The global Probiotics market size was valued at US$ 57.8 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach US$ 85.4 billion by 2027 at a CAGR of 8.1% from 2022 to 2027. Asia Pacific dominated the market in 2022. Probiotics are living microorganisms that have been shown to provide specific health benefits to consumers.

The global feed market is relatively untapped and small in comparison to the functional food & beverages segment

Probiotics-based feed is relatively less commercialized than functional food & beverages in the market. This is because the human end-user market is much bigger than the animal end-user market. The animal end-user market is at a very nascent stage, and the importance of probiotics-fortified feed has just started gaining momentum in the probiotics market, which already has a big dominant presence of functional food & beverages probiotics products. However, as the awareness in the animal feed segment is on the rise, the demand for the segment is gradually rising, further pushing the players to manufacture products to cater to the interests of the gradually rising market.

How much is the probiotic industry worth?

By ingredient, yeast is the fastest-growing segment in the probiotics market during the forecast period

As a probiotic, yeast has been actively used in applications such as food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, and industrial enzymes. According to a fermented food market analysis published by Spoonshot in July 2022, there has been a growing interest in fermented food and drinks with potential health benefits over the last few years. Yeast probiotics can reduce or replace the use of antibiotics as growth promoters, thereby reducing the incidence of Salmonella and antibiotic resistance in animals. Therefore, due to the multiple benefits offered by probiotic yeast, their demand is on a rise. The preference for fermented food is also in demand. All these factors together are estimated to have made yeast the fastest-growing segment in the probiotics market during the forecast period.

By end user, human segment dominates the probiotics market during the forecast period

The developing economies in the Asia Pacific, such as China, India, and South Korea, are largely shifting toward urbanization, and in the coming years, the demand for convenience food products is witnessed to grow explicitly. These factors have boosted the growth of probiotic products such as yogurt. Therefore, the rising trend of consuming functional food & beverages due to health consciousness makes the human segment dominate the probiotics market during the forecast period.

Europe is projected to reach USD 16.4 billion during the forecast period.

According to estimates, Europe is expected to hold a market share of 22% of the worldwide probiotics industry in 2022. The awareness and consumption of probiotics products are high in the region. The food & beverages industry is one of the largest and most important manufacturing sectors in Europe. The food market in the region is highly fragmented and consists of a large number of companies, most of which are small to medium-scale. The Europeans are health conscious and scrutinize ingredients on product labels before purchasing them. Most European countries, such as the Netherlands and Spain, have got approval from AESAN for the term probiotics on food and food supplement labels sold in the country. This has resulted in a high level of awareness, paving the way for increased demand for the consumption of probiotic products in the European region. These factors are thus expected to push the probiotics market in the region to a value of USD 16.4 billion by 2027.

The key players in this market include Danone(France), ADM (US), Probi (Sweden), and Nestle (Switzerland).