Whey Protein Market in India Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The India Whey Protein Market is segmented by Product Type (Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Isolate, and Hydrolyzed Whey Protein); and Application (Sports and Performance Nutrition, Infant Formula, and Functional/Fortified Food). The report offers market size and values in (USD Million) during the forecast period for the above segments.

India Whey Protein Market Size

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India Whey Protein Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Forecast Data Period 2024 - 2029
Historical Data Period 2019 - 2022
CAGR 5.56 %
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

India Whey Protein Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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India Whey Protein Market Analysis

The India whey protein market size is expected to grow from USD 91.78 million in 2023 to USD 120.29 million by 2028, at a CAGR of 5.56% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

  • India is one of the fastest developing nations globally. The food sector in the country has grown threefold during the past decade and is expected to follow the same trend over the next ten years. Functional food and beverages have gained immense popularity among the health-conscious Indian population.
  • This trend in the country is one of the major drivers for the market's growth as whey protein is one such ingredient that is widely used in most functional products like healthy snack foods and ready-to-eat meals, among others. In particular, the whey protein market in India is majorly driven by factors like rising demand for dairy ingredients, consumer awareness towards a healthy diet, rising trend of the health club and fitness centers, an increasing percentage of older age people across the country, and keen interest of youngsters towards sports and nutrition.
  • These factors are attracting manufacturers to launch products with different blends and increased whey protein content which is necessarily raising the need for whey protein ingredients. For instance, in February 2023, Fast&Up launched India's 1st clinically tested blend of plant and whey protein called Fast&Up Fusion Tech Protein. Such expanding applications of whey protein are increasing the market demand.
  • Additionally, various other factors like nutritional values, ease of carrying, different flavors offered by manufacturers, and perishable nature make whey snacks a popular choice amongst not only health-conscious but millennials looking for quick snack options to full meals and older people looking for a protein-reach diet. Moreover, high-quality whey protein often improves the taste and texture of many food and beverage applications due to its clean, neutral taste, thus attracting more manufacturers to incorporate whey protein as an ingredient in their products. Besides these factors, lifestyle changes, the adoption of Western culture, growing health-conscious consumers, and increased consumer spending are expected to augment the market's growth during the forecast period.

India Whey Protein Market Trends

Surge in Participation of Sports and Physical Activities

  • The growing middle class is increasingly inclining toward acceptance of physical activities, like walking, running, weekend trekking, etc. For the millennial population residing in India, fitness and sports are not prerogatives of professional sportspeople anymore; it is a lifestyle. This accounts for the steady growth of the whey protein market in the country. For instance, according to Burnlab, in 2021, 31% of people in India exercise thrice a week, and 12% of them exercise once a week. In line with this, the government of India is also focused on increasing its expenditure on sports which eventually supports the trend of people's interest in different sports and fitness activities. For instance, according to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, in the financial year 2022, sports expenditure in India was about INR 17.5 billion (USD 245 million). This was an increase from the previous financial year, in which sports expenditure in India was INR 13.04 billion (USD 183 million).
  • Additionally, whey protein promotes muscle growth and repair, reduces inflammation and soreness, and supports overall health and well-being, all of which ultimately lead to optimal athletic performance. Such factors, coupled with the other enhanced benefits of whey protein, have increased its demand, thus aiding the market to grow. Additionally, the post-pandemic era witnessed an upsurge in demand for various virtual classes for physical activities like yoga, aerobics, Zumba, etc., owing to the growing awareness about the impact of fitness on overall health.
  • Moreover, the younger generation in India is increasingly gaining interest in sports and fitness activities, which is booming the demand for sports nutrition. Furthermore, sports drinks incorporated with whey protein have been gaining momentum in recent years. The concept of sports drinks is relatively new to Indian consumers. However, with the gradual increase in its awareness and availability, the sports drinks industry witnessed a high growth rate, in terms of both value and volume, in the recent past.
  • Furthermore, manufacturers in the country are focused on developing products with a blend of whey protein with other sources of protein which is expected to take a boom and increase the demand and need for whey protein in the country for various applications. For instance, in February 2023, Fast&Up, India's homegrown active nutrition brand, launched a unique blend of whey protein and plant protein called Faste&Up Fusion Tech Protein, making it the only brand in the world to curate this innovative formulation. Such formulations being developed in the country are expected to further drive and support the market's growth in the country during the forecast period.
India Whey Protein Market: Protein Concentrates and Textured Protein Substances Imports to India, in USD Million, 2017-2021

Whey Protein Concentrates Remain the Market Leader

  • Multi-functionalities associated with whey protein concentrates, such as easily digestible, efficient processing, and economic applications, have been a few major factors augmenting the segment's growth in the country. Additionally, manufacturers in the country prefer whey protein concentrates (WPC) for several reasons, primarily due to their cost-effectiveness, nutritional profile, and versatility. Whey protein concentrates are generally less expensive to produce compared to other whey protein forms, such as whey protein isolates (WPI). Their manufacturing process involves fewer steps and less stringent purification methods, which contributes to its lower cost.
  • Similarly, whey protein concentrates are rich in essential amino acids, including branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), which are crucial for muscle growth, repair, and overall health. They also contain beneficial bioactive compounds like lactoferrin, immunoglobulins, and growth factors, which may provide additional health benefits. Such factors are aiding consumers to choose products with whey protein concentrates which are eventually driving manufacturers to prefer this compared to other protein sources.
  • Moreover, the demand for protein concentrates in the country can be depicted by the growing imports into the country. According to UN Comtrade, the import of protein concentrates and textured protein substances to India accounted for about 4,480,336 Kg in the year 2021, which increased when compared to the previous year, in which the imported protein concentrates and textured protein substances to India was about 2,885,147 Kgs. The imports are expected to grow further in the upcoming years as whey protein concentrate is one of the cheapest whey proteins available, with significant demand from various industries.
  • Though low in protein content, 55-89% is made of protein. The other 11-45% is made of fat, lactose, and peptides. In some cases, despite less protein availability, whole protein concentrate is treated as a whole as it contains trace amounts of lactose and milk fat. Concentrates are more popular for boosting the immunity of the body. Owing to the above factors, the whey protein concentrates segment witnessed growth in the market studied.
India Whey Protein Market: Exercise Frequency, in %, India, 2021

India Whey Protein Industry Overview

The Indian whey protein market is highly fragmented due to the prevalence of a largely unorganized sector. Several small and international players are involved in the manufacturing and distribution of whey protein ingredients in the country. Manufacturers are focusing on product innovation and advertising their products through fitness enthusiasts across the country. Owing to the rising penetration of whey protein into the sports nutrition industry, the major companies are focusing on new and innovative product launches. 

Moreover, the companies in the market are involved in strategic joint ventures to rapidly tap the actively growing nutrition industry, which is expected to evolve during the forecast period. Some of the dominant players in the Indian whey protein market include Titan Biotech, Glanbia PLC (Optimum Nutrition), Arla Foods, Fonterra Group, and Lactatis Ingredients.

India Whey Protein Market Leaders

  1. Glanbia PLC (Optimum Nutrition)

  2. Arla Foods

  3. Fonterra Group

  4. Lactatis Ingredients

  5. Titan Biotech

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Glanbia PLC, Fonterra Co-operative Group, Arla Foods AMBA, Agropur US, LACTALIS Ingredients
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India Whey Protein Market News

  • May 2022: Perfect Day Foods, a California-based food technology startup making whey and casein proteins using precision fermentation, expanded its footprint in animal-free products by investing both in India. The company launched a new Enterprise Biology Hub in Salt Lake City and also announced its plans to expand in India with a liquidation buy-off of Mumbai-based Sterling Biotech, acquiring two manufacturing plants in Gujarat and another in Tamil Nadu.
  • August 2022: New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra and bioscience company Royal DSM, have launched a precision fermentation startup to create sustainable dairy proteins, including whey proteins.
  • June 2022: NZMP, Fonterra's global ingredients and solutions brand, announced the launch of Pro-OptimaTM, a Grade A functional Whey Protein Concentrate (fWPC) including significant casein content, with Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) and Three Mile Canyon Farms in a joint venture called Columbia River Technologies (CRT).

India Whey Protein Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Surge in Participation of Sports Activities

      2. 4.1.2 Functional and Processing Bnefits of Whey Protein

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 High Manufacturing Costs and Fluctuations in Raw Material Prices

    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 Buyers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Whey Protein Concentrate

      2. 5.1.2 Whey Protein Isolate

      3. 5.1.3 Hydrolyzed Whey Protein

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Sports and Performance Nutrition

      2. 5.2.2 Infant Formula

      3. 5.2.3 Functional/Fortified Food


    1. 6.1 Strategies Adopted by Leading Player

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Arla Foods Amba

      2. 6.3.2 Agropur US

      3. 6.3.3 Glanbia PLC

      4. 6.3.4 Fonterra Group

      5. 6.3.5 LACTALIS Ingredients

      6. 6.3.6 Titan Biotech

      7. 6.3.7 Charotar Casein Company

      8. 6.3.8 Euroserum

      9. 6.3.9 Proteinwale

      10. 6.3.10 Medisysbiotech Private Limited

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

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India Whey Protein Industry Segmentation

Whey protein, also known as whey isolate, is a compound of proteins extracted from whey, a liquid material produced as a byproduct of cheese production. 

The Indian whey protein market is segmented by product type and application. By product type, the market is segmented into whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, and hydrolyzed whey protein. Based on application, the market is segmented into sports and performance nutrition, infant formula, and functional or fortified food. 

The market sizing has been done in value terms in USD and for volume terms in volume in tons for all the abovementioned segments.

Product Type
Whey Protein Concentrate
Whey Protein Isolate
Hydrolyzed Whey Protein
Sports and Performance Nutrition
Infant Formula
Functional/Fortified Food
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India Whey Protein Market Research FAQs

The India Whey Protein Market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.56% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Glanbia PLC (Optimum Nutrition), Arla Foods, Fonterra Group, Lactatis Ingredients and Titan Biotech are the major companies operating in the India Whey Protein Market.

The report covers the India Whey Protein Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the India Whey Protein Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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Whey Protein Market in India Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)