Global Breast Milk Substitutes Market will witness significant growth between 2023 and 2032, primarily owing to the increasing acceptance and awareness of infant formula in developing countries. Besides, research studies also indicate that the sales of commercial substitutes for breastmilk have increased significantly in upper-middle-income countries, which will also drive the market demand.
In addition, key providers in the breast milk substitute market are strengthening their presence in the marketplace by expanding their product ranges, along with engaging in profitable mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. Besides, constant research initiatives being carried out in the niche would further impact the market positively. To cite an instance, in June 2021, scientists announced creating human breast milk in the lab for the first time, which will be available in the market by 2024. The creators of the breast milk substitute claim that the team is strategizing on how to make the product affordable for common users.
Overall, the breast milk substitutes market has been categorized in terms of substitute, formula, distribution channel, and region.
Based on the substitute, the market is likely to be characterized by the milk-based formula segment. The segmental growth will be driven by factors including a high level of fat in these formulas, which is essential for an infant’s growth.
On the basis of the formula, the concentrated liquid segment is set to witness substantial growth through 2023-2032, as these formulas consume less time and are easy to prepare. Besides, since the chances of bacterial growth are higher in the powdered formula, the consumption of its substitute, the concentrated liquid formula will be higher in the foreseeable future.
In terms of distribution channel, the others segment is expected to be worth more than USD 47.5 billion by 2032. The market development can be attributed to a rapid expansion of digital technologies, increasing internet penetration, and customer preference towards online purchases. For instance, emerging technology, such as data analytics, can assist breast milk banks to maintain the quality of the products, reduce waste, and gradually increase milk donations.
In the regional context, the North America breast milk substitutes market held more than 21% market share in 2022 and is anticipated to grow steadily over the next ten years. The market growth in this region will be characterized by factors such as increasing healthcare spending, rapid urbanization, and increasing disposable income of the general populace.