Global Pulse Ingredients Market set to surpass USD 25.9 billion by 2027, fueled by rising demand for protein-rich foods

The global pulse ingredients market size, valued at USD 20.7 billion in 2022, is projected to reach USD 25.9 billion by 2027, recording a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.6% during the forecast period. Pulse ingredients, derived from peas, lentils, and chickpeas, are fine-powdered materials produced without processing aids or chemical compounds. These natural food and feed-grade products enhance the nutritional value of foods without altering their flavor, aroma, or color.

Nutritional Value and Market Drivers

Pulse ingredients are vital in food products and animal feeds, including pet foods and aquaculture. The growing consumer demand for protein-rich food, particularly among diet-conscious individuals and those focused on weight management, has significantly driven the market for pulse-derived protein. Pulses are a rich source of proteins, making them an essential component in meeting this rising demand.

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Chickpea Segment: Leading the Pulse Ingredients Market Growth

The chickpea segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are nutrient-dense, offering proteins, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and high levels of dietary fiber. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), India was the largest producer of chickpeas in 2019, supplying about 70% of the global demand. Chickpeas are the third most produced legume in South Asia, following beans and peas. Two main types of chickpeas are cultivated: Kabuli, grown in West Asia and the Mediterranean region, and Desi, grown in the Indian subcontinent. The increased consumption and diverse applications of chickpeas in food and beverages are expected to drive the market’s growth in this segment.

Asia: The Largest Market for Pulse Ingredients

The Asia Pacific region is projected to be the largest market for pulse ingredients. This region includes developing countries such as India, China, Australia & New Zealand, and Japan. According to the FAO, the Asia Pacific region accounted for 49% of global pulse production in 2018, with India alone contributing around 57% of this production. Major pulse crops in India include chickpeas, peas, green gram, black gram, and lentils. The regional market growth is supported by a rising population, increased disposable incomes, and growing consumer interest in functional ingredients, all of which are expected to boost sales of pulse ingredients.

Key Players in the Pulse Ingredients Market

The pulse ingredients market features several key players, including:

  • ADM (US)
  • Roquette Frères (France)
  • Ingredion (US)
  • The Scoular Company (US)
  • Axiom Foods, Inc. (US)
  • PURIS (US)
  • Emsland Group (Germany)
  • AGT Food and Ingredients (Canada)
  • Batory Foods (US)
  • Vestkron Milling M/S (Norway)
  • Dakota Ingredients (US)

These companies are at the forefront of the market, driving innovation and meeting the growing global demand for high-quality pulse ingredients.

In summary, the pulse ingredients market is poised for significant growth, driven by increasing consumer demand for protein-rich foods and the robust production capacities in regions like Asia. With key players actively contributing to market expansion, the future of pulse ingredients looks promising.