Casein is one of the two major proteins found in the milk of mammals, accounting for around 80% of the protein present in cow’s milk. It contains almost all of the essential amino acids along with several carbohydrates and minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. Casein can be easily extracted from milk and is available in two variants – edible and industrial.
According to IMARC Group, the global casein market exceeded a volume of 300 Thousand Tons in 2015, growing at a CAGR of 3% during 2008-2015. The market is further expected to reach a volume of 380 Thousand Tons growing at a CAGR of around 4% during 2015-2021.
Growing health consciousness propelling the demand for protein-rich foods
Casein is a source of high-quality protein; therefore, it is used as a basic ingredient in various health drinks, fortified foods and protein supplements. Nowadays, as a result of growing health concerns and fitness consciousness, consumers are moving away from carbohydrate-rich diets towards protein-rich diets which has resulted in a growing demand for food products fortified with proteins. The increasing disposable incomes, population growth and well-diversified and expanding applications of casein in the food industry are also driving its demand.
Varied applications across diverse industries
Casein has a number of nutritional and functional properties which make it suitable for use in numerous applications across diverse industries.
Apart from enhancing their texture, colour and flavour, edible casein is also used as an emulsifier, stabiliser and nutritional supplement in various food products such as ice creams, cheese, spreads, confectionery, baked goods, cereals, pasta, sauces, gravies, soups, stews, etc. It is also used in pharmaceutical products as an intermediate, binder and a source of proteins. Some of the products where casein is used include – vitamin and mineral tablets, protein supplements, health drinks, nutritional foods, etc. Edible casein finds applications in the animal and aquatic feed industry as well.
Industrial casein is used as an adhesive and colourant in the paint, plastics, adhesives, safety matches, leather, fabric and paper chemical industries. The adhesives used in high-speed labelling applications are casein-based as they help in maintaining economical and hassle-free operations. The wood grade adhesives made by casein provide high strength and moderate resistance to water, moisture and intermediate temperatures. In the paint industry, it is used in making artist grade paints, distempers and other paints for interior use.
Europe represents the largest market
Europe currently represents the largest market of casein accounting for nearly half of the total global market shares. Europe is followed by Oceania and North America.
Some of the key global players operating in this market include – Fonterra, Lactalis Group, Armor Proteines and FrieslandCampina.
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