The global prebiotics market size was over USD 2.90 billion in 2015. It is expected to grow owing to rising concerns among the consumers to attain improved gut health. In addition, growing emphasis on improving the digestive health in the developed and matured economies of North America and Europe is expected to drive demand. Rising use of prebiotics in functional foods & dietary supplements is expected to contribute a significant share towards product development. In addition, rising product use in food & beverage industry owing to increasing concerns regarding obesity is expected to drive growth.
Prebiotics are fibers that are found in most natural foods such as asparagus, garlic, onion, fruits, whole grains and legumes. These are dietary carbohydrates which help in nurturing the growth of beneficial bacteria over harmful bacteria in the human gut, thus reducing digestive problems and ensuring higher immunity. Rising use of prebiotics in the dairy industry owing to high monetary gains is expected to augment demand over the forecast period. However, high cost involved in the research and development of ingredients and stringent regulation for the registration and labeling of new ingredients in the U.S. and Europe are likely to restrain market development in the near future.
North America prebiotics market volume, by application, 2013 - 2024 (Kilo Tons)
Food & beverage application dominated the market in 2015 accounting for over 80.0% of the volume share. Rising instances of chronic disease particularly in matured economies including North America and Europe coupled with growing demand for sugar and fat-free dairy products is expected to propel the growth over the forecast period. Obesity level in human beings is increasing due to higher sugar, fat and calorie intake which in turn increases the risk of hypertension, adverse lipid concentrations, and type-2 diabetes. Consumption of prebiotics enables probiotics to grow which helps human body to fight against chronic diseases. This is expected to drive the demand over next eight years.
Rising use of prebiotics in the animal feed to enhance the overall health and metabolism of animals is expected to drive the market demand over the forecast period. Furthermore, use of prebiotics in the cattle feed to improve the digestion, immune systems and animal performance is expected to drive the market growth. In addition, thriving dairy industry on account of rising emphasis on healthier lifestyle and food service expansion is expected to drive the market for prebiotics in animal feed over next eight years. Rising use of prebiotics in poultry feeds to improve the broilers productivity is expected to augment market growth. Growing dependence on animals as a source of protein is expected to drive the market growth over next eight years.
Inulin segment demand was over 200.0 kilo tons in 2015. Inulin is the most widely used ingredient in the prebiotics market owing to easier availability from natural sources including garlic, bananas, and wheat. In addition, several health benefits including slowing digestion process, increasing fullness, and controlling cholesterol makes it the most sought after prebiotic ingredient. Added health benefits including controlling blood sugar, improving digestive health and lowering the cancer risk is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period. Negligible side effects of inulin consumption are expected to augment market growth over next eight years.
Fructo-Oligosaccharide segment accounted for a share of over 12.0% in 2015. FOS helps in promoting the growth of healthy bacteria which avoids digestive issues. GOS have diversified health benefits which include bifidobacteria growth, increase in calcium absorption, prevention of colon cancer and improvement of the internal defense system.
The market in Europe is expected to develop at significant rate with increasing consumer awareness and rising concern to improve digestive health. Growing use of prebiotics in functional foods and dietary supplements in the region on account of properties such as increased fiber content, improved texture and high functionality is expected to propel the market demand in the region. European prebiotics market is primarily characterized by the continuous introduction of innovative products in all segments.
Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing region on account of high demand from developed economies including Japan. In addition, increasing consumer awareness regarding health benefits of prebiotics coupled with rising instances of chronic diseases on account of sedentary lifestyle among young population in the region is expected to drive the market in the region over the forecast period.
Competitive Market Share Insights
Prebiotic food products and supplements manufacturers include Roquette America, Inc, Abbott Nutrition, FrieslandCampina Domo, Clasado Ltd. and Jarrow Formulas. Beneo-Orafti SA is involved in production and sales of inulin and oligofructose food ingredients derived from chicory. The company offers its food ingredients for industries including food & beverage, functional foods & dietary supplements and confectionary. Beneo-Orafti SA operates as a subsidiary of RaffinerieTirlemontoise SA and has its sales network in Europe, North America, LATAM and Asia Pacific.
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