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Many leading microalgae companies are investing in the U.K. algae industry to accelerate their strategy of reducing the carbon footprint and generating renewable energy. The Western Europe microalgae market is likely to hold nearly 3.1% of the total market share in 2022, finds FMI.

NEWARK, Del: In 2022, sales in the global microalgae market are anticipated to reach $11.4 billion. By 2028, the market size is expected to reach US$ 18.1 Bn, growing at a strong 8.0% CAGR. As per Future Market Insights (FMI), the global shipment of microalgae will reach 63,864.60 DW tons by 2021-end. Application of microalgae in food and beverage sector is expected to spur the demand, with sales reaching a value of US$ 99.6 Bn through 2021 and beyond.

Demand for plant-based and organic food and supplements will increase the adoption of microalgae, creating lucrative growth opportunities for market players in the forecast period (2021-2031).

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Rising use of microalgae proteins and ingredients in the production of pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and aquaculture products will be a key growth driver. As aquaculture and animal feed industries are highly dependent on plant-based additives for higher nutritional value, demand for microalgae-based ingredients pet food is increasing.

Microalgae such as spirulina and chlorella are extensively used in the production of dietary supplements. Now, with rising awareness about the advantages of plant-based dietary supplements among consumers, key players are increasing the use of microalgae in the production.

As microalgae is highly rich in anti-oxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties, extensive use of microalgae-based ingredient in healthcare and wellbeing industry is expected. According to the report, healthcare sector is expected to emerge as the primary end user, followed by the food and beverage sector.

Driven by a myriad of health benefits, demand for spirulina as a healthy additive will increase in the food & beverage industry. According to Future Market Insights, over 41.3% of microalgae sales will come from the spirulina segment.

Increasing consumer inclination towards plant-based products and demand for organic and sustainable food proteins will create lucrative growth opportunities for leading players within food & beverage and healthcare industry.” says the Future Market Insights analyst.

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Key Takeaways from Microalgae Market Survey

  • In terms of application, food and beverage sector is leading the segment with market valuation expected to surpass US$ thousand 99,623.3 by 2021-end
  • Application of microalgae in cosmetic industry will boost the sales, with the segment witnessing steady growth at 4.2% CAGR through 2021
  • Demand for microalgae in pet food sector will lift the sales, representing nearly 7% of year-on-year growth in 2021
  • In terms of species, spirulina will lead the market with over 41.7% of market share in 2021
  • Japan is expected to offer lucrative growth owing to increasing investments from government and private organization in food & beverage industry
  • The U.S. will lead the market growth owing to the rising demand for plant-based food and supplements in the country

Key Drivers

  • Rising consumer inclination towards plant-based and sustainable food products will drive the demand
  • Increasing adoption of microalgae to develop preventive healthcare and nutraceuticals food supplements will spur the sales
  • Growing demand for natural and organic antioxidants is expected to provide growth opportunities for microalgae manufacturers

Microalgae Market – Participants Insights

With increasing demand for natural and organic food products, microalgae manufacturers are focusing on developing microalgae additives to cater to the surging demand. Extensive research and development activities also are undertaken for the expansion of product portfolio.

As per Future Market Insights, presence of numerous established players in the market is resulting in intense competition. To sustain their position in the industry, key players are emphasizing on product launches and innovations.

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For instance:

  • In July 2021, Microphyt, a leading company in the production and marketing of microalgae-based bioactive ingredients announced the launch of SCALE, world’s first fully-integrated microalgae biorefinery to accommodate growing demand for nutrition in food & beverage, personal care, and wellness industries.
  • In June 2021, Polaris announced the launch of Omegavie DHA 800, algae oil sourced from microalgae, rich in vitamins, proteins, and enzymes. The product launched in France which offers plant-based and sustainable origin for polyunsaturated fatty acids.
  • In July 2020, Unilever and biotech start-up Algenuity announced their partnership to delve into the huge potential that microalgae bring in innovating future foods for Unilever’s plant-based portfolio.

Some of the leading players operating in the microalgae market profiled by Future Market Insights are:

  • DIC Corporation
  • Koninkliijke DSM NV
  • Roquette Frères
  • Sun chlorella
  • Cellana LLC
  • Fuji Chemical Industries Co., Ltd.
  • Corbion (TerraVia Holdings)
  • Yunnan Green-A-Bio-engineering Co Ltd
  • Buggypower
  • Cyanotech Corporation
  • Algatec (Lusoamoreiras)
  • Parry Nutraceuticals
  • KDI Ingredients.
  • Sinoway Industrial Co., ltd.
  • INNOBIO Corporation Limited
  • Algatechnologies Ltd.
  • Others

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More Valuable Insights on Market

FMI, in its new report, offers an unbiased analysis of the global microalgae market, analysing forecast statistics through 2021 and beyond. The survey reveals growth projections on in microalgae market with detailed segmentation:

By Species Type:

  • Spirulina
  • Chlorella
  • Dunaliella
  • Haematococcus
  • Crypthecodinium
  • Schizochytrium
  • Euglena
  • Nannochloropsis
  • Phaedactylum
  • Others

By Source:

  • Marine Water
  • Fresh Water

By End-Use Application:

  • Food and Beverages Sector
  • Health and Medical Sector
  • Animal Feed Sector
  • Pet Food Sector
  • Cosmetics and Personal Care Sector
  • Fertilizers Sector

Table of Content

  1. Market Overview

    1.1. Market Coverage / Taxonomy

    1.2. Market Definition / Scope / Limitations

  1. Scenario Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on Demand for Microalgae Market

    2.1. Global Demand for Microalgae Market Forecast Scenario Comparison of Annual Growth Rates for short Term (2013-2021) and Long Term (2022-2028)

        2.1.1. Optimistic Scenario



   Euro Zone

   Asia Pacific

   Rest of the World

        2.1.2. Likely Scenario

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Explore FMI’s related ongoing Coverage on Food and Beverage Domain

Microalgae DHA Market Size: The growth of the global microalgae DHA market is driven by growing demand for DHA in infant formula and increasing health consciousness among consumers. 

Pet Food Microalgae Market Share: The demand for microalgae in the pet food sector market value is expected to total US$ 22.2 Mn in 2021, exhibiting year on year growth of nearly 7%, according to Future Market Insights (FMI). 

Demand for Microalgae in Fertilizers Sector Value: The demand for microalgae in fertilizers sector is forecast to grow at a steady pace, with its overall valuation surpassing US$ 9479 Thousand in 2021, exhibiting 7.7% year on year growth. 

Food and Beverage Microalgae Market Trends: The demand for microalgae in the food and beverage sector is expected to reach a value of US$ 99,623.3 Thousand in 2021. 

Personal Care and Cosmetics Microalgae Market Growth: The demand for microalgae in the personal care and cosmetics sector will total US$ 50.59 Mn in 2021, according to Future Market Insights (FMI). 

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