The Starter Culture Market is expected to reach USD 1,374 million by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 5.7% over the forecast period (2019-2026).

The factors driving growth of the Starter Culture Market includes increasing demand for fermented dairy products such as yogurt and cheese, growing awareness about the health benefits offered by start culture, rise in the production of seafood and meat products around the world, and improvements in the living standards. Moreover, increasing focus of manufacturers on exploring opportunities for using starter culture in the Asia-Pacific and South American markets, growing adoption of advanced technologies by manufacturers, increase in the innovative products and rapid urbanization, are some of other factors supplementing the market growth. In addition, the increasing investments by leading players on research and development, strategic partnerships and mergers between companies and growing disposable incomes, are further contributing towards the market growth.

However, growth of the Starter Culture Market is hindered due to inadequate knowledge about the use of starter culture.

The prominent players operating in the market are Mediterranea Biotechnologie SRL, Royal DSM N.V, CHR Hansen, DowDuPont, Sacco S.R.L, Dalton Biotechnologies, Biochem S.R.L, CSK Food Enrichment B.V., THT S.A., and LB Bulgaricum, among others.

Based on Microorganism, the Bacteria segment is predicted to grow at a robust CAGR during the forecast period

Bacteria based microorganisms retain aroma, taste, and flavor and are increasingly used in the cheese processing, for providing nutritional values to the food items, are some of the factors pushing growth of the segment.

Based on Form, the Freeze Dried emerged as the fastest growing segment over the forecast period

Freeze dried starter culture provides natural preservation of the biological material under low temperature, enhances the shelf life and are easy to store, are some of the factors propelling the segment’s growth.

Based on Region, the Europe region is anticipated to hold the highest market share during the forecast period

As per the Starter Culture Market Forecast, growing consumption of seafood and meat products across United Kingdom, Germany, and France, rising awareness about the benefits of using starter culture, increasing population size and high per capita incomes, are driving the market growth in the Europe region.


Key Developments

  • In May 2019, DowDupont launched a dairy culture series through its Danisco brand, Howaru Dophilus AG.
  • In May 2019, Chr. Hansen introduced Sweety® Y-1 is the first culture allowed the dairy manufacturers to reduce sugar levels in the foods, especially in dairy-based products such as yogurt across the globe. Sweety® Y-1 is a culture solution that creates a natural sweetness that tastes like lactose in the milk.



Market Segmentation

Segmentation by Microorganism

  • Bacteria
    • Yeast
    • Molds

Segmentation by Form

  • Freeze dried
    • Frozen

Segmentation by Composition

  • Multi-strain Mix
    • Single Strain
    • Multi-strain

Segmentation by Application

  • Dairy & Dairy-based Products

o Cheese
o Yogurt
o Butter and creams
o Others

  • Meat & Seafoods
    • Others

Segmentation by Region

  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Rest of APAC
  • North America
    • United States of America
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • United Kingdom
    • Germany
    • France
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • RoW
    • Brazil
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


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