Prebiotics Market Will Flourish in the Forthcoming Years

As per market data collected by a leading research firm in the U.S, the prebiotics market is growing at a CAGR of 5.2% from 2013 to 2019. The market was valued at US$11.16 billion in 2012 and is however, expected to reach US$15.90 billion by 2019. 

Prebiotics are specific foods, non-digestible functional ingredients that increase the growth of bacteria by stimulating favorable bacteria in the gut of the host. They are effective in the digestive system activities. However, these bacteria do not change the functioning of the digestive process but only enhances the digestive activities. The global prebiotics market is mainly driven by high demand for prebiotic products and growing consumption of different functional foods. 

Prebiotics Market Overview 

According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) on prebiotics market, around 3.4 billion population globally is affected with insufficient diet intake. As majority of the population worldwide are undergoing dietary deficiencies, government concerns for dietary supplements has increased in various nations. Deficiency in dietary intake in most of the people leads to problems such as, overweight, heart diseases, and diabetes. Therefore, countries like Europe have organizations such as, The Public Health Responsibility Deal Organization of Europe that helps in educating people about healthy diet and promoting several healthy dietary food products, including prebiotics.  

Certainly, changing lifestyle and growing consumer awareness regarding gut health has increased the need of prebiotics for a safer and healthier life. In addition, over the last decade, significant interest has grown in the prebiotics market of certain dietary fibers. The market is considerably rising due to new product innovations across the globe.  

Prebiotics Market - By Segment Analysis

The two general categories of fermented ingredients include prebiotics and probiotics. The most commonly used probiotics are Lactobacillus acidophilus, whereas, prebiotics in conjunction with probiotics are known as synbiotics. 

The prebiotics market is further classified as oligosaccharides, disaccharides, and polysaccharides. While prebiotics such as, fructans (soy fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS) and inulin have already made a remarkable entry into the market with the support of voluminous scientific activities, a new range of prebiotics such as lactulose, galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS), xylo-oligosaccharides (XOS), and mannan-oligosaccharide (MOS) are progressively rising in the global prebiotics market with shares more than the fructans.

Prebiotics Market – Growth Factors

Prebiotics is a basic requirement in the body which can be fulfilled through artificial and natural sources. The demand for natural prebiotic products is propelling maximum growth in the global prebiotics market. Different natural sources such as, Jerusalem artichoke, onion, asparagus, wheat bran, banana, garlic, chicory root, leek, and wheat flour are some of the major natural food substances that are responsible to stimulate the growth of digestive bacteria in the gut system. 

On the other hand, artificial sources, which are also termed as functional food, are foods that contain dietary fiber insulin. These include functional beverages, table spreads, cereals, breads, confectionery, biscuits, and yoghurts. The prebiotics market for foods and beverages are the most dominant segments in the global prebiotics market. This market segment is expected to approximately grow at a CAGR of over six percent from 2013 to 2019. 

Following to the prebiotics segment for food and beverages, the market for animal feed and dietary supplements are also witnessing significant growth in the global market.   

Regional Analysis 

Geographically, Asia-Pacific is the leading market for prebiotics today. Europe is another key consumer for prebiotic products with consumer consumption and awareness levels higher than North America. The prebiotics market of North America and other emerging countries such as, Brazil are expected to show high potential growth for prebiotics in the coming years.  

Typically, prebiotics can be obtained from spent osmotic sugar solution, sucrose, yeast cells, lactose, pectin and solid waste. All of the above given factors are expected to support the growth of prebiotics market in the forecast period. 

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