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 24 national associations in 23 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 110,000 persons on app. 4,000 production sites often in rural areas, which offer few employment opportunities. Farm animals in the EU-28 consume an estimated 480 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 industry to the European Institutions;
  • lobby for a legislative framework and its implementation, without discrimination in EU Member States so as to maximise market opportunities for EU compound feed companies;
  • safeguard conditions of free access to raw materials, the proper functioning of their markets and the definition of their quality; 
  • develop professional rules and good manufacturing practices including the sourcing of feed materials that ensure the quality and the safety of compound feed; 
  • encourage the sustainable development of livestock production responding to the market requirements, so as to maximise market opportunities for EU compound feed companies;
  • encourage the development of precompetitive European feed-related Research & Development projects seeking to enhance the EU 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.

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

156 million tonnes of feed materials

processed into 156 million tonnes of compound feed

by 110,000 people

working in 4,000 feed units located in rural areas

for a total value of 50 billion €

which, on top of 230 million tonnes of forages and 90 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:

  • 160 million tonnes of safe milk
  • 49 million tonnes of safe meat and
  • 7.4 million tonnes of safe eggs.