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Biosurfactants Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Type (Glycolipids, Lipopeptides, Phospholipids, Polymeric, and Others) By Application (Household Cleaners, Industrial and Institutional Cleaners, Food Processing, Oil & Petroleum, Personal Care, Agrochemicals, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2021-2028

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The global biosurfactants market size was USD 3.66 billion in 2020. The market is projected to grow from USD 3.96 billion in 2021 to USD 5.71 billion in 2028 growing at a CAGR of 5.4% during the 2021-2028 period. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with product/service witnessing a positive demand across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a growth of 8.79% in 2020. The CAGR is attributable to the market’s demand and growth during the pandemic.

This market is expected to witness significant growth owing to the rising demand for cleaning chemicals and hygiene products. These are bio-based surface-active agents derived from natural and renewable feedstock. They are widely employed in the food, cosmetic, industrial, and chemical industry.

COVID-19 Pandemic: High Demand from End sector to Influence Market Growth.

The recent outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome - Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) has proved the complete inability of countries worldwide to handle the pressure of a global pandemic, especially whose treatment is unknown and current feasible treatments are based on the symptoms and not the source. This pandemic had a detrimental impact on public health and severely hindered the functionality of society and entire nations worldwide. The disturbance in the functioning of various sectors, including government and private sectors, caused massive disruptions in the economy and public well-being.

However, there has been significant research carried out by health officials and scientists to combat the pandemic and curb the infections. These products have demonstrated themselves as appropriate solutions not directly but in a way that targets many of the crucial avenues for resolving the pandemic. The potential of these products to be safe and operative in cleaning solutions has been recognized, which has significantly triggered the demand from cleaning product manufacturing companies, resulting in the capacity expansion and acquisitions of manufacturers.


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Gaining Popularity in Crude Oil Recovering is among the key Market Trends

Petroleum is the most significant energy resource and raw material for the chemical industry, and it has fueled the contemporary world's development and worldwide intense economic growth over the past century. Petroleum biotechnology has advanced in recent years due to a rising worldwide need for sustainable technologies that increase the efficiency of petrochemical processes in the oil sector.

The petroleum industry utilizes large volumes of petrochemical-based synthetic surfactants as mobilizing agents to enhance the availability or recovery of hydrocarbons and for a variety of other extraction, treatment, cleaning, and transportation purposes. Primary depletion is followed by secondary and, in certain circumstances, tertiary recovery stages in traditional oil production techniques.

Chemical methods involve infusing hydrocarbon solvents, surfactants, gas, or a mixture of these to mobilize residual oil by decreasing the oil-water interfacial tension. However, because this technology is both expensive and dangerous to the environment, eco-friendly and cost-effective alternatives to both thermal and chemical EOR techniques have been sought.

Microbial enhanced oil recovery (MEOR) is a type of tertiary oil recovery method in which microorganisms or their metabolic products are utilized to boost the amount of residual oil recovered. When microorganisms are utilized to create products from low-cost substrate raw materials, it is generally less expensive than chemically enhanced oil recovery.

These type of products, derived from micro-organisms, are gaining importance for various industrial applications due to their biodegradability, synthesis on renewable substrates, and functioning under severe environmental circumstances, notably those relating to tertiary crude-oil recovery.

Microbial enhanced oil recovery (MEOR) is a cost-effective alternative to traditional physical and chemical oil recovery processes. MEOR entails using microbes or their metabolic products to enhance reservoir conditions, allowing stored oil to be released. In the extraction of trapped residual oil, microorganisms play a critical role. Biosurfactants are frequently touted as important flexible instruments that can change and modernize petroleum biotechnology due to their adaptability and demonstrated efficiency to offer a genuine image of the state of the art and directions or usage in the oil industry. These products enhance hydrocarbon mobilization, allowing for greater crude oil recovery from reservoirs.


Growing Environmental Concerns to Aid Market Growth

Surfactants are utilized regularly, and the amount consumed grows in tandem with the population and activities of humans. these chemical are most commonly used in detergents (detergents, shampoos, toothpaste, etc.) and industrial products (degreasing, oil extraction, agricultural, and so on). Residual surfactants are released into sewage systems or directly into surface waterways after usage, and the majority of them end up in various environmental compartments such as soil, water, and sediment. Environmental issues are a serious social issue since they are present in our wastewater treatment facilities, rivers, and seas, and they are utilized over 15 million tons per year. The discharge of untreated wastewater or wastewater that has only received basic treatment is the most serious problem. The release of wastewater contaminated with large amounts of products might have significant consequences for the ecology.

Extensive water treatment is necessary to collect wastewater, treat it, and send it back into the wild or give it a second life. Product-related environmental concerns (reduced biodegradability, eutrophication, toxicity, allergens) have prompted further study and development of new bio-based products. These serve a vital role in decreasing carbon dioxide emissions, which are major greenhouse gas. Because of their superior surface activity, they outperform conventional products in terms of efficacy and efficiency.

Heavy metal contamination has been identified as a significant environmental concern in recent years, and several technologies for their removal from the environment have been devised. The use of biosurfactants for this purpose was both an environmentally benign and a cost-effective alternative to traditional complicated cleanup methods. These bio-based surfactants must address the demand for sustainable bio-based raw ingredients that are less hazardous, less irritating, and biodegradable while providing enough performance and a price point that is competitive in the market. These are being evaluated as a viable choice for pollution cleaning in the environment due to their variety.

As a result, biosurfactants and their prospective uses have received more attention. The surface tension they create is lower at lower concentrations, indicating their superior efficiency. As a result of growing environmental awareness, there is a greater push for the market.


Hindrance in Production of the Biosurfactants to Hamper Growth

The primary challenge for manufacturers is the characteristics imparted by biobased products are restricted, which restricts their use. These are typically employed in product formulations when a change in one component affects the end product's performance.

Customers may be unaware of what a bio-based surfactant are what applications it may serve. Because one-to-one replacements of conventional products are uncommon and new product formulation development is frequently required, brand manufacturers must see a clear added value in converting to bio-based products.

Many industries are adamant about not reformulating their products. As a result, this industry is highly influenced by technological push: before making any big product development choices, brand owners watch what technology developers bring to market. Customers cannot afford the risks associated with one manufacturer. Thus future growth may be hampered by a shortage of manufacturers.

After developing a new product, the EU legislation required to register it is time-consuming and costly but vital.

Sophorolipids, rhamnolipids, and MELs are glycolipid biosurfactants that can be used as partial replacements for the most prevalent product in washing powders, solutions, and linearly alkylbenzene sulfonates (LASs).

One of the most difficult aspects of using these alternative products is that each organism creates a combination of congener molecules with various structures and characteristics, making downstream processing exceedingly difficult and expensive.

Furthermore, P. Aeruginosa, the primary producer of rhamnolipids, is classed as a class II pathogen in the UK. The majority of lecithin that might be recovered from soy oil production is not currently being collected, both due to poor lecithin recovery and other economic factors. These aspects are expected to hinder the market growth.


By Type Analysis

Glycolipids Segment to Hold Major Share Attributed to High Demand From End-Use Sectors.

The market is segmented into glycolipids, lipopeptides, phospholipids, polymeric, and others in terms of type. Glycolipids segment is further segmented into rhamnolipids, trehalolipids, and sophorolipids constituted the major share. Increasing demand for rhamnolipids from end-use sectors is attributed to high demand from cosmetic and personal care sectors. Lipopeptides is which is expected to be the fastest-growing segment. The phospholipids segment is anticipated to show a considerable growth rate due to increasing product demand from personal care industries.

By Application Analysis

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Household Cleaners Segment to Hold Significant Biosurfactants Market Share Due to Growing Concern Regarding Hygiene.

The market is segmented into household cleaners, industrial and institutional cleaners, food processing, oil & petroleum, personal care, agrochemicals, and others in terms of application. The household cleaners in the application segment generated highest revenue in the year 2020 followed by personal care sector. Increasing adoption of biosurfactants in personal care and hygiene products is expected to bolster segment growth. However, household cleaners segment is expected to grow with highest CAGR owing to the substantial expenditure of consumers on hygiene products.


Europe Biosurfactants Market Size, 2020 (USD Billion)

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The market worth in Europe stood at USD 1.78 billion in 2020. Europe held more than 53% of the share in 2020 owing to the high deployment of industrial biotechnology. Increasing awareness in manufacturers regarding the adoption of green alternatives for surfactants to reduce carbon footprints is likely to foster growth. Moreover, increasing legislation regarding the use of chemicals that may produce harmful byproducts or release toxins in the environment on biodegradation is expected to boost growth.  For instance, according to the European Commission, the community had operated a policy of limited use of these products in detergents since 1970 to solve foaming in water systems that disturb the aquatic life system.

North America is a significantly growing region and a key region for biosurfactants. Shifting consumer preference owing to the increasing concern regarding the detrimental effects of toxins released from chemical surfactants on degradation is expected to drive the market. Increasing expenditure on health and hygiene is expected to boost the market.  Moreover, growing demand for these products from the oil & petroleum sector for oil recovery shall foster growth.

Asia Pacific is expected to show considerable growth due to the high requirement for processed food. A rise in demand from the food processing industry owing to the superior emulsifying properties thickening and stabilizing features is expected to augment growth. Stringent regulations regarding food safety and quality control coupled with the high availability of raw material are anticipated to encourage growth. For instance, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India established the Food Safety and Standard Act and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to regulate the manufacturing, storage, and distribution of wholesome and safe food.

Latin America is expected to show considerable growth attributed to the high potential of countries such as Brazil and Mexico. The high biodiversity in Brazil and other countries, coupled with the ample availability of feedstock and raw material from the agro-industrial sector, which can be used as a substrate for biosurfactant production, is expected to foster growth in South America.

Middle East & Africa is expected to grow due to the considerable number of personal care products and household detergents manufacturing companies.


Crucial Companies to Implement Strategies and Widen their Market Existence

With a limited global players holding a substantial share, the global market is focused in nature. Evonik Industries, Stepan Company, AGAE Technologies, Jeneil are few of the crucial market players.

Industry key players operate principally based on the product's price and application characteristics. To boost up the market share and achieve a competitive advantage, several major players are engaged in numerous strategic alliances to promote brand and sales.


  • Jeneil (Wisconsin, U.S.)

  • Evonik Industries ( Essen, Germany)

  • AGAE Technologies (Oregon, U.S)

  • Glycosurf (Utah, U.S.)

  • Tensiogreen (Covina, U.S)

  • Stepan Company (Northfield, Illinois, U.S)

  • Holiferm (Manchester, U.K.)


  • December 2019– Evonik, a known manufacturer of specialty chemicals, and Unilever partnered to launch a new green cleaning ingredient called rhamnolipids.


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The market report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on crucial aspects such as leading companies, products, and raw materials. Also, the report offers insights into biosurfactants market trends and highlights vital industry developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the report encompasses various factors contributing to the market's growth in recent years.

This report includes historical data & forecasts revenue growth at global, regional market, and country levels and analyzes the industry's latest market dynamics and opportunities.

Report Scope & Segmentation



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Type, Application and By Region

By Type

  • Glycolipids

    • Rhamnolipids

    • Trehalolipids

    • Sophorolipids

  • Lipopeptides

  • Phospholipids

  • Polymeric

  • Others

By Application

  • Household Cleaners

  • Industrial & Institutional Cleaners

  • Food Processing

  • Oil & Petroleum

  • Personal Care

  • Agrochemicals

  • Others

By Region

  • North America

    • By Type

    • By Application

    • By Country

      • U.S.

      • Canada

  • Europe

    • By Type

    • By Application

    • By Country

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

      • Italy

      • Rest of Europe

  • Asia Pacific

    • By Type

    • By Application

    • By Country

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • ASEAN

      • Rest of Asia Pacific

  • Latin America

    • By Type

    • By Application

    • By Country

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Rest of Latin America

  • Middle East & Africa

    • By Type

    • By Application

    • By Country

      • GCC

      • South Africa

      • Rest of the Middle East & Africa

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 3.66 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 5.71 billion by 2028.

In 2020, the European market size stood at USD 1.78 billion.

The market will exhibit steady growth and a CAGR of 5.4% during the forecast period (2021-2028).

The Household Cleaners segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.

Environmental concerns regarding the use of chemical products are expected to drive the market.

Evonik, AGAE Technologies, Biofuture Ltd., Tensiogreen, and Jeneil Biotech are major players in the global market.

Europe dominated the market in 2020.

The adoption of these products in various end-use sectors is expected to drive the market.

The global market size was USD 3.66 billion in 2020.

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