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Prebiotic Ingredients Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, By Type (Galacto-oligosaccharide, Inulin, Fructo-oligosaccharide, Others); By Application; By Region; Segment Forecast, 2021 - 2028

  • Published Date: Oct 2021
  • Pages: 118
  • Format: PDF
  • Report ID: PM1087
  • Base Year: 2020
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2019

Report Summary

The global prebiotic ingredients market size was valued at USD 4.44 Billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.6% during the forecast period. Prebiotic ingredients are the dietary fiber that stimulates the growth of bacteria in the colon.

Prebiotic ingredients are added to food products as they are resistant to stomach acids, heat, oxygen, and enzymes. These ingredients are indigestible by the body and produce nutrients for colon cells resulting in an improved digestive system. Prebiotic ingredients include fructo-oligosaccharides, galacto-oligosaccharides, and inulin, among others. They offer health benefits such as improved immunity, cardiovascular health, gut health, and weight management.

There has been increasing market demand for prebiotic ingredients from the food and beverages sector for healthy food products, drinks, and snacks to aid digestion and enhance immunity. Rising instances of obesity coupled with the sedentary lifestyle of consumers have increased its application in weight management products.

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Growing concerns regarding health and nutrition among consumers, increasing consumption of nutraceuticals, and inclination towards using natural products have boosted the sale of prebiotic ingredients. Growth in the occurrence of lifestyle diseases, increasing disposable income, and the introduction of public initiatives to promote nutrition and wellness have further accelerated the development of the prebiotic ingredients market.

The fear of contracting the disease has encouraged consumers of all ages to focus on nutrition and self-care. However, the COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted the supply chain across the globe. The scarcity of raw material and reduced workforce has severely impacted the market. Countries across the world have regulated the movement of individuals and goods, resulting in decreased deliveries, roadblocks, and other logistic issues, hampering the prebiotic ingredients market's growth.

Industry Dynamics

Growth Drivers
Prebiotic ingredients are increasingly being used in animal feed due to the rising feed production, growing market demand for animal-based products, and regulations associated with antibiotics in feed. Prebiotic ingredients assist in enhanced body functioning by reducing attacks of diarrhea, improving bowel movement frequency, and decreasing flatulence and bloating. They are also known to enhance calcium absorption in adolescents and aid in controlling glucose levels.

These ingredients boost cardiovascular health, lower LDL cholesterol while also protecting against cancer and metabolic disorders. Prebiotic ingredients are increasingly being used to develop functional food and beverages due to the growing population, changing lifestyle of consumers, and increasing consumer demands for healthy and nutritious products. Due to the health benefits of prebiotic ingredients, they are also being used in dietary supplements, animal feed, and pharmaceuticals.

The market demand for prebiotic ingredients has increased during the pandemic due to a significant rise in functional food consumption and dietary supplements for improved immunity. Increasing health awareness coupled with growth in consumption of nutraceuticals has increased the market demand for prebiotic ingredients.

Report Segmentation

The market is primarily segmented on the basis of type, application, and region.

By Type

By Application

By Region

  • Galacto-oligosaccharide
  • Inulin
  • Fructo-oligosaccharide
  • Others


  • Animal Feed
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Infant Formula
  • Functional Food & Beverages
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Others


  • North America (U.S., Canada)
  • Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Austria)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina)
  • Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Israel, UAE)

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Insight by Type 

On the basis of type, the market for prebiotic ingredients is segmented into galactooligosaccharides, inulin, fructo-oligosaccharide, and others. The inulin segment dominated the global market in 2020. Inulin offers health benefits such as enhanced immune function, improved digestion, and control of blood sugar. Increasing awareness regarding preventive healthcare and changing lifestyles have encouraged consumers to focus on overall health.

Insight by Application 

The application segment has been divided into animal feed, dietary supplements, infant formula, functional food & beverages, pharmaceutical, and others. The functional food & beverages segment dominated the global market in 2020. Consumers are increasingly turning towards functional food & beverages owing to their nutritional benefits and health advantages, particularly digestive health.

Due to the pandemic, governments have increased health concerns, and initiatives for preventive healthcare have significantly increased the market demand for prebiotic ingredients. Market players across the globe are developing specialized products for specific demographics such as infants and senior citizens.

Geographic Overview

Europe dominated the global prebiotic ingredients market in 2020. There has been an increased market demand for prebiotic ingredients for food fortification due to awareness regarding weight loss and the benefits of eating healthy. Increasing application in baked goods and growing demand for the Middle East & Africa products support the market growth.

The rising geriatric population coupled with increasing initiatives by consumers to maintain their overall health aids the market growth. The sedentary lifestyle of consumers leading to lifestyle diseases, increasing disposable income, and growing public programs are expected to offer growth opportunities.

Competitive Insights

The leading players in the Prebiotic Ingredients market include BENEO, Cargill, Incorporated, Cosucra, DuPont, Fonterra Group Cookies Statemen, FrieslandCampina, Ingredion, Jarrow Formulas, Inc., Kerry Group plc, Nexira SAS, Roquette Frères SAMYANG HOLDINGS CORPORATION, Sensus America, Inc., Tereos Group, and Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.

These players are expanding their presence across various geographies and entering new markets in developing regions to expand their customer base and strengthen their presence in the market. The companies are also introducing new innovative products in the market to cater to the growing consumer demands.

Prebiotic Ingredients Market Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market size value in 2020

USD 4.44 billion

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 7.38 billion


7.6 % from 2021 - 2028

Base year


Historical data

2016 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Segments covered

By Type, By Application, By Region

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa

Key Companies

BENEO, Cargill, Incorporated, Cosucra, DuPont, Fonterra Group Cookies Statemen, FrieslandCampina, Ingredion, Jarrow Formulas, Inc., Kerry Group plc, Nexira SAS, Roquette Frères, SAMYANG HOLDINGS CORPORATION, Sensus America, Inc., Tereos Group, Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.

Key Take-Away
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