Cysteine Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The market is segmented by Production Process (Natural and Synthetic), Application (Conditioner, Flavor Enhancer, Reducing Agent, Production of Human Insulin, and Other Applications), End-user Industry (Food, Animal Feed, Pharmaceutical, and Other End-user Industries), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East & Africa)

Market Snapshot

Market Summary - Cysteine Market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >5 %

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Market Overview

The cysteine market is expected to witness a CAGR of greater than 5% (in terms of volume) during the forecast period, primarily driven by increasing demand from the bakery industry. The increasing demand from the pharmaceutical industry is also likely to stimulate the cysteine market, during the forecast period.

  • Increasing demand for cysteine from the pharmaceutical industry may act as an opportunity in the future, due to the growth of the pharmaceutical industry, globally.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the market across the world, with the largest consumption from India.

Scope of the Report

The cysteine market report includes:

Production Process
Flavor Enhancer
Reducing Agent
Production of Human Insulin
Other Applications
End-user Industry
Animal Feed
Other End-user Industries
South Korea
ASEAN Countries
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Nordic Countries
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
GCC Countries
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Food Industry to Dominate the Market

  • In the bakery industry, cysteine is used as a dough conditioner for breaking disulfide bonds of gluten.
  • Cysteine lowers the viscosity of dough, making it easier to use. An added advantage is that cysteine facilitates the increase of elastic property, which helps the dough to ferment better and, thus, rise well during baking.
  • The accepted usage of cysteine is up to 0.009 part L-cysteine, per 100 parts of flour when used as a dough strengthener.
  • India is the second-largest manufacturer of biscuits, after the United States. In India, the bakery industry is witnessing noticeable growth and is all set to witness a boom in the flavors for catering the taste buds of customers.
  • The trends of fusion and Indo-western flavors are at their peak in India. For instance, bakeries are focusing on blending Indian flavors with French desserts.
  • All such trends in the Indian market are driving the demand for flavors, which is further expected to increase the demand for cysteine from the flavor producing companies.
  • Hence, with increasing demand for dough conditioning application, along with other applications, the cysteine demand has been growing from the bakery industry.
Cysteine Market - Segmentation Trends

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region dominated the global market. With the growing bakery market of large countries, like China and India, the cysteine market is likely to grow during the forecast period.
  • China is the largest producer of L-cysteine, globally. The country follows the traditional method of producing cysteine from duck feathers and human hair. The traditional process starts with the boiling of feathers or hair in concentrated hydrochloric acid and activated carbon, followed by the process of electrolysis.
  • The availability of cysteine is essential for the production of animal feed using smaller quantities of protein-rich raw materials.
  • China’s animal feed production industry is the largest industry in the world. The country is planning to increase the production volume to 220 million metric ton by 2020, as per the 13th five-year plan (2016-2020) by the Ministry of Agriculture. Several new investments are expected to come up in the coming years, which may positively influence the demand for cysteine in the market.
  • Moreover, china's bakery industry has entered a period of rapid growth. In the coming years, the country is anticipated to become the largest producer and consumer of baked products.
  • However, the COVID-19 has presented a problematic situation for cysteine in the country. But the situation is recovering, which concreted the probability of market recovery over the forecast period.
Cysteine Market - Regional Trends

Competitive Landscape

The global cysteine market is a consolidated market, where top 5 players account for majority of the market share. The major players include CJ CheilJedang Corp., Wacker Chemie AG, Merck Millipore, Ajinomoto Co. Ltd, and Nippon Rika Co. Ltd, among others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Demand from the Bakery Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Rising Demand from Pharmaceutical Industry

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Increasing Concerns Related to Animal-sourced Cysteine

      2. 4.2.2 Harmful Effects of Cysteine on Human Body

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

    5. 4.5 Regulatory Policy Analysis

    6. 4.6 Patent Analysis


    1. 5.1 Production Process

      1. 5.1.1 Natural

      2. 5.1.2 Synthetic

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Conditioner

      2. 5.2.2 Flavor Enhancer

      3. 5.2.3 Reducing Agent

      4. 5.2.4 Production of Human Insulin

      5. 5.2.5 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 End-user Industry

      1. 5.3.1 Food

      2. 5.3.2 Pharmaceutical

      3. 5.3.3 Animal Feed

      4. 5.3.4 Other End-user Industries

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. ASEAN Countries

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.4.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      3. 5.4.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Russia

        6. Nordic Countries

        7. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. GCC Countries

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Ajinomoto Co., Inc.

      2. 6.4.2 CJ CHEILJEDANG CORP

      3. 6.4.3 Donboo Amino Acid Co.,Ltd

      4. 6.4.4 Merck KGaA


      6. 6.4.6 Shanghai Cosroma Biotech Co., Ltd

      7. 6.4.7 Shine Star (Hubei) Biological Engineering Co., Ltd.

      8. 6.4.8 Wacker Chemie AG

      9. 6.4.9 Wuhan Grand Hoyo Co., Ltd.

      10. 6.4.10 Wuxi Bikang Bioengineering Co., Ltd.

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Development of Palladium Reagents for Cysteine S-arylation

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Cysteine Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Cysteine Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Wacker Chemie AG, Merck KGaA, Ajinomoto Co., Inc., NIPPON RIKA INDUSTRIES CORPORATION, CJ CHEILJEDANG CORP are the major companies operating in Cysteine Market.

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