UAE Sunflower Oil

UAE Sunflower Oil Market Research Report: Forecast (2022-27)

By Application (Food, Feed, Industrial) By Region (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Northern Emirates) By Companies (Abu Dhabi Vegetable Oil Company, United Foods Company, The Savola Group, IFFCO Group, Ra Read more

  • Food & Beverages
  • May 2022
  • 189
  • FB10214

Market Definition

Sunflower oil can be defined as fatty oil extracted from the seeds of the common sunflower and used chiefly in foods, soaps, varnishes, and paints. Sunflower oil provides more Vitamin E than any other vegetable oil. It is a combination of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats with low saturated fat levels. Growth in health consciousness among the individuals in the UAE is contributing significantly to the growth in sales of sunflower oil.

Market Insights

The UAE Sunflower Oil Market is anticipated to register around 3.10% CAGR in terms of quantity sold during the forecast period, i.e., 2022-27. The market growth of sunflower oil in UAE experienced a moderate increase during historical period on account of various health benefits associated with it & the growing utilization of healthy cooking oils in food processing industries. According to National Sunflower Association, the sunflower oil contains more Vitamin E as compared to any other edible oil & is valued for its subtle taste and frying benefits. Moreover, high amounts of vitamins, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and monounsaturated fats help in preventing various illnesses & other risks. High-oelic sunflower oil is an ideal source for monounsaturated fatty acids used in maintaining the cardiac health & good cholesterol in the body. In accordance to the research conducted by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, more than half of the UAE residents have been affected by heart disease during their lifetime as of 2021. Therefore, rising consumption of sunflower oil would help in reducing the risks of coronary heart disease by lowering the bad cholesterol in the body.

Report Coverage Details
Study Period Historical Data: 2017-20
Base Year: 2021
Forecast Period: 2022-27
CAGR 3.10%
Key Companies Profiled Abu Dhabi Vegetable Oil Company, United Foods Company, The Savola Group, IFFCO Group, Rafael Salgado S.A., Cargill Incorporated, Amira Nature Foods Ltd., Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, Sime Darby Plantation Berhad
Unit Denominations USD Million/Billion


Impact of COVID-19 on UAE Sunflower Oil Market

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic the shift towards the work from home culture escalated the demand for sunflower oil, as the people stayed at home more, and a trend of home cooking increased. Resulting in an increase in the sunflower oil demand from the households along with food processing industry. Moreover, the impact of COVID-19 had been marginalized due to the UAE government's continued stockpiling of crude sunflower oil.

The government usually imports the consumable products on a three to four months, on prior basis to deal with an emergency. However, after the upliftment of lockdown & trade barriers, the market of sunflower oil has started gaining gradual growth & would continue to gain moderate growth in the upcoming years as well.

Key Trends in UAE Sunflower Oil Market

Advancement in Reducing the Trans-Fatty Acid Content

Trans fats increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases & type 2 diabetes by lowering the good cholesterol & increasing the bad cholesterol levels in the human body. The increase in heart diseases, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure in patients decreases the average life span by 10% to 20% in the UAE. In addition, about 36% of the deaths are caused due to cardiovascular diseases. According to Arab health 2020, about 10,000 people suffer heart stroke every year in the UAE, majorly due to lack of exercise, lifestyle, diabetes, and obesity. Therefore, the UAE government has imposed a partial ban on Trans fats as it is the primary reason for health hazards that needs to be eliminated from edible oil. For instance:

  • In 2020, the Ministry of Economy announced to ban trans fat in the UAE by the end of 2023 by replacing it with healthier fat & oils. This would prevent the production & supply of hydrogenated oil in the country.
  • In 2018, World Health Organization (WHO) released REPLACE – a six strategic guidelines for the elimination of trans fatty acid products from the global food supply. This initiative has been helpful in gradually eliminating cardiovascular disease & obesity.
  • In addition, subject to the lowering of trans fatty acid, there has been recent advancement in the formation of sunflower oil to decrease the concentration of trans fatty acid from the oil. The sunflower oil development of High oleic & Nusun sunflower oil has been beneficial as they contain less amount of saturated or harmful fat as compared to other types of cooking oil.

Market Segmentation

Based on Application

  • Food
  • Feed
  • Industrial

Food application grabbed the highest market share in 2021. Sunflower oil has a broad range of applications in the UAE food processing industries. It is primarily utilized as cooking oil for both domestic and commercial food processing units and is extensively used in the frying and production of emulsions, sauces, and margarine formulations. The high-oleic sunflower oil could be used in extremely high temperatures and for a variety of different food formulations, including spreads, coatings, fillings, and confectionery products. The baking industry has a vast application of sunflower oil in the preparation of a broad range of delicacies such as cakes, cookies, muffins, and bread, as the baking consistencies could be easily managed by sunflower oil without compromising the health benefits of the consumers. Frying, Roasting, Cooking, Baking, and salads are all the major applications of sunflower oil which are performed by both household and commercial food sectors in the country. The continuous innovation and product expansion in the food processing industries would propel the utilization of healthy cooking oils which further augment the growth of sunflower oil in the country.

Recent Developments in the Market

  • In 2019, Abu Dhabi Vegetable Oil Company, entered into a partnership with Sime Darby Oils (SDO) to market oils & fats products in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region
  • In 2018, Abu Dhabi Vegetable Oil Company entered into a partnership with India’s Patanjali Ayurved Limited to produce edible oils for the middle east market.

Market Dynamics

Key Drivers: Burgeoning Lifestyle Disorders

The high income of the residents of the UAE & surging expenditure on the consumption of fast foods have led to various diseases. Moreover, the high existence of obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, etc., is primarily the result of extensive consumption of packaged & junk food. Besides, the high calorific packaged food & beverages combined with least to no physical activity has been the main factor for the increasing lifestyle disorders in the country. Thus, the consumers have inclined towards adopting healthy lifestyle that includes consumption of healthy oil such as sunflower oil as a remedy for curing gastrointestinal diseases, obesity, and fatty liver diseases. According to World Obesity Federation (WOF) 2020, significant growth in overweight & obesity has been observed in the population of the UAE. Edible oils have been a prime factor in the growth of obesity due to a large amount of fatty acid it contains. However, comparatively sunflower oil contains low fatty acids than other oil. Thus, consuming sunflower oil in addition to other weight-loss diets has been beneficial for eliminating obesity in the region. Moreover, the government has been taking initiatives for the eradication of obesity such as: in 2019, at the UAE Obesity Conference Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) announced to reduce childhood obesity & halt the prevalence of obesity among adults.

Nonetheless, the increasing awareness about healthy lifestyle, rising inclusion of nutritional supplements for improving internal organ functions, etc., have been driving forces for the integration of sunflower oil into the daily lifestyle of the citizens, and overall development of the market since the historical period.

Potential Challenges: Availability of Substitutes

Owing to the presence of substitutes such as canola oil, rapeseed oil, coconut oil, olive oil, etc., the sunflower oil has been facing considerable competition in increasing its market share in the overall UAE edible oil market. In addition, oils such as canola & coconut oil offer more nutritional value at a lesser price than sunflower in the market. In comparison, it is observed that canola oil is around 20% less expensive than sunflower oil. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also recommended canola oil as a better choice in cooking oil. Thus, due to the prevalence of more substitutes & being an expensive product, the sunflower oil market is facing challenges in penetrating the market at a higher pace in the UAE.

Key Questions Answered in the Market Research Report:

  1. What are the overall statistics or estimates (Overview, Market Size- By Value, Forecast Numbers, Segmentation, Shares) of the UAE Sunflower Oil Market?
  2. What are the region-wise industry size, growth drivers, and challenges?
  3. What are the key innovations, opportunities, current & future trends, and regulations in the UAE Sunflower Oil Market?
  4. Who are the key competitors, their key strengths & weaknesses, and how do they perform in the UAE Sunflower Oil Market based on the competitive benchmarking matrix?
  5. What are the key results derived from surveys conducted during the UAE Sunflower Oil Market study?

Frequently Asked Questions

A. UAE Sunflower Oil Market is projected to grow at a 3.10% CAGR during 2022-27.

A. Food segment is anticipated to emerge as an opportunity area for the leading players in the market during the forecast period.

A. Growing health consciousness and Increasing Inclination Towards the Production and Usage of Biodiesel, Surging Application of Sunflower Oil in Cosmetic manufacturing are few of the emerging growth opportunities in UAE Sunflower Oil market.

  1. Introduction
    1. Product Definition
    2. Research Process
    3. Market Segmentation
    4. Assumptions
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Impact of COVID-19 on UAE Sunflower Oil Market
  4. UAE Sunflower Oil Market Trends & Insights
  5. UAE Sunflower Oil Market Dynamics
    1. Drivers
    2. Challenges
  6. UAE Sunflower Oil Market Regulations & Policies
    1. Custom Duties & Other Import Tax
    2. Sops & Subsidies
    3. Other Government Schemes
  7. UAE Sunflower Oil Market Supply Chain Statistics
    1. Margin at Various Levels
    2. Product Prices at Various Levels of Supply Chain
  8. UAE Sunflower Oil Market Import & Export Statistics
  9. UAE Refined Deodorized Sunflower Oil Prices, By Companies
  10. UAE Sunflower Oil Market Per Capita Annual Consumption
  11. UAE Sunflower Oil Market Hotspots & Opportunities
  12. UAE Sunflower Oil Market Outlook, 2016-2027
    1. Market Size & Analysis
      1. By Revenue (USD Million)
      2. By Quantity Sold (in Metric Tons)
    2. Market Share & Analysis
      1. By Application
        1. Food
        2. Feed
        3. Industrial
      2. By Region
        1. Dubai
        2. Abu Dhabi
        3. Sharjah
        4. Northern Emirates
      3. By Companies
        1. Competition Characteristics
        2. Market Share of Top Companies
  13. Company Profiles
    1. Abu Dhabi Vegetable Oil Company
    2. United Foods Company
    3. The Savola Group
    4. IFFCO Group
    5. Rafael Salgado S.A.
    6. Cargill Incorporated
    7. Amira Nature Foods Ltd.
    8. Archer-Daniels-Midland Company
    9. Sime Darby Plantation Berhad
  14. Disclaimer
 UAE Sunflower Oil Market Segmentation