Protein Ingredients Market to Showcase Continued Growth in the Coming Years

The report Protein Ingredients Market by Source (Animal and Plant), Form (Dry and Liquid), Application (Food & Beverages, Animal Feed, Pharmaceuticals, and Cosmetics & Personal Care), and Region (NA, EU, APAC, SA, RoW) – Global Forecast to 2025″, The global protein ingredients market size is estimated to be valued at USD 52.5 billion in 2020 and projected to reach USD 70.7 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 6.1%. The major factors driving the protein ingredients market include the increase in demand and consumption of functional food & beverages, growing consumer awareness about healthy diets among people, and increasing demand for protein as nutrition and functional ingredients.

Protein Ingredients Market

OPPORTUNITY: The growing potential of dairy and plant proteins

There is a huge potential for the growing protein ingredients market in the near future, especially dairy and plant proteins. Dairy protein suppliers can continue to benefit from the trend towards more functional products, and the increased consumer interest in the nutritional value of products. Dairy proteins are known to possess a wide range of functional properties, including thickening & emulsification, gelling, foaming, heat stabilization, and flavor/color development. Their high nutritional quality and versatile, functional properties enable their usage in dairy desserts, nutritional beverages, ice cream, yogurt, spreads, confectionery, and baked goods.

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CHALLENGE: Demand-based price fluctuations in cropping pattern

Even though the prices of soy proteins are comparatively lower than most of the proteins, the supply can prove to be a significant factor in price escalation. The raw material for soy protein ingredients is soy meal, which is also highly demanded by the feed industry. Unless there is no drop in the cultivation area under soybeans, the supply is expected to remain unfazed for both feed and protein manufacturers.

Sometimes, crop growers, to avail better crop value, change their crop patterns, which can marginalize the flow of supply, and thereby, lead to an increased demand for protein manufacturing and price escalation. In 2013, increased diversion to biofuel and vegetable oil consumption led to more corn and canola production than soybean in North America. However, soybean cultivation has been maintaining better positive year-by-year growth in this region. So, the crops cultivated by growers are subject to change, based on the crop demand and price value. A wide-scale change in cropping patterns can be expected with the decline in price levels for a crop after a certain point of price saturation. Around 2020, this can play an important role in seeking a cost-effective supply channel to maintain operational efficiency, as Latin America is expected to near its optimum land resource utilization for soybean by that time.

By application, the food & beverage segment is projected to be fastest-growing in the market during the forecast period

Based on the application, the protein ingredients market is segmented into food & beverage, animal feed, cosmetics & personal care, and pharmaceutical. The food & beverage segment is projected to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period. Increasing health consciousness and obesity has compelled consumers to increasingly focus on healthy diets with low-fat and highly nutritive value food, leading to a rise in the consumption of protein ingredients. As a result, the demand for functional and health food is on the rise. Besides their nutritional properties, proteins are widely used for their functional properties, which include texturing, emulsifying, solubility, stabilizing, and binding. These functional properties enable manufacturers to lower their raw material costs, as they act as substitutes to some food additives and are used to impart specific properties.

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Europe is projected to be the largest and fastest-growing market during the forecast period

The European market accounted for the largest share in the market. This dominance is attributed to high consumption in this region. The consumption in Europe is more than twice the global average consumption. The high-protein trend in food & beverages and personal care & cosmetics is gaining a foothold in Germany, as protein claims on food and drink launches continue their growth path. The increasing prevalence of health-related problems along with high importance being laid on the quality, taste, and freshness of foods is modifying food demand, owing to which, the market for protein ingredients is projected to witness growth.

This report includes a study of the marketing and development strategies used, along with the product portfolios of leading companies. It consists of the profiles of leading manufacturers such Cargill (US), ADM (US), DuPont (US), Kerry Group (Ireland), Omega Protein Corporation (US), Friesland (Netherlands), Fonterra (New Zealand), Arla Foods (Denmark), AMCO (US), Roquette (France), Gelita AG (Germany), Kewpie Corporation (Japan), AGRANA (Austria), AMCO Proteins (US), Hilmar Ingredients (US), Axiom Foods (US), and Burcon Nutrascience (Canada).