Global Protein Ingredients Market by Product Type (Plant Proteins, Microbe-based Proteins, Animal/Dairy Proteins, Insect Proteins); by Application (Food & Beverages, Clinical Nutrition, Infant Formulations, Animal Feed, and Others); by Form (Liquid and Solid); by Region (Asia-Pacific, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, and Europe); - Global Forecasts 2021 to 2027

Date: Jan 2022 Report Id: 151 Category: Food & Beverages Report Format: pdf-img excel-img ppt-img word-img

The Global Protein Ingredients Market was valued at USD 41.49 Bn in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 85.80 Bn by 2027, with a growing CAGR of 10.9% during the forecast period.

The Global Protein Ingredients Market Definition

Protein is an essential macronutrient that helps in repairing tissue, building muscle, and making hormones and enzymes. As it is an energy-yielding macronutrient, it is needed every day in larger quantities than minerals and vitamins. Protein performs several functions in the human body including forming cells along with the structure of muscles and body tissues.

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The Global Protein Ingredients Market Dynamics

The protein ingredient market is majorly gaining traction owing to the growing prevalence of nutrition deficiency diseases such as Kwashiorkor and Marasmus among infants and children across the globe. These diseases often lead to body swelling, swollen stomach, delayed child growth, thinning of hair, frequent infections, loss of muscle mass, skin depigmentation, flaky rash, diarrhea, and bloating among others. This has resulted in increasing awareness among parents on the importance of feeding nutrition-rich products to their children. Therefore, the growing awareness regarding nutrition deficiency diseases and changing lifestyles is expected to proliferate significant demand in the protein ingredient market in the coming years.

Moreover, another major factor driver driving the protein ingredient market is the increased use of protein ingredients in health and sports supplements. Protein Ingredients play a crucial role in the growth of muscles, as proteins help to build muscle mass and repair damaged muscle tissue. Additionally, consuming protein-rich foods and taking their supplements help the consumer in feeling fuller for a longer duration. This tends to result in smaller portion sizes and less frequent snacking, which helps the consumer in maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight if necessary. Owing to these benefits, protein-rich food has been gaining wide popularity among athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and regular gym-goers. Thus, an increase in the demand for protein-rich products from these health-conscious consumers is expected to boost the demand in the protein ingredients industry.

The Global Protein Ingredients Market Segmentation

By Product Type

  • Plant Proteins
    • Legumes-based
    • Cereal-based
    • Root-based
    • Ancient Grains
    • Nuts & Seeds-based
  • Microbe-based Proteins
    • Bacteria
    • Algae
    • Yeast
    • Fungi
  • Animal/Dairy Proteins
    • Whey Protein Concentrates
    • Egg Protein
    • Milk Protein Concentrates/Isolates
    • Whey Protein Isolates
    • Whey Protein Hydrolysates
    • Casein/Caseinates
    • Collagen Peptides
    • Gelatin
  • Insect Proteins
    • Coleoptera
    • Lepidoptera
    • Hymenoptera
    • Orthoptera
    • Hemiptera
    • Diptera
    • Others

By Application

  • Food & Beverages
    • Beverages
    • Bakery & Confectionery
    • Breakfast Cereals
    • Weight Management/ Dietary Supplements
    • Dairy Alternatives
    • Snacks
    • Meat Alternatives & Extenders
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Others
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Infant Formulations
  • Animal Feed
  • Others

By Form

  • Liquid
  • Solid

By Region

  • Asia-Pacific
  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Europe

The unique insights provided by this report also include the following:

  • In-Depth Value Chain Analysis
  • Market Opportunity Mapping
  • Sector Snapshot
  • Key Players Positioning Matrix
  • Regulatory Scenario
  • Strategies Adopted-Benchmarking Heat Map
  • Market Trends
  • Covid-19 Impact Analysis
  • Product Comparison
  • Pre & Post Covid-19 Impact on Protein Ingredients Market
  • Competitive Landscape

Based on the product type, the animal/dairy proteins product type is expected to account for the major share in the protein ingredients market owing to numerous health benefits associated with the consumption of animal protein ingredients

Based on product type, the protein ingredients market is segmented into plant proteins, microbe-based proteins, animal/dairy proteins, insect proteins. Among these, the animal/dairy proteins product type is expected to account for the major share in the protein ingredients market. This is owing to numerous health benefits associated with the consumption of animal protein ingredients. For instance, whey protein helps in increasing glutathione (GSH) levels, improving nutritional status along with boosting immunity in cancer patients that are undergoing chemotherapy. Similarly, consuming collagen peptides helps in improving hair and skin health, reducing joint pains and degeneration, reducing weight, and detoxification of the liver among many others. Hence, an increase in awareness regarding the health benefits offered by these proteins is expected to expand their consumer base in the protein ingredients market.

Based on application, the food & beverage segment is projected to dominate the protein ingredients industry due to the broad-spectrum applicability of protein ingredients in the food industry

Based on application, the protein ingredients industry is fragmented into food & beverages, clinical nutrition, infant formulations, animal feed, and others. Among these, the food and beverages application segment has dominated the protein ingredients market and is expected to show similar trends during the forecast period. This dominant share is due to the broad-spectrum applicability of protein ingredients in the food industry. Whey protein ingredients have a wide application in the confectionery and bakery industry as they serve as an economical source of protein. Moreover, increasing advancements in technology and process design have led to a rise in the use of protein ingredients in several functional food products making them nutrient-rich. Further, protein ingredients products are now extensively used in ready-to-drink beverages to make liquid protein supplements for busy consumers that are unwilling to compromise on health. Thereby growing use of protein ingredients products in the food & beverage industry is positively driving the growth of the global protein ingredients market.

Based on region, the North America region is anticipated to lead the protein ingredients industry across the globe growing number of health-conscious consumers in the region

Based on region, the protein ingredients market is divided into Asia-Pacific, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, and Europe. Among these, the North America region led the protein ingredients market across the globe and is anticipated to show a significant growth trend during the forecast period. This share is majorly attributed to the increasing number of health-conscious consumers in the region who are rapidly adopting a healthy lifestyle or indulging in such activities that promote an active lifestyle. According to IHRSA, a global health & fitness association, the U.S. accounted for the largest health club consumers estimating at 64.2 million consumers, and 41,370 health & fitness facilities in 2019. Therefore, a growing number of health-conscious consumers are proliferating demand for protein-rich foods such as protein bars, protein shakes, and energy bars among others. The rising demand for these food products is expected to positively drive the protein ingredients market demand.

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of the market dynamics such as drivers, restraints opportunities, and challenges


  • Growing awareness regarding diseases linked with nutrition deficiency
  • Rising usage of protein ingredients in bodybuilding and sports products


  • Cultural restriction on the consumption of gelatine


  • Increasing R&D by key market players to introduce new & innovative products
  • The growing potential of dairy and plant proteins

Note: Challenges along with in-depth Protein Ingredients market dynamics analysis are mentioned in the report.

COVID-19 impact on the protein ingredients market analysis

The COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the growth of the protein ingredients market. The rapidly spreading virus has resulted in changing consumer purchasing behavior and gradually transforming the food industry. Consumers are now concerned regarding maintaining their health and have started avoiding the consumption of poultry and meat. Therefore, to fill this gap, they are looking for meat substitute products that are filled with proteins and help in boosting immunity. These trends have proliferated the demand for protein-based products as protein is a crucial constituent that helps in building immunity. Thus, the COVID-19 pandemic has positively driven the demand for protein ingredients.

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of key trends in the Protein Ingredients market

  • Rising consumer demand for infant formula consisting of high nutritional content is positively driving the protein ingredients market. This is majorly due to rising consumer awareness regarding the role of adequate protein requirements for the growth and development of children. Infant formulas available in liquid concentrate, powdered forms, and liquid ready-to-eat are an easy and convenient way for parents for feeding children with necessary nutrients. Hence, the product is experiencing high demand in the market and turn to influence the growth of protein ingredients.  
  • The increasing demand for products such as insect sprays, paper coatings, fertilizers, paper, and printing inks are highly impacting the demand for protein ingredients. Dairy & plant-based protein is one of the crucial components in manufacturing these products. Therefore, the rising demand for these products is fuelling the demand protein ingredients industry. 

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of recent news developments and investments in the protein ingredients market

  • In September 2021, Happy Viking, a vegan protein shake brand launched by Venus Williams, in partnership with Dyla Brands, a beverage innovator announced the launch of its new plant-based protein powder line “Happy Viking Superfood Complete Plant Nutrition Powders”. This new line offers four flavors in the market including Triple Chocolate, Strawberry Smoothie, Greeña Colada, and Vanilla Bean. The product is intentionally formulated with various functional components such as brain-boosting Omega-3s, energy-boosting MCT oil, one billion probiotics for digestive health, along collagen-boosting ingredients.
  • In October 2021, Dymatize, a sports nutrition supplement brand based out of U.S. announced its partnership with Dunkin’ for expanding its award-winning ISO100 protein powder line. With this collaboration, the brand introduced two new caffeinated products that is expected to feature the taste of Mocha Latte and Dunkin’s Cappuccino flavors. With this launch, the company wants to offer high-quality protein drink to fitness enthusiasts and coffee lovers.

Company Profiles and Competitive Intelligence

The key players operating in the protein ingredients industry are:

  • ADM
  • Cargill
  • DuPont
  • Kerry Group
  • FrieslandCampina
  • Omega Protein Corporation
  • Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
  • Roquette
  • Arla Foods
  • Gelita AG
  • Kewpie Corporation
  • AMCO Proteins
  • Axiom Foods
  • Hilmar Ingredients
  • Burcon Nutrascience
  • Foodchem International Corporation
  • Rousselot
  • A&B Ingredients
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Reliance Private Label Supplements
  • Tessenderlo Group
  • Roquette Frères
  • Kewpie Corporation
  • The Scoular Company
  • Mead Johnson & Company, LLC
  • CHS Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The global protein ingredients market was valued at USD 41.49 Bn in 2020 and is anticipated to reach USD 85.80 Bn by 2027.
The protein ingredients market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.9% during forecast period.
The North America regional segment has dominated the protein ingredients market.
A few key players include, but not limited to: ADM, Cargill, DuPont, Kerry Group, FrieslandCampina, Omega Protein Corporation, Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited, Roquette, Arla Foods, and Gelita AG among others.
Yes, the report contains detailed COVID-19 analysis for protein ingredients market.
Author Credentials

Priyanka has been writing chemicals & material market research reports for the last 12 years. A post-graduate, her specialization is in the chemicals sector. Preparing end-to-end reports covering minute details for market insights, competitive intelligence and trend analysis in the CMFE sector.

  1. Introduction
    1. Product Outline
    2. Protein Ingredients Overview
    3. Different Types of Protein Ingredients 
    4. Analysis of Protein Ingredients Ecosystem
    5. Supply Chain Analysis
    6. Covid-19 Impact
    7. Market Dynamics
      1. Drivers
      2. Restraints
      3. Opportunities
      4. Threats
    8. Technology Overview
  2. Technology and Regulatory Landscape for Protein Ingredients    
    1. Regulations and Standards
  3. Protein Ingredients Market Pricing Analysis
    1. Prices of Protein Ingredients   
  4. Protein Ingredients Market by Product Type
    1. Plant Proteins
      1. Legumes-based
      2. Cereal-based
      3. Root-based
      4. Ancient Grains
      5. Nuts & Seeds-based
    2. Microbe-based Proteins
      1. Bacteria
      2. Algae
      3. Yeast
      4. Fungi
    3. Animal/Dairy Proteins
      1. Whey Protein Concentrates
      2. Egg Protein
      3. Milk Protein Concentrates/Isolates
      4. Whey Protein Isolates
      5. Whey Protein Hydrolysates
      6. Casein/Caseinates
      7. Collagen Peptides
      8. Gelatin
    4. Insect Proteins
      1. Coleoptera
      2. Lepidoptera
      3. Hymenoptera
      4. Orthoptera
      5. Hemiptera
      6. Diptera
      7. Others
  5. Protein Ingredients Market by Application
    1. Food & Beverages
      1. Beverages
      2. Bakery & Confectionery
      3. Breakfast Cereals
      4. Weight Management/ Dietary Supplements
      5. Dairy Alternatives
      6. Snacks
      7. Meat Alternatives & Extenders
      8. Sports Nutrition
      9. Others
    2. Clinical Nutrition
    3. Infant Formulations
    4. Animal Feed
    5. Others
  6. Protein Ingredients Market by Form
    1. Liquid
    2. Solid
  7. Regional Analysis
    1. North America
      1. US
      2. Canada
      3. Mexico
    2. Europe
      1. Germany
      2. UK
      3. France
      4. Norway
      5. Italy
      6. Spain
      7. Netherlands
      8. Rest Of Europe
    3. Asia Pacific
      1. China
      2. India
      3. Japan
      4. Australia
      5. New Zealand
      6. Rest Of Asia Pacific
    4. Middle East and Africa
    5. South America
  8. Key Strategic Insights
    1. New Raw Material Sources
    2. New Applications
    3. Emerging Technologies
    4. Opportunity mapping
    5. Critical Success Factors
    6. Environmental Impact and sustainability issues
    7. Consumer preferences
  9. Key Market Trends / Recent Developments
  10. Competitive Scenario
    1. Competitive Strategies of Key Players
      1. Mergers and Acquisitions
      2. Investments
      3. Joint Ventures
      4. New Product launches
    2. Strength of product portfolio
    3. Ranking of Key Players
    4. Presence of players by Geographies
  11. Key Global Players
    1. ADM
    2. Cargill
    3. DuPont
    4. Kerry Group
    5. FrieslandCampina
    6. Omega Protein Corporation
    7. Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
    8. Roquette
    9. Arla Foods
    10. Gelita AG
    11. AGRANA
    12. Kewpie Corporation
    13. AMCO Proteins
    14. Axiom Foods
    15. Hilmar Ingredients

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