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Short-chain Fructooligosaccharides (scFOS) Market Size By Source (Inulin, Sucrose, Pharmaceutical Grade), By Form (Liquid, Powder), By Application (Dietary, Supplements, Food & Beverages, Dietary Supplements, Pharmaceuticals), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI5119
  • Published Date: Sep 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Short-Chain Fructooligosaccharides Market size exceeded USD 530 Million in 2020 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of over 11.1% from 2021 and 2027. Positive outlook from applications including food & beverages, dietary supplements, and pharmaceuticals is propelling the overall market growth.


Rising consumer awareness pertaining to nutritional benefits & functional uses of short-chain fructooligosaccharides (scFOS) is likely to support industry advancement. Key aspects such as the product's low calorific value aids in lowering phospholipids, triglycerides, and cholesterol levels. Moreover, ScFOS also enhances calcium and magnesium absorption in the body.

Short-Chain Fructooligosaccharides Market

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Short-chain fructooligosaccharides in animal feed applications promote nutrient absorption in the body, improved gut health, and increased animal potential. Growth in the animal feed industry along with increased R&D spending on innovative and effective ingredients will support the adoption of scFOS. As per industry surveys, global animal feed production crossed 1 billion metric tons in 2020. 

Strong growth potential for the dietary supplements industry over the forecast timeframe will drive the growth of short-chain fructooligosaccharides market. Key benefits of scFOC include mental health improvement, prebiotic impacts, and gut health improvement.  The prevalence of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes has enhanced the use of dietary fibers in supplement form, thus supporting the use of scFOS. Also, the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has enhanced consumer health consciousness, thus enhancing the demand for dietary supplements.

Short-chain fructooligosaccharides plays an important role in infant formula application as it acts as a major stimulator of immune response and improved intestinal health in newborns. The increasing replacement of mother’s milk with artificial milk formula has boosted the demand for short-chain fructooligosaccharides in infant food applications. However, the high cost of enzymes required for the manufacturing process makes the end-product expensive, thereby impacting the market expansion.

Positive application outlook particularly from diary sector will fuel the inulin segment share

Global Short-Chain Fructooligosaccharides Market, By Source

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Short-chain fructooligosaccharides market size from inulin segment exceeded USD 240 million in 2020. During the forecast period, the demand for inulin is likely to be fuelled by the expanding popularity of prebiotic components and rising awareness of low fat and calorie reduction. Inulin has also been designated as a GRAS (generally recognized as safe) product by the US FDA, which is likely to have a favorable influence on the market expansion. The dairy sector is the main source of demand, as it is utilized in cheese, ice creams, and yogurt compositions.

The development and uptake of applications are likely to be aided by a stable inulin market price. The plentiful supply of raw material in the form of chicory root in Europe and China is anticipated to provide a steady supply and avoid market instability. The market is likely to benefit from rising infant formula consumption in China and India, as well as capacity expansion by baby food producers such as Danone and Nestle.

Shifting trends towards natural ingredients in food & beverage application will augment the product adoption

Global Short-Chain Fructooligosaccharides Market, from Food & Beverage Application

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Short-chain fructooligosaccharides market from food & beverage application was anticipated to cross USD 430 Million by 2027. The market for scFOS is expected to grow owing to the rising use of functional foods particularly from aging populations in industrialized countries along with the increased desire for "healthy" foods and beverages in many parts of the world. Because of their convenience, ease of distribution and storage, and ability to combine desirable nutrients and bio-actives, beverages are by far the most popular functional food category. Also, biodiversity is of increasing interest for functional beverages which will further boost the scFOS demand in this category.


The dietary supplement segment holds a considerable share in the global short-chain FOC market in 2020. Shifting consumer preferences, rising health awareness, a growing senior population, and the adoption of a balanced diet are all driving the market for dietary supplements. The convergence of important business trends has created new opportunities for key industry participants. One of the key elements fuelling the need for dietary supplements is changing lifestyles and food habits. These factors will result in the growth of short-chain fructooligosaccharides (FOS).

Increasing demand for powder form of short-chain FOS in pharma and dietary supplement application will boost the product demand during the forecast period

The powder form short-chain FOS segment dominates the global market in 2020. It is highly preferred in the manufacturing process due to its excellent compatibility with other raw materials fuelling segment growth. Moreover, powder form is contamination-free, easily measurable, and high performance during the production process are key benefits stimulating the product landscape.


The liquid segment of short-chain fructooligosaccharides market is projected to witness over 11% CAGR from 2021 to 2027. Liquid FOS is widely used as a natural soluble dietary fiber and an alternative sweetener. Also, they are becoming increasingly popular as a prebiotic and are added to many types of processed foods thus generating new growth opportunities for the manufacturers. It is also used as a bulking agent or “added fiber” to nutritional bars and beverages, baby foods, bakery & confectionery, dairy, ready-to-eat food, or other commercial foods which is further propelling the market demand.

Rising demand for nourishing and natural ingredients in infant formula is driving the European short-chain fructooligosaccharides industry share

Europe Short-Chain Fructooligosaccharides Market Estimates and Forecast by Country

European short-chain fructooligosaccharides market exceeded USD 200 million in 2020. Increasing usage of FOS-based infant formula and wholesome food items owing to its favorable nutritional & functional parameters will drive the product demand. Further, product penetration in biscuits, cakes, bread, and other dairy products is instigating the regional scFOS market statistics. Surging demand for low-calorie sweetener products owing to nutritional and health benefits is likely to propel the business expansion over the projected timeline.


Positive outlook from nutritional supplements and dietary fibers application will drive the Short-chain fructooligosaccharides market in Asia Pacific region. Short-chain fructooligosaccharides (scFOS) supplements has been proven to improve nutrition utilization, growth, and disease resistance in human body. Changes in dietary choices, a lack of physical activity, and a rise in sedentary lives have all contributed to an increase in the occurrence of lifestyle diseases including diabetes and high blood pressure. Consumers are beginning to appreciate the significance of nutritional supplements in bridging nutritional gaps as it is not possible through usual diets, resulting in an increase in dietary supplement sales in the region. These factors will propel the scFOS demand in Asia Pacific.

Capacity expansion along with new product launch is among primary business strategy adopted by manufacturers

Short-chain fructooligosaccharides market is fragmented in nature owing to the large presence of domestic manufacturing companies. The major players are Beneo-Orafti, Jarrow Formulas, Inc., Sensus B.V., Ingredion, Galam, Cosucra Groupe Warcoing SA, and Tereos. Manufacturers are involved in strategies such as capacity expansion, and new product development targeting a specific application to enhance their market share.

For instance, instance, in June 2020, Galam announced two new scFOS production plants in Israel and Spain for an investment of USD 20 million. The Israel plant would specialize in scFOS production in powder form and exports worldwide, whereas the plant in Spain will specialize in liquid scFOS production for the European market.  


Short-chain fructooligosaccharides market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in Kilo Tons and revenue in USD Million from 2016 to 2027, for the following segments:

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By Source

  • Inulin
  • Sucrose

By Form

  • Liquid
  • Powder

By Application

  • Animal feed
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Food & Beverage
  • Infant Formula
  • Pharmaceuticals

The above information has been provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Thailand
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Tushar Malkani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Global market for short chain fructooligosaccharides (scFOS) had exceeded USD 530 million in 2020 and will witness a CAGR of over 11.1% from 2021 to 2027.

Inulin segment had recorded a valuation of over USD 240 million in 2020 owing to increasing product demand driven by growing consumption of prebiotic components.

The overall market revenue from food and beverages sector will exceed USD 430 million by 2027 owing to increasing usage of functional foods among aging population.

Europe short chain fructooligosaccharides industry size had exceeded USD 200 million in 2020 owing to increasing product usage in infant formula and wholesome food items due to its nutritional content.

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