Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients Market

2021 Analysis and Review: Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients Market By Product Form– Powder and Liquid For 2021 – 2031

Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients Market Snapshot

The protein hydrolysate ingredients market revenue totaled US$ 554.9 Mn in 2021, according to Future Market Insights (FMI). The overall protein hydrolysate ingredients market is expected to reach US$ 1.0 Bn by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 7.30% during 2021- 31.

The demand for plant protein hydrolysate ingredients and casein protein hydrolysate ingredients product will accelerate with top 5 providers holding 30% of protein hydrolysate ingredients market in 2021.

In protein hydrolysate ingredients market, sports nutrition segment, infant formula segment, and clinical nutrition segment sales totaled 33,268 MT in 2021. FMI has identified the U.S., Germany, U.K., China, and Russia as leading exporters in the protein hydrolysate ingredients market.

Key Points Covered in Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients Market Study

  • Market estimates and forecast 2021 – 2031
  • Key drivers and restrains impacting market growth
  • Segment-wise, Country-wise, and Region-wise Analysis
  • Competitive Mapping and Benchmarking
  • Brand share and Market Share Analysis
  • Key Product Innovations and Regulatory Climate
  • COVID-19 Impact On Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients Market
  • Recommendation on Key Winning Strategies

2016 – 2020 Global Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients Market Outlook compared to 2021 – 2031 Forecast

Pet humanization and increase in pet ownership have been driving the demand for protein hydrolysate ingredients for past few years. Future Market Insights in its analysis states that protein hydrolysate ingredients market grew at 6.80% CAGR between 2016 and 2020.

Protein hydrolysate ingredients are extensively used in preparation of animal feeds. High protein content and easy digestibility have made them a key component in animal feed preparation.  Increasing demand for pet feed will drive the market growth in upcoming years.

Introduction of protein hydrolysate ingredients in infant formula is expected to unlock favorable prospects regarding market growth. Parents allocate significant budgets for child care and healthcare products.

Thus, market players are looking to develop and launch high quality formulas that contain essential nutrients and minerals using protein hydrolysate ingredients. This is expected to bode well with market growth.

Liquid protein hydrolysate ingredients are finding use in production of sauces, spreads, and bakery and confectionary item catering to the audience which is allergic to dairy products. They are also working towards eliminating the bitter taste of protein hydrolysate while maintaining the original flavor and taste of food products.

Several health awareness campaigns launched during COVID-19 pandemic have positively influenced the sales of protein hydrolysate ingredients. Individuals are becoming more health conscious and are looking for supplements to stay fit. Increasing demand for supplements containing whey protein and casein protein hydrolysate ingredients has boosted the market growth especially in clinical nutrition industry,

According to FMI’s research, growth is projected to increase even faster over the next years, with sales touching 33,268 KT by the end of 2021, due to rising demand for plant based dietary supplements.

What is the Impact of the Vegan Trend on Overall Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients Market?

FMI predicts that the rising incidence of lactose intolerance and related gastrointestinal issues in infants and toddlers due to consumption of cow milk-based formula will remain among the key driving factors responsible for the growth of the plant based or vegan protein hydrolysate ingredients market up to 2031.

Whey protein hydrolysate formulas are used as an alternative to soy and casein formulas for most hypoallergenic infants with gastrointestinal symptoms. Adverse reaction and other complications can be avoided and treated by using protein hydrolysate ingredients-based formula, which will positively influence the market growth over the forecast period.

To develop nutritional products for infants suffering from Cow’s Milk Allergy (CMA), manufacturers are formulating and adding hydrolysate-based infant food product in their product portfolio. This novel formulation will not only provide infants with essential nutrients but also reduce the health risks associated with CMA.

Plant based protein hydrolysate ingredients are also beneficial for adults, as they are easy on digestive system and assist in preventing digestive problems like stomach issues, constipation, and bloating in adults. The demand for plant-based protein hydrolysate ingredients will skyrocket due to rise in vegan population and increasing demand for high protein ingredients across the globe.

Increasing scope for applications of protein hydrolysate ingredients in food and beverage and sports nutrition segments along with multiple health benefits of vegan based products are expected to promote the consumption of protein hydrolysate ingredients in the future.

Why is Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients Application Rising in Sports Nutrition?

Rise in per capita income and increasing consumer spending on health and nutritional products especially in developed countries are the key factors driving the sales of new specialist nutrition products like protein hydrolysate ingredients-based nutrition, and this will augment the market growth over the assessment period.

Since these ingredients have higher bioavailability, absorption characteristics, and are easy to digest, they are highly effective in rapid post-exercise recovery and muscle building. This has catapult the demand for protein hydrolysate ingredients in sports nutrition and slimming food products.

Increasing urban population focusing on sports nutrition along with rising demand for functional food for weight management and slimming will fuel the demand for premium sport nutrition products during the assessment period.

Online shopping websites also offer a convenient option to purchase and choose from a wide variety of nutrition products in a relatively short span of time as compared to visiting a store. These factors along with discounted price offered by online retail and e-commerce companies is driving the sales of nutrition products in developed as well as developing countries.

With new sports nutrition product launches in the market, the demand for protein hydrolysate ingredients is expected to grow rapidly in upcoming years.

Country-wise Analysis

What Makes China a Leading Market for Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients?

China is forecast to emerge as a leading protein hydrolysate ingredients market owing to increasing demand for organic infant formula and rising awareness regarding baby health in the country. Due to growing awareness regarding the complications related to lactose intolerance among infants, consumers are switching towards more sustainable plant based formula.

Increasing sales via online pharmacy and retail stores along with increasing need for convenient feeding with rich nutrients will amplify the sales of protein hydrolysate ingredients in China.

Specialist nutritional product demand is expected to rise owing to one child policy and increasing geriatric population in the country. FMI has projected that China will account for around 90% of the Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) market.

What Are the Factors Driving Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients Demand in India?

India has the highest number of vegetarians in the world which makes it a lucrative market for plant based protein hydrolysate ingredients market. Millennials are taking proactive efforts towards preventive healthcare, thus boosting the sales of whey protein hydrolysate products in the country.

Rise in lifestyle diseases like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and other cardiovascular diseases along with increasing health concerns in the country has boosted the demand for clinical nutrition products across India. Rapid urbanization and high demand for low cost sports nutrition will create lucrative growth opportunities for market players.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that in 2016, more than 45% of people in the 40-69 year age group died of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Protein hydrolysate ingredients reduce the viscosity of sip feed and are designed for people with lifestyle disorder.

Increasing ageing population and rising need of balanced nutrition among people with CVDs is a major factor driving the demand for protein hydrolysate ingredients in clinical nutrition.

Indian government started POSHAN JAN ANDOLAN to curb the number of malnourished children in the country by offering health and nutrition services for 1000 days through real time monitoring.

Through this initiative the government insisted the mothers who were not able to lactate, to adopt infant formula products. The data obtained from October 2020 to March 2021 indicated that more than 7,315,163 children under the age of 5 were provided with all policy benefits.

Rise in similar government initiatives to reduce the burden of growing lifestyle disorders and malnutrition among children will create a conducive environment for protein hydrolysate ingredients market growth in India.

How is the Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients Market in Germany and U.K. Set to Fare? 

FMI states that Europe is anticipated to register a healthy growth of 6.90% CAGR over the forecast period. U.K. and Germany are the key producers and exporters in the protein hydrolysate ingredients market.

Increasing demand for organic baby food along with rising population has fueled the demand of the protein hydrolysate ingredients across various end uses in U.K. and Germany. Presence of leading market players and thriving online retail will bolster the market growth in these countries.

Rising number of people switching to veganism in Germany and U.K. is contributing to the increasing manufacturing of plant protein hydrolysate products. Market growth is further augmented by scientific evidence suggesting various health benefits of plant protein hydrolysate over meat protein hydrolysates.

The Office for National Statistics, U.K., reported that the total healthcare spending in the country accounted for 10% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017. Increasing number of people switching to vegetarianism and growing health conscious population will create opportunities for market growth in U.K and Germany.

What is the Outlook for Protein hydrolysate ingredients in the U.S.?

Demand for protein hydrolysate ingredients in North America will rise at a 7.90% CAGR, in which the U.S. makes maximum contribution for protein hydrolysate product sales over the forecast period.

The rising for vegan protein will boost the sales of protein hydrolysate ingredients in U.S. Leading manufacturers are looking to capitalize on this trend and are introducing plant protein hydrolysate products. For instance, in 2019, Parabel launched a neutral-tasting, beige-colored protein hydrolysate suitable for a wide range of applications from plant-based burgers to sports nutrition products.

Demand for organic infant formula is increasing as number of women participating in work force is on the rise. The Catalyst Organization in its 2019 report states that 57.4% of total American women i.e. around 75,978,000 women are participating in the labor force and are expected to rise over the coming years. Increasing need of high protein baby food and rise in number of working class women are supporting the market growth in the country.

Manufacturers and e-commerce marketers are focusing on working mothers and are offering them protein hydrolysate ingredients-based infant formulas at affordable pricing. Online shopping site provides multiple options to purchase and choose from huge catalog of nutrition products while saving the trip to the convenience store.

Category-wise Insights

Which is the Top-Selling Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients Type?

On the basis of product type, the global protein hydrolysate market is classified into milk protein hydrolysate ingredients, whey protein hydrolysate ingredients, casein hydrolysate ingredients, plant protein hydrolysate ingredients, and meat protein hydrolysate ingredients. The milk-based protein hydrolysate is expected to account for maximum market share as they are extensively used in the food and beverages industry for its multifunctional characteristics and health benefits.

Increase in demand for milk protein hydrolysate ingredients can be expected from sports nutrition, infant nutrition, and other nutritional segments. However, plant protein hydrolysate ingredients will catch up to the mild based segment owing to rise in veganism and increasing research indicating benefits of vegan products. Increasing demand for excellent quality food items is one of the leading factors driving the growth of the segment.

Who is the Leading End User of Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients?

Based on end use type, the protein hydrolysate ingredients market include infant formula, clinical nutrition, sports nutrition, bakery & confectionery, sauces & spreads, and others. Sports nutrition, infant formula and clinical nutrition lead the protein hydrolysate ingredients market.

FMI predicts that in the coming years, other applications such as bakery & confectionery and processed foods will exhibit high demand for protein hydrolysate ingredients.

Protein hydrolysate ingredients help in improving performance of athletes, sportspersons and health-conscious people when mixed with sports nutrition products, as they are easily absorbable and offer instant spike in the level of plasma acids during body workouts.

Protein hydrolysate ingredients also assist in rapid recovery post intense workouts as they have high protein content. As per FMI, sports nutrition segment is expected to account for more than 30% of the protein hydrolysate ingredients market in 2031.

Why is the Preferred Form of Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients Liquid?

Based on the form, the protein hydrolysate ingredients market includes liquid and powder. Powder form hold maximum market share as they are easy to mix in wide range of food products and beverages and offers longer shelf life than liquid form.

Liquid forms are finding use in clinical nutrition formula owing to their excellent mixing ability and solubility with other ingredients. Liquid form clinical nutrition supplements are expected to surpass powder form products over the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

Reducing the bitter taste of protein hydrolysate is the main area of focus among market players, says FMI in its recent report. Manufacturers have new ingredients in the pipeline, they are looking to develop enzymes that can be added to food and beverages without compromising the original taste of the product.   

Several enzymes are launched in the market that assists in limiting the bitterness of protein hydrolysate ingredients. For instance, in 2020 Kerry launched 13 new plant-based, allergen-free protein options made from pea, rice and sunflower protein sources. These new ingredients can be used in wide range of products, from infant formulas to senior protein beverages.

Whey protein hydrolysate ingredients market is becoming saturated as top players are investing are investing in the production of whey powder by expanding their production capacities to cater the increasing demand for protein hydrolysate ingredients. Market players are also investing in R&D activities to develop novel protein hydrolysate ingredients with enhanced functionality and taste.

For instance, in June 2021, Arla Food ingredients introduced a new whey protein hydrolysate ingredient to address the taste issues in products for patients with mal-absorption.

Parabel USA Inc. launched a neutral-colored pure protein hydrolysate made from water lentils in 2019. This new product is designed to be an allergen-free substitute for other plant proteins such as soy and pea. It also contains 65-70% hydrolyzed protein and is highly functional and is expected to be used as meat alternative in upcoming years.

Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients Market – Report Scope



Forecast Period

2021 – 2031

Historical Data Available for

2018 – 2028

Market Analysis

US$ Mn for Value & Units for Volume

Key Regions Covered

North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific excluding Japan, Japan, and Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America, EU-5, BENELUX (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), NORDIC (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden), Rest of Western Europe, Poland, Russia, Rest of Eastern Europe, China, India, Japan, GCC Countries, South Africa, Israel, Turkey, Iran, Rest of Middle East & Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand

Key Segments Covered

By Ingredient Type, By Product Type, By End Use, and By Region

Key Companies Profiled

Arla Food Ingredients, Glanbia PLC, FrieslandCampina N.V.,  Kerry Group Plc,  Hilmar Ingredients,  Armor Proteines, Davisco Foods International, Inc. (Agropur Inc.), Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited, Carbery Group Limited, and Costantino & C. spa

Report Coverage

Market Overview, Market Background, Market Forecast, Segmental Analysis, Regional Profiling and Competition Analysis

Customization & Pricing

Available upon Request

Key Questions Answered in the Report

  • What is protein hydrolysate ingredients market size?

    Driven by rising consumption of protein hydrolysate ingredients in aged consumer nutrition supplements, the protein hydrolysate ingredients market size is forecast to reach US$ 554.90 Mn in 2021 with a CAGR of 7.30%.

  • At what rate did the protein hydrolysate ingredients market expand in the last five years?

    Between 2016 and 2020, the protein hydrolysate ingredients sales grew at 5.30% CAGR.

  • What are the key trends shaping the protein hydrolysate ingredients market?

    Increasing consumer preference for sports nutritional containing protein hydrolysate ingredients, utilization of protein hydrolysate ingredients in pet food and animal feeds push the market demand, rising consumption of protein hydrolysate ingredients in aged consumer nutrition supplements, and the inclusion of protein hydrolysate ingredients in infant formula are few of the key trends shaping the protein hydrolysate ingredients market.

  • What is the Demand Outlook for the protein hydrolysate ingredients Market?

    Protein hydrolysate ingredients market will register a gradual rise in demand after a period of decelerating sales amid COVID-19 in 2020. As per FMI, the market will register a year-on-year growth of 6.80% between 2020 and 2021.

  • What is the North America protein hydrolysate ingredients market outlook?

    Demand registered in North America will continue rising, backed by increasing production and export of protein hydrolysate ingredients from U.S. and Canada, the North America market is anticipated to expand at 7.90% CAGR during the forecast period.

  • Who are the leading companies in protein hydrolysate ingredients market?

    Arla Food Ingredients, Kerry Group Plc, Glanbia PLC, FrieslandCampina N.V., and Hilmar Ingredients are the top companies operating in the market.

  • What is the cumulative share of top companies in protein hydrolysate ingredients market?

    Top players account for around 25% to 30% of the protein hydrolysate ingredients market in 2021.

  • At what rate will protein hydrolysate ingredients sales increase in Europe?

    Protein hydrolysate ingredients sales will increase at 6.90% CAGR in Europe, backed by rising demand in the U.K., Germany and other countries.

  • Which are the top five countries driving protein hydrolysate ingredients market demand?

    Leading countries driving demand in the protein hydrolysate ingredients market are U.S., U.K., China, Japan, and Germany.

  • What are the key statistics for protein hydrolysate ingredients market in Japan and South Korea?

    In 2021, Japan and South Korea holds around 5.3% and 5.1% of share respectively in the global protein hydrolysate ingredients market.

Key Segments Covered In Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients Market Study:

By Ingredient Type:

  • Milk Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients
  • Whey Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients
  • Casein Hydrolysate Ingredients
  • Plant Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients
  • Meat Protein Hydrolysate Ingredients

By Product Form:

  • Powder
  • Liquid

By End Use:

  • Infant Formula
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Bakery & Confectionery
  • Sauces & Spreads
  • Others

By Regions:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Western Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • Asia Pacific excluding Japan
  • Japan
  • Middle East & Africa

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