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Micellar Casein Market Size - By Product Type (Micellar Casein Isolate, Micellar Casein Concentrate), Applications (Nutritional Beverages, Clinical Nutrition, Bakery, Meat Products, Dairy Beverages), Flavor, Regional Outlook & Global Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI7580
  • Published Date: Dec 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Micellar Casein Market Size

Micellar Casein Market size was valued at USD 4.79 billion in 2022 and is estimated to grow at 5.6% CAGR from 2023 to 2032. Micellar casein, known for its slow-digesting and sustained-release properties, is sought after by fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and individuals looking for protein supplements that provide long-lasting benefits, such as reducing muscle protein breakdown during extended periods of fasting (like overnight) and enhancing muscle protein synthesis.

Micellar Casein Market

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This growing awareness of the unique attributes of micellar casein, combined with the rising popularity of protein-rich diets and fitness regimes, has contributed to its strong demand in the market.

Ensuring consistent product quality and accurate labelling, including nutritional content and health claims, can be complex and costly. Inaccurate or misleading product information can lead to regulatory non-compliance, potential recalls, and damage to brand reputation. Additionally, the classification of micellar casein as a food ingredient or dietary supplement may vary by jurisdiction, which requires companies to navigate complex regulatory frameworks to ensure their products meet legal requirements and consumer expectations, presenting a significant pitfall for the industry.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic had a multifaceted impact on the micellar casein market. On one hand, there was an initial surge in demand for health and wellness products, including protein supplements, as consumers sought to bolster their immune systems and maintain fitness routines at home. However, supply chain disruptions, labour shortages, and transportation restrictions affected production and distribution. The closure of fitness centers and gyms also temporarily slowed the market's growth.

Moreover, economic uncertainties led to shifts in consumer spending, influencing purchasing decisions. As the pandemic continued, the market saw a gradual recovery as consumers adapted to the new normal, emphasizing the importance of immune support and fitness, leading to a resurgence in demand for these products.

Micellar Casein Market Trends

The growing demand for high-quality, slow-digesting proteins among fitness enthusiasts and athletes continues to drive market growth. The increased interest in clean-label and natural ingredients is pushing manufacturers to focus on minimal processing and sourcing from sustainable dairy farms. Additionally, innovations in flavor profiles and versatile product formats, such as ready-to-drink beverages and protein bars, are expanding the market's appeal to a broader consumer base. Furthermore, the emphasis on transparent and informative product labeling, including sourcing information and nutritional content, is gaining importance in consumer decision-making.

Micellar Casein Market Analysis

Micellar Casein Market Size, By Product Type, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

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Based on Product type, the micellar casein isolate segment dominated around USD 3.64 billion revenue in 2022. Micellar casein isolate is favored for its higher protein content (typically over 90%) and minimal fat and carbohydrates, making it an ideal choice for consumers seeking pure protein supplementation with minimal caloric intake.

This high protein content also appeals to athletes and fitness enthusiasts who require a concentrated protein source for muscle recovery and growth. Micellar casein isolate is recognized for its slower digestion and sustained-release properties, which aid in muscle protein synthesis and reduce muscle protein breakdown over extended periods, such as during sleep.

Micellar Casein Market Revenue Share, By Flavor, (2022)

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Based on Flavor, the chocolate flavor segment accounted for 64% of the micellar casein market share in 2022. Chocolate-flavored products are inherently appealing to a broad spectrum of consumers. The rich and indulgent taste of chocolate masks the inherent chalky or bitter notes of protein, making it more palatable for those seeking a delicious and satisfying protein source. Additionally, the familiarity and comfort associated with chocolate as a flavor are influential, as it is a beloved taste in numerous food and beverage categories.

Based on application, the market is segmented as nutritional beverages, clinical nutrition, bakery, meat products, dairy beverages, and others. Nutritional beverages industry will gain remarkable momentum during the forecast timeline. Nutritional beverages are typically ready-to-drink or easy to mix, which makes them a convenient way to consume protein on the go. This is especially appealing to consumers who are busy or have active lifestyles.

Micellar casein is a slow-digesting protein that provides sustained energy release, which makes it a good choice for nutritional beverages that are consumed before or after workouts, or throughout the day to maintain protein intake. Micellar casein is a versatile ingredient it can be used to create a variety of nutritional beverages, from high-protein shakes to meal replacement drinks.

North America Micellar Casein Market Size, 2020- 2032 (USD Billion)

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North America micellar casein market size held over USD 1.81 billion in 2022. The region's increasing health and fitness consciousness has led to a rising demand for high-quality protein supplements, with micellar casein gaining prominence as a slow-digesting, muscle-repairing option. The well-established fitness and sports nutrition culture in North America, including the widespread use of protein supplements, has created a conducive environment for the growth of the market.

Moreover, the region's affluent and health-aware consumer base is willing to invest in premium and scientifically backed products, making them more receptive to the higher price point often associated with micellar casein.

Micellar Casein Market Share 

Some of the major companies operating in the micellar casein industry are:

  • Glanbia Nutritionals
  • Arla Foods
  • Fonterra Co-operative Group
  • Kerry Group.
  • Idaho Milk Products
  • AMCO Proteins.
  • Nutrimed Healthcare Private Limited.
  • FrieslandCampina Domo

These companies focus on strategic partnerships, new product type launch & commercialization for market expansion. Furthermore, these companies are heavily investing in research that allows them to introduce innovative product types and garner maximum revenue in the micellar casein market.

Glanbia Nutritionals is the manufacturer of micellar casein. It offers a wide range of products, including amino acids, vitamins, minerals, dairy lactose, milk proteins, and nutritional delivery systems. Glanbia Nutritionals serves the food and beverage, supplement, and animal nutrition industries globally. In 2019, the company launched ProTherma, a new generation of micellar casein that is more soluble and heat-stable than traditional micellar casein products. This makes ProTherma ideal for use in a wider range of food and beverage applications, such as baked goods and dairy beverages.

Micellar Casein Industry News

  • In August 2023, Native milk protein MicelPure became the first Arla Foods Ingredients product to be certified by the Non-GMO Project, MicelPure is a micellar casein isolate. Containing 86% native protein and naturally high in calcium, it is ideal for sports nutrition and other healthy food applications.

The micellar casein market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million & Units in Tons from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Product Type

  • Micellar casein isolate
  • Micellar casein concentrate

Market, By Flavor

  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Unflavored
  • Others

Market, By Application

  • Nutritional beverages
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Bakery
  • Meat products
  • Dairy beverages
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina 
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Egypt


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Kunal Ahuja

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of micellar casein reached USD 4.79 billion in 2022 and is set to cross USD 8.39 billion by the end of 2032, propelled by its slow-digesting and sustained-release properties.
Chocolate flavour segment held a dominant market share of around 64% in 2022, driven by the rich & indulgent taste of chocolate and application in various food & beverages.
North America market was worth USD 1.81 billion in 2022, led by the increasing health and fitness consciousness of the regional populace.
Glanbia Nutritionals, Arla Foods, Fonterra Co-operative Group, Kerry Group. , Idaho Milk Products are some of the major industry contenders.

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 16
  • Tables & Figures: 191
  • Countries covered: 21
  • Pages: 210
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