Lecithin Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

Lecithin Market is segmented by Source (Egg, Soy, Sunflower, and Other Sources); By Application (Food and Beverage, Feed, Nutrition and Supplements, Pharmaceuticals, and Other Applications); and by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East & Africa). The report offers market size and values in (USD million) during the forecasted years for the above segments.

Lecithin Market Size

Lecithin Market Summary
Study Period: 2017-2027
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 6.7 %

Major Players

Lecithin Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Lecithin Market Analysis

The lecithin market is expected to record a CAGR of 6.7% during the forecast period.

  • The rising incidences of lifestyle-based health issues, such as cardiovascular diseases, obesity, osteoporosis, and diabetes, have fuelled consumers’ need for food supplements. Lecithin is one of the key ingredients; owing to its various medical benefits, it can be consumed as a medicine and used in medicine manufacturing. 
  • Lecithin improves liver and cell functioning, fat transport and metabolism, healthy reproduction, and child development, and offers better treatment for gallstone, thereby finding its place in various new product launches. 
  • Sunflower lecithin is widely used as a substitute for soy lecithin for its properties like higher phosphatidylcholine (PC) content and essential fatty acids(EFA). It is lower in viscosity than soy lecithin. Hence, food manufacturers are choosing sunflower lecithin over soy lecithin as it has gluten-free properties. The demand for organic lecithin has witnessed an uptick in the market, majorly in the confectionery application segment. Furthermore, the demand is also assisted by the product properties like natural, safe, and allergen-free.
  • Moreover, lecithin helps to bind fat and keep it suspended in convenience food products, improve the hydration of high-protein components, lower the fat cap during the retort process, and improve the dispersion of high-fat powders. Additionally, its outstanding abilities to enhance mouthfeel and texture and make it easier for ingredients to be distributed evenly are anticipated to support its inclusion in the convenience food category.  
  • Products primarily high in sugar make up the confectionery segment, including chocolate, ice cream, gum, and caramels. Lecithin's improved surface qualities increase its consumption in the confectionery industry. The demand for it in the end-use segment is anticipated to remain high during the forecast period because it also helps to lower the moisture content of foods.

Lecithin Industry Segmentation

Lecithin is a fatty substance necessary for the body's cells. Lecithin can be found in many food products, including soybeans and egg yolks. It is taken as a medicine and is also utilized in the manufacturing of drugs. 

The global lecithin market is segmented by source, application, and geography. Based on the source, the market is segmented into egg, soy, sunflower, and others. Based on application, the market is segmented into food and beverage, feed, nutrition and supplements, pharmaceuticals, and other applications. The study also covers the global analysis of the major regions, such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, the Middle East, and Africa. 

For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on value (in USD million).

Other Sources
Food and Beverage
Nutrition and Supplements
Other Applications
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Lecithin Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Lecithin Market according to our research experts:

Surge in Demand for Dietary Supplement Driving the Market

  • Lecithin supplements can treat various conditions, including ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, and a few other treatments. According to a comprehensive study performed by GOQii, a fitness technology company in India, over 29.5% of respondents who experienced cholesterol issues in 2021 were seniors over 60. Young people made up around 6% of the responders that year, whereas teens made up approximately 7% of those with cholesterol issues. Such health conditions have been driving the demand for lecithin-based supplements.
  • Furthermore, a healthy lifestyle is prompting consumers to seek various dietary supplements to maintain and enhance their overall well-being. Thus, the intense focus on the preventive healthcare system, coupled with robust endorsements and marketing efforts of lifestyle enhancement products, is driving the market for lecithin in the dietary supplement industry. 
  • The primary factor affecting the market includes the increase in demand for food ingredients derived from various natural sources that would boost the sector. The surge in product launches according to the market demand is expected to propel the industry's growth.
  • For instance, Lasenor announced the launch of VEROLEC ORGANIC, organic soya lecithin that originated in the United States with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA ) Organic Certification. Additionally, in September 2021, AAK announced the acquisition of BIC Ingredients. BIC Ingredients is a player in the lecithin market that supplies non-GM specialty lecithin and lecithin compounds.
Lecithin Market - Lecithin Market: Turnover of food supplements in pharmacies, in 1,000 Euros, By Treatment Type, France, 2021

Asia Pacific Holds the Largest Market Share

  • The rising demand for natural ingredients is witnessing a rise in the usage of lecithin in bakery and confectionery, dairy, and meat products. The demand for lecithin in bakery products is significant as it is extensively used in baking procedures to increase moisture retention with even blending of flour with added ingredients. Lecithin is usually added to bread formulations at 0.2% and layer cakes at 0.5 - 1.5% based on flour weight. In Asian countries, there has been a surge in the production and exports of bakery products.
  • According to the UN Comtrade, India exported bread, pastry, cakes, and other bakery products worth USD 407.6 million, which was higher than the previous year's exports valued at USD 346.8 million. Hence, the rise in sales of bakery products has been driving the lecithin market across the region. 
  • On the other hand, increased demand for personal care products and cosmetics in the countries is expected to boost the demand for de-oiled lecithin. Additionally, the booming aquaculture industry in China is expected to increase the demand for lecithin in the animal feed segment.
Lecithin Market: Market Size (%), by Region, Global, 2021

Lecithin Industry Overview

The global lecithin market witnesses high competition, with a considerable number of regional-level and international players. Lecithin manufacturers are increasing the pace of product releases to better engage with customers and meet the rising demand for lecithin-based goods. The top players in the market studied include Lipoid GmbH, Cargill Inc., Archer Daniels Midland Company, DuPont de Nemours, Inc, and Wilmar International. 

The players in the market studied are focussing on developing a wider variety of lecithin formats for incorporation into food items, including bakery and confectionary, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, nutraceuticals, animal feed, and others, appealing to a broader end-user demographic to gain more market share. 

Companies are actively expanding their product bases and are increasing their production capacity to meet the demand for the applications emerging from the food and beverage sector.

Lecithin Market Leaders

  1. Lipoid GmbH

  2. DuPont de Nemours, Inc

  3. Wilmar International

  4. Cargill Inc.

  5. Archer Daniels Midland Company

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Lecithin Market Concentration

Lecithin Market News

  • November 2022: Novastell introduced a variety of lecithin granules for application in food and beverage applications. In contrast to Suncithin G96, created from sunflower lecithin and is likewise non-GMO and allergen-free, Soycithin G97 IP is a classic soy lecithin that is non-GMO and fully traceable.
  • March 2021: Lecico announced a distribution partnership with Ciranda for lecithin and phospholipids across North America, focusing on clean-label food trends and local commercial and technical support.
  • February 2021: Strenchemie announced the release of soy lecithin dairy alternatives for the European market. The company also received a generally recognized as safe (GRAS) no-objection letter from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its range of sunflower-based lecithin in April 2021.

Lecithin Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions & Market Definition

    2. 1.2 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 Source

      1. 5.1.1 Egg

      2. 5.1.2 Soy

      3. 5.1.3 Sunflower

      4. 5.1.4 Other Sources

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Food and Beverage

      2. 5.2.2 Feed

      3. 5.2.3 Nutrition and Supplements

      4. 5.2.4 Pharmaceuticals

      5. 5.2.5 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Spain

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Germany

        4. France

        5. Italy

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Position Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Cargill Inc.

      2. 6.3.2 Archer Daniels Midland Company

      3. 6.3.3 Lipoid GmbH

      4. 6.3.4 DuPont de Nemours, Inc

      5. 6.3.5 Sternchemie Gmbh & Co. Kg

      6. 6.3.6 VAV Life Sciences Pvt Ltd

      7. 6.3.7 Bunge Limited

      8. 6.3.8 Wilmar International

      9. 6.3.9 Fishmer Lecithin

      10. 6.3.10 American Lecithin Company

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

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Lecithin Market Research FAQs

The Lecithin Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Lecithin Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.7% over the next 5 years.

The Lecithin Market is valued at 1113 Million USD in 2017.

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

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Lipoid GmbH, DuPont de Nemours, Inc, Wilmar International, Cargill Inc., Archer Daniels Midland Company are the major companies operating in Lecithin Market.

Lecithin Industry Report

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