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Middle East Protein Market - SIZE, SHARE, COVID-19 IMPACT & FORECASTS UP TO 2026

Middle East Protein Market - SIZE, SHARE, COVID-19 IMPACT & FORECASTS UP TO 2026

  • September 2022
  • ID: 6321751
  • Format: PDF
  • Mordor Intelligence LLP


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The Middle East Protein Market stood at 1.20 billion usd in 2021 and is projected to register a CAGR of 4.49% to reach 1.50 billion usd in 2026.

Key Highlights
Largest Segment by Source - Plant : Food and beverage and animal feed drove the plant protein segment in the region. Among all, soy protein remained most favored, owing to its low cost and excellent quality.
Largest Segment by End User - Food and Beverages : The higher supply of plant proteins like rice, pea, and wheat proteins that can mimic meat texture together with protein fortification is catering to the segment.
Fastest Growing Segment by Source - Plant : The fastest growth of plant protein is aided by growth of F&B industry, mainly bakery and snacks. Pea protein remained the region’s fastest-growing plant protein.
Fastest Growing Segment by End User - Personal Care and Cosmetics : Growing demand for natural ingredients and protein-enriched skin, body, and hair care products are driving the segment. Thus, the segment is projected with the fastest growth.

Key Market Trends

Largest Segment By End User : Food and Beverages

The F&B segment drove the market for proteins. During the forecast period, the segment is projected to record the second-fastest CAGR of 4.75%. In 2020, its value share increased to 62% from 60.7% in 2019, primarily due to increased stockpiling and panic buying during the pandemic and related lockdowns. One of the primary F&B categories, bakery, recorded a Y-o-Y growth rate of 16.72% in 2020.
The personal care and cosmetics end-user segment is projected to record the fastest CAGR value of 6.62% during the forecast period. This growth is attributed to heavy marketing campaigns and expanding distribution channels, especially e-commerce for personal care products. The rising trend of men’s grooming is also boosting the market.
Animal feed accounted for the second-largest market share of 40.39% by volume in 2020. Plant proteins, mainly soy and wheat proteins, highly drive the segment due to their low cost, excellent digestibility, and neutral flavor profile.

Largest Country : Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia led the market in 2020. The F&B and animal feed segments, with a value share of 58.10% and 26.80%, respectively, in 2020, largely contributed to the market. This is due to Saudi Arabia’s high level of product integration and a fiercely competitive environment. Companies are strengthening their domestic presence by acquiring small businesses, thus expanding their protein production units and product portfolio.
On the other hand, Iran remained the second-largest protein consumer. Iran is projected to register the fastest CAGR of 7.35% during the forecast period. Local consumers recognizing the importance of healthy meals is driving the country’s market. The United Arab Emirates is another key protein market in the region, led by soy protein. Soy protein accounted for 55.90% of the value share of the UAE protein market in 2020. Soy protein is primarily driven by the animal feed and F&B industries.

Competitive Landscape

The Middle East Protein Market is fragmented, with the top five companies occupying 16.39%. The major players in this market are DuPont de Nemours Inc, Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited, Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc., Kerry Group plc and Royal FrieslandCampina N.V (sorted alphabetically).

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