This research report titled ‘Seeds market in Europe 2016-2020’ provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. This market research report also includes up to date analysis and forecasts for various market segments and all geographical regions.
The seeds market in Europe was dominated by leading players such as Bayer CropScience, DowDuPont, Monsanto, Limagrain, and Syngenta in 2015, occupying more than 60% of the overall market share. DowDuPont and Bayer CropScience are the two leading players in the market, whereas Monsanto and Limagrain hold a substantial share in the market. Syngenta holds the least market share among the top five vendors of the seeds market in Europe.
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Based on product type, the report categorizes the seeds market in Europe into the following segments:
- Grainseeds and oilseeds
- Fruits and vegetable seeds
Seeds market in Europe by product type 2015 (%)
|Grainseeds and oilseeds||76.55%|
|Fruits and vegetable seeds||16.46%|
Grain seeds and oilseeds market in Europe
“The demand for grain seeds and oilseeds has increased twofold in the past two decades. The rising population has increased the need for improved seed products. Sunflower seeds are the highest in demand with over 3 million tons of sunflower seeds imported in 2014,” says Mantri Charan Kumar, a lead analyst at Technavio.
The market is dominated by large companies increasing their foothold in the market by acquiring small companies. R&D investments have increased to produce seeds with high-quality traits, creating possibilities of improving yield gains. Leading vendors invest nearly 10% of their revenues in R&D activities. However, the decrease in commodity prices is negatively affecting the market value. Patents and licensing agreements, which restrict seed usage, are also reducing the potential to develop and enhance new varieties.
Fruits and vegetable seeds market in Europe
The fruit and vegetable seeds market involves the production of various families of fruit and vegetable seeds. Fruit seeds produced include apples, oranges, watermelons, peaches, and pears. The main vegetable seeds include potatoes, tomatoes, and onions.
“Vegetable seeds hold a larger share of the fruit and vegetable seeds market in Europe. These seeds have high productivity and profit margins because of the growing popularity of healthier green foods among consumers. In addition, consumption of processed vegetables and fruits has increased because of the rise in consumer spending,” says Mantri.
Hybrid crops drive the growth of the market as they exhibit modified traits that ensure a produce with better taste, color, and shelf life. In addition, international trade in fruits and vegetables has increased significantly, driving the demand for these seeds. Heritage varieties of seeds or cultivars that are centuries old are also gaining popularity.
Other seeds market in Europe
The other seeds segment of the market comprises forage, sugar beet, grass, and flower seeds. The yield of these seeds has increased over time. GM seeds cultivation has increased because of their resistance to herbicides and pests and enhancement of protein and nutrition content. Weak economic conditions and reduction of profitability in the livestock sector are the major concerns for forage seed manufacturers. Also, the changes in climatic conditions have restricted supply of seeds in the market. The market has witnessed a significant rise in prices with constant fluctuations.
Improvement in soil structure and prevention of erosion play a significant role in increasing the demand for forage seeds. In addition, the livestock segment increases the demand for the production of forage seeds.
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