Cooking oil refers to the plant, animal, or synthetic fat used in frying, baking, and other types of cooking. In addition, it is also used in food preparation and flavoring not involving heat, such as salad dressings and bread dippings like bread dips, and may be called edible oil. It can also be flavored with aromatic foodstuffs such as herbs, chillies or garlic.

In addition, these oils are naturally liquid at room temperature however, some oils that contain saturated fat, such as palm oil, coconut oil, and palm kernel oil, remains solid even in slightly low temperature. The common edible oils are mostly vegetable oils, including but not limited to rapeseed oil, corn oil, sesame oil, peanut oil, olive oil, palm oil, camellia oil, canola oil, sunflower seed oil, soybean oil, linseed oil (soma oil), grape seed oil, walnut oil, peony seed oil, and other vegetable oils. The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has brought opportunities for consumer to try different cuisines at their homes. Hence it created various opportunities for many private players in the cooking oil market to meet the increased demand for such supplement products, which benefited cooking oil manufacturers.

Due to Covid-19 pandemic consumer have become more conscious about their health. Furthermore, they are opting various techniques as well as supplements to stay healthy. However, cooking oil may cause health problems. Thus, consumer demand for cooking oil may fluctuate in this period. In addition, there is a disruption in supply chain because many countries have put restriction on trading of raw materials. In addition, manufactures are facing huge problems in the supply of raw material with growing demand of final products such as cooking oil which directly used by consumers. On the other hand, they are taking preventive measures to meet the demand of consumers and also ensuring the safety of workers. However, online sales channels are significantly increasing to meet the demand of customers as many retail stores are closed. Moreover, many companies are opting for D2C distribution channels to increase the supply of various essential products.

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There is a rise in consumption of cooking oil because it is essential component in daily cooking activity including restaurant as well as home. In addition, significant demand from emerging economies such as India, China, South Korea as well as Japan are expected to fuel the growth in this market. Moreover, fast paced lifestyle and changing dietary habits of customers across regions in the globe have led to increasing demand for easily available products such as cooking oil. However, aspects related to health disorders, specifically cardiovascular disorders that occur due to consumption of unhealthy cooking oils with high fat content can negatively impact the overall sales of cooking oils. Thus, it create lot of opportunities for manufacturers in this market to develop product with minimum health risks. Some of the major players in the cooking oil market are Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, American vegetable oil, Bunge Limited, Cargill, Fuji oil, Indo Agri, J-Oils, Louis Drayfus Company, Richardsons International and Wilmar International.

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