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Global Skim Milk Powder Market Overview (2023 to 2033)

Expected to be valued at US$ 33.5 billion in 2023, the market for skim milk powder is expected to accumulate substantial value. During the forecast period ranging from 2023 to 2033, skim milk powder sales are anticipated to proliferate at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.3%, reaching US$ 56.15 billion. Increasing consumption of low-fat dairy products amid rising health consciousness is one of the principal growth drivers for this market.

Over the years, demand for low-fat and no-fat products has been gaining significant traction. A survey revealed that while shopping for food, 21% of USA adults considered low-fat among the top three purchase factors while shopping for food products in 2021. This is higher than the previously documented 16% in 2019. With respect to dairy products, over half of all Americans prefer to consume lower-fat products. This is because fat plays a crucial role in a food’s functionality.

While fats may enhance flavor, encapsulating and retaining molecules to create a sensory experience, it accumulates in the body to form additional cell layers, leading to weight gain and subsequent health problems. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic played a crucial role in accelerating the consumption of skim milk powder, as an increasing number of consumers turned towards consuming health-boosting and fat-reducing food products.

A study published in 2023 evaluated the relationship between SARS-CoV-2 infection and serum levels, insulin, body fat distribution, and insulin resistance (IR) via a homeostasis model assessment, or HOMA. As per the findings, the total fat percentage decreased in participants without COVID-19 due to weight control and a drop in energy consumption. On the contrary, despite losing weight and consuming fewer calories, infected patients exhibited a 2% increase in total fat post-infection.

Post-pandemic, consumers have become even warier about their diet intake compared to pre-pandemic times. Consequently, their budgetary allocation toward fat-free or reduced-fat food and beverage products is steadily rising. In addition, rising obesity concerns are pushing customers to purchase low-fat or fat-free dairy products, which in turn is fuelling demand for skim milk powder.

According to statistics published by the World Health Organization (WHO), 4 million people die each year as a result of obesity. Additionally, worldwide obesity rates have nearly doubled since 1980. The World Obesity Foundation further claims that by 2030, one in five women and one in seven men will have obesity. In the United States alone, obesity rates continued to climb during the pandemic, increasing by 3% between March 2020 and March 2021.

In terms of food application, skim milk powder is likely to be used to make bakery products, confectionery items, frozen desserts, and nutritional foods. However, infant formula production is one category that is expected to outshine other application areas. As infant health and nutrition are a highly important part of healthcare, manufacturers are incorporating skim milk powder in their product offerings. Moreover, powdered infant formulae are comparatively more affordable than concentrated and ready-to-use formulae.

Region-wise, North America is expected to generate highly opportunistic prospects for skim milk powder manufacturers, attributed to the mounting health concerns highlighted above. In addition, the market across the Asia Pacific and Europe is also expected to acquire pace. Given the exponentially increasing infant population across countries such as India and China, healthcare practitioners are actively promoting awareness and organizing healthcare campaigns to provide good quality infant care, which is expected to enhance sales prospects for skim milk powder.

The market for skim milk powder is characterized by the presence of a significant amount of players. On 25th January 2023, food giant Nestle introduced a new milk-based formula called NAN® OPTIPRO® 5. The product is a milk formula intended for children above 3 years of age, comprising a unique ingredients combination. It includes protein, calcium, iron, and vitamin D- all inputs required for a robust growth cycle. Likewise, Indian milk giant Amul offers the AMUL SAGAR Skimmed Milk Powder which is suitable for people suffering from diabetes and those on low protein or low calorie diets.

Data Points Key Statistics
Expected Market Value in 2023 US$ 33.5 billion
Projected Market Value in 2033 US$ 56.15 billion
Growth Rate (2023 to 2033) CAGR of 5.3%

The increasing demand for low fat content milk products and the rising health awareness among the consumers project a significant growth of at least 4% which is more than that of the total milk industry. Skim milk is known as a non-fat milk or a fat-free milk which is obtained by removing the milk fat from the whole milk.

Skim milk powder is formed after removing moisture from pasteurized non-fat milk/skim milk and then spray drying it. The skim milk provides the same amount of protein, calcium, and other nutrients compared to whole milk but has fewer calories than it.

Also, it is low in saturated fats making it safe enough for consumption by diabetic consumers and heart patients. The skim milk powder can be used as an emulsifier, thickener, colour enhancer, and a foaming agent in various food applications.

It is easily soluble and has fat and water binding properties. The product is widely used in baked goods, bread dough, beverages, and frozen desserts. Wide applications in the food industry and numerous associated health benefits is fuelling the global market of skim milk powder.

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Growing Demand for Storable and Specialty Foods to Bolster the Growth of Global Skim Milk Powder Market

Skim milk powder is a low-calorie, low-fat, and a dry version of traditional full-fat milk. As the milk powder is industrially processed, consumers believe that that most of the nutrients of regular fat milk are withered-off from skim milk powder.

This notion can be easily countered as skim milk is prepared through the process of centrifugal separation where only fat globules are extracted from the milk. Further water removal and spray drying processes are carried out to get a dry/powdered form of skim milk.

This makes the product easy to store and transport, thereby cutting down storage and transportation costs. Also, one cup of skim milk powder is equivalent to four times the nutritional content of one cup liquid skim milk.

Skim milk powder is a natural and rich source of proteins. It contains all the essential nine amino acids for building lean muscles and also contains an easily digestible casein protein, therefore, making it beneficial and safe for consumption.

A scoop of skim milk powder can provide 30% of daily calcium requirements and is rich in other essential minerals such as selenium, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. It is also low in cholesterol and aids in weight loss, making it an ideal nutraceutical for treating heart disease and obesity. Thus, the global skim milk powder market is expected to project a positive growth trajectory owing to the growing demand of easily storable functional foods.

Global Skim Milk Powder: Key Players

Some of the key players manufacturing skim milk powder are as follows -

  • Nestle
  • Dairy America
  • Alpen Dairies
  • Unilever
  • Nova Dairy products
  • Amul
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Opportunities for Global Skim Milk Powder Market Participants

North America has a dominant market share in the global skim milk powder market followed by Europe. South Asia and Oceania are expected to be the fastest growing markets owing to changing consumer food patterns and abundant milk production.

East Asia and Latin America possess potential opportunities for B2B business. The sports nutrition and infant foods markets would act as an important source of income for market players provided that the skim milk powder formulations meet the industry criteria.  

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  • Current trends/issues/challenges pertaining to skim milk powder market
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  • Technology related to production/processing of skim milk powder
  • Value chain analysis of the skim milk powder market

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Regional Analysis Includes

  • North America (USA, Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Rest of Latin America)
  • Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, BENELUX, Poland, Russia, Nordic, Rest of Europe)
  • East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea)
  • South Asia (India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia)
  • Oceania (Australia, New Zealand)
  • Middle East & Africa (GCC Countries, South Africa, Rest of MEA)

The skim milk powder market report has been compiled through extensive primary research (through interviews, surveys, and observations of seasoned analysts) and secondary research (which entails reputable paid sources, trade journals, and industry body databases).

The report also features a complete qualitative and quantitative assessment by analysing data gathered from industry analysts and market participants across key points in the industry’s value chain.

A separate analysis of prevailing trends in the parent market, macro- and micro-economic indicators, and regulations and mandates is included under the purview of the study. By doing so, the Skim Milk Powder market report projects the attractiveness of each major segment over the forecast period.

Global Skim Milk Powder: Market Segmentation

By Type:

  • Flavoured Non Fat Powder
  • Whole Milk Powder
  • Butter Milk Powder

By Food Application:

  • Confectionery
  • Bakery
  • Nutritional Food
  • Infant Formulas
  • Dry Mixes
  • Fermented Milk Products
  • Frozen Desserts
  • Meat products
  • Others (Dressings & Sauces)

By Distribution Channel:

  • Modern Trade
  • Convenience Store
  • Online Retail
  • Others (Wholesaler)


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