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Oil and Oilseeds Industry Analysis

The amount of vegetable oil produced by crushing seeds, including soybeans, canola and sunflowers combined with combined oils produced from other plant parts such palm kernels and flesh has increased steadily along with growing populations and increased demand for cooking oil, consumer goods and the biodiesel. Many countries produce oil used for either domestic consumption or export. The largest producing counties are Indonesia, China, Malaysia, European Union, US, Argentina and Brazil while the largest global importers are China, India and European destinations.

Key facts about the oil and oilseeds market
  • The rise in Indonesia’s palm oil production represents the most dramatic change in the global vegetable oil balance sheet during the past decade.
  • Global production expansion that outpaced demand has pressured pricing and led to demand creation initiatives, including increased biodiesel mandates, which are particularly important in major producing nations.
  • Palm and Palm kernel oil represent more than 40% of the global vegetable oil supply followed by soybean oil and below 30% and canola/rapeseed oil at about 15%. In recent years expansion in sunflower seed production has increase sunflower seed oil’s share to close to 10% of the global total.


At IHS Markit we offer market-leading food commodities information solutions via our Food and Agricultural Commodities Market Reporting and Economics services across 20,000+ datasets. We are specialists in offering comprehensive data and analysis across the global agricultural commodities and processed food markets, with current, short-term and long-term solutions to support all your operational needs.

Current market information
Food Commodities News

Our Food and Agricultural Commodities Market Reporting service is the market leader in updates and news on the agricultural commodity and processed food markets, with modular channel access available including the global oil and oilseeds market. Coverage spans from pricing news and key trends impacting production to incoming legislation and geopolitical impacts to the market. A subscription also includes access to a range of historic data tools covering pricing, trade volumes and production at a granular level.

Short and mid-term forecasts
Weekly and monthly production, trade and price forecasts

Our Food and Agricultural Commodities Economics service  is the only service in the market that provide comprehensive analysis of near-term market developments for the 12 months ahead, from market trends to supply-demand, production and price forecasts. A subscription to our soybean and oilseed channel includes supply and demand balance tables, import and export trade data, price forecasts, US and global acreage and production potential, weather forecasts, price outlooks and summaries of major USDA reports. Subscriptions also include daily market commentary to provide context for daily trading and procurement workflow needs.

Long-term market outlooks
Agriculture Forecasting

Our Agriculture Pricing and Purchasing Service enables supply chain cost savings with 10-year cost and price forecasts across all agricultural products and inputs, from edible food commodities to paper and plastic packaging and wages. Over 3,000 global data sets are available via a cost analyser platform that supports clients in understanding escalation rates to improve their business buying performance. Data can also be input into a cost modelling framework that breaks down input costs to manufactured food products.

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API and Data Feeds

Pricing, supply-demand and forecasts delivered directly to your organisation to support centralised models and trading systems used by team members across your business.

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One-time Data Exports

Over three decades of historical pricing, production and trade data across all food commodities sectors available to purchase to support your organisation with strategic analysis and economic modelling. 


Consulting services spanning all your needs in the agricultural commodities and processed food markets, from long-term forecasting beyond what is available in our subscription services to market studies for financial investments reviewing everything from market forecasts to competitor intelligence.

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