The global protein ingredients market size was valued at USD 77.69 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a revenue-based compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.8% from 2023 to 2030. The market is gaining momentum and witnessing a high demand owing to rising demand for food products, such as margarine, cold cuts, bakery products, spreads, yogurt, and milk sausages, which are produced using protein ingredients. Increasing consumption of these products among health-conscious and elderly consumers is also fueling the industry’s growth. Moreover, a rise in the innovation of several proteins by various manufacturers that constitute a wide range of amino acids and perform specific functions, including satiety, muscle repair, weight loss, and energy balance, is expected to present immense growth opportunities for the market.
The industry has witnessed a considerable increase in the consumption of animal-based products in the recent past. Animal protein is expected to witness further growth over the next few years in the U.S. Momentous demand for these products derived from animal sources in the domestic market is expected to ascend the product demand. The supply chain initiatives undertaken by the ingredient manufacturing companies to strengthen the distribution of products are further expected to drive the market over the forecast period.
Plant-based ingredients are manufactured from crops, including soy, canola, wheat, and pea. Soy protein has been growing at a significant rate and has had the largest share in the plant-based category. It is expected to expand at a high compound annual growth rate over the forecast period. Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a health claim for the reduction of LDL cholesterol through dietary guidelines suggesting four servings of soy per day to help reduce the LDL cholesterol level by 10% in the body.
Product innovations and technological advancements are expected to be the major factor fueling the growth of the market. Protein ingredients are used in diverse applications, for instance, isolates have high dispersibility and very fine particle size so they are widely used in dairy applications. Consumers’ belief in the health benefits associated with these products has been the key growth driver over the past few years and the trend is anticipated to continue over the forecast period.
The flavoring characteristics associated with new and innovative protein sources including plants, insects, and fermented proteins act as a potential market challenge. Proteins derived from legumes such as peas are associated with a beany flavor. Other proteins such as soy protein isolates are also associated with an ‘off-flavor’. This has led to substantial research being conducted on the reduction of characteristic flavorings associated with plant-based protein sources.
The protein industry is moving towards alternative protein sources owing to environmental sustainability concerns. Microbes and insects are becoming increasingly popular as protein sources due to their high nutritional value, low environmental impact, and cost-effectiveness compared to traditional livestock farming. Insects and microbes also have a high feed conversion rate, meaning they require fewer resources to produce the same amount of protein as traditional livestock.
Based on product type, the animal/dairy protein segment is projected to account for a revenue share of 78.94% in 2022. The animal protein segment in the market is primarily driven by the demand for high-quality protein from various sectors such as food and beverage, animal feed, and personal care industries. Animal protein is considered a complete protein source as it contains all the essential amino acids required by the human body, making it a popular choice among consumers looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Numerous health benefits offered by animal protein ingredients have been supported by strong scientific evidence and recognized by government food regulatory institutions. The high demand for animal-based ingredients is pushing their consumption further, thus propelling the growth of the segment over the forecast period. For example, whey increases glutathione (GSH) levels as well as enhances the nutritional status and immunity in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
The animal proteins segment is projected to grow at a moderate CAGR of 4.4% by revenue during the forecast period. The animal feed industry is a significant consumer of animal protein ingredients, as it is used as a feed supplement to improve the health and growth of livestock. The personal care industry also uses animal protein as an ingredient in hair and skincare products, as it is known to improve the texture and appearance of hair and skin.
Among animal proteins, eggs are a prominent source of proteins and egg protein held a share of 43.28% among animal proteins in 2022. Eggs are a complete source of high-quality protein, with an average egg containing 6-7 grams of protein. Both egg whites and yolks contain protein, with egg whites having slightly more. Whole eggs, whether raw, boiled, or fried, contain roughly the same amount of protein.
Eggs are also low in calories and high in nutrients, including choline, iron, and vitamins A, D, E, and B12. Eating eggs for breakfast can promote feelings of fullness and aid in weight loss. Other good sources of protein include tempeh, tofu, lentils, chickpeas, beans, and almonds.
In addition, the versatility of egg protein is another driver of its popularity. Eggs can be used in a wide range of food products, such as baked goods, sauces, and dressings, and can also be consumed in various forms, including boiled, fried, and scrambled. This versatility makes eggs a convenient and accessible protein source for many consumers.
Plant proteins are projected to record a significant CAGR of 9.1% by revenue during the forecast period owing to increasing consumer preferences for plant-based diets. Plant proteins are relatively inexpensive compared to animal-derived variants, which is expected to fuel the growth of the plant segment over the forecast period. Additionally, the growing trend of veganism is fueling the consumption of plant-based ingredients in North America and Europe. The perception of plant-based products being healthier than animal-based counterparts has resulted in the increasing adoption of products derived from soy and wheat.
The demand for cereal-based ingredients is expected to witness significant growth on account of their application in the personal care and cosmetics industry. Corn-based products are used as a pacifying agent, skin & hair conditioning agent; abrasives and absorbents; and as binders in eye & facial makeup; fragrances; hair care, hair dye & hair coloring; nail care; and oral care applications.
Insect proteins recorded the fastest CAGR of 26.4% by revenue during the forecast period. Protein ingredients derived from insects, such as crickets, have found widespread applications, including bars. The protein from insects is typically used in powder form to enhance nutritional value as well as add flavor to the bars. Companies such as Crik Nutrition source these raw materials from farms that are inspected and designed to farm crickets that are suitable for human consumption. To ensure the high quality of raw materials, these farms follow strict guidelines and practices for the same.
Research conducted at Wageningen University suggests using the waste from insect-as-food-and-feed production to promote sustainable crops. Insect exoskeletons are rich in chitin, which can be metabolized by certain bacteria that help to make plants more resilient to pests and diseases. Insects are efficient to farm and can provide ten times as much edible protein per kilogram of grass than traditional livestock. Insect-rearing by the product can be used to close the circle of a circular food system in which there is very little waste.
Based on application, the food & beverage segment dominated the market with a revenue share of 39.21% in 2022 and is expected to retain its dominance during the forecast period. Whey protein ingredients are an economical source of protein and are therefore extensively used in the bakery and confectionery industry. Furthermore, advancements in process design and technology have improved the quality of whey products that are highly refined, including demineralized whey, WPIs, and WPCs. The advancements have resulted in the increased incorporation of protein ingredients in various functional food products to make them nutrient-rich.
Animal feed is one of the other prominent applications of protein ingredients. The segment is projected to account for the fastest CAGR of 6.3% by revenue during the forecast period. The animal feed companies are encouraging reduced environmental emissions which is likely to promote the demand for alternative proteins in animal feed products. There is a growing need to optimize animal feed premixes with proteins, especially non-GMO proteins.
There is a high demand for protein ingredients in animal feed because many traditional sources of protein, such as soybean meal and fishmeal, have become more expensive due to factors such as increased demand, limited availability, and environmental concerns. As a result, there has been a shift towards alternative protein sources, such as insect meal, algae, and single-cell proteins, which can be more sustainable and cost-effective.
North America dominated the market and accounted for more than 33.56% share of the global revenue in 2022. The growing demand for protein ingredients is a result of the increasing consumption of snacks, cold cereals, and energy bars. The introduction of new products, such as Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier Liquid High Protein, by companies including Mead Johnson and Cargill, Inc. to cater to the consumer needs for cholesterol-free and low saturated fat beverages is expected to augment the product demand further.
In 2022, Germany accounted for the largest revenue share in Europe. The rise in the geriatric population in Germany has fueled the demand for medical nutritional products helpful in bone and muscle maintenance. This has propelled the demand for these ingredients in the recent past. Moreover, the contribution of protein ingredients in treating Alzheimer’s disease has positively impacted the market in Germany.
Asia Pacific is expected to register the highest growth rate of 6.3% in terms of revenue during the forecast period due to emerging consumer markets in countries, such as China and India. The easy availability of raw materials has made China one of the biggest producers of plant and animal-based products.
Soy protein is widely consumed in China and soy accounts for more than 91% share of the plant-based protein segment in the country. Moreover, growing dependence on packaged foods and drinks is expected to propel the product demand in South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, and China over the next few years.
The protein ingredients market is fragmented and is expected to witness moderate to high competition among the companies owing to the presence of numerous players. The changing consumer preferences towards functional foods and sports nutrition products are projected to push manufacturers to incorporate protein ingredients from sources such as dairy, soy, pea, eggs, and insects.
Key players such as Cargill, Incorporated, ADM, and Roquette Frères, are characterized as market leaders owing to broad & diversified product portfolios, strong distribution networks, renowned brand presence, and strong financial strength.
Some of the most prominent strategies adopted by the key market participants include new product launches and expansions & investments. For instance, in December 2022, Roquette Frères launched two rice proteins under the NUTRALYS range to meet the growing demand for healthier food. The rice protein range offers a nutritious alternative protein with high production standards, popular for special diet foods, sports nutrition, and snacks. The launch supports Roquette's commitment to plant-based cuisine that supports healthier lifestyles.Some prominent players in the global protein ingredients market include:
The Scoular Company
Mead Johnson & Company, LLC
Fonterra Co-Operative Group
Tate & Lyle
Louis Dreyfus Company
Prinova Group LLC
Market size value in 2023
USD 74.20 billion
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 122.17 billion
Growth rate (Revenue)
CAGR of 5.8% from 2023 to 2030
Base year for estimation
2017 - 2021
2023 - 2030
Volume in Kilotons, revenue in USD million, and CAGR from 2023 to 2030
Volume & revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, trends
Product, application, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central and South America; Middle East and Africa
U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; France; Italy; Spain; China; India; Japan; Australia; Indonesia; Brazil; Argentina; South Africa; Saudi Arabia
Key companies profiled
DuPont; Rousselot; ADM; Burcon; Tessenderlo Group; Kewpie Corporation; Roquette; Freres; The Scoular Company; CHS, Inc.; Mead Johnson & Company, LLC; CropEnergies AG; Fonterra Co-Operative Group; Bunge Limited; Cargill, Incorporated; MGP; Ingredion; Kerry Inc. Givaudan; Axiom Foods; Tate & Lyle; Puris; DSM; Glanbia Plc; Louis Dreyfus Company; Barentz; Nutri-Pea; Prinova Group LLC
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This report forecasts volume & revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global protein ingredients market report based on product, application, and region:
Product Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Wheat Protein Concentrates
Wheat Protein Isolates
Textured Wheat Protein
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
HMEC/HMMA Wheat Protein
Rice Protein Isolates
Rice Protein Concentrates
Hydrolyzed Rice Protein
Oat Protein Concentrates
Oat Protein Isolates
Hydrolyzed Oat Protein
Soy Protein Concentrates
Soy Protein Isolates
Textured Soy Protein
Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
HMEC/HMMA Soy Protein
Pea Protein Concentrates
Pea Protein Isolates
Textured Pea Protein
Hydrolyzed Pea Protein
HMEC/HMMA Pea Protein
Potato Protein Concentrate
Potato Protein Isolate
Nuts & Seeds
Canola Protein Isolates
Hydrolyzed Canola Protein
Milk Protein Concentrates/Isolates
Whey Protein Concentrates
Whey Protein Hydrolysates
Whey Protein Isolates
Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Food & Beverages
Bakery & Confectionary
Dairy Alternatives (cheese, desserts, snacks, others)
Dietary Supplements/Weight Management
Meat Alternatives & Extenders
Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Central and South America
Middle East and Africa
b. The global protein ingredients market is worth USD 77.69 billion by revenue in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 74.20 billion in 2030.
b. The global protein ingredients market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.8% from 2023 to 2030 to reach USD 122.17 billion by 2030.
b. Animal/dairy is the largest segment by source in the Protein Ingredient market. The animal/dairy proteins segment is projected to account for the largest share of 78.94% in 2022 owing to the high protein concentrations.
b. Some of the key players in the Protein Ingredients market are DuPont, Rousselot, ADM, Burcon, Tessenderlo Group, Kewpie Corporation, Roqutte, Freres, The Scoular Company, CHS, Inc., Mead Johnson & Company, LLC, CropEnergies AG, Fonterra Co-Operative Group, Bunge Limited, Cargill, Incorporated, MGP
b. Key factors that are driving the protein ingredients market growth is rising health consciousness, growing demand for sports nutrition products, and increasing environmental sustainability concerns.
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The demand for nutraceuticals & functional foods is expected to witness an upward surge owing to consumers opting for immunity boosting supplements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, a decline in the consumption of poultry, meat and seafood products across the globe is expected to increase the demand for plant and animal-based protein supplements in the near future. The report will account for Covid19 as a key market contributor.
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