Protective Cultures Market worth $292.1 million by 2023, at a CAGR of 23.6%

The Protective Culture Market is estimated to account for a value of USD 101.1 million in 2018 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 23.6% from 2018, to reach a value of USD 292.1 million by 2023. The increasing consumption of dairy products and the increasing consumer awareness about clean label products and their advantages are among the key factors driving the growth of the protective food cultures market.

Protective Cultures Market

By target microorganism, the yeast & molds segment is projected to dominate the market during the forecast period.

Microorganisms are recorded as the major contaminants that degrade food products. Fermented products are more prone to spoilage by microorganisms. The common spoilage microorganisms include yeasts, molds, and bacteria. There are certain good bacteria and other microorganisms that, when added to food and beverage products, prevent spoilage by competing with the spoilage microorganisms for nutrients.

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By application, the dairy and dairy products segment is projected to dominate the market during the forecast period.

Based on application, the dairy & dairy products segment is expected to dominate the food & beverage protective cultures market due to the wide consumption of dairy products such as cheese, yogurt, and butter across the globe. The cheese industry is also one of the major application areas of protective cultures. Companies such as Chr Hansen and DuPont Danisco have a significant presence in the dairy & dairy products segment with a wide array of dairy protective cultures.

The increasing demand for protective cultures in the North American and European regions is driving the growth of the protective market.

Europe accounted for the largest share of the market. The dominant status of Europe can be attributed to the strong dairy industry in the region. . The strong demand for milk products in the global market and the decision to increase output have had a positive impact on the European dairy market. The support from the European dairy market has played a key role in driving the growth of the protective cultures market.

Key Market Players:

The key players in this market include Chr Hansen (Denmark), DowDuPont (US), Sacco S.R.L (Italy), CSK Food Enrichment B.V. (Netherlands), THT S.A. (Belgium), Dalton Biotechnologies (Italy), Biochem S.R.L (Italy), Meat Cracks Technology GmbH (Germany), Royal DSM N.V. (Netherlands), Bioprox (France), Aristomenis D. Phikas & Co SA. (Greece), and Soyuzsnab Group of Companies (Russia). The key market players, along with other players, adopted various business strategies such as new product launches, expansions, and agreements & partnerships in the last few years to meet the growing demand for protective cultures.

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Recent Developments:

  • In November 2018, DSM expanded its Delvo Guard protective cultures to reinforce safety standards for clean label products. The culture is designed to prevent the formation of yeasts & molds in dairy products to extend the shelf life of products without any effect on the taste and texture
  • In October 2018, The DuPont Nutrition & Health Team in South America launched the DuPont Danisco Lactobacillus Plus which combines strains of L. paracasei, helveticus, and acidophilus in the production of fermented milk. These strains provide a better balance in terms of flavor and acidity while optimizing the production process through rapid fermentation.
  • In June 2018, Meat Cracks Technologies GmbH launched a new variant of its M-Culture bioprotective cultures to combat listeria and other pathological strains in the meat products. The new product is designed to meet regulations barring the product from exceeding the listeria cell count limit value of 100 cfu/g to improve safety and the shelf life of the product.