Protein Ingredients Market Report

Protein Ingredients Market Analysis By Product [Plant (Wheat, Soy Concentrates), Animal (Egg, Milk Concentrates)] By Application (Food & Beverages, Infant Formulations, Personal Care & Cosmetics, Animal Feed), And Segment Forecasts, 2014 - 2025

Published: December 2016  |  120 Pages  |  Format: PDF  |  Report ID: 978-1-68038-451-2

Industry insights

The global protein ingredients market size was valued at USD 23.98 billion in 2015 and is expected to witness growth at a CAGR of over 7% from 2016 to 2024. One of the key drivers for the growth of the market is the strong scientific evidence supporting health benefits. Ongoing research conducted by scientists has proved that protein ingredients are the best source to keep the body fit. Rising consumer awareness, especially for dietary supplements and functional foods, has been a critical factor for market development in recent times.

The human body is incapable of producing such vital amino acids required for healing of cells. Hence it is of utmost importance that it must be consumed through diet. It may be acquired through the animal source or plant source and are termed as animal and plant proteins.

U.S. protein ingredients market volume, by application, 2014 - 2025 (Kilo tons)

U.S. protein ingredients market

Animal proteins are usually derived from fish, milk, meat, egg and gelatin. On the other hand, plant based are obtained from rice, pea, soy, canola and wheat. Milk and soy have a substantial element of proteins; hence they are preferred by all age groups. Owing to the advancement in extraction techniques, the different types of ingredients obtained from milk and soy are named as concentrates, isolates, and hydrolysates, amongst which isolates have about 90% of the protein content.

The volatile price of the ingredients is expected to have an adverse impact on the development of the market. Owing to the imbalance in the supply-demand of grains, the prices of soybean continuously fluctuates. This ultimately increases the cost of production of protein ingredients, thus having a negative impact on the industry.

Application insights

Food and beverage segment was the largest consumer  accounting for over 50% of global demand in 2015. The increasing demand for functional foods in developed countries is expected to have a positive impact on the industry over the next nine years.

Infant formulation was the second largest application segment accounting for over 15% of global consumption in 2015. The other key application segments include personal care & cosmetics and animal feed.

Product insights

Soy protein concentrates were the highest consumed form of ingredients accounting for over 30% of global demand in 2015. The key reason for the high share is the fact that being edible, soy has a negligible amount of cholesterol and saturated fats.

Soybeans are vegetable foods which comprise of all the nine amino acids essential for the growth of the human body. Soy isolates were the second largest segment accounting for over 15% of the global demand in 2015. Soy protein isolates are the refined form comprising of 90% protein content. It is utilized in meat products for improvising the quality and texture. It is rarely found in stores and majorly used in the food industries.

Global plant protein ingredients market volume, by product, 2015

Global plant protein ingredients market

Whey protein concentrates were the second largest consumed animal based product accounting for over 15% of global demand. Casein was the other significant ingredients and are expected to show moderate growth over the forecast period.

Regional insights

North America was the largest regional industry accounting for over 35% of global demand in 2015. The high share can be attributed to growing consumer awareness regarding health coupled with growth in applications such as food and beverage and cosmetics.

The industry in U.S. is expected to grow on account of increasing consumption of energy bars, cold cereals, and snacks. The launch of new food products containing low saturated fat and cholesterol free beverages is expected to augment the demand over the forecast period.

Asia Pacific is anticipated to register the fastest growth, at an estimated CAGR of over 7% in terms of volume from 2016 to 2025 owing to growing exports and domestic demand. The growth of healthcare and cosmetics industries in Japan, China, India and South Korea coupled with the low manufacturing cost of animal and plant proteins as compared to the U.S., and European countries are expected to drive the industry over the next nine years.

Competitive insights

The global protein ingredients industry is consolidated and is characterized by mergers, acquisitions, and numerous joint ventures. Some of the key players in this industry include DuPont, Bunge, Cargill, ADM and Mead Johnson.

The industry is dominated by integrated participants such as ADM and Cargill. Major manufacturers are focusing on strengthening their presence in Asia Pacific region owing to raw material availability and low manufacturing costs.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2015

Forecast period

2016 - 2025

Market representation

Volume in Kilo Tons, Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2016 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America & MEA

Country scope

U.S., Germany, UK, China, India, Brazil

Report coverage             

Volume & Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the latest trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the protein ingredients market on the basis of product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Plant 

    • Animal 

  • Plant proteins Ingredients Product Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Wheat

    • Soy Concentrates

    • Soy Isolates

    • Textured Soy

    • Pea

    • Canola

    • Others

  • Animal proteins Ingredients Product Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Egg 

    • Milk concentrates/isolates

    • Whey concentrates

    • Whey hydrolysates

    • Whey isolates

    • Gelatin

    • Casein/caseinates

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Foods & beverages

    • Infant formulations

    • Personal care & cosmetics

    • Animal Feed

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons, Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

    • Europe

      • UK

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

    • MEA

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