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Food Cultures Market Size, Share and Global Trend by Microorganism Type (Bacteria Yeast, Mold), Product Type (Starter Cultures, Protective Cultures, Probiotic Cultures), Function (Texturizer, Flavorant, Preservative, Colorant), End User (Food and Beverage Manufacturers, Animal Feed Additives) and Geography Forecast till 2022-2029

Region : Global | Report ID: FBI100184 | Status : Ongoing



 The Food Cultures Market is expected to show robust growth in terms of value throughout the forecast period, owing to the increase in the consumption of convenience food and baked products. Worldwide, there is a substantial increase in the food borne diseases which is caused by various harmful microorganisms. The beneficial microorganisms such as yeast, mold, and bacteria are added to the food products, which acts as a natural preservative to all the food products. These food cultures are used widely in the food processing industry.

The food cultures market is expected to show an increase in the demand for it owing to the expanding food processing industry. The increase in the number of health-conscious consumers in the world is also a driving factor for the food cultures market worldwide. 

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Food cultures are certain microorganisms which are added to the food products for various reasons. The microorganisms added to the food products are yeast, mold, and bacteria. These food cultures are added to the food products in order to improve food safety, to remove toxic substances from the food products, for preservation, and helps to improve the organoleptic quality and nutritional value of the final food product. The food cultures used in the food product possesses various functions such as it acts as a texturizer, flavorant, and acidity regulator. Food cultures add various health benefits to fermented food products. These food cultures are either intentionally added to the food processing industry as a starter culture, or present in the food products naturally.

There are various driving factors for the food cultures market such as rapid urbanization, increasing consumption of meat and meat products, growth in the consumption of alcoholic beverages in every region, a rise in the consumption and the production of cheese. Increase in consumer awareness regarding the use of natural preservatives is also an important driving factor in the food cultures market.


Some of the major companies that are present in the global food cultures market are Chr. Hansen A/S, Dohler Group, E&O Laboratories Ltd., Angel Yeast Co. Ltd., HiMedia Company, Danisco A/S, China biotics, Csk Food Enrichment B.V., Nebraska Cultures Inc., Lactina Ltd., Wyeast Laboratories Inc., Lb Bulgaricum Plc., Lesaffre Group, Lallemand Inc., among the other food culture players.




By Microorganism Type

·      Bacteria

·      Yeast

·      Mold

By Product Type

·      Starter Cultures

·      Protective Cultures

·      Probiotic Cultures

By Function

·      Texturizer

·      Flavorant

·      Preservative

·      Colorant

·      Others

By End Use

·      Food and Beverage Manufacturers

o    Dairy Products

         -    Cheese

         -    Butter

         -    Yogurt

         -    Dairy-based Beverages

o    Baked Products

         -    Bread

         -    Pastries

         -    Muffins

         -    Pancakes

o    Breakfast Cereals

o    Beverages

         -    Alcoholic

         -    Non-alcoholic

·      Animal Feed Additives

By Geography

·      North America (U.S., Canada, and Mexico)

·      Europe (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, U.K., and Rest of Europe)

·      Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Australia, Vietnam, and Rest of Asia Pacific)

·      South America (Brazil, Argentina, and Rest of South America)

·      Middle East & Africa (South Africa and Rest of MEA)


By microorganism type bacteria is expected to hold the majority of the market share in terms of value, owing to the presence of high amount of good bacteria in the body. The bacteria that are present in the food cultures will help aid in a healthy gut. Yeast and mold help protect the food products from getting spoilt or rotten. These food cultures will help increase the shelf life of food products.

By end-use segment, the dairy products are expected to hold a larger share of food cultures as there is a demand for dairy products among the consumers from all the regions. Followed by dairy products, baked products is expected to have a demand in the food cultures market, owing to the increase in the consumption of bakery products in western countries. In the beverage end-use segment, alcoholic beverages are expected to hold the largest share in the food cultures market.


Currently, North America is expected to hold the largest market share in terms of value and volume throughout the forecast period in the food cultures market, due to the increase in the consumption of probiotics in the region. There is also an increase in the consumption of baked products in the region which is expected to drive the North America food cultures in the region.

Followed by North America, Europe is expected to hold the second-largest share in terms of value in the food cultures market. This is owing to the increase in the consumer shift from the usage of artificial food ingredients to natural food ingredients. Food cultures are expected to gain more consumer awareness in the developing regions which is expected to drive the growth of food cultures in those regions.


  • In May 2018, Chr. Hansen launched DVS WHITE FLORA which is a new started culture designed especially for white cheese. This new product launch consists of three different cultures that helps in the formulation of cheese, and ensures the quality.
  • In July 2018, Chr. Hansen launched GalliPro Fit which is a probiotic that is combined with three different strains into one single product. This product launch creates a 3-in1 solution for the challenges in the poultry industry

    • Ongoing
    • 2021
    • 2018-2020


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