Palm Fatty Acid Distillate (PFAD) Price Trend and Forecast

PFAD Regional Price Overview

Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of Palm Fatty Acid Distillate (PFAD) in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).


Palm Fatty Acid Distillate (PFAD) Price Trend for the Second Half of 2023

Palm Fatty Acid Distillate, or PFAD, is obtained via the refining and distillation of crude palm oil, so their prices are often in close alliance with each other. During the second half of the year 2023, the Palm Fatty Acid Distillate prices were observed to be oscillating for the entire period.

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Palm Fatty Acid Distillate (PFAD) Price Trends

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The PFAD market began on moderate levels at the beginning of the third quarter in July of 2023. The supply and demand dynamics were largely equal. In the Asian region, the Chinese and Indian markets saw a normal influx of Palm Fatty Acid Distillate, while the demands also stayed stable. It was during the latter months of Q4 that the prices started to tumble a little, along with downstream demands. A slump in general international trade was primarily responsible for these fluctuations in the price trend.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, looking at the macroeconomic factors Palm Fatty Acid Distillate price trends are expected to continue behaving in a similar manner in the coming months as well.

Palm Fatty Acid Distillate (PFAD) Price Trend for the First Half of 2023

The process of refining palm oil yields a byproduct known as Palm Fatty Acid Distillate (PFAD). PFAD is often a yellow to brown liquid or semi-solid that contains a combination of fatty acids, including palmitic and oleic acids. It is made by distilling crude palm oil to get rid of contaminants and free fatty acids, making the final product more stable and marketable, and thus, the market trend of palm oil dictates the trajectory of the Palm Fatty Acid Distillate (PFAD) price trend.

In the first half of 2023, the palm oil price trend struggled with the challenges for palm oil production in Malaysia. May witnessed a positive upturn in palm oil production, which increased inventories and raised the stockpiles of palm oil in the Asia-Pacific region.

However, the looming El Nino posed a threat to the production rates of palm oil. Despite May's production increase, the transition to El Nino disrupted the upward trend and resulted in a reduction in production and inventories. In addition to this, the Asia Pacific countries are also facing labor challenges since the pandemic, which further aided the existing problems of palm oil production and thus has, in turn, negatively impacted the price trend of PFAD.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price of Palm Fatty Acid Distillate (PFAD) is expected to oscillate in the upcoming months as its growth trajectory is dependent on the performance of the palm oil market.

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About PFAD

PFAD or better known as palm fatty acid distillate is a by-product formed in the refining of palm oil for the food industry. PFAD appears as a light brown semi-solid substance at room temperature, which further melts into a brown liquid upon heating. PFAD primarily contains free fatty acids (FFA) (>80%) which include oleic, stearic, and palmitic components.

Production of food-grade oil from palm oil utilises distilling of palm oil as it improves the oil's taste, colour, odour, and shelf life. Thus, PFAD consists of degraded fats that are undesired and need to be removed to meet the food industry’s quality standards.

PFAD Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name PFAD
Industrial Uses Soaps, Fatty acids and fatty alcohols, Animal feed, Hardened oils, Candles, Fragrance ingredients, Intermediates
Synonyms Palm Fatty Acid Distillate
Molecular Weight 124.11g/mol 
Supplier Database Wilmar International, PT TUNAS BARU LAMPUNG Tbk., Sarawak Oil Palms Berhad Group, Nuansa Kimia Sejati, PT, Future Prelude Sdn Bhd
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery

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PFAD Production Processes

  • Production of PFAD via Refining and Distilling of Palm Oil

In this process, PFAD is produced as the by-product in the refining of palm oil. Palm oil is refined into food-grade oil by the removal of degraded fats and free fatty acids. The distillation of palm oil to refine the oil and separate these unwanted and degraded fats produces food-grade palm oil, which gives PFAD as the residue.


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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