Alpha Lactalbumin Market

Global Market Study on Alpha Lactalbumin: North America & Europe to Hold More than 50% Market Share through 2030

Alpha Lactalbumin Market Segmented By Infant Formula, Sports Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition, Nutraceuticals Application

About the Report

With surging demand for infant formula, sales of alpha lactalbumin are expected to reach new heights. Alpha lactalbumin is considered as a dominant protein in human milk, as it is an excellent source of essential amino acids. Unprecedented growth observed in infant formula is attributed to the rising population of working women across the globe. In the market study report on alpha lactalbumin, Persistence Market Research offers insights about the trends and drivers of the market.

The advantage of alpha lactalbumin in early nutrition has been studied in many clinical and pre-clinical trials. Alpha lactalbumin has been shown to reduce gastrointestinal feeding-related events such as abdominal pain, constipation, and vomiting, resulting in gastrointestinal tolerance similar to that of breastfed children. In addition, key reason for the growth of alpha lactalbumin market is an increase in the number of working women seeking whey protein for infant formula, and an increase in the trend across the beverage industry to increase the protein content of related products.

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  • Arla Foods Ingredients Group P/S
  • Hilmar Ingredients
  • Milk Specialties Global
  • VWR International, LLC
  • Agropur, Inc.
  • Xuchang Shangke Chemical Co., Ltd. 
  • Merck KGaA
  • Abcam PLC
  • Shanghai Korain Biotech Co., Ltd.
  • FrieslandCampina N.V.
  • Giellepi Spa
  • Novus Biologicals, Inc.
  • others

Historical Vs Future Market Outlook

Alpha lactalbumin is used as a food ingredient owing to its nutritional properties. It consists of approx. 22% of the total protein and around 36% of whey protein in human milk. It is used as a supplement to promote gastrointestinal health, and to modulate neurological function in humans.

A survey showed approximately 70% of adults in the U.S. consume dietary supplements on a regular basis, which is a key reason for rising demand for alpha lactalbumin. It is considered as a key ingredient in infant formula, attributed to high content of essential amino acids present in it.  

Another promising factor that is impacting the sales of alpha lactalbumin is growth in the number of health-conscious consumers. Nowadays, consumer are seeking health-benefitting products that fulfil the needs of a healthy lifestyle. Future demand for nutraceuticals depends upon consumer perception and understanding of health and diet. The global alpha lactalbumin market expanded at a CAGR of 5.5% over the past 5 years, and is projected to surge at a CAGR close to 8% through 2030.

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How is Rising Working Women Population Impacting Overall Demand for Alpha Lactalbumin?

Robust growth in the infant formula market has been witnessed over the past decade, attributed to rise in working women population. Addition of alpha lactalbumin in infant formula reduces protein content, which means it is similar to human milk in terms of protein concentration. Also, the presence of alpha lactalbumin in infant formula offers a higher degree of comfort to infants, as it reduces feeding-related gastrointestinal problems. As such, with increasing women across the world getting into the workforce, demand for infant formula is rising, thereby heightening demand for alpha lactalbumin.

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What are the Key Strategies Adopted by Major Alpha Lactalbumin Players?

Top manufacturers offering alpha lactalbumin as their main product are aiming to expand their market share by adopting different expansion strategies. Manufacturers are striving to offer tailored solutions according to customer requirements. They are constantly focused on upgrading the quality of their products by investing in research & development activities. Companies are following strict industrial standards and regulations for the production of alpha lactalbumin.

  • In July 2019, Arla Foods Ingredients launched an optimized comfort concept for infant formula that contained alpha lactalbumin. 

Research has game-changing potential, and so, key manufacturers involved in the production of proteins such as alpha lactalbumin are constantly investing in the same for improved production processes of alpha lactalbumin. Research for new development in alpha lactalbumin for improved performance of whey protein in more applications in the food & beverage industry, along with animal feed, is also going on.

Manufacturers aim to increase production capacity to cater to rising demand from various end-use segments. In addition, companies are upgrading the technologies and equipment of their processing units.

  • Agropur, Inc. invested more than US$ 1.3 Bn in property, plant, and equipment, in the last five years.

Key drivers of the market are rising global demand for dairy-based products, growing market for pediatric foods, and increasing trend of health and well-being among customers, along with increased popularity of protein consumption. Other considerations include rising focus on ready-to-drink and performance-boosting products, and technological developments.

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How is Support from Governmental Authorities Boosting Sales of Alpha Lactalbumin?

Government authorities are permitting the use of alpha lactalbumin in infant formula and sports nutrition, supporting the growth of the market.

For instance, in 2019, the European Commission authorized the extended use of alpha lactalbumin as a novel food for its application in infant formulae for infants and food supplements. This notification by the European Commission allowed the use of 25 milligrams of alpha lactalbumin per day in food supplements for infants up to 12 months.

How is Rising Lactose Intolerance Hindering Growth of the Alpha Lactalbumin Market?

Growing population of lactose intolerant consumers is a major concern for manufacturers including alpha lactalbumin as an ingredient to produce various products. Lactose intolerance in the inability to digest a significant amount of lactose.

 According to a survey of by National Digestive Diseases Information, approximately 30-50 million Americans are diagnosed with lactose intolerance, which is expected to be a major restrain for the growth of the market.

Also, limited awareness of alpha lactalbumin and their benefits is also a significant obstruction to the development of demand for alpha lactalbumin-based products in some regions of the world.

Consumers are not highly aware of such ingredients that have various nutritional benefits, which is a key restraint factor for the growth of the alpha lactalbumin market.

How Does Labeling of Ingredients Help Manufacturers Reach Target Consumers?

Consumers are reading labels more than ever, and want to see ingredients that they are familiar with. Brands of sports nutrition are responding to this consumer demand by providing package details; for example, where the ingredients come from, and sustainable farming practices, as well as trying to use more natural and plant-based ingredients.

Widespread application across product industries, including sports nutrition and infant formula, is driving demand for alpha lactalbumin. Over economic growth is due to a turn in consumer behavior toward the healthier food, has become a global phenomenon.


Country-wise Insights

Why is the U.S. a High Potential Market Alpha Lactalbumin Manufacturers?

The nutraceutical industry creates an exciting opportunity for alpha lactalbumin manufacturers. U.S. consumers are extremely health-conscious and demand specific ingredients in nutraceutical products. Currently, nutraceutical companies are looking to diversify their product offerings, and are investing on more naturally-sourced ingredients to cater this rising demand.

Historic data of the United States shows that the alpha lactalbumin market value was growing at the rate of 5.4% from 2015-2019, and the market is expected to reach US$ 76.2 Mn by the end of forecast period (2020-2030).

How are North America & European Countries Attracting Manufacturers of Alpha Lactalbumin?

Increased demand for nutritional and fortified foods has been the driving force for the growth of the nutraceutical industry in these regions. Around 50% of the overall market for alpha lactalbumin was collectively accounted for by the U.S. and Europe, and this trend is expected to continue due to increased milk production and rising demand for higher protein-containing goods across these two regions.

How is the Landscape of Alpha Lactalbumin in Germany?

Germany’s alpha lactalbumin market, in terms of value, is expected to witness growth of approximately 8 Mn, and will reach close to US$ 20 Mn by the end of 2031. The market will expand at a CAGR of over 6% during the forecast period. Germany is the dominating country among all European countries, attributed to rising demand for nutritionals products. High disposable income and expenditure on premium products is among the others factors that is creating lucrative opportunity for alpha lactalbumin manufacturers. Germany is witnessing tremendous growth attributed to rise in the number of consumers seeking health- and wellness-benefiting ingredients.  

Why is France Witnessing High Growth for Alpha Lactalbumin?

The health trend and societal changes are leading to growing demand for natural ingredient-based products in France. Attributed to rising consumption of nutraceuticals products, France is offering high opportunity to alpha lactalbumin manufacturers. Market value share of France is expected to expand at a CAGR of around 6% during the forecast period

Rising concerns among consumers related to health, coupled with growth in the population participating in physical fitness activities, is showing promising growth for nutritional products.

How are Emerging Economies Playing an Important Role for Alpha Lactalbumin?

With growing urbanization, changing lifestyles, and increasing disposable income, demand for health-benefitting products looks bright in emerging economies. Robust growth in the demand for products that are healthy and nutrition-rich is attributed to steady migration of the population from rural to urban areas. The population in developing countries is more engaged in desk work, which makes them highly dependent on healthy and convenient products, owing to their busy schedules. Thus, demand for nutraceutical and sports nutrition products is expected to witness high growth.

What are the Key Reasons for Rising Demand for Alpha Lactalbumin in India?

India’s alpha lactalbumin sales, in terms of volume, are estimated to reach 677 tons by the end of forecast period. The market is witnessing high growth, attributed to rising number of working women population. In addition, demand for alpha lactalbumin is also witnessing promising growth, with high demand from the sports nutrition segment.

With rising concerns for health and the growing gym culture, there has been growth in demand for nutraceutical products. Consumers in developing countries such as India are seeking protein-rich products to meet their daily nutrition requirements, which is supporting the expansion of the alpha lactalbumin market.

Why is China Considered a Prominent Market for Alpha Lactalbumin?

China is witnessing high growth, and is among the prominent markets for alpha lactalbumin, owing to increased sales of infant food. This is attributed to the changing perception of parents toward formula-based foods for their new born babies. The market value share of China in 2020 was around 75% of the market in East Asia, and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 8.5% over the forecast period.

Consumers have shown willingness to pay for high-quality baby food formulas, owing to their busy lives and long working hours. With tremendous rise in the population in the past decade, the Chinese food industry needs to fulfill this growing demand for health and nutrition-rich products, which bodes well for the market for alpha lactalbumin.

Category wise Insights

How is the Growing Market for Infant Formula Accelerating Sales of Alpha Lactalbumin?

In terms of application, alpha lactalbumin is being used more in infant formula. as it is rich in amino acids. Various clinical studies suggest the use of alpha lactalbumin in infant formula, as is helps in modulating the immune system of children, and also aids mineral binding. The infant formula segment is the fastest-growing segment, expected to expand at a CAGR of over 7% during the forecast period.

Why is Alpha Lactalbumin Addressed as a Rising Star in the Whey Protein Landscape?

A number of fractionation and isolation techniques have been developed by food technologists that allow them to produce alpha-enriched fractions of cow's milk. Demand for whey protein has skyrocketed in the past decade, driving the value of alpha lactalbumin. Heightened global focus on health & nutrition and infant formula will continue to grow, especially in emerging economies.

Growing demand for whey protein is creating opportunity for the alpha lactalbumin market as well. Most infant formula manufacturers around the globe are working to enhance the nutrient content of their products by adding ingredients that boost brain development and optimal growth. Companies are continually including ingredients that are closer to nature, i.e. mother's milk.

Competition Landscape

Persistence Market Research had profiled the following players operating in the business of alpha lactalbumin, in the report:

  • Arla Foods Ingredients Group P/S
  • Milk Specialties Global
  • Hilmar Ingredients
  • VWR International, LLC
  • Agropur, Inc.
  • Xuchang Shangke Chemical Co., Ltd
  • Merck KGaA
  • Abcam PLC
  • Shanghai Korain Biotech Co., Ltd
  • Giellepi Spa
  • FrieslandCampina N.V
  • Novus Biologicals, Inc.

Report Scope



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

US$ Mn for Value & Tons Units for Volume

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Europe
  • South Asia
  • East Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • France
  • U.K.
  • Spain
  • GCC
  • South Africa

Key Segments Covered

Application and Region

Key Companies Profiled


  • Arla Foods Ingredients Group P/S
  • Milk Specialties Global
  • Hilmar Ingredients
  • VWR International, LLC
  • Agropur, Inc.
  • Xuchang Shangke Chemical Co., Ltd
  • Merck KGaA
  • Abcam PLC
  • Shanghai Korain Biotech Co., Ltd
  • Giellepi Spa
  • FrieslandCampina N.V
  • Novus Biologicals, Inc

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Key Questions Answered in Report

What will be the scenario of the alpha lactalbumin market during the forecast period?

The global alpha lactalbumin market is estimated to expand at close to 8% CAGR during the forecast period. High demand for nutraceutical and sports nutrition will be the key drivers for the market.

Which is the high potential market for alpha lactalbumin sales?

Among all the regions considered in the report, Europe is expected to be the dominating market, expanding at a CAGR of close to 7%, to reach a market value of US$ 113 Mn by the end for 2030.

Who are the leading players in the alpha lactalbumin marketplace?

Arla Foods Ingredients Group P/S, Milk Specialties Global, Hilmar Ingredients, Agropur, Inc, and VWR International, LLC are accounted to be prominent alpha lactalbumin producers.

Which among all end-use industries will show prominent growth in the future?

Persistence Market Research’s report suggests the infant formula segment to witness prominent growth.

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Key Segments of Alpha Lactalbumin Market


  • Infant Formula
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Others


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • South Asia
  • East Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)

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