Fermented Ingredients Market Size, Share, Opportunities, And Trends By Type (Amino Acids, Organic Acids, Polymers, Vitamins, Industrial Enzymes, Antibiotics), By Form (Dry, Liquid), By Application (Food And Beverages, Animal Feed, Pharmaceutical, Industrial Use, Other Applications), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2023 To 2028

  • Published : Oct 2023
  • Report Code : KSI061615243
  • Pages : 139

The fermented ingredients market was valued at US$3.134 billion in 2021.

Fermented ingredients are food additives that have gone through the process of controlled microbial growth and fermentation. Fermentation is an anaerobic process in which microorganisms like yeast and bacteria transform carbohydrates and glucose into other products like organic acids, gases, or alcohol. This provides fermented ingredients with distinct and appealing flavors, fragrances, textures, and appearance. Fermented ingredients have traditionally been regarded for their longer shelf life and distinct flavor, fragrance, texture, and appearance. They also allow the consumer to eat items that would otherwise be inedible. For instance, table olives must be fermented to eliminate their bitter taste due to the presence of phenolic components. A few examples of fermented ingredients include kombucha, kefir, miso, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, etc.

Foods and beverages with fermented ingredients are gaining popularity nowadays. Therefore growing demand for fermented ingredients from the food and beverage industry is one of the main factors driving the growth of the global market during the analysis period. Rising consumer knowledge about the advantages of fermented ingredients in the food and beverage, textile, industrial, biofuel, paper, and personal care sectors is driving the global fermented ingredients market expansion. Furthermore, a considerable increase in animal feed and cosmetics and growing consumer interest in clean-label products are projected to drive growth in the fermentation ingredient market.

However, complex laws, restrictions, possible side effects, high & volatile prices of raw materials, and a lack of knowledge obstruct the growth of the global market for fermented ingredients during the analysis period. Moreover, a continuous product launched by key market players and the growing use of fermented ingredients in increasing the product's shelf life naturally provides new opportunities for market participants during the forecast period.

Growing demand for shelf stability from the food & beverage and cosmetic industries is augmenting the demand for fermented ingredients.

The increased demand for fermented ingredients from the food and beverage industries is one of the key drivers contributing to their expansion. The food and beverage industry is constantly innovating to find clean-label alternatives for food protection, allowing the removal of commonly used chemical preservatives such as sorbic acid, benzoic acid, calcium propionate, and sodium nitrite from their products while retaining the functionality of those ingredients. Fermentation ingredients are employed in various cuisine categories, from pastries and meats to soups, sauces, and dressings. These additives are created for food and are an important ally in natural food safety approaches. Therefore, the growing demand for clean-label, shelf-stable, and delicious food products is driving global demand for fermented ingredients.

Fermented ingredients have been linked to several health advantages, including a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and inflammation. They have also been associated with improved weight management, mood & cognitive function, bone health, and exercise recovery. The creation of bioactive peptides, vitamins, and other chemicals by microbes involved in fermentation that play important functions in the body, such as blood health, neuron function, and immunity. Moreover, certain organic compounds in fermented ingredients, such as probiotics and prebiotics, also have several health advantages. Therefore the rising incidence of chronic diseases and digestive disorders, along with increased consumer awareness regarding their health, is driving the growth of fermented food ingredients.

The fermentation process boosts the antioxidant content, which helps reduce the skin's aging process. This fermentation method boosts the bioavailability of chemicals in topical skincare, allowing them to be absorbed at a deeper level and preserving the purity of the product. Furthermore, fermented additives have anti-inflammatory effects and are high in enzymes, which can soothe and prevent skin irritation. Therefore, fermented ingredients in cosmetics, skincare, and personal care products have positively impacted the global market during the forecast period.  

North America is anticipated to hold a significant share of the global fermented ingredients market during the forecast period.

North American region is anticipated to hold a significant market share in fermented ingredients. This region will witness high growth during the forecast period due to the rising health consciousness among consumers, increased urbanization, and high disposable income. Fermented ingredients are in high demand in rising markets such as USA and Canada. This region's market is expanding due to the presence of a well-established pharmaceutical, cosmetics, industrial, and food & beverage industry. Growing demand for probiotics products from countries like the United States is driving the regional market's growth. In addition, the prevalence of key market players such as BASF, Archer Daniels Midlands, Cargill, Kerry Inc, and  Lallemand Inc. is also spurring the growth of fermented ingredients in this region. Various product launches using fermented ingredients are also spurring growth during the forecast period. 

Market Developments:

  • In April 2023, DSM announced the release of the Plant Power toolbox, a comprehensive functional ingredients toolbox designed to assist firms in developing fermented plant-based dairy products such as yogurt. The toolkit includes four new beginning cultures and five consumer ideas that are ready to use. The new concepts demonstrate how the toolkit can create novel plant-based fermented goods with fine-tuned flavor, texture, and health qualities across various plant-based substrates. DSM's Plant Power Toolkit enables manufacturers to simplify the formulation of plant-based fermented products, allowing them to bring quality goods to market.
  • In March 2023, Insempra, a biotech company that manufactures 100% natural alpha-Ionone flavor and fragrance components for food and cosmetic industry uses, announced its first functional ingredient. Phytowelt Green Technologies created the fermentation-based alpha-Ionone, an EU-natural certified, vegan, food-grade component.
  • In December 2022, Microbial protein start-up Superbrewed Foods is joining San Francisco-based innovation platform Mista in a collaboration designed to increase exposure and develop Superbrewed’s fermented ingredient portfolio. Superbrewed intends to employ Mista's partner network and resources to provide its natural microflora technology platform to a wide range of additional food and beverage partners and expand the usage of Superbrewed's initial ingredient, postbiotic protein.

Fermented Ingredients Market Scope:


Report Metric Details
Market Size Value in 2021
US$3.134 billion
Growth Rate CAGR during the forecast period
Base Year 2021
Forecast Period 2023 – 2028
Forecast Unit (Value) USD Billion
Segments Covered Type, Form, Application, and Geography
Regions Covered North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
Companies Covered Lonza Group, Ajinomoto Corporation Inc., BASF SE, Dohler Group SE, Cargill Incorporated, Associated British Foods PLC, Lallemand Inc., Evonik Industries AG, Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co. Ltd, DSM
Customization Scope Free report customization with purchase


Market Segmentation:

  • By Type
    • Amino Acids
    • Organic Acids
    • Polymers
    • Vitamins
    • Industrial Enzymes
    • Antibiotics
  • By Form
    • Dry
    • Liquid
  • By Application
    • Food and Beverages
    • Animal Feed
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Industrial Use
    • Others
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • United States
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • United Kingdom
      • Germany
      • France
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Israel
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • Japan
      • China
      • India
      • South Korea
      • Indonesia
      • Thailand
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Fermented Ingredients Market was valued at US$3.134 billion in 2021.
Prominent key market players in the fermentation ingredient market include Lonza Group, Ajinomoto Corporation Inc., BASF SE, Dohler Group SE, and Cargill Incorporated, among others.
The fermentation ingredient market has been segmented by type, form, application, and geography.
The growing demand for shelf stability from the food & beverage and cosmetic industries will drive the fermentation ingredient market growth.
North America is anticipated to hold a significant share of the global fermented ingredients market.


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Market Definition

1.3. Scope of the Study

1.4. Market Segmentation

1.5. Currency

1.6. Assumptions

1.7. Base, and Forecast Years Timeline


2.1. Research Data

2.2. Research Process


3.1. Research Highlights


4.1. Market Drivers

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porter’s Five Force Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis


5.1. Introduction

5.2. Amino Acids

5.3. Organic Acids

5.4. Polymers

5.5. Vitamins

5.6. Industrial Enzymes

5.7. Antibiotics


6.1. Introduction

6.2. Dry

6.3. Liquid


7.1. Introduction

7.2. Food and Beverages

7.3. Animal Feed

7.4. Pharmaceutical

7.5. Industrial Use

7.6. Others


8.1. Introduction

8.2. North America

8.2.1. United States

8.2.2. Canada

8.2.3. Mexico

8.3. South America

8.3.1. Brazil

8.3.2. Argentina

8.3.3. Others

8.4. Europe

8.4.1. United Kingdom

8.4.2. Germany

8.4.3. France

8.4.4. Spain

8.4.5. Others

8.5. Middle East and Africa

8.5.1. Saudi Arabia

8.5.2. UAE

8.5.3. Israel

8.5.4. Others

8.6. Asia Pacific

8.6.1. Japan

8.6.2. China

8.6.3. India

8.6.4. South Korea

8.6.5. Indonesia

8.6.6. Thailand

8.6.7. Others


9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

9.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness

9.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

9.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix


10.1. Lonza Group

10.2. Ajinomoto Corporation Inc.

10.3. BASF SE

10.4. Dohler Group SE

10.5. Cargill Incorporated

10.6. Associated British Foods PLC

10.7. Lallemand Inc.

10.8. Evonik Industries AG

10.9. Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co. Ltd

10.10. DSM

Lonza Group

Ajinomoto Corporation Inc.


Dohler Group SE

Cargill Incorporated

Associated British Foods PLC

Lallemand Inc.

Evonik Industries AG

Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co. Ltd