Japan Whey Protein Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

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

Japan Whey Protein Market Size

Japan Whey Protein Market
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
CAGR: 8.3 %

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Japan Whey Protein Market Analysis

The Japanese whey protein market is projected to register a CAGR of 8.3% during the forecast period (2020 - 2025).

  • The growing consumer attention toward whey protein is due to its functional benefits. It has become the choice of the fitness-oriented Japanese consumers, creating a demand for products containing whey in the country.
  • Whey proteins are widely used as food ingredients due to their highly nutritious and useful functional properties. Thus, they are considered important elements required for optimum human and infant health, which drives the market studied.
  • Fonterra accounts for the prominent share of the market. The company uses milk processed at its Wynyard factory to supply whey protein concentrate, a key ingredient in dairy products, like yogurt, dairy beverages, and snack bars.

Japan Whey Protein Industry Segmentation

The Japanese whey protein market is segmented on the basis of type as whey protein concentrates, whey protein isolates, and hydrolyzed whey proteins. Further segmentation has been done on the basis of application into sports and performance nutrition, infant formula, and functional/fortified food.

By Type
Whey Protein Concentrates
Whey Protein Isolates
Hydrolyzed Whey Proteins
By Application
Sports and Performance Nutrition
Infant Formula
Functional/Fortified Food

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Japan Whey Protein Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Japan Whey Protein Market according to our research experts:

Whey Protein Concentrates are Driving the Market

Whey protein concentrate is widely considered to be the most efficient and economical form of protein for the human body to digest and use. The concentrates are micro-filtered and not heat treated to produce ultra-pure protein, thereby offering bulk nutrients to the consumers. This process ensures the protein stays intact and as pure as it can be. It also means the powder can be mixed easily and achieve a smooth texture, giving the perfect protein shake. Numerous global and local players are engaged in the production of whey protein concentrates to satiate the growing consumer demand of the country.

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Sports and Performance Nutrition Dominates the Market

In Japan, consumers who are willing to live a healthy and active lifestyle and the ones who are recreationally active are increasingly opting for some type of sports nutrition products to complement their work-out sessions and obtain more purified nutrients. These products are effective to produce the desired physique, as they are considered a complete protein that is easy to digest. They also improve the overall protein intake of the body. Thus, the consumer demand for whey protein in various forms, such as powders and supplements, is increasing in Japan.

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Japan Whey Protein Industry Overview

The Japanese whey protein market is fragmented, with the presence of global players competing with regional and local players, while following varied strategies. ArlaFoods, Glanbia, and Fonterra Group are the most active companies in the market. Product innovations and partnerships account for the major strategies adopted by key players.

Japan Whey Protein Market Leaders

  1. Glanbia Plc

  2. Fonterra Co-operative Group

  3. Arla Foods Ingredients Group

  4. Eurosérum

  5. Lactalis Ingredients

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


Japan Whey Protein Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions 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 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 Concentrates

      2. 5.1.2 Whey Protein Isolates

      3. 5.1.3 Hydrolyzed Whey Proteins

    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


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Glanbia PLC

      2. 6.3.2 Morinaga Milk Industry Co. Ltd

      3. 6.3.3 Lactalis Ingredients

      4. 6.3.4 Fonterra Co-operative Group

      5. 6.3.5 Arla Foods Ingredients Group

      6. 6.3.6 Royal FrieslandCampina

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

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Japan Whey Protein Market Research FAQs

The Japan Whey Protein Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Japan Whey Protein Market is growing at a CAGR of 8.3% over the next 5 years.

Glanbia Plc, Fonterra Co-operative Group , Arla Foods Ingredients Group , Eurosérum, Lactalis Ingredients are the major companies operating in Japan Whey Protein Market.

Japan Whey Protein Industry Report

Statistics for the 2023 Japan Whey Protein market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Japan Whey Protein analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2028 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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