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Prebiotics - Global Market Trajectory & Analytics

  • ID: 1206755
  • Report
  • April 2021
  • Region: Global
  • Global Industry Analysts, Inc


  • Abbott Nutrition
  • BENEO-Orafti SA
  • Clasado Biosciences Ltd.
  • DuPont Nutrition & Health
  • Jarrow Formulas, Inc.
  • Kirkman Group, Inc.

Global Prebiotics Market to Reach $8 Billion by 2026

Prebiotics are soluble, non-digestible fibers that play a vital role in supporting growth of helpful bacteria in the large intestine. Research has indicated the positive role of prebiotics on the microbiome, offering benefits in terms of digestive health, immune health and management of cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Examples of foods rich in prebiotic soluble fiber include onions, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, asparagus, chicory root, and lupini beans. Growth in the global market is driven by myriad health and wellness benefits offered by prebiotics, and increasing consumer awareness on nutrition and health. The rising awareness among individuals regarding the significance of higher fiber consumption and good bacteria in the gut to support a healthy digestive and immune system is expected to benefit demand for prebiotic fibers including pectins, inulins, lignans, oligosaccharides, beta-glucans and resistant starches, among others.

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Prebiotics estimated at US$4.5 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$8 Billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 9.9% over the analysis period. Inulin, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to record a 8.9% CAGR and reach US$3.3 Billion by the end of the analysis period. After a thorough analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Galacto-Oligosaccharides (GOS) segment is readjusted to a revised 10.9% CAGR for the next 7-year period. Europe is a major market for inulin worldwide. Favorable regulatory environment that encourages the use of prebiotic ingredients in foods is expected to encourage adoption of the ingredient on a wide scale in the region. In the US, inulin has gained the GRAS status, which is expected to supports its adoption even in the coming years. Galacto-Oligosaccharide (GOS) is also witnessing demand due to the myriad benefits it offers, such as prevention of the risk of colon cancer, supporting calcium absorption, and enhancing the body`s defense system.

The U.S. Market is Estimated at $379.8 Million in 2021, While China is Forecast to Reach $1.1 Billion by 2026

The Prebiotics market in the U.S. is estimated at US$379.8 Million in the year 2021. China, the world`s second largest economy, is forecast to reach a projected market size of US$1.1 Billion by the year 2026 trailing a CAGR of 12.3% over the analysis period. Among the other noteworthy geographic markets are Japan and Canada, each forecast to grow at 7.2% and 7.6% respectively over the analysis period. Within Europe, Germany is forecast to grow at approximately 9.3% CAGR. Aging population, presence of leading manufacturers, high spending power of consumers, focus on preventive healthcare, the desire to stay healthy and maintain active lifestyles as well as foray of European prebiotic ingredient producers into new fields of applications such as snack and meat products represent key growth drivers in the region. Expanding middle class population with high disposable incomes, unpenetrated and underpenetrated nature of the market, aggressive retail marketing, Westernization of food habits, and robust production and consumption of functional foods and beverages represent key growth drivers in the Asia-Pacific region.

Fructo-Oligosaccharides (FOS) Segment to Reach $1.8 Billion by 2026

In the global Fructo-Oligosaccharides (FOS) segment, USA, Canada, Japan, China and Europe will drive the 11.4% CAGR estimated for this segment. These regional markets accounting for a combined market size of US$647.9 Million in the year 2020 will reach a projected size of US$1.4 Billion by the close of the analysis period. China will remain among the fastest growing in this cluster of regional markets. Led by countries such as Australia, India, and South Korea, the market in Asia-Pacific is forecast to reach US$206.8 Million by the year 2026, while Latin America will expand at a 12.9% CAGR through the analysis period.

Select Competitors (Total 95 Featured) -

  • Abbott Nutrition
  • Beghin Meiji S.A.
  • BENEO-Orafti SA
  • Cargill Inc.
  • Clasado Biosciences Ltd.
  • Danone SA
  • DuPont Nutrition & Health
  • Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
  • Ingredion Inc.
  • Jarrow Formulas, Inc.
  • Kerry Group plc
  • Kirkman Group, Inc.
  • Nestlé S.A.
  • Nexira SAS
  • Royal FrieslandCampina N.V.
  • Weetabix Limited
  • Yakult Pharmaceutical Industry Co., Ltd.
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  • Abbott Nutrition
  • BENEO-Orafti SA
  • Clasado Biosciences Ltd.
  • DuPont Nutrition & Health
  • Jarrow Formulas, Inc.
  • Kirkman Group, Inc.


  • Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic and a Looming Recession
  • 2020 Marked as a Year of Disruption & Transformation
  • EXHIBIT 1: World Economic Growth Projections (Real GDP, Annual % Change) for 2019 to 2022
  • Pandemic Leads to Increased Consumer Focus on Health and Wellness Products
  • Potential Role of Prebiotics and Probiotics in Prevention & Treatment of Coronavirus Infections
  • Manufacturers of Prebiotic Ingredients See Major Opportunities in the Post-COVID-19 World
  • An Introduction to Prebiotics
  • Functioning of Prebiotics
  • Classification of Prebiotic Ingredients
  • Application Segments of Prebiotics
  • Prebiotics: Enabling Beneficial Bacteria to Grow and Thrive for Promoting Gut Health, Brain Health, and Immunity
  • Global Market Prospects & Outlook
  • Inulin: The Largest Prebiotic Ingredient
  • Food & Beverage End-Use Dominates Prebiotics Market
  • Developed Regions Lead, Developing Economies to Boost Long-term Growth
  • Competition
  • World Brands
  • Recent Market Activity

  • Wide-Ranging Health Benefits of Prebiotics Drive Widespread Adoption
  • Improves Gut Microbiota and Digestive Function
  • Intestinal Consistency, Bowel pH, and Mineral Absorption: Key Benefits of Prebiotics
  • Reduces Inflammation and Risk of Heart Diseases
  • Improves Sleep Patterns and Lower Stress
  • Aids Weight Loss
  • Retains Bone Health
  • Reduces Social Anxiety, Regulate Hormone Levels and Improve Mood
  • Alleviates Risk of Allergies
  • Fights Colds, Flu and Cystitis & Maintains Blood Pressure
  • Other Benefits of Prebiotics Summarized
  • Long-Term Benefits of Prebiotics Consumption
  • Prebiotics and Probiotics: Working Together to Improve Digestive Health
  • Importance of Prebiotics and Probiotics in Ensuring Good Health
  • Prebiotics and Probiotics Combination Delivers Superior Human Digestive System
  • A Comparison of Probiotics and Prebiotics
  • Rising Awareness of Brain-Gut Connection and Resultant Focus on Maintaining Gut Health Drive Demand for Prebiotics
  • A Look into Health-Boosting Prebiotics Foods
  • Specific Prebiotics Provide Fiber Devoid of Bloating
  • Demand for Prebiotics in Foods and Beverages Boosts Market Expansion
  • EXHIBIT 2: Global Market for Digestive Health Food & Drinks by Ingredient (in %) for 2020E
  • Dairy Industry: A Major Consumer of Prebiotic Ingredients
  • Prebiotic Ingredients in Baked Foods: An Accelerating Trend
  • Rising Popularity of Functional Foods Supports Market Growth
  • EXHIBIT 3: Global Functional Foods and Drinks Market Size (in US$ Million) for the Years 2020 and 2027
  • Prebiotic Supplements Consumption Positively Impacts Human Health
  • Dietary Prebiotics to Improve Sleep Quality
  • Food Allergies on the Rise: Prebiotics Present a Potential Remedy
  • Effectiveness of Prebiotics and Probiotics in Treatment and Post-Treatment Recovery of Cancer Patients Signal Market Opportunities
  • EXHIBIT 4: Global Cancer Incidence: Number of New Cancer Cases in Million for the Years 2018, 2020, 2025, 2030, 2035 and 2040
  • Prebiotics Supplements during Chemotherapy
  • Role of Probiotics and Prebiotics in Preventing Cancer
  • Trend towards Higher Fiber Consumption Drives Demand for Prebiotic Fibers
  • EXHIBIT 5: Percentage Prebiotic Fiber Content in Select Foods
  • Prebiotics Aid in Colon Cleaning in Children and Help Intestines to Move Faster
  • Infant Health Concerns Presents a Strong Business Case for Prebiotics
  • Oligosaccharides in Mother's Milk
  • Prebiotics in Infant Formula: Need for Further Research
  • Consumer Inclination towards Well Balanced Diet Augurs Well for the Market
  • Growing Prominence of Prebiotics in Weight Management to Spur Market Growth
  • EXHIBIT 6: Obesity Prevalence Rate (%) in Select Countries for the Years 2019 and 2030P
  • EXHIBIT 7: Average Per Capita Annual Health Expenditure (In US$) due to Obesity
  • Women: An important Consumer Group
  • Children and Teen Population: A Lucrative Demographic Segment
  • Antibiotics Usage & Stringent Regulations Drive Importance of Prebiotics in Animal Feed
  • EXHIBIT 8: Global Feed Production Volume Breakdown by Country (in %) for 2020
  • EXHIBIT 9: Global Feed Production Volume (in Million Metric Tons) by Species for 2020
  • Fructans: Widely Researched Prebiotic in Animal Feed
  • Prebiotics for Poultry Feed Offers Huge Untapped Potential
  • Milk Oligosaccharides in Pet Food
  • EXHIBIT 10: Global Feed Volume (In Million Metric Tons) for the Years 2014-2019
  • Growing Use of Inulin as a Prebiotic
  • Growing Importance of Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) in Dietary Supplements
  • Prebiotic Innovations & Advancements Spearhead Growth
  • Prebiotics Activate Anti-Tumor Immunity in Mice
  • Newer Applications Set to Benefit Market Expansion in the Long Run
  • Role of Prebiotics & Probiotics in Influencing Health Outcome of Fetus
  • Role of Prebiotics in Immunotherapy-Induced Colitis
  • Potential Role of Prebiotics in Improving Vascular Function
  • Prebiotic Clinical Nutrition Products Demand to Surge
  • Synbiotics: Benefiting from Synergistic Effects of Prebiotics and Probiotics
  • Increasing Healthcare Costs and Focus on Preventive Healthcare to Fuel Growth in Prebiotics Market
  • EXHIBIT 11: World Healthcare Expenditure (In US$ Trillion) for the Years for 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2023
  • EXHIBIT 12: Healthcare Expenditure as a % of GDP by Region for 2019
  • EXHIBIT 13: Elderly Healthcare Expenditure as a % of GDP in the US, Europe and Japan for 1970, 2010 and 2050
  • Macro Factors Influencing Growth in Prebiotics Market
  • Ballooning Global Population
  • EXHIBIT 14: World Population (in Thousands) by Geographic Region for the Years 2019, 2030, 2050, 2100
  • An Aging Population
  • EXHIBIT 15: Global Aging Population Statistics for the 65+ Age Group in Million by Geographic Region for the Years 2019, 2025, 2035 and 2050
  • EXHIBIT 16: Elderly Population (65+ Years) as a % of Total Population by Developed, Less Developed and Least Developed Regions: 2019 & 2030
  • Urbanization Trend
  • EXHIBIT 17: World Urban Population in Thousands: 1950-2050P
  • EXHIBIT 18: Degree of Urbanization Worldwide: Urban Population as a % of Total Population by Geographic Region for the Years 1950, 1970, 1990, 2018, 2030 and 2050
  • Burgeoning Middle Class Population
  • EXHIBIT 19: Global Middle Class Population (In Million) by Region for the Years 2020, 2025 and 2030
  • EXHIBIT 20: Global Middle Class Spending (US$ Trillion) by Region for the Years 2020, 2025, 2030
  • Key Factors Restraining Growth in the Prebiotics Market


  • United States: A Niche yet Important Market for Prebiotics
  • COVID-19 Triggers Interest in Immunity Boosting Diet
  • Increasing Awareness of Prebiotics' Role in Stimulating Growth of Good Bacteria Drive Healthy Demand
  • Inulin: A Major Prebiotics Ingredients
  • Demand Continues to Surge for Gut and Digestive Health Products, Favoring Prebiotics Market
  • Fiber Polydextrose, Oligofructose and Inulin: Notable Prebiotics for Gut and Digestive Health
  • Prebiotics Maintain Gut Microbiome and Improve Sleep Patterns
  • Anxiety and Stress Relieving Prebiotics Rise in Demand
  • Prebiotics for Joint Health: Addressing a Major Health Concern
  • General Health & Comorbidities: Major Target Areas of Prebiotics
  • Aging Demographics and Focus on Preventive Healthcare Supports Market Growth
  • EXHIBIT 21: US Population by Age Group (in %) for 2018, 2030 & 2050
  • EXHIBIT 22: North American Aging Population (in Thousands) by Age Group: 1975-2050
  • Booming Functional Foods Market Offers Significant Growth Opportunities
  • Diet Control Remains the Key Goal for Prebiotics
  • Scientific Evidence: A Must for Success in the Marketplace
  • Market Analytics
  • Rising Consumer Interest in Gut Health Products Drive Market Demand
  • Popularity of Functional Foods Benefit Market Prospects
  • Market Analytics
  • Japan: A Major Market for Prebiotics
  • Aging Demographics Drive Market Demand
  • Favorable Regulations Benefit Market Growth
  • Market Analytics

  • Rising Popularity of Health Foods and Supplements Drive Growth
  • Major Products in Prebiotics Market
  • Market Analytics

  • Market Overview
  • Market Analytics

  • Market Overview
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  • Consumer Interest in Health and Wellness Drives Strong Market Demand
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  • Total Companies Profiled: 95

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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Abbott Nutrition
  • Beghin Meiji S.A.
  • BENEO-Orafti SA
  • Cargill Inc.
  • Clasado Biosciences Ltd.
  • Danone SA
  • DuPont Nutrition & Health
  • Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
  • Ingredion Inc.
  • Jarrow Formulas, Inc.
  • Kerry Group plc
  • Kirkman Group, Inc.
  • Nestlé S.A.
  • Nexira SAS
  • Royal FrieslandCampina N.V.
  • Weetabix Limited
  • Yakult Pharmaceutical Industry Co., Ltd.
Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown