New Revenue Sources in Probiotics Industry

The global probiotics market is experiencing steady growth, driven by increasing consumer awareness about the health benefits of probiotics, rising demand for functional foods and beverages, and growing concerns about digestive health. Probiotics are live microorganisms that confer health benefits when consumed in adequate amounts. They are often added to a variety of products such as yogurt, fermented foods, dietary supplements, and even skincare products.

The probiotics market size is projected to reach USD 105.7 billion by 2029 from USD 71.2 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 8.2% during the forecast period in terms of value. The probiotics market is experiencing significant growth due to a growing interest in preventive healthcare among consumers, who perceive probiotics as a natural means to enhance gut health and digestion. Awareness of gut-related issues is increasing, prompting individuals to seek potential relief through probiotic consumption. The demand for functional foods fortified with probiotics is on the rise, expanding the range of probiotic options available to consumers beyond traditional supplements.

The End Use is predominantly driven by the human segment due to rising awareness, product innovation, and preventive healthcare focus.

Rising awareness of gut health and the burgeoning understanding of the gut microbiome’s influence on overall well-being have propelled demand for probiotic products among consumers. This heightened awareness, coupled with the perceived benefits of probiotics for digestive health, immune support, and mental well-being, has led to a surge in demand for human-targeted probiotic formulations. Moreover, continuous product innovation within the human segment, including personalized formulations targeting specific health concerns and innovative delivery methods such as chewable tablets and controlled-release capsules, has further fueled market growth. Probiotics have expanded beyond traditional supplements and yogurt, penetrating various applications such as fortified foods, beverages, and topical applications, thereby catering to a wider audience and driving the sustained growth of the human segment within the probiotic market.

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Asia Pacific dominated the Probiotics market during the study period.

The presence of established probiotic brands such as Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. (Japan) has cultivated a culture of probiotic consumption, laying a robust foundation for market expansion. Furthermore, the region boasts a strong presence of companies, including MORINAGA MILK INDUSTRY CO., LTD. (Japan), Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd. (Japan), and Unique Biotech Ltd (India).

Moreover, the Asia Pacific region’s dominance is reinforced by a growing health consciousness among consumers, highlighted by expanding awareness of the gut microbiome’s impact on health. This trend, underscored by a June 2022 study published in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) journal, Nutrients, drives demand for probiotics addressing various health concerns, including digestive issues and immune function. The market’s embrace of innovation is evident through the diversification of probiotic applications beyond traditional products like yogurt, encompassing fortified foods and beverages, topical applications for skin health, and even pet probiotics. This robust market ecosystem is further augmented by the growing popularity of e-commerce platforms, favorable regulatory environments, and government healthcare initiatives promoting preventive healthcare and healthy lifestyles across the region.

In probiotics, the surge in functional food and beverage product types is driven by consumer demand for convenient health solutions and dietary diversity.

Functional food and beverages seamlessly integrate probiotics into consumers’ daily routines, catering to the demands of modern, fast-paced lifestyles. Secondly, the segment offers a diverse array of products, ranging from probiotic-fortified yogurts and dairy drinks to functional kombuchas and enhanced water, thereby accommodating varied consumer preferences and dietary requirements. Furthermore, ongoing innovation within the functional food and beverage sector amplifies its dominance. Product developments such as probiotic-infused ice cream, chocolates for digestive health, functional gummies targeting specific health needs, and even probiotic beer tailored for health-conscious consumers signify the sector’s adaptability and responsiveness to evolving consumer demands.

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Primary companies highlighted

  • Probi (Sweden)
  • Nestlé (Switzerland)
  • ADM (US)
  • Danone (France)
  • International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (US)
  • Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. (Japan)
  • BioGaia (Sweden)
  • Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd. (Japan)
  • Lifeway Foods, Inc. (US)
  • Adisseo (France)
  • Winclove Probiotics (US)
  • AB-Biotics, S.A. (Belgium)
  • Apsen Farmacêutica (Brazil)
  • Lallemand (Canada)