The value of the biopesticides market in Europe was $890m in 2014 after a decade of 16% CAGR. Sales already exceeded 5% of the total pesticide market. This was a phenomenal growth rate after decades of development.

This historic multiclient study analysed and projected the biopesticides market in Europe in 33 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK. It described vital developments and trends in pesticides and biopesticides, evaluated trends and profiled companies.

This report illustrated the historical depth of information CPL Business Consultants has in this sector. CPL has worked on numerous single-client projects in bioprotection since the publication of this study. Please contact CPL if you would like an update to this report.

CPL’s studies use primary data from those working in the sector combined with information from our database, other studies and the public domain. These combined data are analysed to provide insight and guidance for companies interested in making and selling biopesticides.

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Biopesticides Growth Supported by Innovation and a Government Support

CPL estimated that the biopesticide market would grow to around $890m at the user level by 2014. Due to this high growth, biopesticides now represented 5.04% of the European pesticide market, with sales of $541m in 2011 and a decade-long CAGR of 16%.

We estimated the European biopesticide market to be worth approximately $541.4 million at the end-user level in 2011. The breakdown of the figures indicated that about half the market could be attributed to invertebrate biocontrol agents and pollinators (IBCAs). Therefore, the areas with the most significant growth are biochemicals and IBCAs. Notibly, Spain, Italy and France were the most important individual European biopesticide markets.

The European biopesticide market was worth $97.1 million in 2000, of which beneficial insects took $53.5 million (55%).  Microbial pesticides took $25.1 million (26%) and semiochemicals $18.5 million (19%). Growth rates based on these numbers suggested a CAGR of 16.91% for the European biopesticide sector since 2000.

Our review of the European market, in many ways, mirrored the situation in North America. Substantial growth in the sales of biopesticides was seen as a direct response to the following:

  • new product introductions,
  • improved scientific credibility,
  • greater user confidence, and
  • increased pressure from the authorities to move to greater sustainability in agriculture.

A Paradigm Shift Towards Biopesticides

We detected a paradigm shift towards biopesticides on both sides of the Atlantic that began around 2009-2010. This sea change was confirmed by a substantial move by the agrochemical majors into the biopesticide business during 2012. Notably, this expansion was through the acquisition of some of the key new players, such as Becker Underwood (by BASF), AgraQuest (by Bayer CropScience) and Pasteuria Biosciences (by Syngenta).

All the indicators suggested that we would see growth in biopesticide sales accelerate into and through 2013 and 2020, a forecast proven to be true. Furthermore, as described, those within the business were confident of continued significant European growth with the implementation of the EU’s Sustainable Use Directive of 2009, specifically requiring the introduction and increased use of biopesticides from 2014.

This volume of 460 pages includes 243 tables, 88 figures and information on over 400 companies.

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