Food Amino Acids Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

Food Amino Acids Market is Segmented by Type (Glutamic Acid, Lysine, Tryptophan, Methionine, Phenylalanine, and Other Types), Application (Dietary Supplements, Fortified Food and Beverage, and Infant Nutrition), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts in value (USD million) for the above segments.

Market Snapshot

market summary
Study Period: 2016-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: Asia-Pacific
CAGR: 6.23 %

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Market Overview

The food amino acids market is projected to register a CAGR of 6.23% during the forecast period 2022-2027.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for functional food increased, resulting in increased demand for food amino acids. The intake of dietary supplements and fortified food and beverage led to the escalating demand for amino acids. Moreover, some particular types of amino acids, like tryptophan, were deemed essential for consumption. This sleep-inducing amino acid also enhances immunity, which became extremely important during the pandemic.

The increasing demand for amino acids as functional foods, coupled with the rising adoption of glutamic acid as a flavor enhancer in various foods and beverages, is likely to propel the market’s growth over the next few years. The wide range of applications of amino acids, ranging from flavor development and preservation to acting as a nutritional component or building block of protein to specialty ingredients, such as aspartame, is expected to drive the market.

Additionally, the increase in demand for amino acids for various nutraceutical and dietary supplements, owing to the health benefits offered by amino acids, is expected to fuel the demand for amino acids during the forecast period. The use of lysine in dietary supplements is expected to boost the market’s growth as well.

Scope of the Report

Amino acids together constitute the molecules that form protein. The food amino acids are ingredients that are used in the preparation of different protein-rich products across different industries.

The global food amino acids market is segmented by type, application, and geography. Based on type, the market is segmented into glutamic acid, lysine, tryptophan, methionine, phenylalanine, and other types. On the basis of application, the market is further segmented into dietary supplements, fortified food and beverage, and infant nutrition. Moreover, the study provides an analysis of the food amino acids market in the emerging and established markets across the globe, including in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of value (in USD million).

By Type
Glutamic Acid
Other Types
By Application
Dietary Supplements
Fortified Food and Beverage
Infant Nutrition
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand for Functional Food and Beverage

The rise in demand for food amino acids is due to the significant increase in demand for functional food and beverages. Protein remains in the top position among functional food, and amino acids are known to be building blocks of protein formation. Amino acids have been found to have multiple functional benefits in human nutrition. For example, glycine improves sleep quality, and leucine plays a significant role in muscle protein synthesis, thus, contributing to longer and healthy life expectancy among the elderly population. Ingredient manufacturers are now focusing on creating food amino acid ingredients that can be used in creating functional food and beverage, thereby enhancing their nutritional properties. For instance, in 2021, Arla Foods Ingredients launched a whey protein ingredient containing essential amino acids, targeting the South American yogurt market. This ingredient can increase the protein content in the product more than the general amount, making it functionally healthier for consumption.

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Asia-Pacific Holds the Major Market Share

The Asia-Pacific region holds the largest market share, followed by North America. The increase in the use of food amino acids as a flavor enhancer in the food industry and the growth in concern for a healthy diet among consumers is fuelling the demand for food amino acids in the Asia-Pacific market. Major demand for food amino acids from the dietary supplement industry has been seen due to the growing trend of adding dietary supplements to consumer diets in this region. The major importers of food amino acids include China and Indonesia, among others, in the Asia-Pacific region. Owing to the increasing consumption of processed and convenience food, the import and export in developing countries are growing steadily. The rapid growth in demand for food amino acids in Southeast Asia's malnourished and deprived population is further boosting the market’s growth in this region.

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Competitive Landscape

The global food amino acids market is fragmented owing to the presence of many players in the market. It consists of international players and local manufacturers at different levels of the value chain. Some of the major players in the market are Prinova Group LLC, Kemin Industries, Daesang Corporation, Evonic Industries AG, and Ajinomoto Co. Inc., among others. These companies are focused on providing differentiated products to customers. The food amino acid ingredient suppliers are extending their product line to diversify their presence geographically by collaborating with other players in the market. Product innovation is a key strategy to gain a significant share in the food amino acids market.

Recent Developments

In 2022, Lycored launched a new facility for processing carotenoids, minerals, amino acids, vitamins, and other food ingredients, in Branchburg, United States. This plant has new and advanced capabilities for milling, grinding, drying, and coating.

In 2021, Arla Foods Ingredients launched a pure beta-lactoglobulin (BLG) ingredient, Lacprodan BLG-100. The ingredient contains 45% more leucine, the main amino acid for muscle building, than the whey protein isolates available for commercial use.

In 2020, Kerry launched 13 new protein options prepared from protein sources like pea, rice, and sunflower. These plant-based proteins are allergen-free and have a complete protein profile with a PDCAAS (Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score) ranging to 100%.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Glutamic Acid

      2. 5.1.2 Lysine

      3. 5.1.3 Tryptophan

      4. 5.1.4 Methionine

      5. 5.1.5 Phenylalanine

      6. 5.1.6 Other Types

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Dietary Supplements

      2. 5.2.2 Fortified Food and Beverage

      3. 5.2.3 Infant Nutrition

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Italy

        6. Spain

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Prinova Group LLC

      2. 6.4.2 Ajinomoto Co. Inc.

      3. 6.4.3 Merck KGaA

      4. 6.4.4 Daesang Corporation

      5. 6.4.5 Evonik Industries AG

      6. 6.4.6 Brenntag AG

      7. 6.4.7 Kyowa Hakko Bio Co. Ltd

      8. 6.4.8 Koninklijke DSM NV

      9. 6.4.9 Kemin Industries

      10. 6.4.10 AMINO GmbH

    5. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Food Amino Acids Market market is studied from 2016 - 2027.

The Food Amino Acids Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.23% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia-Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

Prinova Group LLC, Ajinomoto Co. Inc., Daesang Corporation, Kemin Industries, Evonic Industries AG are the major companies operating in Food Amino Acids Market.

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