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Single Cell Protein Market Size By Source (Bacteria, Yeast, Algae, Fungi), By Application (Food And Beverages, Animal Feed, Dietary Supplements) & Global Forecast, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: GMI5345
  • Published Date: Sep 2022
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Single Cell Protein Market size was more than USD 8 billion in 2021 and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of over 9% from 2022 to 2030. Integration of advanced technologies in the food sector worldwide will foster industry growth.

Single Cell Protein Market

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Single cell protein (SCP) has found significant application in the animal feed sector. Domestic cattle have a considerable contribution to the world’s food supply. Rapidly increasing population and an equivalent growth in food consumption have made animal feed a vital part of the integrated food chain. Surging consumer demand for animal products including meat, eggs, milk, and others has fueled the need for a continuous supply of safe, affordable, and nutrient-rich feed ingredients.

SCPs also have a widespread application across paper and leather industries. These ingredients are gaining popularity as they contain around 60%-80% protein content on a dry matter basis and are a rich source of essential amino acids such as lysine, and methionine.

The COVID-19 pandemic raised new challenges for the single cell protein market expansion. The pandemic significantly disrupted the food and animal feed sector worldwide. Food manufacturing was hampered due to supply chain challenges, which negatively affected the production of single cell protein. The food sector heavily relies on microorganisms including fungi, yeast, bacteria, and others. Growing concerns associated with the transmission of infection on contact with these microorganisms led to a halt in processing activities. Furthermore, the pandemic-related restrictions resulted in a temporary shutdown of laboratories, adding to the challenges of the single cell protein industry.

Demand for sustainable protein alternatives to boost adoption of algae sourced ingredients

Single-Cell Protein Market By Source

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In terms of volume, the algae sourced single cell protein market share is anticipated to surpass 410-kilo tons by 2030. Unlike conventional animal protein sources that heavily contribute to climate change, algae are a sustainable source of protein. Various processes including alkaline, acidic, and aqueous are applied to derive the algal proteins or SCPs from algae sources such as microalgae, and seaweed. These SCPs are popular because of their high nutritional profile. The ingredients consists of fats, vitamins, and essential amino acids, making them a suitable source for animals as well as humans.

Growing focus on improving livestock production to drive single cell protein demand

Single-Cell Protein Market By Application

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Single-cell protein market share from the animal feed application is projected to exhibit a CAGR of over 5% between 2022-2030. The rising consumption of meat and meat products has increased the burden on animal farming, necessitating high-quality and enhanced poultry production. With a view to maximizing poultry output, livestock producers are inclined towards novel products to improve the overall quality of meat. SCP has therefore become a crucial component owing to the ability to boost animal health, improve fertility, immune response, weight control, and provide a lustrous coat, and healthier skin.

Development of new food processing technologies to foster Europe single cell protein industry trends

Single-Cell Protein Market By Region

Europe single cell protein market size is expected to surpass USD 4.5 billion by 2030. The food protein sector across the region is witnessing robust R&D investment, with companies taking part in new technological innovation. For instance, single cell proteins originating and derived from microorganisms are used to develop genetically modified organism strains. Increasing awareness regarding better-quality food products and goods that are made using SCPs will support regional industry growth. The region is also a major consumer of meat and poultry food products, influencing the demand for animal feed ingredients.

Business expansion initiatives to strengthen single global market outlook

Novus International, BEC Feed Solutions Pty Ltd., Evonik Industries AG, Lallemand Inc, Angel Yeast Co., Ltd, Alltech, Inc., Unibio A/S, and BIOMIN Holding GmbH are some of the leading players in the single cell protein market. These companies are mainly focusing on strategic collaborations and product expansion initiatives to introduce novel products and gain a competitive advantage. In March 2022, Unibio announced the completion of its Uniprotein® trial, which successfully demonstrated the efficacy of the protein in animal and fish feed mixes. The novel protein is naturally produced through microbial fermentation of biogas, or natural gas and can easily replace existing high-quality proteins.

Impact of COVID-19 on the single cell protein industry trends

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a negative impact on the industry with a decline in single cell protein production. The pandemic disrupted supply chain networks along with new challenges because of continuous lockdown imposition and social distancing norms. The global crisis rendered unprecedented effects on multiple end-user industries including food and beverage, resulting in a drop in demand for SCP. Despite the pandemic-related consequences, the industry is anticipated to undergo significant development supported by new technological advancements. Various food and feed manufacturers are seeking SCPs to boost production and replace animal farming with a high-tech protein harvest.

The Single Cell Protein market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecasts in terms of volume in Kilo Tons and revenue in USD Million from 2017 to 2030 for the following segments:

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By Source

  • Bacteria
  • Yeast
  • Algae
    • Chlorella
    • Spirulina
    • Dunaliella
    • Haematococcus
    • Others
  • Fungi

By Application

  • Food and beverages
    • Meat analogs
    • Bakery
    • Dairy alternatives
    • Cereals & snacks
    • Beverages
    • Others
  • Animal Feed
    • Poultry
      • Broiler
      • Layer
      • Turkey
      • Others
    • Swine
      • Starter
      • Grower
      • Sow
    • Cattle
      • Dairy
      • Calf
      • Others
    • Aquaculture
      • Salmon
      • Trout
      • Shrimp
      • Carp
      • Others
    • Pet food
      • Dogs
      • Cats
      • Birds
      • Fish
    • Equine
    • Others
  • Dietary supplements
  • Others

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

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


Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Tushar Malkani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global market size for single cell protein was over USD 8 billion in 2021 and is estimated to exhibit a CAGR of more than 9% from 2022-2030.

The single cell protein industry share from algae sources is poised to reach over 410 kilo tons by 2030, with microalgae & seaweed being some of the commonly used sources to derive SCP.

The Europe single cell protein market size is expected to be more than USD 4.5 billion by 2030 on account of the rapid adoption of enzymes in food & beverage processing.

Novus International, BEC Feed Solutions Pty Ltd., Evonik Industries AG, Lallemand Inc., Angel Yeast Co., Ltd, and Alltech, Inc., are some of the key companies in single-cell protein market.

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  • Base Year: 2021
  • Companies covered: 9
  • Tables & Figures: 395
  • Countries covered: 21
  • Pages: 300
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