Milk Protein Market Research Report - Global Forecast till 2027

Milk Protein Market: Information by Type (Milk Protein Concentrate [MPC], Milk Protein Isolate [MPI], Milk Protein Hydrolysates [MPH], Casein; Caseinates, Whey Protein Concentrate [WPC], Whey Protein Isolate [WPI], and others), Form (Dry and Liquid), Application (Dairy Products; Frozen Desserts [Cheese, Yogurt, Ice Cream, and others], Infant Formula, Dietary Supplements, Bakery; Confectionery, Beverages, Sweet; Savory Snacks and others) and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World) - Forecast 2027

ID: MRFR/F-B & N/1707-CR | February 2021 | Region: Global | 150 pages         

Milk Protein Market

The global milk protein market grew at a CAGR of 6.9%. This is expected to continue at least until the end of 2030. The market is expected to be worth US$ 18.22 billion by then.


By Type Milk Protein Concentrate Milk Protein Isolate [MPI] Milk Protein Hydrolysates Casein; Caseinates Whey Protein Concentrate Whey Protein Isolate others
By Form Dry Liquid
By Application Dairy Products Frozen Desserts Infant Formula Dietary Supplements Bakery Confectionery Beverages Sweet Savory Snacks others
By Region North America Europe Asia-Pacific

Key Players

  • Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. (Netherlands)
  • Fonterra Co-Operative Group Limited (New Zealand)
  • Arla Foods amba (Denmark)
  • AMCO Proteins (US)
  • Saputo Inc. (Canada)
  • Glanbia plc (Ireland)
  • Kerry Group plc (Ireland)
  • Havero Hoogwegt Group (Netherlands)
  • Groupe Lactalis (France)
  • Theo Müller Group (Germany)


  • Awareness to Stay healthy by eating healthily
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Market Overview

The global milk protein market grew at a CAGR of 6.1%. This is expected to continue at least until the end of 2025. It could even continue until the end of 2027. The market is expected to be worth US$ 5,039.9 million by then.

Concentrated milk is rich in protein because these are isolated and then enhanced before being added to powdered milk. The milk proteins are isolated and concentrated (hydrolysates.) Many people, especially young kids, are encouraged to drink more milk - primarily to increase their daily calcium intake. Calcium is the main ingredient for strong and healthy bones.

COVID-19 Analysis

The COVID-19 virus was the latest gift to the world from China. COVID-19 first made the headlines of major and minor global publications in March of 2020. Since it could be dangerous for some and deadly for a handful of the people who contracted it, governments responded by imposing quarantines and lockdowns. Many industries were forced to either shut down or temporarily halt operations. Many other industries suffered as a result.

The companies in the global milk protein market were hit hard by COVID-19 and the aftermath. They found that their operations were limited. They also found it hard to easily procure the ingredients needed to make concentrated milk at affordable prices. These manufacturers were forced to pass the extra costs onto the end consumers in the form of higher prices.

Market Dynamics


One of the main drivers of growth in the global Milk protein market is the growing awareness and desire for people around the world to be and stay healthy by eating healthily. This is especially true for young millennials (this demographic group comprises the majority of populations in developing nations where demand for concentrated milk tends to be higher.)

In developed nations, people hunger for nutrition enriched foods. This requires the usage of milk concentrates. The growth in sales for these types of foods has been another key driver in the Milk protein market.


The increased demand for healthy foods that need milk concentrates to be produced is encouraging manufacturers of milk protein concentrate ingredients to invest heavily in research and development. The objective is to try to develop a new generation of milk protein concentrates that are delicious and nutrient-rich.


Many people around the world, especially in developed nations but even in developing ones, hunger for vegan-based foods. They also want foods that are purely vegetarian. As a result, these people are trying to avoid foods that use milk concentrates. Unfortunately, for the global Milk protein marketthis market segment is growing rather quickly. This is hampering the potential growth in the milk protein concentrate market.


One key challenge that manufacturers in the global Milk protein market face lies in promoting the health benefits of foods that contain milk protein concentrates to the growing vegan and vegetarian segments around the world. The CAGR for the market and sales will be much higher in the future if these manufacturers can successfully overcome this challenge.

Cumulative Growth Analysis

The overall CAGR for the Milk protein market is projected to be 6.1% for the next four years. The market is expected to be worth US$ 5,039.9 million by then.

Technology Analysis

Amco Proteins is a major American player in the Milk protein market. It has continued to retain its superior market position through innovation through intensive and extensive research and development. Amco Proteins has successfully developed and is marketing a new generation of products that are more nutritious. They are also safer for people with milk allergies.

One such innovation is Instant Micellar Casein. This contains 84% milk protein ingredients even though it’s made out of sunflower lecithin. The fact that this product has a high milk protein content makes it delicious and safe for anyone to consume. This is the reason why those who make foods for athletes are increasingly choosing to incorporate them.

Manufacturers are increasingly incorporating Instant Micellar Casein into cereal bars, cereals, and cereal snacks. They are also using it as a thickener and flavor enhancer for gravies, various sauces, and soups. You’ll find Instant Micellar Caesin in foods that are intended to give athletes and those with severe health/medical problems more nutrition.

Segment Overview

By Type

The global Milk protein market is separated into the following types:

  • Milk protein concentrate

  • Milk protein hydrolysates

  • Casein and caseinates

  • Whey protein concentrates

  • Whey protein isolates

  • Other milk proteins

Of all of the types of milk proteins, whey protein concentrate was used the most extensively in food products. Approximately 29% of milk protein concentrate sales were of whey protein concentrate.

By Form

The milk protein market can be categorized into the following milk protein ingredient forms:

  • Dry powder

  • Liquid

The dry powder segment has traditionally been more popular. However, the liquid segment is growing rapidly.

By Application

Milk protein concentrate ingredients have many uses. They have been categorized into the following:

  • Dairy products and frozen desserts

  • Infant formula

  • Dietary supplements

  • Bakery and confectionary

  • Beverages

  • Sweet and savory food 

The dairy products and frozen desserts category is special because it can be further broken down into the following segments:

  • Cheese

  • Yogurt

  • Ice cream

  • Others

Infant formula is becoming more popular as more and more women around the world find that they are too busy for breastfeeding. This segment alone is expected to register a CAGR of 6.6% until at least the end of 2025.

By Region

There are four segments for the Milk protein market. These are North America, the European Union, the Asia-Pacific region, and the rest of the world. The European Union has historically had the highest market share. This is because Europeans and their governments are very health conscious. The market in this region alone is expected to be worth US$ 1,675.1 million at the end of 2025. A major contributor to milk protein market growth in the European Union is Germany. Sales of these products were and continue to be the highest there.

The Asia-Pacific region may be lagging in terms of sales and usage of milk protein concentrate products. However, the explosion of the middle classes in both India and China and their growing wealth may be changing this. It’s largely due to the fact that the middle classes in these countries want to imitate the diets of their Western counterparts that this region is expected to register the highest CAGR until the end of 2025. But it’s not just the middle classes who hunger for these products. The governments in these nations have made a greater effort to emphasize better nutrition for the masses, especially for young children. They have encouraged food manufacturers and agro producers to add milk protein powders to foods.

This has two benefits. It makes the foods tastier. Therefore, it encourages people to eat these types of foods more often. It also makes the foods healthier. This is key since a large percentage of children under age five are malnourished, especially in India.

Competitive Landscape

The milk protein market is very lucrative. This is what is motivating many companies to enter the market. It’s also encouraging established players to increase their presence in existing and new markets through more sales. All sorts of companies are finding that they have to invest heavily in research and development in order to develop innovative new products that are technologically and nutritionally superior to their predecessors. They are also working hard to ensure that these products are tasty and that they enhance the taste of the foods that they are incorporated into.

But this is not enough and takes time to do. So companies are thinking strategically. They are entering into partnerships in an attempt to enter into new markets. They are also merging with existing companies that are either in new markets or have a solid market position and share in existing ones. They are acquiring new companies that have a solid market position and share in existing markets and have a strong presence and customer base in new markets.

Amco Proteins is a major American player. It’s retaining its position by investing heavily in research and development. In fact, it’s somewhat of an industry leader in terms of bringing newer products that are tastier and more nutritious to market. One of its most recent product innovations is Instant MPC 80.

List of Companies

  • Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. (Netherlands)

  • Fonterra Co-Operative Group Limited (New Zealand)

  • Arla Foods amba (Denmark)

  • AMCO Proteins (US)

  • Saputo Inc. (Canada)

  • Glanbia plc (Ireland)

  • Kerry Group plc (Ireland)

  • Havero Hoogwegt Group (Netherlands)

  • Groupe Lactalis (France)

  • Theo Müller Group (Germany)

Recent Developments

  • Amco proteins are entering the whey proteins market in a big way

Report Overview

The global Milk protein market is registering a moderate CAGR of slightly more than 6% a year. The demand for more nutritious products that are enhanced with a wide variety of proteins that are found in milk is driving this growth. Modest growth is expected to continue until at least the end of 2025. However, this market is very lucrative. That’s why it’s attracting many key players. Companies are retaining their market positions and shares through research and development in the quest to develop more innovative products, mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.

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