The European Feed Manufacturers' Federation (FEFAC) was founded in 1959 by five national compound feed associations from France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

FEFAC membership today consists of 22 national associations in 22 EU Member States as full members as well as Associations in Switzerland, Turkey, Norway, Serbia and Russia with observer/associate member status. The European compound feed industry employs over 100,000 persons on app. 3,500 production sites often in rural areas, which offer few employment opportunities. Farm animals in the EU-28 consume an estimated 834 million tonnes of feed a year, of which about 30% are produced by the compound feed manufacturers. Turnover of the European compound feed industry is estimated at 50 billion €.

FEFAC is the only independent spokesman of the European Compound Feed Industry at the level of the European Institutions. FEFAC holds observer status in CODEX Alimentarius.

FEFAC's mission is to

  • Represent, defend and promote the interests of the European compound feed and premix industry with the European Institutions, international bodies (IFIF, Codex Alimentarius, OIE, etc.) and stakeholders platforms;
  • Lobby for a legislative framework and its implementation, without discrimination in EU Member States so as to maximise market opportunities for EU compound feed and premix companies;
  • Develop professional rules and good manufacturing practices including the sourcing of feed materials that ensure the quality and the safety of compound feed and premix;
  • Safeguard conditions of free access to raw materials, the proper functioning of their markets and the definition of their quality;
  • Encourage the sustainable development of livestock production responding to the market requirements, so as to maximise market opportunities for compound feed and premix companies;
  • Encourage the development of precompetitive European animal nutrition-related Research & Development projects seeking to enhance the European feed & livestock sectors competitiveness and capacity to innovate in and/or transfer science and technology-based solutions to improve the sustainability of resource efficient livestock production systems;
  • Contribute to public communication campaigns seeking to enhance the image of the compound feed and premix industry.

The feed industry: An essential partner of the rural economy of the EU

163 million tonnes of feed materials

processed into 163 million tonnes of compound feed

by 100,000 people

working in 3,500 feed units located in rural areas

for a total value of 50 billion €

which, on top of 560 million tonnes of forages and 111 million tonnes of feed materials directly used by livestock farmers

enable to safely feed every year:

  • billion broilers,
  • 450 million laying hens,
  • 250 million pigs,
  • 90 million bovines and
  • 100 million sheep & goats

to provide the 500 million EU-citizens with:

  • 164 million tonnes of safe milk
  • 50 million tonnes of safe meat and
  • 7.6 million tonnes of safe eggs.