Protective Cultures Market Size, Share, Opportunities, And Trends By Form (Freeze-Dried, Frozen), By Microorganism Type (Yeasts, Molds, Bacteria), By Application (Dairy Products, Meat, Poultry And Seafood Products, Ready To Eat Food Products, Other Applications), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2023 To 2028

  • Published : May 2023
  • Report Code : KSI061615256
  • Pages : 142

Protective cultures which include pure cultures or culture concentrates are live microbe preparations that are added to food products to reduce risks from pathogenic or toxic bacteria and spoilage agents. Protective cultures are critical in assisting dairy manufacturers to increase their profit margin by preventing the production of spoilage agents, prolonging shelf life, and fulfilling customer demands for more natural and clean-label goods.  A few examples of popular commercial protective culture include Lactobacilli, Streptococci, bifidobacteria, E. coli, Bacillus spp., yeasts such as Saccharomyces, and moulds such as Aspergillus.

Fermented and functional food and beverages are gaining popularity nowadays. Protective cultures are employed in a wide variety of fermented products such as cheese, yoghurts, sour cream, fermented vegetables, pickles, and fermented sausages. Therefore one of the primary factors promoting the growth of protective cultures is the rising demand for fermented food products. Furthermore, growing consumer interest in clean-label and shelf-stable products is projected to drive growth in the protective cultures market. Rising disposable income and shifting consumer preferences are also significant drivers of development in the protective cultures market. Since protective cultures are also used in the bio-preservation of the product, therefore a growing demand for natural preservatives is also contributing to the expansion of the global 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 protective cultures during the analysis period. Moreover, a continuous product launched by key market players with innovative flavours and textures is providing new opportunities to market participants during the forecast period.

During the anticipation period, the growing demand for a large variety of dairy products will support the growth of the global protective cultures market.

The market for protective cultures based on application is categorized into Dairy products, Meat and Poultry Products, Ready to Eat Products and Others. The dairy market is evolving, and as a result, key market players are rapidly adapting. Consumers are expecting more natural, healthier dairy products with shorter ingredient lists and more clarity in product labelling. Food waste, on the other hand, is becoming a growing problem for both consumers and food manufacturers. One of the leading reasons for food waste is spoilage. With the advent of hectic modern lifestyles, there is also an increase in demand for convenient dairy products that do not need to be refrigerated to stay fresh. Protective cultures are critical in assisting dairy manufacturers to increase their bottom line by preventing spoiling, prolonging shelf life, and fulfilling customer demands for more natural and clean-label goods.

Health-conscious customers are looking for a dairy product with label and ingredient transparency. As a result, clean-label goods - those featuring natural, basic, and familiar ingredients - are gaining popularity. Research has shown that customers are willing to pay more for clean-label products, with one in every two individuals willing to spend at least 10 per cent more for yoghurt without artificial preservatives. According to reports by DSM, 10 to 20 per cent of milk and dairy products is lost or wasted, as a result of shelf life constraints or microbiological deterioration. According to the research, product shelf life is still an important purchase factor for customers. Since protective cultures can be used as natural preservatives in dairy products, therefore a growing demand for natural products is spurring market growth even further.

Asia Pacific is anticipated to hold a significant share of the global protective culture market during the forecast period.

Asia Pacific region is anticipated to hold a significant market share in protective cultures. This region will experience rapid expansion throughout the projection period as a result of expanding consumer health consciousness, greater urbanisation, and rising disposable income. Protective cultures are in high demand in rising markets such as India and China due to the growing demand for dairy products. This region's market is expanding as a result of the presence of a well-established food & beverage industry. This region's market is expanding due to reasons such as changing eating habits and rising demand for healthy, natural and clean-label products and drinks. In addition, the prevalence of key market players such as CSK Food Enrichment B.V, DSM, Kerry Inc and Dupont., is also spurring the growth of protective cultures in this region. Prime markets in the Asia Pacific region are India, China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Indonesia.

Market Key Developments

  • In October 2019, HOLDBAC® YM VEGE was added to the DuPontTM Danisco® HOLDBAC® line of protective cultures, which are known for their ability to extend shelf-life and secure product quality by preventing yeast and mould spoilage - all without the use of synthetic preservatives. Now, at a time when customer demand for plant-based, fermented foods and drinks has never been stronger, HOLDBAC® YM VEGE delivers highly effective and label-friendly spoiling prevention to this sector.
  • In March 2022, DSM is expanding its DelvoGuard bioprotective culture line to minimise food waste in yoghurts while maintaining flavour and textural balance. The introduction includes four new DelvoGuard bioprotective cultures, which allow yoghurt makers to organically increase shelf life. The new cultures, comprise naturally existing dairy microflora and offer a cost-effective alternative for improving the quality and safety of dairy products.
  • In June 2021, YO-MIX ViV, an "extremely robust" lactic acid bacteria culture for ambient yoghurt and other fermented beverages products, has been introduced by International Flavours and Fragrances. The ingredient rollout is aimed at the Asia-Pacific area, with a particular emphasis on China. YO-MIX ViV is touted as a one-of-a-kind culture that, for the first time, allows manufacturers to deliver ambient yoghurt and other fermented drinks with very stable living cultures throughout their shelf life.


  • By Form
    • Freeze-Dried
    • Frozen
  • By Microorganism Type
    • Yeasts
    • Molds
    • Bacteria
  • By Application
    • Dairy Products
    • Meat, Poultry and Seafood Products
    • Ready to Eat Food Products
    • Other Applications
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • United States
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • United Kingdom
      • Germany
      • France
      • Spain
      • Others
    • The Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Israel
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • Japan
      • China
      • India
      • South Korea
      • Indonesia
      • Thailand
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

2021 has been taken as the base year in the protective cultures market.
Prominent key market players in the protective cultures market include Chr. Hansen, International Flavors and Fragrances, DSM Nutritional Products, Sacco S.R.L, and Meat Cracks Technologie GmbH, among others.
The protective cultures market has been segmented by form, microorganism type, application, and geography.
The growing demand for a large variety of dairy products will support the protective cultures market growth.
Asia Pacific is anticipated to hold a significant share of the global protective culture 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. Assumptions


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. Freeze-Dried

5.3. Frozen


6.1. Introduction

6.2. Yeasts

6.3. Molds

6.4. Bacteria


7.1. Introduction

7.2. Dairy Products

7.3. Meat, Poultry and Seafood Products

7.4. Ready to Eat Food Products

7.5. Other Applications


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. The 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. Chr. Hansen

10.2. International Flavors and Fragrances

10.3. DSM Nutritional Products

10.4. Sacco S.R.L

10.5. Meat Cracks Technologie GmbH

10.6. Dalton Biotechnologies S.R.L

10.7. Bioprox Ingredients

10.8. Biochem S.R.L

Chr. Hansen

International Flavors and Fragrances

DSM Nutritional Products

Sacco S.R.L

Meat Cracks Technologie GmbH

Dalton Biotechnologies S.R.L

Bioprox Ingredients

Biochem S.R.L