Lactose is primarily a disaccharide which is present in human as well as animal milk. Lactose is the most abundant constituent after water and makes up around 3-8% of milk by weight. The lactose component is white, non-hygroscopic solid which is water-soluble and has a mildly sweet taste. Industrially, pure lactose is mainly extracted from whey, and throughout the value chain process lactose is converted into lactose pharma grade and then into lactose derivative such as galactose, lactulose, lactitol, lactobionic acid, galacto-oligosaccharides (gos), lactosucrose, sialyllactose and tagatose. Lactose consists sugar, glucose and galactose which are the source of instant energy. Lactose is not only present in milk but is also present in cream, fresh cheeses and yogurt. In terms of value, the global lactose market is expected to reach a market value of US$ 2,697.3 Mn by the end of 2029, with an expected CAGR of 4.4% over the forecast period.


Lactose Market Drivers:

Rise in Consumption of Milk and Milk Products Worldwide

Rising consumption of milk and milk products is fueled by nutritional benefits associated with consumption of these products. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), almost one fifty million households are involved in the consumption of milk, globally. Due to the increasing use of milk and milk products many small scale producers are aggregating their per capita milk production owing to rising demand for dairy products, which is expected to enhance the market of lactose over the forecast period.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and FAO indicates a significantly increased demand for dairy products across the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia Pacific countries. This demand is mainly driven by the growing number of milk-producing animals rather than rising productivity per head. Per capita consumption of dairy products in the coming years is expected to increase by 21% and will be oriented towards fresh dairy products.

Lactose Revolutionizing the Medical and Pharmaceutical Industry

Owing to the use of lactose in medical and pharmaceutical applications the market for lactose is anticipated to witness significant growth over the forecast period. Lactose is widely used as a filler-binder in capsules, tablets and lyophilized items. Lactose is also used as a diluent in animal feed and infant food products as it is cost effective, has a bland taste and is compatible with active ingredients and other excipients.

Commercially available lactose can vary from each other in physical properties, but the most commonly used lactose formulation is the crystalline a-lactose monohydrate. In the medical and pharmaceutical industry, the demand for spray-dried lactose, and anhydrous lactose is quite high as they have a property of forming a solid compact under compression. The need for calf rennet free pharmaceutical lactose is also significantly growing across the globe, owing to its excellent functionally and low protein residue.

No Restrictions for Diabetes Patients to Take Lactose Containing Medicines

With increasing research and development in the medical field, the way of treatment for diabetes has also changed.  In the modern treatment of diabetes, doctors no longer advise a sugar-free diet. The diet plan aims to normalize the blood glucose levels of the body; hence doctors do advice to take lactose induced food products and lactose-containing medicines as lactose gets resorbed and get digested slowly when compared to sucrose and glucose. Therefore, lactose is considered safer when compared to sucrose.

Lactose Applications Rapidly Increasing Across the Beauty and Wellness Sector

Lactose application across the wellness and beauty sector is speedily evolving. Alpha-lactose is gaining a lot of traction in the cosmetic and personal care industry. Lactose acts as a skin conditioning agent as it holds anti-inflammatory and anti-acne properties. Beta Lactose is widely used in color cosmetics such as mascara, nail paints, and lip balms as it is highly soluble if compared to alpha lactose.

Lactose is very stable and inert in nature and has no specific propensity to react with other components of the cosmetic item, due to which, lactose is witnessing significant demand from the wellness and beauty sector. Research studies have shown that lactose acts as an active hair growth promoter as well as anti-hair loss agent due to which the demand for lactose from the personal care industry is increasing significantly and is expected to maintain the significant growth over the forecast period.

Lactose Market Restraints:

Free-form Spur in Food and Beverage Consumption Driving Lactose-Free Dairy Products across the globe

Globally, consumers are opting for allergen-free products, owing to the increasing awareness of the effects of allergens on human health and related conditions. Free-form food offerings have increased folds in the last few years, with products such as soy-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, meat-free, and dairy-free leading the trend in recent times. The common effects of intolerance and allergy are nausea, irritation in the digestive system, diarrhea, rashes, and in a severe case, a person may need to be hospitalized.

The increasing cases of such incidents and the usage of low-quality ingredients are expected to drive more and more consumer towards free-form food, giving the lactose-free products market a significant growth over the forecast period. Also, the advent of self-diagnosis kits and Internet of Things is expected to add more consumers to the already large consumer base for free-from food across the globe, increasing the demand for lactose-free dairy products.

Increasing Cases of Self-Diagnosis Driving Consumers in the Region to Opt for Lactose-Free Dairy Products

In accordance to the global average of 65%, the population in the Europe is way below to around 25% of the total population being lactose intolerant. But, with the increasing usage of allergy kits, people are self-diagnosing themselves to be lactose intolerant, which leads to a large consumer base for lactose-free milk. The kits are not 100% foolproof, and the fast-paced life with ease of access to suck kits helps consumers reduce hassle and spending over diagnostics. Even key players have put forward self-analyzing apps and websites for the consumers to analyze themselves for lactose intolerance. This is attributed to the growth of the lactose-free dairy products market in the region, leading as a restraining factor for lactose market. 

Lactose Market: Introduction

Technologically, lactose is the most important carbohydrate present in the milk. Human milk constitute almost 7% lactose by weight, whereas the cow milk contains approximately 5% of lactose. Owing to its functional and physiological characteristics lactose is produced in large quantities and is used in large number of food items and pharmaceutical products across the globe. The global demand for lactose has grown significantly over the past few years and is expected to grow over the forecast period, owing to increasing application in the personal care and cosmetic industry. The proposed market report of TMR on the global lactose market evaluates the opportunities in the current scenario, and provides the latest updates and detailed insights corresponding to different segments involved in the global lactose market during the forecast period 2019-2029.

The Lactose market report further indicates the estimated data for 2019, and forecast data up to 2029 in terms of value (US$ Mn) and volume (MT). In terms of value, the lactose market is anticipated to increase at a CAGR of 4.4% during the forecast period. The present study exhibits the market dynamics and trends of the lactose market in regions such as North America, Europe, Latin America, East Asia, South Asia, Oceania and the Middle East and Africa. The report includes the market growth drivers and challenges for the global lactose market, and their impact on each region during the forecast period. The report also comprises the study of the drivers, restraints, threats, and opportunities for the lactose market to provide a substantial view. It also includes the value chain analysis and opportunity analysis of the market.

Lactose Market: Report Description

The report explores the global lactose market for the period 2019-2029. The principal objective of the lactose market report is to provide insights into key developments in the market that are constantly supporting the transformation of global businesses that are associated with Lactose. It is very important to consider that, in an ever-wavering economy, we provide the estimated (Y-o-Y) year-on-year growth rate in addition to the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for the overall forecast, to better understand the analysis and evaluation of the global lactose market, and to discover justifiable opportunities.

The unique key feature of this report is that, the evaluation of the global lactose market and its relative revenue forecast is carried out in terms of absolute dollar opportunity. This is usually not considered while forecasting overall market value. Absolute dollar opportunity analysis is very crucial in evaluating the intensity of opportunity that a provider can observe to execute, as well as to contrast the potential resources from a sales perspective in the global Lactose market.

The lactose market report starts with an elaborate executive summary, the market definition of various segmentations that are included, and their respective shares in the lactose market. The report also provides insights regarding the major macroeconomic factors that have a significant effect on the growth of the lactose market. The market report further emphasizes the various dynamic factors that influence the lactose market, which include the drivers, restraints, opportunities, and trends in the global lactose market. The report further underlines the study of the present issues with industrial processing, and opportunities for the lactose market. It also includes value chain analysis that provides a comprehensive view of the overall profitability from the raw material supplier to the final end user in the lactose market. In order to give users a clear view of the global lactose market, we have exhibited a competitive analysis of key market participants and their strategic developments. The competitive dashboard presents a detailed comparison of global manufacturers of lactose on vital parameters such as product portfolio, total revenue, key developments, and key strategies. The study presents the lactose market attractiveness analysis by end use, form and region.

To analyze the overall market size of lactose, the report on the lactose market considers various preliminary aspects based on secondary research. Furthermore, it highlights quantitative estimation such as market share by end use, form and region, and other qualitative data from primary respondents, which have been integrated to arrive at unambiguous and accurate market estimations. The forecast presented in the lactose market report arrives at the total revenue being generated, and the expected revenue contribution in the future by the global lactose market.

Detailed profiles of various companies that manufacture lactose are included in the report to evaluate their developmental strategies, product offerings, and recent developments, as they have a significant role in the Lactose market. Major market players covered in the Lactose market report are Agropur Inc. (Agropur Cooperative), Alpavit Käserei Champignon Hofmeister GmbH & Co. KG, Armor Pharma (Savencia SA), Avantor, Inc., Arla Foods amba, Ba'emek Advanced Technologies Ltd (Tnuva Group) (Tnuva Food Industries - Israel Agricultural Cooperative Society ltd.), Biofac A/S (Zeria Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.), Hilmar Ingredients Inc. (division of Hilmar Cheese Company), Hoogwegt Groep B.V., Lactose (India) Limited, Meggle Group, Milei GmbH ( Moringa Milk Industry), Proliant Inc., Saputo Inc., Tatua Co-operative Dairy Company Ltd., BASF SE, Danisco A/S. (DuPont Nutrition & Health), Merck KgaA, Fonterra Co-Operative Group and Glanbia plc among others.

Lactose Market: Segmentation

The subsequent sections analyze the global lactose market on the basis of region, end use and form

On the Basis of End Use, the Market for Lactose is segmented as-

  • Food and Beverage
    • Bakery
    • Confectionery
    • Functional Food
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Animal Feed
  • Cosmetics and Personal Care

On the Basis of Form, the Market for Lactose is segmented as-

  • Powder
  • Granule

On the Basis of Region, the Market for Lactose is segmented as-

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Latin America
    • Mexico
    • Brazil
    • Peru
    • Chile
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Europe
    • Poland
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Nordic
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • East Asia
    • China
    • Japan
    • South Korea
  • South Asia
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia
    • Singapore
    • India
    • Taiwan
    • Thailand
    • Rest of South Asia
  • Oceania
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Turkey
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA