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Permeate Market by Product Type (Whey Permeate, Milk Permeate), Application (Food & Beverages Industry, Animal Feed Industry), and Region for 2022 – 2032

Permeate Market by Product Type (Whey Permeate, Milk Permeate), Application (Food & Beverages Industry, Animal Feed Industry), and Region for 2022 – 2032

Permeate Market - Analysis, Outlook, Growth, Trends, Forecasts

Permeate Market Overview

[273 Pages Report] The global permeate market size is projected to total US$ 836.52 Mn in 2022. Growing applications in dietary supplements and sports nutrition products are expected to enable sales at a 4.5% CAGR, pushing the market size to US$ 1.29 Bn in 2032.



Permeate Market Estimated Size 2022

US$ 836.52 Mn 

Permeate Market Value-based CAGR (2022-2028)


Projected Permeate Market Size in 2032

US$ 1.29 Bn

Increasing consumption and production of meat and dairy products is driving the permeate market. Growing preference for high nutritional content in food items, coupled with rising sales of ready-to-eat meals, packaged food products, and beverages is expected to propel growth in the forthcoming years.

2017-2021 Permeate Market Outlook In Comparison To 2022-2032 Growth Forecast

Demand in the permeate market is projected to increase at a 4.5% CAGR over the forecast period, in comparison with the 3.5% CAGR registered between 2017 and 2021.

Growing demand for packaged food products and dairy products worldwide is expected to boost the market in the forthcoming years. Permeate is usually derived from the removal of protein and other elements from milk or whey to create a palatable taste in bakery and confectionery products.

It is a high-lactose diary ingredient, containing urea and has a stabilizing effect in casein micelles. In the food and beverage industry, it is widely adopted as a bulking agent or as a protein standardization agent.

In addition to this, whey permeate, a co-product of whey protein concentrate and isolates, is gaining popularity in sports nutrition products and animal feed. The product has good solubility and provides a pleasant dairy flavor in dry formulations.

The surging demand for dietary supplements and functional food is expected to create opportunities for the growth of the market. Manufacturers are incorporating whey permeate and milk permeate in food products such as sports drinks, nutrition bars, breakfast cereal, and other supplements, which is expected to continue augmenting the growth of the market over the forecast period.

How Is Application Of Whey Permeate In Animal Feed Influencing Sales?

Animal nutrition is an essential aspect of the livestock industry. When animals are given adequate nutrition, it is easier to achieve better cattle/herd health and quality animal-derived products.

Due to rising awareness regarding balanced diets and nutritional content in food products, consumers are actively shifting towards high-quality food products. This is encouraging manufacturers and farmers to increase their focus on animal health. As a result, ingredients such as whey permeate are widely being adopted in animal feed.

Whey permeate is a low-protein co-product derived from the ultrafiltration of sweet whey and milk and is high in lactose, galactose, and glucose. To meet the energy needs during the lactation process, dairy cows are fed diets rich in starch, which incorporates cereal grains. However, these grains can be replaced by why permeate to achieve better results.

It is a high-energy by-product, reduces the overall costs, improves the energy balance, digestion and palatability of the diet, thereby enhancing animal feed efficiency.

Ruminal organisms ferment sugar at a faster pace. However, this does not decrease the ruminal pH, due to the increased absorption rate of whey permeate and volatile fatty acids.The incorporation of permeates in the diets of lactating cows maintains a high ruminal pH, thereby improving milk production in cattle.

Backed by these factors, sales in the animal feed industry are expected to increase at a considerable pace over the assessment period, opines FMI.

Country-wise Insights

What Will Be The U.S. Permeate Market Demand Outlook?

As per FMI, sales in the U.S. are projected to increase at a 4.7% CAGR over the assessment period, with the North America market accounting for 36.7% of the global market share in 2022.

Growth witnessed in the U.S. is attributable to the rising awareness among consumers regarding protein requirements and the importance of a balanced diet. This is driving interest in dietary supplements and other nutrient-rich products, which in turn is pushing sales in the market.

In addition to this, the presence of a flourishing food and beverage sector in the country is creating growth opportunities for market players. The development of low-lactose permeate is enabling its applications in beverages as an electrolyte, emerging as a new trend in the beverage industry.

Owing to these factors, demand in the U.S. is expected to increase at a considerable pace over the forecast period.

How Is The China Permeate Market Faring?

China is expected to account for a dominant share in the East Asia market, with sales growing at a 5.7% CAGR. Increasing production and consumption of meat and dairy products in the country is expected to continue boosting the market in the forthcoming years.

In meat processing, permeate is used as a replacement for sodium chloride in the brining process to lower the sodium content in meat and poultry. For packaged meat goods, brining is an essential process which helps in improving their shelf life, enhancing taste, and retaining tenderness while cooking.

Driven by these benefits, demand for permeates in meat processing is expected to remain high, thereby augmenting the growth of the China market over the forecast period.

What Makes The India Permeate Market Attractive?

Sales in the India market are forecast to increase at a 5.0% CAGR, majorly driven by the expansion of the dairy and pharmaceutical industries. Shifting consumer preference towards nutrition derived from supplements and other sources is enabling applications in dietary supplements, which is expected to fuel sales in the market.

In addition to this, increasing applications of whey permeate in medical confectionaries such as lozenges, strips, and hard candies for minor throat infections, cold, and cough is expected to create opportunities for market players in India.

Further, increasing applications in animal feed, pharmaceutical sector, and dairy products will provide impetus to the growth of the market in the forthcoming years.

Category-wise Insights

Why Is Whey Permeate Highly-Sought After?

Based on product type, demand in the whey permeate segment is anticipated to gain traction over the assessment period. Whey permeate is rich in lactose and provides a sweet taste and a pleasant flavor in baked goods, confectionery, functional foods, and beverages.

In addition to this, the product is approved by GRAS, which makes it applicable and safe in food, beverages, and animal feed. The dairy-like flavor provided by permeate makes it an ideal ingredient in chocolate and confectionery processing. The product is cost-effective and can be easily replaced with other expensive ingredients such as whey protein and lactose.

Why Are Applications In The Animal Feed Industry Rising?

In terms of applications, sales in the animal feed industry are projected to account for nearly 75% of the total market share in 2022. The product is widely being used as a substitute for grain feed for cows, poultry, and pigs as it increases the palatability, taste, aroma, and overall taste of animal feed.

Further, it can be dissolved easily, blends properly, and does not cake or clump in high moisture conditions. These functional properties make it applicable in aquaculture feed and feed for baby pigs and calves. Backed by these factors, applications in this segment are projected to gain momentum in the forthcoming years.

Competition Landscape

Leading players operating in the global permeate market are investing in research and development to diversify their product portfolios, catering to a growing consumer pool. Besides this, players are also investing in mergers, acquisitions, and collaborations to gain a competitive edge in the market. For instance:

In December 2021, France-based Lactalis Ingredients inaugurated a new whey drying tower at its Verdun site in France. The new facility has a production capacity of 30,000 tones, allowing the company to expand into new markets.

Scope of Report



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

Units for Volume and US$ Mn for Value

Key Regions Covered

North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia, Oceania, and MEA

Key Countries Covered

United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Nordic, Russia, Poland, China, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand, Japan, GCC countries, North Africa, South Africa, others.

Key Market Segments Covered

Product Type, Applications, and Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Arla Foods Ingredients Group P/S (A subsidiary of Arla Foods),
  • Arion Dairy Products B.V.
  • Hoogwegt
  • Lactalis Ingredients (A Subsidiary of LACTALIS GROUP)
  • Van Lee Melkprodukten Barneveld BV
  • Armor Proteines S.A.S.
  • Idaho Milk Products
  • Eurial G.I.E. (A Subsidiary of Agrial)
  • Eurosérum (A Subsidiary of Groupe Sodiaal)
  • Agropur Ingredients LLC. (A Subsidiary of Agropur Cooperative)
  • SIA Baltic Dairy Board
  • Milk Specialties
  • MILEI GmbH
  • Hochdorf Swiss Nutrition Ltd
  • Corporación Alimentaria Peñasanta, S.A
  • Batory Foods
  • Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.
  • EURODUNA Rohstoffe GmbH


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Permeate Market By Category

Product Type:

  • Whey Permeate
  • Milk Permeate


  • Food and Beverage Industry
    • Dairy Products
    • Bakery Products
    • Soup and Sauces
    • Meat Products
    • Beverages
  • Animal Feed Industry


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Questions Answered in the Report

What is the global permeate market size?

The global permeate market is expected to reach a valuation of US$ 836.52 Mn in 2022.
The global permeate market grew at a steady 3.5% CAGR between 2017 and 2022.
Growing applications in dietary supplements and sports nutrition, along with increasing production and consumption of meat and dairy-based products worldwide are key trends driving sales in the market.
North America is projected to account for 37.6% of the global permeate market share during the forecast period.
The permeate market in Europe is anticipated to command 23.0% of the total market share in 2022.

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