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Global Biosurfactants Market size to exceed USD 2.60 billion by 2027

  • Published Date: January 12, 2022

According to a new research report by Global Market Insights Inc., the Biosurfactants Market size is set to surpass USD 2.60 billion by 2027 owing to the rising consumer preferences for eco-friendly alternatives of petrochemical based surfactants is likely to raise the demand for biosurfactants.

Petrochemical based surfactants possess high toxicity with shorter shelf life and low sustainability thus manufacturers are seeking for better and cost-effective alternatives driving the demand for biosurfactants. Moreover, the growing inclination of various end users such as detergents, personal care and agricultural chemical’s manufacturers to incorporate natural compounds in their products due to enhanced functionality and higher purity levels should further escalate the biosurfactants market share during the assessment period.

In addition, increasing usage of environmentally approved and eco-label products along with various tax-saving schemes are promoting the adoption of bio-based products especially in North America and Europe. Non-toxicity and biodegradability of biosurfactants has encouraged manufacturers to utilize them in various products such as soaps and detergents, personal care and industrial cleaning solutions.

Growing adoption of biodegradable, less toxic and renewable biosurfactants in various end use industries is expected to propel Lipopeptides market growth

Lipopeptides are surface-active compounds produced by a wide variety of microbials such as fungi, bacteria, and yeast. Lipopeptides-based biosurfactants possess strong anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-viral and immune modulator properties which makes them suitable for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications. They have been used in food, environmental management, and cosmetics applications as well.

Lipopeptides have enhanced application scope in enhanced oil recovery process in marine environments. Growing consumer awareness regarding the harmful effects of petroleum-based or artificial surfactants has encouraged the use of Lipopeptides during the projected period. The market for Lipopeptides based biosurfactants was valued at USD 11.5 million in 2020 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 3.5% during 2021-2027.

Lipopeptides are actively used in a variety of personal care & cosmetic products on account of their superior emulsifying, stabilizing and excellent solvent properties. It is recognized as a natural green cleaner and moisturizing agent that is harmless to humans and the environment. Growing adoption of biodegradable, less toxic products along with the growing consumer focus on personal hygiene & wellness has increased demand for Lipopeptides.

Browse key industry insights spread across 610 pages with 942 market data tables and 39 figures & charts from the report, “Global Biosurfactants Market By Product (Lactobacilli, Bifidobacterium, Streptococcus, Bacillus), By Application (Broilers, Layers, Turkeys, Breeders, Chicks & Poults) By Product (Sophorolipids, Rhamnolipids, Alkyl Polyglucosides [APG], Methyl Ethyl Sulfonates [MES], Sucrose Esters, Sorbitan Esters, Lipopeptides), By Application (Household Detergents, Personal Care, Industrial Cleaners, Food Processing, Oilfield Chemicals, Agricultural Chemicals, Textiles), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027” in detail along with the table of contents:


Rising awareness towards personal hygiene has resulted in an outrageous spike in household detergents and soaps sales

Growing consumer preference towards natural and eco-friendly products that are safe and gentle for the skin along with the rising environmental concerns will stimulate the use of biosurfactants in household detergents and soaps. Methyl ester sulfonates (MES)-biosurfactants market for household detergents was valued at over USD 384 million in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 6.5% over the review period.

Increasing consciousness regarding personal hygiene and wellness and urge to keep the surroundings clean has stimulated the demand for household cleaning products. For instance, the sales of household detergents, floor cleaners and dishwashing liquids has grown drastically up in COVID-19. Methyl ester sulfonates (MES)-biosurfactants are used in formulation of detergents owing to their various characteristics such as the ability to lower surface tension, increasing the solubility of sparingly soluble compounds, being less toxic, biodegradable, and non-allergenic nature. Growing demand for household detergents and soaps and other household cleaning products will support the growth of the biosurfactants market.

Promising applications in pharmaceuticals and therapeutics have led the Rhamnolipids market growth.

Rhamnolipids biosurfactants market for pharmaceutical was valued at over USD 27.0 million in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 9% over the review period. Rhamnolipid is used in a variety of pharmaceutical products such as antacids, acne pads, anti-dandruff products and contact lens solutions.

These formulations require a surfactant with high surface activity and emulsifying activity, which is the essence of the texture consistency of these products. Rhamnolipid is effective in wound healing, treatment and prevention of periodontal disease, and prevents antibacterial and antiviral effects. The low toxicity, antibacterial, antifungal and immune response stimulating properties of rhamnolipid have led to increased use in the pharmaceutical and therapeutic industries.

Strict government norms restricting environmental pollution is anticipated to drive Sophorolipids demand for bioremediation application

Sophorolipids biosurfactants market for bioremediation was expected to reach USD 0.20 million by 2027 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 6.5% during the forecast period. Sophorolipids are effective in biodegradation of organics and enhances bioremediation. These biosurfactants obtained by microbial biosynthesis are readily biodegradable with superior properties including non-toxic, stable in wide range of environmental conditions such as temperature, pH, pressure, and salinity. High inclination towards eco-friendly, cost effective and efficient microbial bioremediation coupled with strict government norms restricting environmental pollution will favor rhamnolipids demand for bioremediation application.

Growing demand from food processing industry will drive the demand for sucrose esters- based biosurfactants

Global sucrose esters- based biosurfactants market was expected to reach USD 42.50 million by 2027 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 5.5% during the forecast period. They are generally used as food additives in bakery products, dairy products, confectionery, beverages, and various processed food products. Sucrose esters possess the property of emulsification and act as a replacement of fats. Thus, the significant feature of the product will drive the demand of sucrose ester in food and beverages industry.

Strong application scope in personal care industries owing to anti-aging and anti-microbial properties should drive Asia Pacific biosurfactants market

Asia Pacific biosurfactants market was valued at over USD 352.5 million in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 6% between 2021 and 2027 due to the strong application scope of biosurfactants in personal care industries. Biosurfactants such as sophorolipids, rhamnolipids and mannosylerythri- tol lipids are the most widely used glycolipids in personal care and cosmetic products.

Rhamnolipids are used in manufacturing body washes, shampoos, cosmetics, and hand soaps due to their biodegradability and biocompatibility. They are also utilized in formulation of toothpastes, antidandruff products, deodorants, and similar products on account of their excellent solubilizing, dispersing, emulsifying, and stabilizing properties.

Furthermore, due to the antifungal, antimicrobial and low toxicity sophorolipids has been used as active ingredient, emulsifiers, foaming agents and solubilizers in cosmetics. They are used in the treatment of acne, dandruff, and body odors. Increase in disposable income along with the growing demand for personal grooming products should drive the market for biosurfactants in Asia Pacific.

Growing consumer awareness pertaining to the benefits of bio-based personal care products along with an increase in demand for products manufactured from natural or sustainably produced active ingredients should stimulate biosurfactants market size in the Asia Pacific region. Asia Pacific sophorolipids-based biosurfactants market for personal care is expected to reach USD 0.55 million by 2027 with a CAGR of around 8% during the forecast period.

Moreover, increasing efforts by manufacturers to develop high-quality and sustainable solutions are likely to propel market growth. Extensive R&D and technological collaborations of leading market players with other companies will further foster the biosurfactants market growth in the region over the forecast timeframe.

The prominent players operating in the biosurfactants industry are also focusing on entering into collaborations and technological partnerships with other market participants to develop innovative products and to gain competitive edge in global market. AkzoNobel N.V., Evonik Industries, Jeneil Biotech, Inc BASF, Kao Corporation, Saraya Co., Ltd., Henkel Corporation, Croda International , Biotensidon GmbH, Lion Corporation and TeeGene Biotech Ltd. are some of the major players in the market.

Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sonal Singh