The global organic yeast market size is estimated to be valued at USD 364 million in 2020 and is expected to reach a value of USD 599 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 10.5% during the forecast period. Factors such as increasing awareness among consumers about health & wellness, growing need to replace monosodium glutamate (MSG) as an additive in food products, and increased demand for organic food products across the globe is driving the growth of the market.
With the increase in awareness among consumers about the benefits of organic food products, the retail sales of organic food products have increased. The US is one of the largest consumers of organic food products in the world, followed by Europe. The largest markets for organic food products in Europe are Germany, France, and Italy.
As per a survey conducted by FiBl on Standards and Legislations, nearly 93 countries had set organic standards in 2018. The number of countries developing regulations and standards for organic products is increasing. Some of the countries that have the largest retail market for organic food products include the US, China, France, Germany, and Italy.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the sodium salt of glutamic acid. It is used as an additive to offer “umami” taste in food products to improve palatability. MSG helps in enhancing the presence of other taste-active compounds. However, the use of MSG has been clinically proven to have caused health-related issues such as obesity, oxidative stress, renal, and hepatotoxicity. According to the FDA, MSG is approved to be used in the conditioning of vegetables, tuna, food dressings, and feed. The increased awareness among consumers about the toxic effects of MSG consumption in food and stringent regulations governing the maximum permissible limit (MPL) has led to a rise in demand for substitutes, which could provide similar taste-enhancing properties without any harmful effects.
Leading companies such as Koninklijke DSM N.V (Netherlands), Lallemand Inc. (Canada), Biospringer (France), Leiber GmbH (Germany), Ohly (Germany), Levapan (Colombia), Biorigin (Brazil), Agrano Gmbh & Co. KG (Germany), Red Star Yeast Company (US), Angel Yeast Co. Ltd (China), Solgar Inc (US), Imperial Yeast (Portland), Levex (Turkey), and White Labs Copenhagen (US).