30th October 2015Back
The yeast market is both fragmented and competitive, but due to an increasing demand from consumers for clean label products, yeast is becoming a high value ingredient.
Yeast ingredients and their functions include:
- Yeast extracts which are replacing monosodium due to increasing demand for natural ingredients and health concerns.
- Yeast autolysates are used to enhance flavour in processed foods and improve palatability of animal feed products,
- Yeast autolysates, yeast beta-glucan and yeast derivatives are being used as savoury flavours for both human and animal food products.
- Beta-glucans are used for a wide variety of medical uses in food and feed.
Consumer demand does not appear to be slowing down for yeast, which is one of the most versatile microorganisms used in food and beverage manufacturing. This can be attributed not only to its versatility but also its documented health benefits and high protein content (take a look at this website for more information http://www.exploreyeast.com/benefits-yeast).
A report by Market and Markets estimate the global yeast market could be worth $5.1 billion by 2016 which is 75% up from 2010 sales. Europe and Asia pacific are dominating the yeast market accounting for 60% of the sales. The report indicates that the high salt content in western diets and processed foods is a key growth area where yeast can be used to reduce salt content without compromise on flavour.
Growth is also anticipated in developing regions where there is a growing demand from health conscious consumers. Food safety regulations in these regions is also said to have an influence particularly as they tighten their belt towards clean label products.
Overall, it is safe to say the future of the yeast market is looking very positive. Especially as consumers place higher demands on understanding the type of functional ingredients contained within their foods and health products.
Enzymes can be used to improve the extraction of yeast, and with a high demand for new yeast products manufacturers are now turning to the power of enzyme catalysis. Take a read of our technical bulletin on yeast extraction which will take you through the yeast extraction process giving recommendations to achieve the best possible extraction.