Microbial food cultures are a group of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and mold used in the food and beverage industry for processing food items. They are often used to preserve food, improve and enhance the nutritional value, so it does not depreciate. Times before now, fermentation has been a food preservation process practiced worldwide. Fermented food products have been part of humans’ regular diet. There are many health benefits attributed to fermentation as a food preservation process, and this has fostered the rise in demand for food products or items preserved through it.
The microorganisms used in food cultures often impart acidity, flavor, and texture to final food products. While the organisms are present on food naturally, they can also be added artificially as a starter culture in the industrial food processing. Growing demand for natural products, rising disposable income, and the increasing number of working women are major factors driving the growth of the global microbial food culture market. Other factors, like increasing consumers’ awareness regarding the health benefits associated with the consumption of natural products, is another growth driver expected to drive the microbial food cultures market forward over the forecast period.
Microbial Food Cultures Market Growth Driven by Increasing Demand for Starter Cultures
Over the years, there has been substantial growth in the consumption of fermented food products due to their valuable traits such as the extension of shelf life, preservation, and sensory quality. These attributes have fostered the rise in demand for microbial food cultures market, and this is expected to continue over the forecast period. However, fermented food products are manufactured using the starter cultures process for specific and expectable fermentation. Starters such as yeast and Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) are the highly studied starters used in various fermented food product production process. These starters are used in several industries such as dairy, meat, sourdough, vegetables, and many others. Of all these industries, the dairy industry has the highest application of starter cultures. In the Asia Pacific, and the Middle East, the is a significant growth in the dairy industry.
Growing Consumer Demand for Healthy Food Products
With the rise in awareness regarding the health benefits associated with the consumption of fermented food products, there has been a surge in demand for microbial food cultures globally. Consumers are on the rise for healthy food products such as functional food and probiotic food supplements. This surge in consumers’ demand has fostered the increase in demand for microbial food cultures, and this is expected to continue over the forecast period. In addition, manufacturers are switching towards the production of new food products with value addition of
Microbial Food Cultures Market: Region-wise Analysis
Europe and North America are the largest markets for microbial food cultures, as there are many health-conscious individuals within the region. These regions are slated to remain in dominance over the forecast period due to the ease in accessibility of advanced equipment.
The Asia Pacific is the fastest-growing region for the global microbial food cultures market due to the surge in demand for fermented food products from China. Key players in the industry are watching this region as it has much potential. Production capacity is set to increase within the region to meet the demand of consumers.
Microbial Food Cultures Market: Competitive Landscape
- AECI Limited
- CSK Food Enrichment
- Cargill Incorporated
- Chr. Hansen A/S
- Lactina Ltd.
- Koninklijke DSM N.V.
- The TATUA Co-operative Dairy Company Ltd
- Vitakem Nutraceutical In.
- North America (U.S., Canada)
- Latin America (Mexico, Brazil)
- Europe (Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia)
- East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea)
- South Asia (India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia)
- Oceania (Australia, New Zealand)
- Middle East & Africa (GCC Countries, Turkey, Northern Africa, South Africa)
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Global Microbial Food Cultures Market Segment Analysis
The global microbial food cultures market can be segment on the following basis:
- Starter Cultures
- Adjunct and Aroma Cultures
By End User Industry
- Bakery and Confectionery Industry
- Dairy Industry
- Fruits and Vegetable Industry
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