Is the Insect Protein Market for the Birds?

  • Insects are a rich source of protein and are considered more healthy than other animal-based products.
  • Along with proteins, crickets are also a good source of chitin and other fibers that may influence gut health.
  • Germany is the leading market, in terms of value, followed by the US.

An increasing demand for food products with high protein content has resulted in increased demand for diverse protein-rich foods and products. The Global Insect Protein Market is estimated to be valued at $178.3 Million by 2023 and expected to grow at a CAGR of 23.00% during the forecast period.

Insects are a rich source of protein and are considered more healthy than other animal-based products. Insect proteins have found applications in food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, cosmetics, and other industries.

Insects are a rich source of protein and are considered more healthy than other animal-based products.

Key Players

Some of the players operating in the Global Insect Protein Market are Chapul LLC (US), EnviroFlight LCC (US), Entomo Farms (Canada) and Cricket Flours LLC (US)

Segment Analysis

The Global Insect Protein Market has been segmented based on insect type, application, and region. Based on insect type, the market has been divided into crickets, mealworms, grasshoppers, ants, bees, termites, black soldier fly, silkworm, houseflies, cicadas, and others. The cricket’s protein segment is expected to be larger during the forecast period. Crickets are rich in protein content, thus making them the most popular source of protein. Along with proteins, crickets are also a good source of chitin and other fibers that may influence gut health.

However, the demand for mealworms protein is growing as they can be reared in both the temperate and tropical regions. The mealworms protein segment is growing at a higher CAGR of 24.00% during the forecast period.

Along with proteins, crickets are also a good source of chitin and other fibers that may influence gut health.

Based on application, the global insect protein market is segmented into human nutrition and animal nutrition. The human nutrition segment is further divided into food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, cosmetics, and others. Among both, the human nutrition segment is dominating the global insect protein market. The food & beverages segment accounts for the largest market share due to demand for high protein foods and increasing health consciousness, which has resulted in increased demand for insect protein. Insect protein has found its application in convenience foods such as snacks, bars, and as an ingredient in various cuisines.

Regional Analysis

Geographically, the global insect protein market has been segmented by region, into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World. As per MRFR analysis, Europe dominated the market, and accounted for the largest share of the market in 2016 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 21.10%. The European market is followed by North America, which accounts for the second largest number of shares in the global insect protein market, as of 2016. North America market is estimated to reach $73,297.9 thousand by the end of 2023. Asia-Pacific is a substantial region in the market, which accounts for 13.43% share of the market as of 2016. Country wise, Germany is the leading market, in terms of value, followed by the US.

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