Specialty Enzymes Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Specialty Enzymes Market is segmented by Source (Plant, Animal, and Microbial), Type (Carbohydrases, Proteases, Lipases, and Other Types), Application (Food and Beverage, Pharmaceuticals, Animal Nutrition, and Other Applications), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and values in (USD million) for the above segments.

Specialty Enzymes Market Size

Specialty Enzymes Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 7.60 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Specialty Enzymes Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Specialty Enzymes Market Analysis

The Specialty Enzymes market is projected to witness a CAGR of 7.6% over the next five years.

Enzymes are proteins that exist in the body of all living organisms, including humans, that function as catalysts. On the other hand, enzymes are necessary substances for vital activities and help many of the complex and diverse activities in substance metabolism. Growing consumer health consciousness has increased consumption of functional food products, which is predicted to have a favorable impact on the demand for enzymes over the forecast period. In March 2021, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. announced the launch of Enovera 3001 enzyme as the newest addition to its ingredients for the bakery industry range. The new enzyme offers a label-friendly formulation for strengthening the bakery dough without compromising on its texture and taste. Over the past 10 years, the demand for enzymes has increased due to the natural flavor and taste of food items as well as unique food products, which has led to market expansion. The product is used for a variety of purposes, including the clarity of fruit juice, brewing germination, making cheese, pre-digesting infant food, and tenderizing meat. Additionally, the imminent population boom, increased food quality, and greater consumer awareness of nutritional requirements are all expected to have a beneficial impact on market growth.

The market is witnessing rapid growth due to the increasing demand for processed food in the country and the wide applications of enzymes in the processed food industry. Moreover, innovation in food technology in the country and increasing awareness about better-quality products being manufactured by utilizing enzymes are further driving the market. For instance, DSM launched a new range of baking enzymes, specifically formulated for gluten-free applications, that improve the softness and moistness of bread. These enzymes are also used in further applications, such as corn tortillas, rye bread, and white bread. The rapid growth of India's food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries has supported this expansion, and the demand for food enzymes is eventually expected to surpass the demand for industrial enzymes. The majority of these businesses either specialize in marketing or formulations of food enzymes. Moreover, the sports nutrition industry has been expanding at a rapid pace for the past few years due to increased health awareness and a high preference for an active lifestyle.

Specialty Enzymes Market Trends

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

Increasing Demand for Processed Food

The processed foods segment has witnessed a significant rise in the market in recent years, owing to changes in the lifestyle patterns of consumers and a strong influence on the consumption of convenience foods. The demand for processed and packaged foods is rising in both developed and developing regions of the world due to factors such as urbanization, a growing middle-class population, an increase in the number of working women, and an increase in disposable income. As a result, there is a greater need for food packaging and processing solutions. Food additives are therefore widely employed in processed and convenience food products to maintain the freshness, safety, taste, appearance, and texture of processed foods. 

The increased demand for convenience and processed foods such as ready-to-eat foods, ready-to-drink beverages, snacks, frozen dinners, and others is one of the key drivers fueling the expansion of the food additives market. Customers want both a diversity of flavors and nutritious eating choices. To increase customer interest, several processed foods that are high in calcium, fiber, and protein and are regarded as healthy for diabetics are being sold. These products have features that are functional, such as being devoid of gluten, cholesterol, GMOs, and salt, among others. Due to their low cost and great production, microbial sources are the primary source of enzymes used in food and beverages. The digestive, softening, and anti-staling properties of food enzymes are anticipated to propel market expansion. The demand for bakery and dairy goods such as cheese, yogurt, cakes, biscuits, and bread is extremely high. Notably, the bakery uses the most enzymes in the entire nation. Thus, the rise in demand for processed foods has always contributed to the rise in demand for enzyme application due to the expansion and convenience of food retail chains.

Specialty Enzymes Market: Sales volume of enzymes and prepared enzymes in the United Kingdom, In Kilograms, 2018-2021

North America Leading the Market

North America is the largest market for specialty enzymes with its major applications in the food and feed industries. It accounts for a prominent share of the global specialty enzyme market. The market is driven by the increased consumption of processed food products, increased expenditure on premium quality products, and consumer preference for the natural ingredients used in the products. New food enzyme applications in markets such as protein fortification are expected to prompt growth in the food enzymes market and create lucrative opportunities for industry participants. For instance, in June 2021, International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., launched Nurica, a dairy enzyme that naturally harnesses the lactose present in milk in the United States. The enzyme helps in naturally generating a higher yield of prebiotic galactooligosaccharides (GOS) fibers that help in managing lactose intolerance and optimizing fiber intake one of the main factors driving the demand for carbs in the United States is likely to be the rising desire for dietary fibers and functional foods.

The market's rapid expansion in North America is linked to the expanding trend of consumers choosing naturally derived meals. The demand for food enzymes in the region is developing as a result of the growing consumer perception that organic additives are secure and nutritious. According to the Organic Trade Association, in 2021, organic food sales in the United States amounted to about USD 57.5 billion. The use of enzymes in various food systems has increased in response to the rising demand for premium processed meals free of chemical additives. Market expansion in the region is being fueled by major players' increased investments in novel solutions, like more precise enzymes. Furthermore, innovation in food technology in the region, extensive R&D investment, and the growing awareness about better-quality products being manufactured by utilizing enzymes, are further driving the market.

Specialty Enzymes Market: Market Size (%), By Region, Global, 2022

Specialty Enzymes Industry Overview

The Specialty Enzymes Market is fragmented, with top global and regional players competing fiercely with local companies to gain market shares. Kerry Group, Novozymes, Chr. Hansen, and DuPont are some of the major players in the specialty enzymes market. These companies majorly focus on expanding their businesses and undertaking strategies, such as mergers and acquisitions, expansions, and novel product innovations. Partnerships are the next strategy preferred by companies in order to strengthen their market presence and develop innovative products. Kerry Group has planned to develop new technologies for specialty enzyme production. Connell Brothers is focusing on increasing distribution in the market.

Specialty Enzymes Market Leaders

  1. Novozymes

  2. Kerry Inc.

  3. Chr. Hansen Holding A/S

  4. DuPont de Nemours, Inc.

  5. Koninklijke DSM N.V.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Specialty Enzymes Market Concentration
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Specialty Enzymes Market News

  • Dec 2022: Danish food ingredient and enzyme makers Novozymes and Chr. Hansen agreed to merge. In comparison, both firms produce enzymes, Chr. Hansen focuses on enzymes and microbial for the food industry, and Novozymes' major business areas include enzymes for household products, food and beverage, and biofuels.
  • Apr 2021: Biocatalysts Ltd announced the launch of a new dairy enzyme Promod™ 517MDP (P517MDP), to expand its Kosher and Halal-certified dairy protein enzymes.
  • Jan 2021: IFF introduced a lactase enzyme named Nurica enzyme which allowed dairy processors to adjust the sugar, fiber, and lactose content of their flavored milk, ice cream, and fermented dairy products.

Specialty Enzymes Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions & Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study



    1. 3.1 Market Overview


    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

      2. 5.1.2 Animal

      3. 5.1.3 Microbial

    2. 5.2 By Type

      1. 5.2.1 Carbohydrases

      2. 5.2.2 Proteases

      3. 5.2.3 Lipases

      4. 5.2.4 Other Types

    3. 5.3 By Application

      1. 5.3.1 Food & Beverage

      2. 5.3.2 Pharmaceutical

      3. 5.3.3 Animal Nutrition

      4. 5.3.4 Other Applications

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Spain

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Germany

        4. France

        5. Italy

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Novozymes

      2. 6.3.2 Kerry Inc.

      3. 6.3.3 Chr. Hansen Holding A/S

      4. 6.3.4 DuPont de Nemours, Inc.

      5. 6.3.5 Associate British Foods PLC

      6. 6.3.6 Specialty Enzymes & Probiotics

      7. 6.3.7 Koninklijke DSM N.V.

      8. 6.3.8 International Flavors & Fragrances

      9. 6.3.9 Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

      10. 6.3.10 Amano Enzymes

      11. 6.3.11 AST Enzymes

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

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Specialty Enzymes Industry Segmentation

Food enzymes are protein molecules that are safe for ingestion and are utilized by the food industry throughout food production to increase the food's safety, quality, and process effectiveness.

The Specialty Enzymes Market is segmented by Source (Plant, Animal, and Microbial), Type (Carbohydrases, Proteases, Lipases, and Other Types), Application (Food and Beverage, Pharmaceuticals, Animal Nutrition, and Other Applications), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and values in (USD million) for the above segments.

By Source
By Type
Other Types
By Application
Food & Beverage
Animal Nutrition
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
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle East and Africa
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Specialty Enzymes Market Research FAQs

The Specialty Enzymes Market is projected to register a CAGR of 7.60% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Novozymes, Kerry Inc., Chr. Hansen Holding A/S, DuPont de Nemours, Inc. and Koninklijke DSM N.V. are the major companies operating in the Specialty Enzymes Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Specialty Enzymes Market.

The report covers the Specialty Enzymes Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Specialty Enzymes Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Specialty Enzymes Industry Report

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