frying, baking, sautéing, and salad dressings. It has low saturated fat and contains moderate amounts of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Cottonseed, which is a byproduct of cotton processing, was not considered valuable before the 19th century however, as with increasing research and investment toward exploring more options for cooling oil, the cottonseed oil industry gained higher momentum.

This review is based on a report by Zion Market Research, titled "Cottonseed Oil Market By Packaging (Retail And Bulk), By End-User (Food Service Providers, Industrial, Retail, And Households), By Type (Conventional And Organic), By Raw Material (Non-Genetically Modified Cotton And Genetically Modified Cotton), And By Region - Global And Regional Industry Overview, Market Intelligence, Comprehensive Analysis, Historical Data, And Forecasts 2023 – 2030"- Report at

The global cottonseed oil market is projected to grow owing to the increasing consumption of cooking oil driven by factors such as rising population, surging number of food service providers, and rising number of cooking oil products available in the market. Over the years and especially after Covid-19 more people have adopted healthy eating habits and have shown a higher inclination toward cooking oil containing low fats. Reports have indicated that cottonseed oil may help lower low-density lipoprotein and aid increase in high-density lipoprotein. It is also known to reduce inflammation. As the number of health-conscious people is growing steadily, there is more demand for products that meet the dietary requirements of such consumer groups.

Furthermore, it is used extensively in baking processes, and with the growing revenue in the bakery industry, the consumption rate of cottonseed oil has also registered a high growth rate. The industrial applications of cottonseed oil in recent times have opened greater avenues for further expansion. For instance, it is currently being used to produce biodiesel along with cosmetics, soaps, lubricants, and pharmaceutical products. Other factors such as increasing emphasis on sustainable agriculture and greater availability of cotton, the most crucial key ingredient could also drive market growth.

However, the global sales volume of the cottonseed oil industry may remain restricted due to intense competition from other forms of healthy cooking oil, especially olive oil. As per official estimates, more than 3 million tonnes of olive oil are consumed globally per year. Furthermore, there is a well-established market for soybean oil, canola oil, and sunflower oil and people have become more accustomed to consuming other forms of cooking oil. Moreover, cottonseed is known to be an allergenic crop since certain individuals are allergic to cottonseed or its derivatives which may act as a growth limitation.

The growing efforts for higher market penetration in unexplored segments may provide growth opportunities while the price volatility due to dependence on several factors for the final product is an important challenge to overcome.

The global cottonseed oil market is segmented based on packaging, end-user, type, raw material, and region.

Based on packaging, the global market is divided into retail and bulk.

Based on end-user, the cottonseed oil industry segments are food service providers, industrial, retail, and households. The highest revenue was generated from the food service providers segment in 2022 and it is expected to follow the same trend during the forecast period. This segment is currently dominated by several outlets of food processing companies since cottonseed oil is used extensively to produce several forms of commercially sold food items. This includes icing, baked goods, salad dressings, and margarine to name a few. In industrial applications, it is used for non-food applications such as the production of biodiesel, soaps, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, lubricants, and other industrial uses. As cited by the International Energy Agency, in 2019, the global production of biodiesel and hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) was over 48 billion L.

Based on type, the global market is divided into conventional and organic.

Based on raw material, the cottonseed oil industry is divided into non-genetically modified cotton and genetically modified cotton. The production of cottonseed oil relies heavily on genetically modified (GM) varieties of cotton which is also known as Bt cotton and is widely used in many cotton-producing countries. The high prevalence rate can be attributed to its agronomic advantages such as higher resistance to pests, more specifically the cotton bollworm. Bt cotton is genetically engineered to promote the production of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a protein. It assists in improving crop yield and reducing the need for chemical pesticides. The GM variety of cotton is cultivated extensively in countries such as the United States, China, India, and Brazil. Nearly 20% of the global cotton supply is dominated by China.

Asia-Pacific is expected to lead with the highest CAGR in the global cottonseed oil market driven by high consumption and production of cotton and its derivatives in the growing economies of China and India. Along with other countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Vietnam, Asia-Pacific is one of the leading cotton cultivators and cottonseed oil has a long-standing presence in the domestic market. The North American region is likely to witness high revenue due to the growing production of cotton in the US along with the presence of large-scale commercial producers. The Canadian region is registering growing demand for healthier cooking oils. Latin America is also expected to prove to be a lucrative market during the coming years due to the high export rate of cottonseed oil from Brazil which is currently the world’s fifth-largest supplier of oil extracted from cottonseed. As the country seeks more foreign investments, the production rate is likely to exceed expectations by 2030.

Recent Developments:

  • In March 2022, Shree Ram Proteins Limited, one of India’s cottonseed oil manufacturing companies, announced its plans to diversify its product offerings by setting up a new oil refinery plant. The capital expenditure is expected to be between INR 22 to INR 24 crore
  • In December 2020, Tirupati (cottonseed) Edible Oil which is a part of the N. K. Proteins Group, launched a new brand campaign with popular Indian actress Ms. Kareena Kapoor Khan acting as the brand ambassador

Cottonseed Oil Market: Competitive Analysis

The global cottonseed oil market is led by players like:

  • Cargill Inc.
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)
  • Bunge Limited
  • Wilmar International Ltd.
  • Louis Dreyfus Company
  • Marico Limited
  • Richardson International Limited
  • J-Oil Mills Inc.
  • Savola Group
  • Shafi Cotton Ginning and Oil Mills
  • Pyramid Oil Mills
  • Agarwal Industries Pvt. Ltd.
  • Gokul Refoils and Solvent Ltd.
  • Vimal Oil & Foods Ltd.
  • Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd.
  • Adani Wilmar Limited
  • Astra Agro Lestari Tbk PT
  • Gemini Edibles & Fats India Pvt. Ltd.
  • N.K. Proteins Pvt. Ltd.
  • Sime Darby Plantation Berhad
  • IOI Corporation Berhad
  • Associated British Foods plc
  • Fuji Oil Co. Ltd.
  • Ajinomoto Co. Inc.

The global cottonseed oil market is segmented as follows:

By Packaging

  • Retail
  • Bulk

By End-User

  • Food Service Providers
  • Industrial
  • Retail
  • Households

By Type

  • Conventional
  • Organic

By Raw Material

  • Non-Genetically Modified Cotton
  • Genetically Modified Cotton

By Region

  • North America
    • The U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • France 
    • The UK
    • Spain
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Southeast Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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