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Africa Plant Protein Ingredients Market - SIZE, SHARE, COVID-19 IMPACT & FORECASTS UP TO 2026

Africa Plant Protein Ingredients Market - SIZE, SHARE, COVID-19 IMPACT & FORECASTS UP TO 2026

  • September 2022
  • ID: 6321755
  • Format: PDF
  • Mordor Intelligence LLP


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The Africa Plant Protein Ingredients Market stood at 1.21 billion usd in 2021 and is projected to register a CAGR of 3.12% to reach 1.41 billion usd in 2026.

Key Highlights
Largest Segment by Product Type - Soy Protein : Soy protein remained the most favored, owing to its inexpensive cost and excellent quality. The F&B and the animal feed industries drove the soy protein segment in the region.
Largest Segment by End User - Food and Beverages : Soy and wheat proteins are the key plant proteins used in the segment due to the functional traits of vital wheat gluten, as an ideal alternative to fish & animal-based feeds.
Fastest Growing Segment by Product Type - Pea Protein : Pea proteins are gaining demand as meat alternatives due to their quick rehydration, neutral flavor, and texturizing abilities, which has led to a slew of new products.
Fastest Growing Segment by End User - Personal Care and Cosmetics : Rising demand for natural ingredients and protein-enriched skin, body, and hair care products is driving the segment, which is, thus, projected to attain the fastest growth.

Key Market Trends

Largest Segment By End User : Food and Beverages

The F&B segment drove the market. The segment is projected to register the second-fastest CAGR of 4.75% during the forecast period. In 2020, its value share increased to 62% from 60.7% in 2019. This growth was mostly due to increased stockpiling and panic buying behavior of consumers during the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Bakery, one of the primary F&B categories, registered a Y-o-Y growth rate of 16.72% in 2020.
The personal care and cosmetics segment is projected to register the fastest CAGR of 6.62% during the forecast period, attributed to heavy marketing campaigns and expanding distribution channels, especially e-commerce for personal care products. Growth in men’s grooming is another vital factor boosting the market.
Animal feed accounts for the second-largest market share, with a volume share of 40.39% in 2020. It is highly driven by plant protein, mainly soy and wheat proteins, due to their low cost-in-use, excellent digestibility, and neutral flavor profile.

Largest Country : Nigeria

The African plant protein market is led by Nigeria, which is also projected to record the fastest value CAGR of 4.87% during the forecast period. Despite the country’s small vegetarian population, the industry is projected to expand due to many people embracing veganism or vegetarianism.
South Africa is another leading market, largely led by soy protein applications in animal feed. The comparatively bigger animal feed sector of the country, accounting for a 33.04% share of the overall African animal feed industry, has further catered to the growth of the South African market. Additionally, soy protein is commonly used in the animal feed sector due to its low cost and high protein content. In 2020, soy protein isolates cost 36.74% less than pea protein isolates in the Rest of Africa. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a 71% increase in demand for healthy food products in South Africa, which led to a need for meat alternatives in the country.

Competitive Landscape

The Africa Plant Protein Ingredients Market is fragmented, with the top five companies occupying 5.27%. The major players in this market are A. Costantino & C. spa, Amesi Group, DuPont de Nemours Inc, Kerry Group plc and Wilmar International Ltd (sorted alphabetically).

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