The global lactoferrin market is expected to reach USD 411.8 million by 2028, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. It is expected to expand at a CAGR of 8.2% from 2021 to 2028. Increasing incorporation of lactoferrin in various products ranges including infant food, food supplements, dietetic foods, alcoholic beverages, sports nutrition, and personal care and cosmetics should bolster the lactoferrin market in the forecast timeframe, ascribed to strong health benefits.
Lactoferrin offers stimulating effects on the immune system, prevents cell damage caused by aging, promotes the culture of beneficial bacterial in the intestinal tract, and regulates viruses, bacteria, and fungi along with being regulators to iron metabolism. Lactoferrin is found effective for the treatment of hepatitis C infection by inhibiting replication of the virus at the intracellular level. Hence, the strong applicability of lactoferrin in the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, and personal care industries is anticipated to drive demand during the forecast period.
Human colostrum has the highest lactoferrin concentration, followed by human milk and then by bovine milk. It is also readily found in human body secretions including the nose, eyes, intestine, and respiratory tract. Lactoferrin can be used as a conjuncture of specific strains of friendly bacteria, together they are proven to boost the immune function of the body, alert the white blood cells of the harmful microbes, and stabilize colonies of gut-friendly bacteria. Commercially, lactoferrin is commonly integrated with probiotics to achieve this.
Asia Pacific is expected to expand at a CAGR of over 7.5% during the forecast period. The lactoferrin market is projected to witness a strong rise in demand, as the key market players continue adopting strategies to expand their presence in untapped economies of South East Asia. Countries including China, Japan, and Australia have experienced high awareness regarding the health benefits of lactoferrin, which is expected to bolster regional growth over the forecast period.
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In terms of functions offered by lactoferrin, iron absorption segment accounted for the largest market share of over 29.0% in terms of revenue in 2019. This growth is expected to be supported by the growing incidences of iron deficiency and related disorders like anemia
Lactoferrin helps in restricting the growth of acne due to its antioxidant properties. It helps combat free radicals formed due to the natural process of oxidation. These free radicals can damage the cells and tissues promoting inflammation and acne. Such factors are expected to drive the product demand in personal care and cosmetics
Increasing investment in research, new product development, expansion of operation in developing nations, partnerships and collaboration with local players, and acquisition of small and medium-sized players are among the major operational strategies taken up by key participants to strengthen and sustain their market positions
Grand View Research has segmented the global lactoferrin market on the basis of function, application, and region:
Lactoferrin Function Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Thousand, 2017 - 2028)
Intestinal Flora Protection
Immune Cell Stimulation
Lactoferrin Application Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Thousand, 2017 - 2028)
Food & Beverages
Sports & Functional Foods
Personal Care Products
Lactoferrin Regional Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Thousand, 2017 - 2028)
Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
List of Key Players of Lactoferrin Market
Hilmar Cheese Company
Pharming Group NV
Synlait Milk Ltd.
Tatura Milk Industries Ltd.
Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd.
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