The global beta-glucan market was valued at USD 403.3 million in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.5% during the forecast period. The product is found in whole grains, yeast, and certain types of bacteria and fungi. It finds application in food & beverages, dietary supplements, animal feed, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products.
Some research suggests consuming beta-glucan supplements for assistance with allergies, Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. There is ongoing research regarding the use of beta-glucan therapy for the treatment of cancer. The product is known to decelerate cancer growth and prevent its spread to other parts of the body.
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The major factors driving the growth of the market for beta-glucan include increasing consumption of functional foods, inclination towards naturally sourced ingredients, and growing awareness regarding the benefits of the supplements. There has been rising consciousness among consumers regarding preventive healthcare and nutrition.
Population growth, modifying purchasing habits, and an increasing trend towards natural and organic products support the market's growth. The global market for beta-glucan is also fuelled by rising disposable income and changing lifestyles of consumers.
The demand for the product has increased during the pandemic owing to its potential to be used in the treatment of COVID-19 and vaccines. There is ongoing research regarding the response offered by the supplement in preventive immune modulation to avoid COVID-19 symptoms. Increasing health awareness and growing consumption of functional food and dietary supplements to boost immunity positively affect the market.
However, the COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted the supply chain across the globe. Lockdowns and a limited workforce have severely impacted the market. Countries worldwide have regulated the movement of individuals and goods, resulting in decreased deliveries, roadblocks, and other logistic issues. However, the market is expected to grow post-COVID-19 and attract investments and research initiatives to increase applications of beta-glucan.
Owing to benefits associated with beta-glucan, there has been increasing application in animal feed, pharmaceutical, and personal care products. New product launches and acquisitions by leading players in the market and growing dietary supplements consumption have increased the global demand for the supplement.
The application of the product has increased in dietary supplements. Growing occurrences of health disorders, rising awareness regarding healthy eating habits, and rise in health and fitness consciousness are supplementing the growth in this sector.
Consumers are more aware of their nutritional intake, benefits of physical exercises, and consumption of dietary supplements to meet the body's nutritional requirements, thereby increasing the sale of beta-glucan. Another application of the product that is gaining popularity is cosmetics.
Natural and organic ingredients-based products are gradually replacing synthetic cosmetic products. Beta-glucan incorporated cosmetics offer benefits such as skin repair, prevention of cell damage, enhanced skin immunity, hydration, and anti-aging effects, increasing its demand worldwide. Lifestyle changes of consumers, growing awareness regarding skincare, and growing inclination towards the use of natural ingredients support the market growth of this segment.
The market is primarily segmented on the basis of source, application, and region.
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The market is segmented into yeast, grains and cereal, mushroom, seaweed, and others based on the source. There has been a high demand for beta-glucan obtained from grains and cereal. Beta-glucan is the major soluble fiber component found in barley and oats. It can also be obtained from the cell walls of wheat, rye, maize.
Beta-glucan obtained from cereals offers multiple health benefits such as reduced risks of cardiovascular diseases, prevention against diabetes, and immunostimulation. It also assists in performing antitumor and antioxidant activities in the body.
The application segment has been divided into animal feed, food & beverage, pharmaceutical, dietary supplements, personal care, and others. The market demand for dietary supplements is expected to increase during the forecast period. Rising cases of chronic health disorders and growing demand for nutritional and weight loss supplements increases the demand for beta-glucan dietary supplements.
The outbreak of COVID-19 is expected to boost the consumption of dietary supplements across all age groups. Increased awareness, growing health concerns, and growing consciousness regarding preventive healthcare are expected to drive this segment's growth.
North America accounted for a significant share of the global beta-glucan market in 2020. Increasing awareness regarding diet and nutrition, supportive government regulations, and the growing geriatric population are some factors attributed to the growth in this region.
The presence of leading market players in the region, high disposable income, and increasing cases of lifestyle-associated diseases have increased the demand for beta-glucan. Rising incidences of health disorders have resulted in increased awareness regarding healthy eating habits, supporting the market growth.
The leading players in the beta-glucan market include Angel Yeast Co. Ltd., Garuda International Inc., Lesaffre Human Care, Cargill Inc., AIT Ingredient, Milliporesigma, Koninklijke DSM N.V., Specialty Biotech Co. Ltd., Tate & Lyle Plc, Alltech Life Sciences, Kemin Industries, Frutarom, Super Beta Glucan, Ohly GmbH, and Biotec BetaGlucans AS.
Market size value in 2020
USD 403.3 million
Revenue forecast in 2028
USD 655.5 million
7.5% from 2021 - 2028
2016 - 2019
2021 - 2028
Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2021 to 2028
By Source, By Application, By Region
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa
Angel Yeast Co. Ltd., Garuda International Inc., Lesaffre Human Care, Cargill Inc., AIT Ingredient, Milliporesigma, Koninklijke DSM N.V., Specialty Biotech Co. Ltd., Tate & Lyle Plc, Alltech Life Sciences, Kemin Industries, Frutarom, Super Beta Glucan, Ohly GmbH, and Biotec BetaGlucans AS