Industrial Hemp Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Industrial Hemp Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Seeds, Fiber, Shives), By Application (Animal Care, Textiles, Food & Beverages, Personal Care), And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Published Date: Feb, 2020
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2019
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-389-8
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2018
  • Number of Pages: 122

Report Overview

The global industrial hemp market size was estimated at USD 4.71 billion in 2019 and is expected to register a revenue-based CAGR of 15.8% over the forecast period. The market is driven by the growing demand for hemp oil and fibers in the automotive, construction, food and beverage, personal care, and textile industries; especially in emerging regions such as the Asia Pacific. Rising demand for oil paints, varnishes, printing inks, fuel, solvents, chain-saw lubricants, putty, and coatings is expected to further propel the product demand. In addition, growth in the investment for the production of hemp-based products is expected to drive the market growth.

Low prices of hemp as a crop encourage farmers to diversify their crop options, which has increased the number of producers. In Canada, the national acreage of industrial hemp has witnessed about 25% annually in Canada. In addition, the retail value of these products sold in the U.S. saw a significant rise in 2018. The major market players focus on the full utilization of the crop to gain greater market share.

U.S. industrial hemp Market

Rising awareness regarding the dietary advantages of its oil, coupled with the growing demand from the cosmetics and personal care industries is expected to drive the market growth. The introduction of conducive regulation pertaining to the cultivation and use of hemp-based products in the U.S. is expected to drive the market over the forecast period.

Industrial hemp is a highly regulated crop across the world and licenses from a different country and state authorities are required to grow, process, distribute, and use these products. On account of the liberalization in regulations, the countries are producing and consuming a significant amount of this product which is expected to drive the growth of the industrial hemp market over the next eight years.

Enforcement of regulations such as the 2018 Farm Bill, which removes the requirement for Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration for growing and/or manufacturing certain kinds of cannabis is expected to provide the impetus for the market growth. In addition, the recent approval of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) hemp rules by the White House is also expected to positively influence the product demand.

Product Insights

Hemp seeds and oilcake are used in the food and beverage industry as an alternative source of food and feed protein. The oil obtained from crushed seeds is used in soap, lotions, shampoo, bath gels, and cosmetics. The rising demand for industrial hemp in the textile, construction, food, personal care, and animal care industry is expected to boost the growth over the coming years.

Seeds are majorly used to produce oil which is consumed in food and beverages, personal care, and animal feed industries. The oil is also used in nutritional supplements and medicinal and therapeutic products such as pharmaceuticals. The market for seeds is expected to expand at a CAGR of 19.8% on account of rising demand from application industries over the forecast period.

Insulation materials and bio-composites consume a significant amount of hemp fibers on account of its high strength, biodegradable, lightweight, and thermodynamic properties. Hemp biocomposites are largely used for molding in automotive applications. The fibers are robust, have a high absorbent capacity, and contain a high amount of hemicellulose which makes it a useful crop for the textile industry.

Rising consumer demand for green buildings owing to increasing environmental pollution across the globe is expected to drive the demand for hemp-based construction materials over the forecast period. Private houses in European countries including the U.K., France, and Ireland use a significant amount of hempcrete, which is the concrete made from shives and lime. This in turn has surged the demand for shives in the construction industry.

Application Insights

Industrial hemp is an agricultural product and widely used in the animal care industry. The seeds are high in protein content and nutritional value and are largely used in animal feed and bird seeds. The animal care segment is expected to expand at a CAGR of 9.7% over the forecast period, owing to the growing consumption of the shives and leaves in animal bedding.

Industrial hemp fiber, primarily bast fiber, is widely used for manufacturing textiles, including consumer fabrics and technical textiles. Consumer products include apparel, diapers, fabrics, handbags, working clothes, denim, socks, shoes, and fine textiles manufactured from cottoned fibers. Hamp fabric is strong, hypo-allergic, and is naturally resistant to UV light, mold, and mildew, which represents an added advantage over other fabrics.

Global industrial hemp Market

Hemp oil is widely used for manufacturing food and beverages on account of its high nutritional content, including proteins, fatty acids, and several other ingredients. Hemp seeds and oil are used in several food manufacturing processes, which is expected to drive the market due to increasing consumer awareness about the benefits associated with these products.

Hemp fibers are widely used in construction and insulation materials such as fiberboard, cement blocks, stucco and mortar, coatings, putty, roofing underlay, acoustic materials, house wrap, pipe wraps, and shingles. Growth in the use of hemp fiber-based products in residential insulation in the U.S. and Canada are expected to drive growth over the forecast period.

Regional Insights

U.S. is heavily investing in developing different varieties of industrial hemp with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content less than 0.3% after the updated 2018 Farm Bill which legalized its production. China is the largest exporter of raw and processed hemp products in the U.S. followed by Hungary and Romania. The steady growth of small-scale, niche markets of hemp-based industrial and consumer products is expected to continue driving market growth in the U.S. over the forecast period.

The industry is highly regulated and cultivation, processing, distribution, marketing, and transportation can only be conducted in accordance with state, country, and other regional regulations. Seed varieties play a major role in cultivation and product quality. Asian countries, such as China have a significant tradition of hemp production and exports, which has allowed these countries to dominate the global market in the recent past.

The market for industrial hemp in Europe accounted for a revenue share of 22.2% in 2019 on account of its use in automotive parts, construction materials, textiles, and fabrics in the form of fibers. In addition, growing demand for these products in the food and supplements, cosmetics, and personal care markets is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period.

China is the largest producer of industrial hemp products and as the country has never banned its cultivation, it has a well-established supply chain enabling it to take a leading position in the market. China has well-established spinning facilities for natural fibers along with a cheap labor force, which has led to the development of a highly competitive hemp textile industry that offers cost-effective products across the globe.

Industrial Hemp Market Share Insights

The market is large and fragmented in nature and has the presence of a significant number of manufacturers and service providers. The companies primarily invest in developing different products from industrial hemp such as oil, personal care products, protein powders, energy bars, textiles, food and beverage products, and automotive and construction materials.

Increasing focus on selecting hemp varieties with low THC content, use of developed equipment during cultivation and processing of these crops, providing technical support to the growers, and establishing contracts with the farmers to support cultivation, processing, and use of these products plays a significant role in achieving a major market share.

Industrial Hemp Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 5.33 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 15.26 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 15.8% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Volume in tons, revenue in USD million, and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

Volume forecast, revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; China; India; Japan; Brazil

Key companies profiled

Parkland Industrial Hemp Growers Cooperative Ltd. (PIHG), CBD Biotechnology Co., Ltd., Botanical Genetics, LLC.

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Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global industrial hemp market report on the basis of product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Seeds

    • Fiber

    • Shives

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Animal Care

    • Textiles

    • Automotive

    • Furniture

    • Food & Beverages

    • Paper

    • Construction Materials

    • Personal Care

    • Other

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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