L-Lysine Price Trend

There was a scarcity of L-lysine in the fourth quarter of 2021. Numerous factors led to the L-lysine scarcity, ranging from transportation restrictions to production difficulties. ADM, a food processing company based in the United States, said earlier this year that it would discontinue production of dried lysine in the United States. As a result, Chinese firms now dominate the manufacture of L-lysine. Spot L-lysine prices doubled and tripled for those not covered by contracts. Numerous producers attempted to purchase additional L-lysine on the open market, but the price was significantly higher, restricting availability for those on contracts. Due to the diet adjustments necessary to address the L-lysine deficiency, swine producers were forced to use significantly more soybean meal and significantly less maize.

The primary factors driving higher lysine/feed additive prices in general include stringent COVID-19 shutdown regulations in various countries, disruptions in L-lysine import and export activity, and worldwide shipping concerns.

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Procurement Resource provides prices of L-Lysine for several regions around the globe, which are as follows:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • Africa

About L-Lysine

Lysine is widely known as one of the 9 essential amino acids in humans that are often required for growth and tissue repair. It is supplied by several foods, especially red meats, fish, and dairy products. Lysine seems to be active against herpes simplex viruses that can be present in numerous forms of diet supplements. Lysine inhibits HSV growth by knocking out arginine.

Chemical Formula of L-Lysine

  • C6H14N2O2  


  • (2S)-2,6-Diaminohexanoic acid  
  • 56-87-1
  • Lysine
  • Lysine acid

Molecular Weight

  • 146.19 g/mol

Industrial Uses

  • Cigarettes
  • Pharmaceutical Drugs

Production Process

  • Production of L-Lysine via Fermentation

In this process, L-Lysine is produced from raw sugar. Raw sugar is diluted into invert sugars, which are then fermented to produce L-Lysine. Finally, L-Lysine produced is extracted through ion exchange absorption.

Supplier Database

  • Acros Organics
  • Charkit Chemical Company LLC
  • Jigchem Universal
  • Kumar Industries

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The displayed pricing data is derived through weighted average purchase price, including contract and spot transactions at the specified locations unless otherwise stated. The information provided comes from the compilation and processing of commercial data officially reported for each nation (i.e. government agencies, external trade bodies, and industry publications).


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