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    Tallow market report transcript

    Global Market Outlook on Tallow

    • Tallow constitutes to ~35.4 percent of the total fat production in the animal fat production and around 4.4 percent of the global production of fats and oils. The global tallow production has risen at a CAGR of ~2.4 percent over a five-year period. Demand has been driven by preference for tallow in the biodiesel industry

    • Globally, tallow is mainly used in biodiesel, animal feed, and oleochemical. The US is the largest tallow producer, comprising around 47 percent of the global tallow production


    Global Tallow Supply–Demand Analysis

    The US is the largest tallow producer, comprising around 47 percent of the global tallow production, followed by the EU and China. The demand from Chinese market was slow until Jan 2023 due to surge in covid-19 virus cases. However, it is expected to improve in Q2 2023.

    Market Overview (2023 F)

    • Globally, tallow is mainly used in biodiesel, animal feed, and oleochemical. The US is the largest tallow producer followed by the EU and China. Due to economic ambiguity, and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, the demand outlook for 2023 (F) is remain uncertain.

    • In 2022, global tallow market was tight due to COVID-19 pandemic, low slaughter rates, Russia–Ukraine conflict, high energy cost, and supply.-chain issue. However, in H2 2022, the slaughter has improved compared to H1 2022. In 2023 (F), the slaughter rates are likely to improve.

    Tallow Global Demand by Application (2022/23 E)

    • The main end-use application of tallow is for biodiesel, animal feed, and oleochemical, which account for 77 percent of the global demand

    • In the soap making industry, tallow is considered as a superior quality raw material compared to plam sterin

    Tallow Consumption by Country (2022/23 E)

    • The US and the EU together consume 55 percent of the global tallow produced

    • China ranks third, in terms of production and consumption of tallow

    • China is assumed to be importing ~45 percent of its raw tallow demand from Australia and New Zealand and does the processing (bleaching) domestically

    Global Tallow Trade Dynamics

    According to information from Oil World, the US became a net importer of tallow, with net arrivals reaching 528 Thd Ton in Jan/Nov 22 compared to 323 Thd Ton a year earlier. The biggest supplier were Australia and Canada.

    • At present, tallow’s global trade volume is decreasing, due to a rise in demand of non-GMO based glycerin, supply chain issue, and high feed cost.

    • The US, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand are the largest exporters of tallow. China is the biggest consumer in Asia.

    • In 2022/23, the US was a biggest import of Tallow followed by Belgium (9.24%), the Netherlands (7.84%) and others.

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