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Global Zein Protein Market: By Application: Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics, Coating Agents, Others; Regional Analysis; Historical Market and Forecast (2018-2028); Market Dynamics: SWOT Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, EMR’s Key Indicators for Demand; Competitive Landscape; Industry Events and Developments

Global Zein Protein Market Outlook

The global zein protein market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.8% during the period 2023-2028.


The Global Zein Protein Market is Expected to be Driven by Applications of Zein Protein Across Industries Including Food and Beverage, Personal Care, Agriculture, Pharma/Nutraceutical, Biomedical, and Packaging

Zein is the primary storage protein in corn, accounting for nearly half of the protein in the grain. It was identified for the first time in 1897 on the basis of its solubility in aqueous alcohol solutions. Due to its negative nitrogen balance and low solubility in water, zein isolate is not suitable for direct human consumption. Commercial interest has been generated by the ability of zein and its resins to form tough, glossy, hydrophobic grease-proof coatings that are resistant to microbial attack.


Global Zein Protein Market

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Zein protein has a number of potential applications in industries such as fibre, adhesive, coating, ceramic, ink, cosmetic, textile, chewing gum, and biodegradable plastics. However, while novel uses for zein appear to be promising, the development of low-cost manufacturing processes is warranted.

Since its isolation in 1821, zein has piqued scientific attention. It is low in important amino acids like as lysine and tryptophan, which renders its nutritional quality low. It is insoluble in water, thus, has limited use in human food products. For long, the primary focus on zein had involved its potential use as an industrial polymer.

Due to its good film-forming property and ability to provide a moisture barrier, zein protein is widely used in the food and packaging industries as a coating for candy, nuts, fruits, pills, and other encapsulated foods. Zein has also been studied as a potential biomaterial for the development of colloidal delivery systems. In 2018, Flo Chemical appointed Thew Arnott to distribute zein protein products across the European countries. The European region is a key contributor to the Zein protein market.

A significant zein-derivative application in the biomedical field is the possible use of zein's hydrolysate peptides for blood pressure reduction.


Biodegradable Packaging/Products a Significant Domain for Growth of Zein Protein Market

In 2021, a researcher from the University of São Paulo suggested a new way to extract protein from corn which was expected to introduce more bioplastics in the market. Currently, such a product did not exist in Brazil, mainly due to inefficiencies in existing protein extraction processes, despite the country being the fourth largest corn-grain producer across the globe. The new technique enables efficient extraction of zein, and is expected to allow ethanol plants and bioplastics industries significantly larger profits. With the help of the zein obtained through the novel technique, the researcher was able to produce nearly 100% biodegradable, edible, compostable and recyclable biomaterials, including soap and straws. An application for a “green patent” with respect to the new technique had been submitted to the National Institute of Industrial Property.

In 2021, researchers from Harvard and the Nanyang Technological University developed a zein based, biodegradable waterproof packing which looked exactly like transparent plastic. The smart food packaging was said to gently emit antimicrobials to kill harmful bacteria such as E. coli and Listeria, and help store fish, meat, fruit and vegetables fresher for longer periods of time. The material could act as an environmentally friendly alternative to petroleum-based polymers (like plastic) employed in commercial food packaging.


Zein Protein Applications Encompass Several Key Domains

Key areas of zein protein applications include: Food and Confectionery (glaze and polish, encapsulation, extended shelf life, adhesive, gluten Replacement); Personal Care (moisture control, encapsulation, bulking or anti-clumping agent, anchoring humectant); Agriculture (moisture/oxygen barrier, antimicrobial, extended shelf life, reduces freezer burn, protection of roots and seeds); Pharma/Nutraceutical (glaze, encapsulation, taste masking, enteric coating, time release, excipient); Biomedical (controlled medication delivery, filaments for tissue engineering, nano encapsulation, DNA barcode); Packaging (antimocrobial wrap, bioplastics, coating paper, grease resistant food boxes, biodegradable packaging).


Global Zein Protein Market Segmentation

By application, the market is classified on the basis of:

  • Food and Beverage
  • Pharmaceutical 
  • Cosmetics
  • Coating Agents
  • Others

By region, the market is segmented into:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa


Key Industry Players in the Global Zein Protein Market

The report presents a detailed analysis of the key players in the market, looking into their capacity, and latest developments like capacity expansions, plant turnarounds, and mergers and acquisitions:

  • Merck KGaA
  • Glentham Life Sciences Limited
  • Flo Chemical Corporation
  • A.F. SUTER & CO. LTD
  • Haihang Industry Co., Ltd,


Base Year 2022
Historical Period 2018-2022
Forecast Period 2023-2028
Scope of the Report Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Drivers and Constraints, Historical and Forecast Market Analysis by Segment- Application, Region
Breakup by Application Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics, Coating Agents, Others
Breakup by Region North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Market Dynamics SWOT, Porter's Five Forces, Key Indicators for Price and Demand
Competitive Landscape Market Structure, Company Profiles- Company Overview, Product Portfolio, Demographic Reach and Achievements, Certifications
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*At Expert Market Research, we strive to always give you current and accurate information. The numbers depicted in the description are indicative and may differ from the actual numbers in the final EMR report.

1    Preface
2    Report Coverage – Key Segmentation and Scope
3    Report Description

    3.1    Market Definition and Outlook
    3.2    Properties and Applications
    3.3    Market Analysis
    3.4    Key Players
4    Key Assumptions
5    Executive Summary

    5.1    Overview
    5.2    Key Drivers
    5.3    Key Developments
    5.4    Key Industrial Trends 
6    Market Snapshot
    6.1    Global
    6.2    Regional
7    Industry Opportunities and Challenges
8    Global Zein Protein Market Analysis

    8.1    Key Industry Highlights
    8.2    Global Zein Protein Historical Market (2018-2022) 
    8.3    Global Zein Protein Market Forecast (2023-2028)
    8.4    Global Zein Protein Market by Application
        8.4.1    Food and Beverage
      Market Share
      Historical Trend (2018-2022)
      Forecast Trend (2023-2028)
        8.4.2    Pharmaceutical 
      Market Share
      Historical Trend (2018-2022)
      Forecast Trend (2023-2028)
        8.4.3    Cosmetics
      Market Share
      Historical Trend (2018-2022)
      Forecast Trend (2023-2028)
        8.4.4    Coating Agents
      Market Share
      Historical Trend (2018-2022)
      Forecast Trend (2023-2028)
        8.4.5    Others
    8.5    Global Zein Protein Market by Region
        8.5.1    Market Share
      North America
      Asia Pacific
      Latin America
      Middle East and Africa
9    Regional Analysis
    9.1    North America
        9.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2022)
        9.1.2    Forecast Trend (2023-2028)
    9.2    Europe
        9.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2022)
        9.2.2    Forecast Trend (2023-2028)
    9.3    Asia Pacific
        9.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2022)
        9.3.2    Forecast Trend (2023-2028)
    9.4    Latin America
        9.4.1    Historical Trend (2018-2022)
        9.4.2    Forecast Trend (2023-2028)
    9.5    Middle East and Africa
        9.5.1    Historical Trend (2018-2022)
        9.5.2    Forecast Trend (2023-2028)
10    Market Dynamics
    10.1    SWOT Analysis
        10.1.1    Strengths
        10.1.2    Weaknesses
        10.1.3    Opportunities
        10.1.4    Threats
    10.2    Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
        10.2.1    Supplier’s Power
        10.2.2    Buyer’s Power
        10.2.3    Threat of New Entrants
        10.2.4    Degree of Rivalry
        10.2.5    Threat of Substitutes
    10.3    Key Indicators for Demand
    10.4    Key Indicators for Price
11    Value Chain Analysis
12  Competitive Landscape

    12.1    Market Structure
    12.2    Company Profiles
        12.2.1    Merck KGaA
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        12.2.2    Glentham Life Sciences Limited
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        12.2.3    Flo Chemical Corporation
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        12.2.4    A.F. SUTER & CO. LTD
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        12.2.5    Haihang Industry Co., Ltd,
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        12.2.6    Others
13    Industry Events and Developments


List of Key Figures and Tables

1.    Global Zein Protein Market: Key Industry Highlights, 2018 and 2028
2.    Global Zein Protein Historical Market: Breakup by Application (USD Million), 2018-2022
3.    Global Zein Protein Market Forecast: Breakup by Application (USD Million), 2023-2028
4.    Global Zein Protein Historical Market: Breakup by Region (USD Million), 2018-2022
5.    Global Zein Protein Market Forecast: Breakup by Region (USD Million), 2023-2028

Key Questions Answered in the Report

The market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 5.8% between 2023 and 2028.

The major drivers of the market include the rising application of zein protein in various end use industries including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, biomedical, packaging, and agriculture, among others, increasing population, and rising popularity of premium food products with high protein.

The increasing popularity of clean-labelled protein products owing to the increasing inclination towards health and fitness is expected to be a key trend guiding the growth of the industry.

The major regions in the industry are North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, Europe, and the Asia Pacific.

Food and beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and coating agents, among others are the major applications of the product mentioned in the market report.

Analyst Review

The global zein protein market is being driven by the rising application of the product across industries, ranging from food and beverage and nutraceutical to packaging. Aided by the growing research and development activities and the rising demand for clean-labelled proteins, the market is expected to witness a further growth in the forecast period of 2023-2028, growing at a CAGR of 5.8%.

EMR’s meticulous research methodology delves deep into the market, covering the macro and micro aspects of the industry. On the basis of application, the market is divided into food and beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and coating agents, among others. The major regional markets for zein protein are North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.

EMR’s research methodology uses a combination of cutting-edge analytical tools and the expertise of their highly accomplished team, thus, providing their customers with market insights that are accurate, actionable, and help them remain ahead of their competition.

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