Amino Acids Market-Players to Focus on Product Innovations to Meet Ever-changing Demands of Consumers

Radiant Insight’s Announce Addition of New Report “Amino Acids Market Size & Research Report, 2022


Global amino acid market size is estimated to reach 10.1 million tons by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 5.6% from 2015 to 2022.

Global rise in animal feed additives market demand coupled with growing livestock production for meat consumption is anticipated to drive amino acids market over the forecast period. They are used in feed additives to improve metabolism and provide nutrition to animals such as pigs, cattle, and broiler which are majorly used for meat consumption.


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Global meat consumption was approximately 308 million tons in 2013 with gains predicted at over 2% for the next five years.

Lysine, methionine, threonine, and tryptophan are key animal feed additives. Growing life expectancy, scarce availability of land and water resources for animal feed production, and growing grain demand for food and ethanol production has resulted in the meat industry looking to optimize feed utilization.


Rising consumer awareness regarding feed additive benefits along with recent disease outbreaks have resulted in a surge in demand. Meat quality has become an important issue in countries worldwide, especially in North America and Europe. The awareness among consumers preferring extrinsic quality attributes of meat has increased, affecting the meat market globally.

Increasing dietary supplement consumption as a source of protein is anticipated to drive amino acids market demand over the next seven years. Changing lifestyle along with rising awareness to maintain healthy diet is likely to drive dietary supplements consumption.


Increasing sports supplement consumption is projected to drive amino acids industry growth. Sports supplements are mainly consumed by athletes and bodybuilders to enhance their performance. Sports supplements, such as energy drinks, weight loss pills, nutrition supplements, weight loss meals, low carbohydrate foods, and nutrition bars, are gaining wide acceptance owing to high health benefits and increasing consumer awareness.


Increase in high intensity sweeteners demand from end-use industries, such as convenience food and ready-to-drink beverages, is anticipated to remain a key driving factor for aspartic market growth over the forecast period. Aspartame is widely used in food & beverage industry as an artificial sweetener in bakery products, cereals, syrups, fruit-based products and ready-to-drink beverages.


L-aspartic acid is used for aspartame production. Global soft drink industry consumed 21,000 tons of aspartame in 2011, with estimates of 24,500 tons by 2016. Aspartame combined with acesulfame K is also used in chewing gum production.

Increasing amino acid prices coupled with raw material availability issues for soybean, wheat and corn in recent times are expected to challenge industry participant growth over the forecast period. Increasing investments in technology to develop new process such as microfiltration to enhance yield may provide potential opportunities for companies.


Product Overview

L-glutamate dominated demand and was valued over USD 8 billion in 2014. It is widely used as food additive and flavor enhancer in the form of its salt, known as monosodium glutamate (MSG). L-glutamate is widely proffered in convenience & processed foods owing to its excellent flavor enhancing abilities.


Lysine market accounted for over 30% of the total demand in 2014, growing at an estimated CAGR of over 6.0% from 2015 to 2022. Lysine is widely used as feed additive for poultry production.


Methionine, tryptophan and threonine are also widely used as animal feed additives and together accounted for over 20% of total consumption in 2014. Tryptophan is likely to exhibit higher growth rates of over 16% from 2015 to 2022.

Other acids such as creatine, citrulline, tyrosine and proline are preferred in food & dietary supplements.


Source Overview

Plant sourced materials led amino acid production in recent times with market valuation of over USD 15 billion in 2014. Plant based raw materials such as corn, soybean and wheat are preferred among industry participants owing to growing preference towards sustainable products.


Animal based materials accounted for over 10% of the total demand in 2014 and are anticipated to witness below average growth rates of over 3% from 2015 to 2022. Meat meal and fish silage may witness sluggish growth rate owing to ban on bone & meat meal in European region and growing consumer sentiments.


Application Overview

Animal feed dominated the application segment and was valued over USD 8 billion in 2014. Increasing livestock production particularly in emerging regions is likely to drive growth. Poultry production was the highest consumption of amino acids in animal feed with a market valuation of over USD 3 billion in 2014. Swine consumption of amino acid may witness higher growth rates of over 6% from 2015 to 2022.


Dietary supplements accounted for over 40% of the total consumption in 2014 and are expected to witness moderate growth rates of over 7% from 2015 to 2022. Pharmaceutical applications are expected to witness above average growth rates of over 8% from 2015 to 2022.


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Regional Overview

Asia Pacific amino acids market was valued at over USD 8 billion in 2014, with rising livestock production in countries such as China and India driving demand. Increasing per-capita disposable income coupled with population expansion is anticipated to increase meat consumption.


Europe was the second largest regional market and accounted for over 15% of the total demand in 2014. This region is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 4% owing to shift of consumer preference towards convenience and processed foods due to hectic lifestyles. North America market was valued over USD 3 billion in 2014 and is anticipated to witness moderate gains from 2015 to 2022.


Competitive Market Share

Global amino acids market size is moderately consolidated with presence of multinational companies and domestic manufacturers across the value chain. Key industry participants in the global market include Cargill, Novus, Ajinomoto, ADM, Evonik, DSM and Prinova.

Companies such as Kemin Europa and DSM are fully integrated in the value chain and utilizes raw material such as soymeal for production


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