Global Prebiotics Ingredients Market Segmented by Type, Application, Health benefits and Geography (2017 - 2022)

Published - Jan 2017 | Category - Food & Beverages | No. of Pages - 161 | Published By - Mordor Intelligence

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Market Insights

Prebiotics are a specific type of food. Though most food ingredients are digested immediately; prebiotics are healthy non-digestible food ingredients. They are heat resistant, hence unaltered even in the baking process, which enables them to be used in everyday food choices. Prebiotics effect occurs when there is a rise in the activity of healthy bacteria in the intestines of humans. This helps the growth of healthy bacteria, such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria in the gut, thus increasing the resistance to invading pathogens. The increased consumption of non-digestible ingredients allows growth of bio-cultures that reach the intestine unaffected by the digestion process, which helps in good digestive health.

The global prebiotics ingredients market was estimated at USD XX billion in 2015, due to a huge demand for dietary supplements, especially for infant foods. The market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of XX% till 2021, with a market value of USD XX billion, currently. Prebiotics are also in demand due to the rising investment in food & beverage industry for development and the innovation of new food products that are enriched with prebiotics.

Market Dynamics

One of the main factors driving the global prebiotic ingredients market is the growing demand for prebiotics in animal feed. The major focus on improving the health is also expected to fuel the market during the forecast period. Another boost to the market is the rising demand for fiber-rich food products.

Prebiotics usage in functional food has increased, which has resulted in the highest revenue generation for the food & beverage industry, as consumers are shifting their focus to a healthy diet. Another major reason for the growth of this market is the usage of prebiotics in various applications, which gives a lot of options to the consumers.

Market Segmentation

The market is segmented according to the type into - inulin, fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS), galacto- oligosaccharide (GOS) and mannan-oligosaccharide (MOS). Regarding revenue, the inulin segment has accounted for 38% of the global prebiotics ingredients market. The growing health benefits, with easy availability from natural sources such as garlic and banana, are going to drive the market in future. Inulin is also vastly used to treat diabetes, due to its high antioxidant properties. GOS has a significant share, as well, due to its rising use in dietary supplements. It has several benefits such as improving bone mineralization by improving calcium absorption, stimulating bifidobacteria growth, curing or preventing colon cancer, and substituting human milk oligosaccharides.

By application, this market is divided into - food & beverage, dietary supplements, specialty nutrients, and animal feed. Food & beverage industry is leading this segment due to the health benefits of functional food ingredients. The dietary supplements sub-segment is projected to grow fast during the forecast period. Under the food and beverage industry, dairy is by far the largest market for prebiotics, which is also forecasted to grow in the next five years. Further segmentation is by health benefits such as - gut health, bone health, immunity, heart health, and weight management.

Regional Analysis        

By geography, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa. North America accounted for a market value of USD 285 million in 2015. The growing demand for prebiotics enriched food products among consumers is driving the North American market, as it is mainly focused on improving the digestive health of consumers. Europe is the largest market due to the increased usage of dietary supplements. Consumers are increasingly becoming health-conscious, and the high importance of prebiotics in weight management is a major reason for the growth of this market.

The European market is also fueled by the prebiotic ingredient manufacturers expanding their business through new applications such as snack and meat products. The US market continues to drive the demand for Fructans, which is also the largest product segment in the region. Asia-Pacific is a fast growing market, with a major demand from China and India.

Some of the major players capturing the probiotics market include:

Cargill Inc.                  

Yakult Pharmaceutical Industry Co. Ltd.

Beneo-Orafti SA

Ingredion Incorporated

Royal Cosun

Cosuca Groupe Warcoing SA

Beghin Meiji

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