The global protective cultures market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 10.11% during the forecast period (2019-2024).
- Protective cultures consist mainly of bacteria, specially selected for their ability to inhibit the growth of pathogenic organisms or microbiological degradation.
- The major use of protective cultures is to maintain fermented foods such as yogurts, cheeses, sour cream, and fermented sausage. Protective cultures have gained popularity as new natural food preservatives due to their use proving to be extremely beneficial for clean label products.
Scope of the Report
Global Protective Cultures Market is segmented by product form, microorganism type, application and geography. On the basis of product form, the market is segmented into freeze-dried and frozen. On the basis of microorganism type, the market is segmented into yeasts, molds, and bacteria. On the basis of application, the market is segmented into dairy products, meat, poultry and seafood products, ready to eat food products, and others. Also, the study provides an analysis of the protective cultures market in the emerging and established markets across the globe, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa.
Key Market Trends
Increasing Consumption of Dairy Products
The increasing consumption of dairy products and the increasing consumer awareness about clean label products and their advantages are among the key factors boosting the growth of the protective cultures market. For instance, in 2017, Chr Hansen launched products in the protective cultures market, particularly for yogurt and cheese applications. The protective culture products launched by Chr Hansen helped their consumers to replace artificial preservatives in order to sustain the shelf life of yogurts and cheese products. Moreover, the increasing demand for natural preservative-free products across the globe is driving the market growth of protective cultures. In addition to this, the burgeoning demand for long-term preservatives and highly transparent products has prompted the growth of the protective cultures market.
Europe Dominates the Global Market
Europe accounted for the largest share of the protective cultures market. The dominant status of Europe can be attributed to the strong dairy industry in the region. The strong demand for milk products in the global market and the decision to increase output have had a positive impact on the European dairy market. Moreover, the protective cultures market in the Asia Pacific region is expected to exhibit growth at a rapid pace during the forecast period, owing to the growing demand for dairy products and natural & clean label products due to rising awareness about protective cultures among the population of the developing countries like India and China boosting the growth of the market studied in the region.
The Global Protective Cultures Market is highly fragmented with international players occupying a smaller share and strong domestic players competing intensely in regional hotspots. Some of the major key players in the protective cultures market, globally include Chr Hansen, DuPont, Sacco S.R.L, CSK Food Enrichment B.V, THT S.A, Dalton Biotechnologies, Biochem S.R.L, Meat Cracks Technology GmbH, Royal DSM N.V, Bioprox, among others.
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