The Global Protein Ingredients Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6% during the forecasting period (2022-2029).
Protein is an essential need for the human body, which is mainly comprised of amino acids. Protein ingredients are found in plants and animals. These ingredients can also be prominently known for their viscosity, foaming, water-binding property, and emulsification, along with all these properties also possess nutritional properties.
The growth in demand for protein functionalities, increasing animal by-products consumption, and growing awareness about healthy diet & nutritional food are significant factors driving the market's growth. The new technological advancement in the manufacturing and extraction of protein ingredients further leads the market’s development during the forecast period.
Increasing demand for proteins as functional and nutritional ingredients
Protein ingredients sourced from both plants and animals are well-known for their emulsification, water-binding/hydration, gelation/viscosity, foaming, aeration properties, and other protein ingredients attributes include stabilizing ability, thickening ability, and solubility. The end-user industries are focused on improving these functionalities and nutritional aspects of proteins expected to drive growth. Another factor is protein sources used for specific functional properties that are often less price-sensitive than healthy properties-rich products. This creates benefits for the end-user industries in terms of cost. In the end-user industries such as personal care & cosmetic, protein ingredients are primarily used for conditioning and nourishing properties in the skincare and haircare industries. In prime applications such as food & beverages, the protein ingredients used are expected to maintain their growth with increased functionalities demand. Besides, the ability of protein ingredient manufacturers to design and develop specific isolates concentrates and other forms of protein ingredients for beverages, dairy products, dietary supplements, bakery products, infant formula, confectionery, and other food products are probable to drive the growth of the protein ingredients market near the forecast period.
Growing awareness for the soy protein consumption
Heath concern and its management are the latest trends in the market. Consumers are aware to enhance their body conditions with the high consumption of specific food products such as soy protein and other protein products. A protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS) method delivers protein quality rankings by comparing the amino acid profile and standard amino acid profile of a food protein. It was found that soy protein products have the highest possible score of 1.0. This ranking score implies that soy protein delivers protein per unit after digestion, 100% or more of the essential amino acids required to make it a suitable nutrient source. Moreover, the soy protein is a biologically-active non-isoflavone component of soy, with health benefits, such as cholesterol-lowering effects, cancer risk & diabetes incidence, blood-pressure-lowering effects, and encouraging effects on kidney functioning and cardiac health.
COVID-19 Impact Analysis
COVID-19 pandemic is anticipated to enhance the demand and consumption for protein ingredients at a much higher rate worldwide. Also, the growth in awareness amongst people to strengthen their immune system and boost the internal strength to prevent themselves from being infected easily is compelling them to maintain a proper diet and healthy lifestyle.
The COVID-19 pandemic affected the global market by directly affecting supply chain disruption, demand and production, and financial impact. Despite the pandemic, there is rapid growth in the overall food & beverage products and bakery product consumption, which is expected to boost the forecast period's protein ingredients market.
The protein ingredients market has been classified into plant proteins and animal/dairy proteins based on the product.
The Animal/dairy proteins product segment is expected to dominate the global protein ingredients market with the largest share during the forecast period. The demand for animal protein ingredients is likely to witness substantial growth during the forecast period due to strong scientific evidence regarding health benefits. For instance, whey proteins enhance nutritional and immunity status and increase Glutathione (GSH) levels in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
The plant proteins are expected to grow at the highest CAGR in the market. The segment's growth is primarily due to the vegetarian population's high presence and the inexpensive price related to animal proteins. It has also witnessed the increased consumption of plant protein ingredients due to their healthiness and more nutritional benefits than animal-based protein ingredients.
Based on the application, the protein ingredients market has been classified into foods & beverages, infant formulations, personal care & cosmetics, animal feed, etc.
The foods & beverages segment is estimated to lead the market with the largest market share in 2019. The growth in the demand for various animal protein ingredients, such as whey protein in the manufacturing of protein brownies, diet truffles, superfood bites, and grazers, is expected to increase the market share segment years. Also, the rising RTD protein beverages popularity has most prominently fueled the demand for the feature worldwide.
The animal feed segment is also expected to account for the global market's significant market share during the forecast period. The animal protein ingredients are widely utilized in liquid or powders in animal feed additives to add multiple essential nutrition to animals to further add to their overall market growth. Besides, animal and plant protein ingredients are primarily to feed mixtures aid to raise the rate of the weight of the animals, enhance feed digestion, and prevent diseases and vitamin deficiencies in the animal body.
Based on geography, the study analyzes the protein ingredients market in the global market, including North America, Asia-Pacific, South America, Europe, and the Middle East & Africa.
North America dominates the global market during the forecast period.
North America is anticipated to lead the global market with the highest market share in 2019 and show its dominance during the forecast period. The growing demand for energy bars, cold cereals, and snacks, along with the rising consumption and development related to low saturated fat and cholesterol-free beverages, is expected to drive regional growth.
The Asia Pacific is anticipated to register the highest growth rate in the global protein ingredients market owing to the growing demand for plant and animal protein ingredients in the local market and rising production capacity. It is witnessed that China is one of the largest producers of plants and animal protein due to the easy availability of low-cost food materials. Besides, rapid growth in healthcare and food industries are expected to propel its consumption in developing countries, such as China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, and Singapore, throughout the forecast period.
The protein ingredients market is highly competitive, owing to the presence of ample food brands. The key protein ingredients players which are contributing to the growth of the global market include Cargill, ADM, DuPont, Kerry Group, Omega Protein Corporation, Friesland, Arla Foods, LACTALIS Ingredients, FrieslandCampina, Glanbia plc, Chengdu Chelation Biology Technology Co., Ltd, Xiamen Huaxuan Gelatin Co., Ltd, and Qingdao Ever Leading Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd., among others. The major players are adopting new product development, launch, and expansion strategies for global growth in the protein ingredients market.
Overview: Cargill is engaged in the trading, purchasing, and distributing of grain and other agricultural commodities, trading in energy, steel, and transport. The company is an American privately held global food corporation and one of the leading food manufacturing companies. It has offices worldwide, namely, North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Middle East & Africa.
Product Portfolio: The company's portfolio comprises Carbon Solutions, animal nutrition, food & beverage, bio-industrial, food service, agriculture, etc.
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