covid-19 impact on down and feather market

The global down and feather market is expected to register a CAGR of 6.72% during the forecast period, 2022-2027.

The COVID-19 outbreak posed significant challenges across verticals worldwide. It impacted the growth of the down and feather market negatively, particularly for manufacturing plants. Abrupt restrictions affected operations in the down and feather sector the global and regional supply chain, imports, and exports have brought the industry to a standstill. The transition from brick-and-mortar to online shopping has created new sales prospects for online retail platforms.

Over the past years, the overall usage of duck and goose feathers has increased which has indirectly resulted in the wider availability of down and feather all across the world. These down and feathers are processed and then used by a large number of companies that are involved in manufacturing comforters, beddings, apparel, pillow, and others.


The demand for furnishing products in both the residential and commercial sectors is currently, growing at a rapid pace, which has increased the overall demand for down and feather manufacturing. A large number of government regulations in different countries are positively impacting the down and feather market altogether.

Key Market Trends


Increasing Demand for Sustainable Down and Feather


End consumers are increasingly becoming conscious of the usage of sustainable down and feather in products, like pillows, comforters, apparel, and others. Thus, non-profit organizations, like responsible down standard (RDS), are trying to find the best ways to minimize and heal the manufacturing impact of fabrics on water, soil, air, and the human population, so that consumers can be confident that the down and feathers used in the products they choose are sustainable. Awareness of animal welfare issues has led to successful growth in the use of standards such as the Responsible Down Standard (RDS), as a result, it increased the production of down and feather globally.


Ducks feather and downs dominate the global down and feather market. However, it is expected that the overall demand for sustainable goose feathers and downs would increase during the forecasted period as a gradually a large number of furnishing product manufacturing companies have started considering the quality of goose downs and feathers to be better than duck for some products.

Asia-Pacific is the Fastest Growing Region


The down and feather market in Asia-Pacific is anticipated to grow at a fast pace owing to the growing preference for the usage of natural fillings in the pillow, comforter, beddings, and others. In countries, like China, the standardization process of down and feather is happening to reduce fraud. For instance, in 2021, it was reported that China has revised its national standard for down and feather products to match up with the international standards. The revision of standards by the Chinese government is also done to protect the overall rights of online consumers, interests of manufacturing companies; and further to provide a solid foundation for management, production, and trading. However, factors, like the hike in prices due to lack of production and a surge of demand from domestic and export markets, are negatively impacting the down market in China.

Competitive Landscape


The market for down and feather is highly competitive, where most of the major players are opting for strategies, such as product innovation to stay ahead in the competition. For instance, Travel Blue launched its first feather neck pillow, which is made with 85% duck feathers and 15% goose down feathers within a 100% cotton satin case. This neck pillow is designed to create a relaxed and luxurious experience for travelers. The major key players are Prauden, Allied Feather & Down Corp., Feather Industries, Sustainable Down Source, United Feather & Down, ROHDEX Bettfedern GmbH & Co. KG, Karl Sluka GmbH, Anhui Yahua Feather Down Co. Ltd, KL DOWN, Moonlight Feather, and others.