The Africa dairy protein market is projected to register a CAGR of 4.2%, during the forecast period (2020-2025).
- The market is majorly driven by the increasing health care awareness and consumer’s preference toward nutritional and healthy diets in recent times. In addition, consumer perception of the high nutritional content of infant formula due to the health consciousness of their children drive the growth for infant formula consumption made from dairy proteins.
- However, the rising adoption of veganism and high incidences of lactose intolerance are hampering the growth of the market. Additionally, fluctuations in raw material prices are a major challenge faced by the market players.
Key Market Trends
Rising Demand for Whey Protein Isolate& Concentrates in Various Industries
Isolates are a form of whey protein that is high in protein content and are lactose-free, carbohydrate-free, fat-free, and cholesterol-free. They are dietary supplements and food ingredients made by separating components from milk. Also, whey protein concentrates are considered the most efficient and economical form of protein that the human body can digest and use. They are the cheapest types of whey protein available with the lowest amount of protein per 100g. However, whey protein isolates are the purest form of whey and are a complete protein since they contain all the essential amino acids that the human body needs to repair muscles after a workout. To reduce tissue damage and increase performance e, whey protein isolates are essential to get these essential amino acids into our diets. Isolates provide aeration in baked goods, such as muffins or cakes, and can be added into mousses and toppings. Whey protein isolates are an excellent replacer for other protein-based ingredients. For instance, when eggs/meat are not desirable due to cost, allergies, or other issues, whey isolates can be used instead as a substitute.
Acquisitive Demand of Dairy Proteins in the Production of Infant Formulas
Infant formula is usually made from low-fat cow or goat milk, or a mixture of these. Whey powder is mixed into cow milk to adjust the ratio of the casein and lactalbumin and increased lactose. Vegetable oil is then added to improve the ratio of the unsaturated fatty acid, thus formulating the first generation of infant formula. Infant formula is required to have all the necessities that can help a baby develop its digestive system. Dairy protein empties quicker from the stomach, as it stays in liquid form throughout the digestive process, in a baby. Whey is easier to digest than casein. Thus, baby formulas with high casein may be more difficult to digest. Adding whey ingredients to the diets of growing toddlers is believed to support their physical growth at a critical stage of their life.
The Africa dairy protein market is competitive in nature having a large number of domestic and multinational players competing for market share. Emphasis is given on the merger, expansion, acquisition, and partnership of the companies along with new product development as strategic approaches adopted by the leading companies to boost their brand presence among consumers. Key players dominating the regional market include Olam International Limited, Lactalis Ingredients, Milk Specialties Global, and Epi-ingr?dients, among others.
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