Beta Glucan Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Beta-glucan Market is segmented by Category (Soluble and Insoluble), Application (Food and Beverage, Healthcare and Dietary Supplements, and Other Applications), Source (Cereals, Yeast, Mushroom, and Other Sources), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

beta glucan market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Europe
CAGR: 7.1 %

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Market Overview

The beta-glucan market is projected to register a CAGR of 7.1% during the forecast period (2020 - 2025).

· Functional ingredients have found new applications in food that help fulfill the dietary needs of consumers, as the former positively affect the metabolic parameters and support the curing of diseases. β-glucan acts as a perfect immunomodulator, as it helps in transforming the immune system and makes it smarter. Moreover, several new research activities are being conducted in determining the positive health benefits of beta-glucan in the management of numerous diseases.

· β-glucan, being an important functional ingredient, has various medical advantages. Consumers show their inclination toward processed foods with β-Glucan, in order to proactively strengthen their immune systems.

Scope of the Report

The beta-glucan market is segmented by category into soluble and insoluble and by application into food and beverage, healthcare and dietary supplements, and other applications. The food and beverage segment is further bifurcated into dairy, snacks, beverages, confectionery, baked goods, and other products, and the healthcare and dietary supplements into infant nutrition and other dietary and supplements. By source, the market is segmented into cereals, yeast, mushroom, and other sources. An approximate 20% of mushroom-sourced β-glucan is equivalent to 80-85% yeast-sourced β-glucan. Among cereals, oat and barley, along with rye and wheat, are used as sources for the extraction of β-glucan.

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Key Market Trends

Cereal has the Highest Content of β-glucan

Cereal β-glucan from oat, barley, wheat, and rye induce a variety of physiological effects that positively impact consumers’ health. The highest content of β-d-glucan was observed in barley and oat grains. Oats contain a form of soluble fiber called oat β-glucan, which is particularly concentrated in the outer layers of the grain. This fiber is known for its cholesterol-lowering and hypoglycemic properties, as well as its use in various cosmetic applications and in blood glucose reduction. Barley contains the highest level, of up to 11 %, β-glucan among all the cereals. In many Western countries, barley is mainly used for animal feed and malting. However, there is renewed interest in barley as human food, due to its health benefits, including its potential to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol and improving glucose tolerance.

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Europe Accounts for the Largest Share of Global Soluble β-glucan

The market recorded stable growth in the North American and European markets, with Europe holding the maximum market share. However, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness huge growth during the forecast period. In May 2011, the EFSA Panel noted that “the “high intake” scenario for ‘yeast β-glucan’ is similar to the background intake of β-glucan from other dietary sources. Trends that are driving the market growth include expansion and product enhancement strategies by various players. The food industry is constantly witnessing innovations in the healthy food category in order to meet the rising demand for natural additives. There is also an advanced nutraceuticals market that has many product offerings with β-glucan as the primary ingredient. Sweden and Norway are the other main countries that have seen high investment in specialty food ingredients by big global manufacturers, because of their ideal climate for growing oats.

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Competitive Landscape

The global beta-glucan market is competitive in nature having many domestic and multinational player competing for market share and with innovation in products being a major strategic approach adopted by leading players. Additionally, mergers, expansion, acquisitions, and partnerships with other companies are common strategies to enhance the company's presence and boost the market. In 2016, Associated British Foods PLC (ABF) confirmed its plans to acquire full ownership of Illovo Sugar Limited (Illovo) and received the requisite shareholder approvals in South Africa. Most active companies dominating the global market include Associated British Food PLC, Tate & Lyle, Kerry Group, and Biotic Pharmacon. The other leading key players are Lesaffre Human Care, Angel Yeast Co. Ltd, Immuno Medic, Super β-glucan (SBG) Inc., DSM Food Specialties BV, and DSM Nutritional Products AG, 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 Category

      1. 5.1.1 Soluble

      2. 5.1.2 Insoluble

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Food and Beverage

        1. Dairy

        2. Snacks

        3. Beverages

        4. Confectionery

        5. Baked Goods

        6. Other Products

      2. 5.2.2 Healthcare and Dietary Supplements

        1. Infant Nutrition

        2. Other Healthcare and Dietary Supplements

      3. 5.2.3 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 By Source

      1. 5.3.1 Cereals

      2. 5.3.2 Yeast

      3. 5.3.3 Mushroom

      4. 5.3.4 Other Sources

    4. 5.4 By Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Italy

        6. Spain

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle-East and 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 Associated British Foods PLC

      2. 6.4.2 Ceapro Inc.

      3. 6.4.3 Angel Yeast Co. Ltd

      4. 6.4.4 Tate & Lyle

      5. 6.4.5 Biotec Pharmacon ASA

      6. 6.4.6 DSM

      7. 6.4.7 Natural Arctic


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Beta Glucan Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Beta Glucan Market is growing at a CAGR of 7.1% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Europe holds highest share in 2020.

Associated British Foods PLC, Ceapro Inc., Angel Yeast Co. Ltd, Tate & Lyle, Biotec Pharmacon ASA, DSM are the major companies operating in Beta Glucan Market.

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