Europe Plant Protein Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Europe Plant Protein Market is segmented by Type (Soy Protein, Wheat Protein, Pea Protein, Rice Protein, Oat Protein, and Other Types), Form (Protein Isolate, Protein Concentrate, and Textured Proteins), Application (Bakery, Meat Substitute, Nutritional Supplement, Beverage, Snacks, and Other Applications), and Geography (Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe). The report offers market size and forecasts for plant protein (USD million) for the above segments.

Market Snapshot

European Plant Protein Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 6.66 %

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Market Overview

The European plant protein market is projected to reach USD 3.8 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 6.66% during the forecast period, 2021-2026.

The COVID-19 has placed unprecedented stress on the overall supply chain of plant protein ingredients. Faced with falling European production and social distancing measures, protein-rich plant by-product markets risk entering a phase of greater instability.

The growing trend toward vegan diets and incorporating plant proteins in processed foods are the major factors driving the market studied. The allergies caused by animal proteins and the abundant amount of nutrients present in plant proteins are also driving the customers toward consuming plant proteins.

The market studied witnessed a significant increase in the adoption of soy protein across several end-user industries due to its high sustainability. The functional property of soy protein and its natural health benefit compared to animal protein are boosting the market growth in this region.

However, it is no longer soy and ancient grains that are the main alternatives to meat and dairy. Research is already underway to integrate high-protein pulses, such as lupine and chickpeas, algal ingredients, including spirulina, and insects into packaged food and beverage.

Scope of the Report

Plant protein is a food source of protein obtained from plants. This group can include pulses, tofu, soy, tempeh, seitan, nuts, seeds, certain grains, and even peas. The European Plant Protein Market is segmented by Type (Soy Protein, Wheat Protein, Pea Protein, Rice Protein, Oat Protein, and Other Types), Form (Protein Isolate, Protein Concentrate, and Textured Proteins), Application (Bakery, Meat Substitute, Nutritional Supplement, Beverage, Snacks, and Other Applications), and Geography (Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe).

By Type
Wheat Protein
Soy Protein
Pea Protein
Rice Protein
Oat Protein
Other Types
By Form
Protein Isolate
Protein Concentrate
Texture Protein
By Application
Meat Extender
Nutritional Supplement
Other Applications
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe

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Key Market Trends

Soy Protein Recorded the Highest Market Share

Soy protein is available in flour, concentrate, and isolate format. Soy protein is widely incorporated as an ingredient in processed food as a protein supplement, and it is even available as a protein drink. Other plant protein sources, such as legumes, have gained popularity, due to their low-fat content and adequate macronutrients, including folate, iron, zinc, and calcium. Pea proteins are perceived as a cost-effective way to follow a healthy lifestyle, as they contain all nine essential amino acids (unlike rice or beans). Major players are coming up with various forms of protein and are investing more in improving the performance of their existing products, as well as in developing new formulations. For instance, ADM launched an energy drink incorporated with soy protein, available in the US and European markets.

European Plant Protein Market Revenue Share

United Kingdom Represents the Largest Market in the Region

Plant-based protein is considered a healthy alternative and the most preferred source of protein for consumers seeking a good proportion of protein in their diet. It is also experiencing great demand among consumers living a vegan lifestyle. According to Statista, in 2016, 0.46% of the population in Great Britain was vegan, which increased to 1.16% in 2019. Due to the increasing shift from animal-based diets, British consumers seek protein sources derived from plants, thus fueling the UK plant protein market’s growth. Moreover, the UK government is encouraging healthy eating and lifestyle among its citizens. This is further leading to the growth potential of the plant protein ingredients, which are marketed as natural, wholesome, and healthy. The popularity and the trend have been observed in the retail chain, as well as in the hotel and resort industries of the United Kingdom, where farms like Meatless Farm and Quorn Foods are promoting plant-based meat products and snacks to consumers by addressing their health, taste, and ethical concerns related to conventional meat and dairy products.

European Plant Protein Market Growth

Competitive Landscape

The European plant protein market is competitive, with the presence of various strong players. Cargill Incorporated, Archer Daniels Midland, Kerry Inc., DuPont, and Glanbia PLC are some major players operating in the European plant protein market. The market is occupied by various small companies, such as Scoular, Axiom foods, and Growing Naturals LLC. The major players are competing among themselves to obtain the major market share. As a part of their strategies, they acquire small local companies, extend their production lines, and develop new products. The leading players in the market studied have a dominant presence across the European region. These players focus on leveraging opportunities posed by the emerging markets to expand their product portfolio to cater to the requirements of various product segments, like meat substitutes and dairy-free products.

Recent Developments

  • In December 2020, Cargill added Pea Protein to its portfolio of ingredients in Europe. The addition of pea protein in Europe will help food and beverage manufacturers to meet the increasing demand for plant-based and nutritious products.
  • In October 2020, ADM expanded the production of non-GMO soy protein concentrate in Europoort, the Netherlands. The production of non-GMO soy protein concentrate would be available in powder and can be used in all food applications.
  • In April 2018, Kerry acquired Ojah BV, a Dutch plant protein manufacturing company, to commercialize the latter’s High Moisture Extrusion (HME) technology of texturizing vegetable proteins, like meat and fish alternatives.
  • In August 2016, DuPont Nutrition and Health launched six plant-based protein nuggets in its Supro® and Trupro™ range, with an aim to increase protein content in nutrition bars, snacks, and cereals while providing exceptional eating experiences.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study



    1. 3.1 Market Overview


    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Wheat Protein

      2. 5.1.2 Soy Protein

      3. 5.1.3 Pea Protein

      4. 5.1.4 Rice Protein

      5. 5.1.5 Oat Protein

      6. 5.1.6 Other Types

    2. 5.2 By Form

      1. 5.2.1 Protein Isolate

      2. 5.2.2 Protein Concentrate

      3. 5.2.3 Texture Protein

    3. 5.3 By Application

      1. 5.3.1 Bakery

      2. 5.3.2 Meat Extender

      3. 5.3.3 Nutritional Supplement

      4. 5.3.4 Beverage

      5. 5.3.5 Snacks

      6. 5.3.6 Other Applications

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Germany

      2. 5.4.2 United Kingdom

      3. 5.4.3 France

      4. 5.4.4 Spain

      5. 5.4.5 Italy

      6. 5.4.6 Russia

      7. 5.4.7 Rest of Europe


    1. 6.1 Strategies Adopted by Key Players

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Archer Daniels Midland

      2. 6.3.2 Cargill Incorporated

      3. 6.3.3 Roquette Freres

      4. 6.3.4 Kerry Inc.

      5. 6.3.5 Emsland Group

      6. 6.3.6 Roquette

      7. 6.3.7 Glanbia PLC

      8. 6.3.8 Avebe

      9. 6.3.9 Ingredion Incorporated

    4. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Europe Plant Protein Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Europe Plant Protein Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.66% over the next 5 years.

Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill Incorporated, Kerry Inc., DuPont, Glanbia PLC are the major companies operating in Europe Plant Protein Market.

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