Africa Microbial Food Culture Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

Africa Microbial Food Culture Market is segmented by Type (Starter Cultures, Adjunct and Aroma Cultures, and Probiotics), by End-user Industry (Bakery and Confectionery, Dairy, Fruits and Vegetables, Beverages, and Other End-user Industries), and by Geography.

Market Snapshot

Africa Microbial Food Culture Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 3.8 %

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Market Overview

The Africa microbial food culture market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.8% during the forecast period 2020-2025.

  • The market is majorly driven by the growing consumer demands for functional food and probiotic food supplements, along with the rising awareness regarding the consumption of fermented food products. In addition, its functional properties that improve the overall quality and shelf life of the product without any degradation of sensitive ingredients is expected to further strengthen its demand.
  • Furthermore, increasing technological advancement in processing and frequent product launch of new ingredient offerings is expected to propel the microbial food culture market growth in the region. Several organizations, such as Yoba-for-Life, Heifer International, and Joma Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology are working on probiotic strains and product development. For instance, in 2016, these organizations together had aimed to donate one-gram sachets containing probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 bacteria and Streptococcus thermophilus strain, for around USD 0.50 each in Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya.

Scope of the report

The Africa microbial food culture market is segmented by type and its application in end-user industries. By type, the market is segmented into starter cultures, adjunct and aroma cultures, and probiotics; and by application into bakery and confectionery, dairy, fruits and vegetables, beverages, and other end-user industries. Also, the study provides an analysis of the microbial food culture market in the emerging and established markets across South Africa, Egypt, and the Rest of Africa.

By Type
Starter Cultures
Adjunct and Aroma Cultures
By End-Industry
Bakery and Confectionery
Fruits and Vegetables
Other End-user Industries
By Country
South Africa
Rest of Africa

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Key Market Trends

Rising Demand for Probiotics in the Region

The probiotics market in the region has witnessed significant growth owing to its effectiveness in improving gut-related disorders related to digestion, intestinal tracts, etc. Moreover, growing awareness regarding the connection between diet and health is augmenting the demand for probiotic food and beverage products and dietary supplements in the region. Furthermore, owing to such factors global brands is focusing on launching innovative products to cater to the growing demand in the region. Additionally, the region has witnessed a steady consumption of probiotics as an animal feed due to increased awareness among the farmers about the positive effects of probiotics on animal health and thus eventually on the growth and productivity of animals coupled with manufacturer's focus to develop innovative products driving the market growth in the country. For instance, in 2019, Animal Nutrition & Health (ANH) in partnership with Chr. Hansen launched new triple strain poultry probiotic GalliPro Fit in South Africa. The product is a uniquely formulated probiotic combining three novel strains into one product, creating a 3-in-1 solution for some of the poultry industry’s challenges.

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South Africa to Drive the African Market

The market has witnessed an increase in health-conscious consumers who are looking for ways of mitigating the negative health effects of increasingly stressful lifestyles and unhealthy eating habits. Moreover, a growing number of consumers are using probiotics to prevent and manage their digestive and general health issues. Owing to the growing demand manufacturers operating in the market are focusing on developing products with enhanced functional benefits to achieving competitive advantage in the market. For instance, in 2019, ProVen Probiotics launched its range of products in South Africa which include Acidophilus & Bifidus with A-Z Multivitamins for Children, with a combination of 100% of the recommended daily allowance of all 13 essential vitamins, together with 2.5 billion Lab4 friendly bacteria; and Adults Acidophilus & Bifidus with 25 billion, high strength probiotics which support healthy digestive and immune systems, particularly in those people affected by a stressful and hectic lifestyle. Moreover, ProVen Probiotic products contain zero artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

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Competitive Landscape

The Africa microbial food culture market is competitive and fragmented in nature owing to the presence of many regional and domestic players. Emphasis is given on the merger, expansion, acquisition, and partnership of the companies along with new product development as strategic approaches adopted by the leading companies to boost their brand presence among consumers. Key players dominating the country's market include Chr. Hansen Holding AS, Lallemand Inc., Lake International Technologies, Protex International (Bioprox), and LB Bulgaricum, among others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Starter Cultures

      2. 5.1.2 Adjunct and Aroma Cultures

      3. 5.1.3 Probiotics

    2. 5.2 By End-Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Bakery and Confectionery

      2. 5.2.2 Dairy

      3. 5.2.3 Fruits and Vegetables

      4. 5.2.4 Beverages

      5. 5.2.5 Other End-user Industries

    3. 5.3 By Country

      1. 5.3.1 South Africa

      2. 5.3.2 Egypt

      3. 5.3.3 Rest of Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Chr. Hansen Holding AS

      2. 6.4.2 Lallemand Inc.

      3. 6.4.3 Lake International Technologies

      4. 6.4.4 Protex International (Bioprox)

      5. 6.4.5 LB Bulgaricum

      6. 6.4.6 Lyo-San Inc.

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Africa Microbial Food Culture Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Africa Microbial Food Culture Market is growing at a CAGR of 3.8% over the next 5 years.

Chr. Hansen Holding AS, Lallemand Inc. , Lake International Technologies, Protex International (Bioprox), LB Bulgaricum are the major companies operating in Africa Microbial Food Culture Market.

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