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Protein Hydrolysate Market Size By Product (Milk protein [Whey, Casein], Animal Protein [Meat, Fish, Egg], Plant Protein [Soy]), By Application (Infant Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition), By Form (Powder, Liquid), Regional Outlook, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2017 – 2024

  • Report ID: GMI2018
  • Published Date: Aug 2017
  • Report Format: PDF

Protein Hydrolysate Market Size

Protein Hydrolysate Market size was above USD 500 million in 2016 and expects consumption of over 160 kilo tons by 2024

U.S. Protein Hydrolysate Market

Positive application outlook in from infant, sports and clinical should drive protein hydrolysate demand. Increasing income levels along with shift in consumer preferences towards nutritional products will drive the growth. Easy digestibility of these products as compared to intact proteins gives them as edge for usage in infant formulas. Strong growth rate can be expected from prepared baby food industry which is bolstered by increasing demand from working mothers with busy working schedule and lack of time to prepare healthy meals. Increased consumer awareness about nutritional content in foods will drive global protein hydrolysates market size.

Global infant formula market was over 22 billion in 2016. The market should continue to witness steady gains with rapid urbanization and burgeoning middle-class population base in China, India, Thailand and Malaysia which is likely to fuel product demand. Asia Pacific is anticipated to remain the largest market for infant formula, accounting to be over 45% of the global revenue share in 2016.

Europe and China have imposed strict regulations regarding usage of nutritional products in food and feed applications. According to the Chinese regulation protein hydrolysate supplement should contain minimum 50% of premium protein. The name of hydrolysed based products should be specified based on plant source like pea or corn based nutritional products. According to FDA Sec. 573.200 the moisture content in these products (when used as an additive) should not be less than 45 percent by weight and not over 50 percent by weight.

Neurodegenerative disorders are one of the leading causes of disability and deaths in both developing and developed countries. Medical science makes use of neurotrophic drugs to treat the same. Cerebroprotein hydrolysate is latest and promising drug used in treatment of various neurological disorders. It is a brain protein extracted from animal source (animal brains). It is majorly used for treatment of brain injuries and neurogenerative conditions ranging from mild to severe by directly act on the brain to help in repairing and protect neurons in a faster way than any other neurotrophic agent. It acts as an effective tool for improving levels of activities of daily living in patients with various neural sicknesses and reducing their dependence on caregivers. 


The products are made by hydrolysing the intact proteins. More than half of these products are made from milk which are whey and casein. Fluctuation in raw material costs may affect protein hydrolysates market price trend.

Protein Hydrolysate Market Analysis

Whey protein hydrolysates market size should surpass USD 450 million by 2024. Increasing application scope in sports and infant nutrition owing high nutritional value and easy digestibility should drive industry growth. They have special application in sports nutrition because its intake results into better delivery of nutrition into human body as it leads to faster absorption of amino acids.

Plant protein hydrolysate market is expected to witness steady gains over 5% during forecast timeframe. Growth in infant formula consumption particularly in China, India, Thailand and Indonesia is likely to drive product demand over the forecast timeframe.

Protein hydrolysate demand from infant nutrition should exceed USD 700 million by 2024. Global infant formula market will continue to witness steady gains with rapid urbanization, spending power per baby, upsurge in per-capita middle class disposable income level in China, India, Thailand and Indonesia. Emergence of e-commerce & online stores as a distribution channel are shaping up global demand.

Protein hydrolysate market size from sports nutrition is expected to witness strong gains at over 6%. Sports nutritional products like were conventionally used by athletes and bodybuilders, however are getting popular amongst common masses due to increasing numbers of health clubs and fitness centers and growth of recreational and lifestyle users.


Protein hydrolysates also find major usage in animal feed. Only animal byproducts, brewers by products and very few plant ingredient are hydrolyzed to produce ingredients for animal feed. These products are included in diets for pigs, poultry, fish, and companion animals for improving overall health, growth and production performance. The global protein hydrolysate market for animal feed application size will witness 5.5% CAGR during the forecast period.

These products are manufactured in powder well as in liquid form through hydrolysis procedure which typically includes acid hydrolysis, enzymatic hydrolysis, microbial hydrolysis, and autolysis.

Powder based protein hydrolysates market size expects significant gains and may surpass USD 800 million by 2024. Powder based products are preferred by buyers as they have longer shelf life. Liquid products are cheaper than powder based as they have shorter shelf life and are mainly utilized in animal feed applications.

Europe Protein hydrolysate market size should surpass USD 280 million by 2024. Increased spending on sports nutrition coupled with effective marketing campaigns of top manufacturers to attract mass consumer with lower priced offerings will drive the market demand. Although athletes and bodybuilders are the main consumers of sports nutrition products in the region, more mainstream customers are purchasing the products in order to sustain active lifestyle.

China protein hydrolysate market size should witness significant gains at over 8% owing to an increase in demand owing change in decade long single child policy in 2016. This is expected to have positive impact on China crude birth rate thus resulting into increased demand for infant formulas. Finance ministry of China imposed a new rule for infant milk formula imports from international websites wherein such imports will need official approval by 2018.

Brazil protein hydrolysate market size should witness significant gains owing to increased demand from feed industry. Feed production in South America is mainly from Brazil which ranks the third in the global feed production countries. Animal husbandry is one of the mainstay industry of Brazilian agriculture.

Protein Hydrolysate Market Share

Global protein hydrolysate market share is moderately consolidated. Some of the major companies operating in the market include:

  • Arla Foods
  • Frieslandcampina
  • Danisco
  • Fonterra.  

Companies are focused on expanding their product portfolios along with regional presence. In 2016, Arla food ingredients started a new protein hydrolysates factory in Denmark with capacity of producing over 4 kilo tonnes of whey and casein hydrolysates per annum. 

Protein Hydrolysates Industry Background

Proteins are made up of chains of amino acids linked by peptide bonds and folded in variety of complex structures. They are fragmented down into amino acids and peptides by process of hydrolysis utilizing various methods in order to provide nutrients in forms that body cells may easily utilize. Commonly used protein sources include whey, casein, meat and soybean. Manufacturers offer different products representing single or combination of sources for wide variety of nutritional regulatory needs.

Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sarita Bayas

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