Protein Alternatives Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Global Protein Alternatives Market is segmented by Source (Plant Protein, Mycoprotein, Algal Protein, and Insect Protein); by Application (Food and Beverage, Dietary Supplements, Animal Feed, and Pet Food, Personal Care and Cosmetics); and by Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 6.65 %

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Market Overview

The global protein alternatives market is projected to register a CAGR of 6.65% during the forecast period (2020 - 2025).

  • The market studied has witnessed a significant growth due to the increasing intolerance toward animal protein, thereby, leading to the shift in preference of the meat-consuming population toward meat substitutes made of vegan protein, hence, driving the market studied.
  • COVID-19 is providing an unexpected boost to the protein alternative industry, globally. Medical studies show that coronavirus disease has an overwhelming impact on people with underlying health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. An alternative protein-based diet can help reduce the effects of the virus on at-risk people as there is the presence of an abundance of macronutrients, micronutrients, and antioxidants. From a manufacturing and distributing point of view, this industry has faced unprecedented demand from manufacturers as well as consumers, particularly for some products, such as meat analog and plant-based milk.
  • Consumers in developing regions, like Asia-Pacific and Africa, have started to incorporate more protein in their daily diets. Many companies operating in the market place have started to initiate awareness programs and campaigns, which can be directed to make the consumers understand the benefits of alternative proteins and establish popularity among consumers.

Scope of the Report

The global protein alternatives market is segmented by the source that includes plant protein, mycoprotein, algal protein, and insect protein. The plant protein section is further classified into soy protein, wheat protein, pea protein, and other plant proteins. Based on the application, the market is segmented into food and beverage, dietary supplements, animal feed, and pet food, personal care, and cosmetics. The food and beverage segment is sub-segmented into the bakery, confectionery, plant-based dairy products, beverages, and other food and beverage. The report further analyses the global scenario of the market, which includes a detailed analysis of North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle East & Africa.

By Source
Plant Protein
Soy Protein
Wheat Protein
Pea Protein
Other Plant Proteins
Algal protein
Insect Protein
By Application
Food and Beverage
Plant-Based Dairy Products
Other Food and Beverages
Dietary Supplements
Animal Feed and Pet Food
Personal Care and Cosmetics
By Geography
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 & Africa
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Growing Demand for Vegan Dietary Habits Globally

The protein alternatives market is witnessing a shift in consumer demand from animal protein to plant protein. This inclination toward a plant-based diet is associated with different factors, such as sustainability issues, health awareness, ethical or religious views, and environmental and animal rights. Meat proteins provide the required amino acid content to the body but are associated with high cholesterol levels and other related issues, as a result of which, people are shifting to a vegan source of protein. Moreover, dairy proteins are also associated with the required amino acid content for the body, but according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), lactose intolerance (inability to digest lactose) affects 30-50 million Americans, and over 90% of the adults in east Asia.

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North America Holds the Largest Market Share

The United States dominates the North American protein alternatives market by more than 60%. While there is still a strong dominance of animal protein among the US population, plant protein, such as soy, lentils, beans, among others, has been gaining high traction from the past few years. This is due to the high penetration of vegan protein-based products in the retail market and increased consumer awareness about the health benefits associated with it, along with weight management. With the existing business opportunities in the protein alternatives market, many companies are strategical, including business expansion plans, specifically in the plant protein category.

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Competitive Landscape

The global protein alternatives market is fragmented, and Cargill, ADM, Kerry Group, and DuPont dominate the market with major strategies, such as acquisitions, expansions, and new product launches. Cargill leads the market among the major players in the protein alternatives market. These companies, in order to retain their position within the market or gain an advantage over its competitors, have set their focus on research and development. Along with mergers and product launches to cater to the growing demand for protein alternative products, the companies are also coming up with new and innovative product offerings, in order to gain higher market shares that can be used in many industrial applications, such as food and beverages, dietary supplement, and animal feed.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables and Study Assumptions

    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 Source

      1. 5.1.1 Plant Protein

        1. Soy Protein

        2. Wheat Protein

        3. Pea Protein

        4. Other Plant Proteins

      2. 5.1.2 Mycoprotein

      3. 5.1.3 Algal protein

      4. 5.1.4 Insect Protein

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Food and Beverage

        1. Bakery

        2. Confectionery

        3. Plant-Based Dairy Products

        4. Beverages

        5. Other Food and Beverages

      2. 5.2.2 Dietary Supplements

      3. 5.2.3 Animal Feed and Pet Food

      4. 5.2.4 Personal Care and Cosmetics

    3. 5.3 By 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 & Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 The Archer Daniels Midland Company

      2. 6.4.2 Cargill Incorporated

      3. 6.4.3 Glanbia PLC

      4. 6.4.4 Ingredion Incorporated

      5. 6.4.5 DuPont de Nemours Inc.

      6. 6.4.6 Corbion NV

      7. 6.4.7 Kerry Inc.

      8. 6.4.8 Royal Avebe UA

    5. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Protein Alternatives Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Protein Alternatives Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.65% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Cargill Incorporated, Archer Daniels Midland Company, DuPont Danisco, Kerry Group, Ingredion Incorporated are the major companies operating in Protein Alternatives Market.

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