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

Europe Whey Protein Market is segmented by Type (Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Isolate, and Hydrolyzed Whey Protein), Application (Sports and Performance Nutrition, Infant Formula and Functional/Fortified Food), and by Country.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 6.5 %
Largest Market: United Kingdom
Fastest Growing Market: Germany

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Market Overview

Europe's whey protein market is forecasted to reach USD 2.79 billion by 2024, witnessing a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period (2020 - 2025).

  • The whey protein market in Europe is mainly driven by highly matured sports nutrition and functional beverages ingredients. The geriatric population in Europe, health-conscious consumers, and an increasing number of health & fitness clubs/centers facilitate the growth of the whey protein market in Europe. Flavors, nutritional values, ease of carrying and perishable nature are making whey snacks a popular choice amongst not only health-conscious people but millennials who are looking for quick snack option to full meals, and older people looking for protein reach diet.
  • The whey protein industry is in a strong need to overcome a lack of awareness among EU consumers regarding its perceived benefits, especially among aged consumers.


Scope of the Report

The scope of the whey protein market includes the segmentation of whey protein by Type under Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Isolate, and Hydrolyzed Whey Protein. Further segmentation has been done on the basis of Application under Sports and Performance Nutrition, Infant Formula and Functional/Fortified Food. Also, the study provides an analysis of the whey protein market in the emerging and established markets across European countries, including United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, and the Rest of European countries.

By Type
Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC)
Whey Protein Isolate (WPI)
Hydrolyzed Whey Protein (HWP)
By Application
Sports and Performance Nutrition
Infant Formula
Functional/ Fortified Food
By Country
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe

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Key Market Trends

Rise In Whey Powder Production in European Union

The production of whey protein powder has been surging in the region in the past few years and is expected to continue in the same way in the forecast period. The demand for dairy alternatives has increased among the lactose intolerant adults in the European region. Also, the expanding food industry in the country experienced a demand for high-quality protein ingredients from consumers, in turn, driving the market for whey protein in the region. Following the driving trends, the production of whey powder is expected to cross 2 million tons in the European Union in the forecast period.


Germany To Be The Fastest Growing Regions In the European Region

Europe has shown great potential as a market for whey protein as countries like Germany, followed by France, and Spain has been key drivers of the market in terms of share and growth as well. In the UK, the growing importance of fitness and clinical nutrition is expected to provide a significant boost to the whey protein market. The geriatric population in Europe, health-conscious consumers, and an increasing number of health & fitness clubs/centers facilitate the growth of the whey protein market in Europe. Notably, the German market recorded the highest growth rate compared to other countries and is expected to cross USD 300 million in the forecast period.


Competitive Landscape

The key players in Europe whey protein market with their product portfolio; research & development, strategic initiatives and commitment towards meeting consumer demands play a major role in maintaining market stability. Moreover, the whey protein companies are effectively communicating about the nutritional profile of whey protein in order to boost their sales sustainably.  The major players include Agropur MSI LLC, Arla Foods, Carbery Group, DMK group, Glanbia Plc, Lactalis Ingredients, and 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 Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC)

      2. 5.1.2 Whey Protein Isolate (WPI)

      3. 5.1.3 Hydrolyzed Whey Protein (HWP)

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Sports and Performance Nutrition

      2. 5.2.2 Infant Formula

      3. 5.2.3 Functional/ Fortified Food

    3. 5.3 By Country

      1. 5.3.1 Spain

      2. 5.3.2 United Kingdom

      3. 5.3.3 Germany

      4. 5.3.4 France

      5. 5.3.5 Italy

      6. 5.3.6 Russia

      7. 5.3.7 Rest of Europe


    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 Agropur MSI, LLC

      2. 6.4.2 Carbery Group

      3. 6.4.3 DMK Group

      4. 6.4.4 Glanbia Plc

      5. 6.4.5 Lactalis Ingredients

      6. 6.4.6 Meggle Group

      7. 6.4.7 Fonterra Co-operative Group

      8. 6.4.8 Arla Foods

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Europe Whey Protein Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.5% over the next 5 years.

The Europe Whey Protein Market is valued at United Kingdom in 2026.

Agropur MSI, LLC, Arla Foods, Fonterra Co-operative Group, Lactalis Ingredients are the major companies operating in Europe Whey Protein Market.

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