“The lactose-free productsmarket isprojected to grow at a CAGR of8.7% during the forecast period.”
According to MarketsandMarkets, the lactose-free products market is estimated to be valued atUSD 12.1billion in 2020and is projected to reach USD 18.4billion by 2025, recording a CAGR of 8.7%, in terms of value. Factors such as the increasing awareness of lactose intolerance among consumers across regions andthegrowing demand for reduced added sugar or no added sugar productsare projected to drive the growth of the lactose-free productsindustry during the forecast period.
However, the growth of the lactose-free productsmarket is inhibited by factors, such ashigh cost of lactose-free products and stiff competition from plant-based alternatives.
Lactose intolerance is a decreased ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in dairy products. Those affected vary in the amount of lactose they can tolerate before symptoms develop. Symptoms may include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, gas, and nausea. These symptoms typically start thirty minutes to two hours after eating or drinking milk-based food. Their severity typically depends on the amount a person eats or drinks. Lactose intolerance does not cause damage to the gastrointestinal tract.
Lactose intolerance is due to the lack of the enzyme lactase in the small intestines to break lactose down into glucose and galactose. There are four types: primary, secondary, developmental, and congenital. Primary lactose intolerance occurs as the amount of lactase declines as people age. Secondary lactose intolerance is due to injury to the small intestine. Such injury could be the result of infection, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, or other diseases. Developmental lactose intolerance may occur in premature babies and usually improves over a short period of time. Congenital lactose intolerance is an extremely rare genetic disorder in which little or no lactase is made from birth.
Diagnosis may be confirmed if symptoms resolve following eliminating lactose from the diet. Other supporting tests include a hydrogen breath test and a stool acidity test. Other conditions that may produce similar symptoms include irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. Lactose intolerance is different from a milk allergy. Management is typically by decreasing the amount of lactose in the diet, taking lactase supplements, or treating the underlying disease. People are usually able to drink at least one cup of milk per sitting without developing significant symptoms, with greater amounts tolerated if drunk with a meal or throughout the day.
The exact number of adults with lactose intolerance is unknown. It is common worldwide, affecting the majority of the world’s population (with an overall estimate of around 65% ). Traditional food cultures often reflect local variations in tolerance. In the United States, prevalence of lactose intolerance varies among ethnic groups, being most common in people of African, Hispanic/Latino or Asian ancestry, and least common in people of European descent. Onset is typically in late childhood or early adulthood, but prevalence increases with age. The ability to digest lactose into adulthood evolved in several human populations independently, probably as an adaptation to the domestication of dairy animals 10,000 years ago.
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“By type, the milksegmentis projectedtohold the largest sharein the market during the forecast period.”
Milk in general is amongst the most commonly consumed dairy products globally. Lactose- free milk is a rich source of protein, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B12, riboflavin, and vitamin D. Lactose-free milk is produced by adding lactase to regular cow’s milk. The lactose-free milk tastes sweeter than regular milk because during the process of production lactase is added to lactose-free milk that helps in breaking down of lactose into two sugar forms namely; glucose and galactose. This is the key factor driving the growth of milk segment in lactose-free products market.
“By form, the no added sugar or reduced sugar claims segment is estimated to the fastest growing segment during the forecast period.”
By form, the no added sugar or reduced sugar claims segment is projected to be the fastest-growing segment. Due to the increase in awareness about health concerns, such as obesity and diabetes, consumers witness a high demand for no added sugar or reduced sugar products. For catering to the changing demands of consumers, many players in the dairy industry are focusing on introducing lactose-free dairy products with reduced added sugar or no added sugar claims. The trend of using reduced added sugar or no added sugar drives the lactose-free products market.
“By Category, Organic segment is projected to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period.”
The change in consumer perceptions toward healthy eating, increasing health consciousness among consumers, and growing awareness about the nutritional benefits of organic products have encouraged the growth of organic lactose-free products market. The increase in consumer consciousness about clean products and concerns about health issues related to artificial products and health benefits pertaining to naturally produced organic food products are factors encouraging the growth of the organic lactose-free products market.
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“The Asia Pacific regionis projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period”
The Asia Pacific region is projected to be the fastest-growing market during the forecast period. The significant growth of the economy in countries, rapid urbanization, an increase in demand for premium and healthy food & beverage products, and the increase in the westernization of consumer diets are some of the major factors driving the growth of lactose-free products in the region.
Leading players profiled in this report include the following:
· Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (India)
· Valio LTD (Finland)
· Danone Company S.A. (France)
· Nestlé (Switzerland)
· The Coca-Cola Company (US)
· Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. (US)
· General Mills, Inc. (US)
· Lifeway Foods, Inc. (US)
· Lala U.S., Inc. (US)
· Organic Valley (US)
· Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (US)
This report segmentsthelactose-free productsmarketon the basis oftype, form, category, and region. In terms of insights, this research report focuses on various levels of analyses—competitive landscape,pricing insights, end-use analysis, and company profiles—which together comprise and discuss the basic views on the emerging & high-growth segments of the lactose-free productsmarket, high-growth regions, countries, industry trends, drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges.
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