Middle East & Africa Fermented Ingredient Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Middle East and African Fermented Ingredients Market is segmented By Type (Amino Acids, Organic Acids, Polymers, Vitamins, Antibiotics, and Industrial Enzymes), By Application (Food and Beverage, Feed, Pharmaceutical, Industrial Use, and Others) and By Geography

Market Snapshot

middle east and africa fermented ingredients market summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 4.9 %

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Market Overview

The Middle East and African fermented ingredient market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.9% during the forecast period (2020-2025).

  • In the food and beverage industries, the country has witnessed a rising demand for beverage brands that move beyond traditional products such as yoghurt and fermented culture drinks and branch into new categories such as tea bags and flavoured water due to the consumer interest in the novel and new products.
  • Increased demand for fortified food products such as fortification of fermented cereal food products with Pseudocereal and Legume-Based ingredient has boosted the demand for fermented ingredients in the region. For instance, sorghum and fava bean, both readily available in many developing countries of Africa, are combined as fermented ingredients to increase the potential protein availability of the end-product.

Scope of the report

The Middle East and African fermented ingredients market is segmented by type that includes amino acids, organic acids, polymers, vitamins, antibiotics, and industrial enzymes. Based on the application, the market is segmented into food and beverage, feed, pharmaceutical, industrial use, and others. The study also includes the analysis of regions such as Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the rest of the Middle East and Africa.

By Type
Amino Acids
Organic Acids
Industrial Enzymes
By Application
Food and Beverage
Industrial Use
By Geography
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increased Demand for Amino Acids

The growing popularity of amino acids, especially the BCAA formulation and amino acid supplements, is anticipated to boost the market growth for fermented amino acids. As most of the animal feed industry in the region utilize the traditional cereal crops, such as maize, soya oilcake, wheat bran, and so on, therefore, the country has huge potential for fermented amino acid manufacturers of lysine, tryptophan, threonine, and methionine. 

The major established players of the market in the region are also focusing on product launches and developments to introduce new technologies or developing further on the existing product portfolio. For instance, Evonik at AGRENA launched its latest animal nutrition innovations- Biolys® and Ecobiol®, for the Middle East and North Africa, where Biolys is an innovative lysine source obtained through the fermentation process in 2017.

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Pharmaceutical is the Fastest Growing Segment

The pharmaceutical industry is facing high demand for amino acid infusions, as they have been found to increase the success rate of surgeries. This increasing demand can be attributed to the fact that the human body rejects the protein in the infusions (earlier used) and has been, thus, widely replaced by amino acid infusions.​ A variety of amino acids are majorly being utilized for making intravenous nutrient solutions for pre- and post-operative care. 

The nutrient solution mixtures account for a very small portion of the total volume of amino acids being produced and sold every year, however; the purity in terms of grade of amino acids employed is high, which makes it a value-added component, thus, propelling the market growth. The increasing utilization of amino acids in Branched Chain Amino Acid  (BCAAs) formulas for people with liver dysfunction has given high scope for manufacturers for amino acid production, valine, leucine, and isoleucine in specific.

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Competitive Landscape

The Middle East and African fermented ingredients market is consolidated with the major players dominating the market. Some of the strategies adopted by the key players to gain a competitive advantage in the market are new product development, expansion, mergers and acquisitions, and partnerships. The prominent players are BASF SE, Lonza Group, Döhler Group, Lessafre, and Evonik Industries AG.

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 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Amino Acids

      2. 5.1.2 Organic Acids

      3. 5.1.3 Polymers

      4. 5.1.4 Vitamins

      5. 5.1.5 Antibiotics

      6. 5.1.6 Industrial Enzymes

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Food and Beverage

      2. 5.2.2 Feed

      3. 5.2.3 Pharmaceutical

      4. 5.2.4 Industrial Use

      5. 5.2.5 Others

    3. 5.3 By Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Saudi Arabia

      2. 5.3.2 South Africa

      3. 5.3.3 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 BASF SE

      2. 6.3.2 Lonza Group

      3. 6.3.3 Döhler Group

      4. 6.3.4 Lessafre

      5. 6.3.5 Evonik Industries AG

      6. 6.3.6 Lallemand Inc.

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Middle East & Africa Fermented Ingredients Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Middle East & Africa Fermented Ingredients Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.9% over the next 5 years.

BASF SE, Lonza Group, Döhler Group, Lessafre, Evonik Industries AG are the major companies operating in Middle East & Africa Fermented Ingredients Market.

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