Protein Ingredients Market Size - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Global Protein Ingredients Market is segmented by Source (Animal Source (Dairy Protein, Egg Protein, Gelatin and Others), Plant Source (Soy Protein, Wheat Protein, and Vegetable Protein)), Application (Animal Feed, Food & Beverage, Infant Formulations, Cosmetics & Personal Care, and Pharmaceuticals), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 6.32 %
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Market Overview

The global protein ingredients market is poised to grow at a CAGR of 6.32% during the forecast period (2020 - 2025).

  • Protein ingredients are consumed to maintain the level of proteins in the human body as they are the best source to keep the body fit. The human body is incapable of producing vital amino acids which are required for healing cells.
  • The highly matured sports nutrition and functional beverage industries drive the growth of protein ingredients in the global market. Canada and Mexico have emerged as major importers of whey, over the past few years. The Asia-Pacific youth population that extensively uses whey protein for bodybuilding, has been generating considerable demand.
  • The leading players such as Roquette Frères and others witnessed the slowdown of the sales and product innovation due to the fact that many companies had to shut down laboratories as an impact of COVID-19. However, surge in the demand for plant-based protein ingredients further strengthen the growth of market.

Scope of the Report

The global protein ingredients market is segmented by source, which is classified as the animal source, and plant source. The animal source is sub-segmented into dairy protein, egg protein, gelatin, and others and similarly, plant source is classified as soy protein, wheat protein, and vegetable protein. By application, the market is classified as animal feed, food & beverage, infant formulations, cosmetics & personal care, and pharmaceuticals. Also, the study provides an analysis of the protein ingredients market in the emerging and established markets across the world, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa.

By Source
Animal Source
Dairy Ingredients
Whey Protein Concentrates
Whey Protein Hydrolysates
Whey Protein Isolates
Casein & Caseinates
Egg Protein
Plant Source
Soy Protein
Soy Protein Isolates
Soy Protein Concentrates
Textured Soy Protein
Wheat Protein
Vegetable Protein
By Application
Animal Feed
Food & Beverage
Infant Formulations
Cosmetics & Personal Care
By Geography
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
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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Key Market Trends

Rising Health Benefits Associated with Protein

Growing trends of urbanization, increasing geriatric population, lifestyle changes, increasing number of women in professional spaces are resulting in consumers opting for health and wellness options. Demand is increasing for protein-fortified foods to meet the daily dietary requirement, and protein ingredients have emerged from being a low-profile commodity to a value-enhancing ingredient. Protein foods are also beneficial in preventing weight gain since they make us feel full and require more work for the body to digest them. Based on clinical trials, high-protein diets can help preserve lean body mass and keep a better body composition. Additionally, as an impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for protein-enriched food products witnessed a significant upsurge among the global consumers, mainly with an aim to boost the immunity level of the consumers, thus, driving the sales of protein ingredients.

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North America Holds the Largest Share in Protein Ingredients Market

North America dominates the protein ingredients market. The increasing health consciousness and awareness about the positive effects of protein consumption is anticipated to boost the North American market. Europe is another thriving market for protein ingredients. However, owing to maturation, it is likely to lose some shares to the Asia-Pacific and South American regions in the years to come. Asia-Pacific, on the other hand, is expected to be highly lucrative for market players during the forecast period owing to growing industrial growth, rising disposable incomes, and the growing population.

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Competitive Landscape

Major key players in the global protein ingredients market are Cargill Inc., Kerry Group Plc, Arla Foods, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), DuPont de Nemours, Inc, and Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd., among others. The players offering plant-based protein ingredients are observing extensive growth in the sales, supported by rising veganism in the global market.

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 Animal Source

        1. Dairy Ingredients

          1. Whey Protein Concentrates

          2. Whey Protein Hydrolysates

          3. Whey Protein Isolates

          4. Casein & Caseinates

        2. Egg Protein

        3. Gelatin

        4. Others

      2. 5.1.2 Plant Source

        1. Soy Protein

          1. Soy Protein Isolates

          2. Soy Protein Concentrates

          3. Textured Soy Protein

        2. Wheat Protein

        3. Vegetable Protein

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Animal Feed

      2. 5.2.2 Food & Beverage

        1. Food

        2. Beverage

        3. Supplements

      3. 5.2.3 Infant Formulations

      4. 5.2.4 Cosmetics & Personal Care

      5. 5.2.5 Pharmaceuticals

    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 and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle East and 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 Archer Daniels Midland Company

      2. 6.4.2 Cargill Incorporated

      3. 6.4.3 Kerry Group Plc

      4. 6.4.4 Roquette Freres

      5. 6.4.5 DuPont de Nemours, Inc

      6. 6.4.6 Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd.

      7. 6.4.7 DAR PRO Ingredients

      8. 6.4.8 BASF SE

    5. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Protein Ingredients Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.32% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Cargill Inc., Kerry Group Plc, Arla Foods, Archer Daniels Midland Company, BASF SE are the major companies operating in Protein Ingredients Market.

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