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), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2023 To 2028

  • Published : Oct 2023
  • Report Code : KSI061615256
  • Pages : 143

The global protective cultures market was valued at US$2.092 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.24% to reach US$4.14 billion by 2028.

Protective cultures, including pure cultures or culture concentrates, are live microbe preparations 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 molds such as Aspergillus.

Fermented and functional food and beverages are gaining popularity nowadays. Protective cultures are employed in fermented products such as cheese, yogurts, sour cream, vegetables, pickles, and sausages. Therefore, a primary factor promoting protective culture growth 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 flavors and textures is providing new opportunities to market participants during the forecast period.

The growing demand for a large variety of dairy products is supporting the global protective cultures market growth.

The protective cultures market, 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 labeling. 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 percent more for yogurt without artificial preservatives. According to reports by DSM, 10 to 20 percent of milk and dairy products are lost or wasted due to shelf life constraints or microbiological deterioration. According to the research, product shelf life is still an important customer purchase factor. Since protective cultures can be used as natural preservatives in dairy products, 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 due to expanding consumer health consciousness, greater urbanization, 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 due to the presence of a well-established food & beverage industry. This region's market is expanding due to 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 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 mold 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 minimize food waste in yogurts while maintaining flavor and textural balance. The introduction includes four new DelvoGuard bioprotective cultures, which allow yogurt makers to increase shelf life organically. The unique 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 yogurt and other fermented beverages products, was 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 yogurt and other fermented drinks with very stable living cultures throughout their shelf life.

Protective Cultures Market Scope:


Report Metric Details
Market Size Value in 2021
US$2.092 billion
Market Size Value in 2028
US$4.14 billion
Growth Rate CAGR of 10.24% from 2021 to 2028
Base Year 2021
Forecast Period 2023 – 2028
Forecast Unit (Value) USD Billion
Segments Covered Form, Microorganism Type, Application, and Geography
Regions Covered North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
Companies Covered 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
Customization Scope Free report customization with purchase


Market Segmentation:

  • 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
  • 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)

The global protective cultures market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.24% during the forecast period.
The protective cultures market is projected to reach a total market size of US$4.14 billion by 2028.
Protective Cultures Market was valued at US$2.092 billion in 2021.
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. 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. 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. 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. Market Share Analysis


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