Starter Cultures Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Starter Cultures Market is segmented by Type (Yeast, Bacteria, and Mold), Form (Dried, Liquid, and Frozen), Application (Dairy Products, Bakery Products, Beverages, and others), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts in value (USD million) for the above segments.

Starter Cultures Market Size

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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 5.50 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia-Pacific
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration High

Major Players

Starter Cultures Market Major Players

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Starter Cultures Market Analysis

The Starter Culture market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.5% during the forecast period, 2022-2027.

Starter culture is a microbial culture that is used in various food and beverage industries to enhance the fermentation process of the product. For instance, in the dairy industry, the starter culture which is composed of bacteria or yeast plays a major role in the production of dairy products including cheese, butter, and yogurt. Saccharomyces Cerevisiae is the most common started culture that is widely used in the production of beer, wine, and other types of alcoholic beverages to improve their flavor, texture, and quality. Besides, quality and flavor, starter culture has a significant property associated with health benefits. For example, the lactobacillus Bulgaricus and streptococcus are the most common microbial culture used in yogurt production and offers essential nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and potassium coupled with health benefits including weight management, increasing digestibility, enhancement of bone mineralization, heart health, and immune function. During the pandemic period, the growing demand for probiotics and functional food products has further triggered the growth of starter culture in the market.

In recent years, the demand for fermented food has grown rapidly among consumers which gives a way to a profitable market for food culture. The surging reliability of dairy-based products and functional beverages coupled with growing awareness about the health benefits of starter culture is anticipated to fuel the market growth. Moreover, the technological innovations including non-genetically modified starter culture in the starter culture industry are expected to drive the market growth. For instance, in 2021, TÜBİTAK MAM Food Institute has developed a long-life yoghurt starter culture obtained from non genetically altered bacteria strains collected from Anatolia, which can be a game-changer for dairy industry.

However, the stringent government regulation on the use of microorganisms in food products owing to the perishable property is anticipated to restrain the growth of starter culture in the market.

Starter Cultures Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Starter Cultures Market according to our research experts:

Growing conscious about the health benefits associated with starter cultures in dairy products

In the past few years, the demand for fermented dairy products including fermented milk is gaining traction among consumers owing to their health-promotional benefits such as decreasing the rate of metabolic disorders, preventing obesity, and reduced immune-related pathogenesis. According to the study on the health benefits of fermented dairy products published in the Journal PubMed 2021, the consumption of yogurt and cultured milk has witnessed an improvement in gastrointestinal health. In addition, the presence of probiotic bacteria in yogurt aids in decreasing the absorption of cholesterol in the body which in turn reduces the risk of cardiovascular disorder and other lifestyle diseases. Moreover, the increasing awareness about the nutritional benefits of probiotic bacteria especially among lactose intolerance consumers is adding strength to the growth of starter culture in the market. Thereby, the increasing demand for fermented food products among consumers is further rising the demand for starter culture as a result it drives the market growth.

Starter Cultures: Annual Consumption of Fermented Milk, in Thousand Metric Tons, Italy, 2016 - 2021

Asia-Pacific region is the fastest growing during the forecast period

The Asia-Pacific region has a higher production rate of fermented food products owing to the increasing consumer preference for fermented dairy, meat, and functional beverages products. According to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the middle-class population inhabiting the region has shifted their diet preference from staple cereals to fermented dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, and butter. India and China claim to have higher fermented milk consumption and will continue to build a larger market, owing to the increasing demand for milk and dairy products. This, in turn, encourages manufacturers to innovate new dairy cultures to meet consumer needs. for instance, in 2020, Dupont Nutrition and Bioscience launched a series of dairy cultures including Yo-Mix Prime, DuPont Danisco LPC 800, and Yo-Mix Fast 1.0 in China market which provide a solution for yogurt producers. Similarly, the consumption of fermented alcoholic beverages is increasing among the Asian population which in turn drives the market growth. With the increasing production of fermented products, there is an increasing demand for starter culture and hence strengthening the market growth in the Asia-Pacific region.

Starter Culture Market: Market Size (%), Global, 2021

Starter Cultures Industry Overview

The global starter cultures market is highly fragmented owing to the presence of global and regional players. Major players in the market studied include Chr, Hansen Holding A/S, Döhler Group, Royal DSM N.V., Mediterranea Biotechnolgie Srl, and Ingredion among others. Major players are focusing on product innovation in the market to expand their presence, enhance their brand portfolio, and cater to various preferences of product manufacturers. For instance, in 2022, IFF Health & Biosciences announced the global launch of four new cultures under its Yo-Mix Prime series destined for yogurt manufacturers. The new cultures join Yo-Mix Prime 800 and 900 in helping dairy manufacturers to solve a range of major production challenges, enabling them to offer a diverse range of high-quality products to consumers.

Starter Cultures Market Leaders

  1. Chr, Hansen Holding A/S

  2. Döhler Group

  3. Mediterranea Biotechnolgie Srl

  4. Ingredion Incorporated

  5. Koninklijke DSM N.V.,

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Starter Cultures Market Concentration
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Starter Cultures Market News

  • In January 2022, International Flavors & Fragnances Inc. (IFF) collaborated with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and announced a new investment in the next generation in the development of started cultures to improve the fitness of strains from plant-based materials.
  • In June 2021, DSM unveiled the launch of its new yogurt culture Delvo Fresh YS-042 to expand its portfolio in the fresh culture category.
  • In May 2021, Chr. Hansen launched VEGA, a starter culture kit for plant-based yogurts. This product comprises customizable starter cultures with probiotic and bioprotective strains.

Starter Cultures Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and 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 Force 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 Bacteria

      2. 5.1.2 Yeast

      3. 5.1.3 Mold

    2. 5.2 By Form

      1. 5.2.1 Dried

      2. 5.2.2 Liquid

      3. 5.2.3 Frozen

    3. 5.3 By Application

      1. 5.3.1 Dairy Products

        1. Milk

        2. Cheese

        3. Butter

        4. Yogurt

      2. 5.3.2 Bakery Products

      3. 5.3.3 Beverages

        1. Alcoholic Beverages

        2. Non-Alcoholic Beverages

      4. 5.3.4 Others

    4. 5.4 By 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. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. Spain

        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 & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Chr, Hansen Holding A/S

      2. 6.3.2 Döhler Group

      3. 6.3.3 Ingredion Incorporated

      4. 6.3.4 Koninklijke DSM N.V.

      5. 6.3.5 Mediterranea Biotechnolgie Srl

      6. 6.3.6 Sacco S.R.L

      7. 6.3.7 Dalton Biotechnologies

      8. 6.3.8 Lactina Ltd

      9. 6.3.9 Danisco A/S

      10. 6.3.10 Wyeast Laboratories, Inc.

    4. *List Not Exhaustive



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Starter Cultures Industry Segmentation

Starter culture refers to the microbial culture technique to assemble commercial fermented products. The global started culture market (henceforth referred to as the market studied) is segmented by type, form, application, and geography. By type, the market is segmented into Yeast, Bacteria, and Mold. Based on the Form, the market is segmented into Dried, Liquid, and Frozen. Based on the application, the market studied is segmented into Dairy Products, Bakery Products, Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Alcoholic Beverages, and others. It provides an analysis of emerging and established economies across the world, comprising North America, Europe, South America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of value (in USD million).

By Type
By Form
By Application
Dairy Products
Bakery Products
Alcoholic Beverages
Non-Alcoholic Beverages
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
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa
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Starter Cultures Market Research FAQs

The Starter Cultures Market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.5% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Chr, Hansen Holding A/S , Döhler Group , Mediterranea Biotechnolgie Srl , Ingredion Incorporated and Koninklijke DSM N.V., are the major companies operating in the Starter Cultures 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 Starter Cultures Market.

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

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