The global collagen market size is estimated to be valued at USD 4.1 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 5.3 billion by 2026, recording a CAGR of 5.4% during the forecast period in terms of value. The demand for collagen is increasing moderately due to increasing health concerns and rising obesity among consumers.
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Some of the prominent key players are:
• GELITA AG (Germany)
• NITTA GELATIN, INC. (US)
• Weishardt Group (France)
• Darling Ingredients Inc. (US)
• Nippi Collagen NA Inc. (Japan)
• Vinh Hoan Corporation (Vietnam)
Collagen Market Growth Dynamics:
Drivers: Increasing application of collagen in the food & beverages industry
Collagen in gelatin is naturally high in protein, fat-free, cholesterol-free, and low in calories, making it a label-friendly ingredient that consumers know and trust. Gelatin is a key functional ingredient in many food products. Gelatin is important in confectionery items such as marshmallows, gummy candy, and fruit snacks. The dairy industry extensively uses gelatin in sour cream, yogurt, ice cream, cheese, and specialty desserts. At the same time, meat processors depend on the binding properties of gelatin to produce specialty meats, pates, and luncheon meats.
Restraints: Shift of consumers towards vegan diets
Several consumers perceive a vegan diet healthy and prefer consuming plant-based and natural ingredients as a substitute for animal-sourced proteins. Various functionalities and nutritional benefits have increased their consumption, such as reduced cholesterol levels, improved cardiovascular health, and diabetes control of plant-based products. Additionally, rising awareness about climate change, the impact of meat and dairy production on greenhouse gases, global warming, and concern regarding animal welfare and animal cruelty are expected to shift consumers toward vegan diets. These factors act as a restraint for the growth of animal-sourced collagens.
Opportunities: Promotion of healthy diets by the government
Several government associations and organizations have started promoting healthy diets to encourage consumer awareness, attitudes, skills, preferences, and behavior around diet and nutrition. Organizations such as the FAO and WHO, governments such as that of Canada, and departments and agencies of governments such as Public Health England (PHE) of the Government of the UK have promoted healthy eating. For instance, in January 2021, World Health Organization (WHO), in its joint press release, urged global governments to promote healthy diets to prevent 8 million annual deaths currently caused by unhealthy diets.
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The growth of the Asia Pacific market is attributed to the increasing demand for products that offer health benefits in emerging economies. For instance, China is witnessing the migration of rural populations to urban areas and the development of towns into cities due to steady economic growth. These factors have changed the lifestyle of the Chinese people, which has also affected their eating habits. Thus, the increasing consumption of processed and fortified foods has increased the collagen market share in China.