Global Prebiotic Ingredient Market Size - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Global Prebiotic Ingredient Market is segmented by ingredient into inulin, fructooligosaccharides, galactooligosaccharides, and other ingredients, and by application into infant formula, fortified food and beverages, dietary supplements, animal feed, pharmaceuticals, and other applications.

Prebiotic Ingredient Market Snapshot

prebiotic ingredient market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: South America
Largest Market: Europe
CAGR: 0 %

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Market Overview

Global prebiotic ingredients market is forecasted to register a CAGR of 12.2%, during the forecast period (2019-2024).

  • In 2017, Europe was the largest geographical segment of the market studied and accounted for a share of around 43.3% of the market.
  • The increasing importance of nutraceuticals, on account of the rising health awareness, consumer shift toward natural ingredients, and regulatory support intended to promote the inclusion of functional ingredients are expected to fuel up the demand for inulin and FOS, as functional ingredients. Also, prebiotic ingredients, such as inulin, is experiencing a visible growth.

Scope of the Report

Prebiotic ingredients are the non-digestible food ingredients used in the gut to increase populations of healthy bacteria, aid digestion, and enhance the production of valuable vitamins.

By Type
FOS (Fructo-oligosaccharide)
GOS (Galacto-oligosaccharide)
By Application
Infant Formula
Fortified Food and Beverage
Dietary Supplements
Animal Feed
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
South America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand for Nutraceuticals

Globally, nutraceutical products are gaining importance and are becoming a part of consumers’ daily dietary practice. The main reason for this growing popularity is the change in consumer lifestyle and increase in awareness. Increasing intake of high-fiber functional food and prebiotics by the food and beverage industry is linked to benefits, such as improved digestion, lower stress response, better hormonal balance, and a decrease in cardiovascular diseases. These benefits raise awareness among the consumers, which drives market growth. The increasing importance of nutraceuticals, on account of the rising health awareness, consumer shift toward natural ingredients, and regulatory support intended to promote the inclusion of functional ingredients are expected to fuel up the demand for inulin and FOS, as functional ingredients.

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Europe to Dominate the Market

Increasing demand for fortifying food with prebiotic ingredients is expected to increase the market expansion of prebiotic ingredients in Europe. Inulin is widely utilized in the food processing sector, as it is a good and healthy substitute for fat and sugar. A rise in concerns about diabetes and obesity across the region will further encourage demand for prebiotic-based fortified food and beverages. 

Germany holds the top position in the foodservice sector in Europe, accounting for one of the major consumers for the additive and ingredient market, including emulsifiers in the region. Bakery and confectionery sector of the country consumes the largest part of the emulsifiers, while the meat industry emerges as a growing sector for the market, promising to drive the market studied in the coming years.

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Competitive Landscape

BENEO GmbH and TEREOS SA are the most active companies with numerous brands offering a broad range of prebiotic ingredients across the world. Prebiotic ingredients manufacturers are focusing on upgrading the products they offer and introducing naïve formulations, including organic inulin. The leading players in the prebiotic ingredients market enjoy a dominant presence worldwide. These players focus on leveraging the opportunities posed by emerging markets to expand their product portfolio, so that they can cater to the requirements for various product segments, especially in prebiotic ingredients. These players are focusing on rapid market expansion and new product launches, to gain a better market share, efficient results, and competitive edge over other competitors in the market.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Key Deliverables of the Study

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Market



    1. 3.1 Market Overview


    1. 4.1 Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

    3. 4.3 Opportunities

    4. 4.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porters Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Inulin

      2. 5.1.2 FOS (Fructo-oligosaccharide)

      3. 5.1.3 GOS (Galacto-oligosaccharide)

      4. 5.1.4 Others

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Infant Formula

      2. 5.2.2 Fortified Food and Beverage

      3. 5.2.3 Dietary Supplements

      4. 5.2.4 Animal Feed

    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. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Russia

        6. Spain

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Australia

        4. Japan

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of the World

        1. South America

        2. Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Beneo-Orafti SA

      2. 6.4.2 Tereos Group

      3. 6.4.3 Ingredion Inc.

      4. 6.4.4 Cargill Inc.

      5. 6.4.5 DowDuPont Inc

      6. 6.4.6 Royal Freisland Campina NV

      7. 6.4.7 Kerry Group

      8. 6.4.8 Cosucra-groupe Warcoing SA

      9. 6.4.9 Sensus BV

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Prebiotic Ingredient Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Global Prebiotic Ingredient Market is growing at a CAGR of 0% over the next 5 years.

South America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Europe holds highest share in 2020.

BENEO GmbH, Tereos SA, Ingredion Incorporated, Royal Freisland Campina NV, Cargill, Incorporated are the major companies operating in Global Prebiotic Ingredient Market.

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