Middle East and Africa Dairy Whitener Market size were around USD 1.35 billion in 2022. It is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.53% to reach USD 1.65 billion by 2028.The world’s total milk production was estimated to be about 765 million tons in 2013.
Dairy whiteners, alternatively known as milk powder, are extensively used as a substitute for milk, largely in tea and coffee. They are also used in other food products such as hot chocolate, puddings, soups, and sauces. Besides whitening, dairy whiteners also add mouthfeel, body, and flavor to the beverages they are added to and, thereby, improve the overall taste. They come in fluid, powder or condensed forms and can widely differ in their fat and sugar content.
Whole milk powder (WMP) and skim milk powder (SMP) available in the market account for nearly 50% share of dairy products and dairy whiteners worldwide. Dairy whiteners are products with the fat content greater than that of SMP and lesser than WMP.
The milk powder comes in various categories containing high protein value, degenerate milk-fat and lessened lactose content that perform the function of an emulsifier. The effectiveness of this market includes that of flavor, with 61% of coffee drinkers finding the flavour to be the most important factor in choosing their whitener. This is being seen as an alternative to specialty coffee. Various other properties include solubility, and foaming properties, thus improving the water binding properties in bakery foods, sports and nutrition foods.
Population growth, rising disposable incomes, urbanization rates, ease of use and storage, hectic lifestyle, changing dietary habits are some of the factors that are driving the growth of this market. As compared to milk, dairy whiteners offer certain benefits such as convenience, portability, and longer shelf-life, which fuel the Middle East and Africa dairy whiteners market. In addition, the growing industry for infant formula is likely to offer a great opportunity for growth of the Middle East and Africa dairy whiteners market during the forecast period. Dairy whiteners are widely used in the manufacture of infant formula. Factors such as an increase in birth rates and a decrease in mortality rates, which result in growth in the infant population in Middle East and Africa, are projected to propel the Middle East and Africa dairy whiteners market. Further, demand from increasing number of working women for convenience foods, consumer awareness about functional foods, growing demand for milk products with increasing population & urbanization in developing countries is some of the major drivers for the dairy whiteners industry. The tariff rates on exports, effect of high imports on domestic production, growing population in developing countries will impact positively the demand for dairy whiteners.
Low preference of some patrons to dairy whiteners over conventional milk and milk products, due to raising awareness about health, may hamper the growth of the dairy whiteners market. The health-conscious consumer with awareness on ultra-high temperature techniques reducing the protein content of milk may pose a hurdle for the milk powder market and, in turn, for the milk whitener category. Specifically, many research studies have found that whiteners have substitute ingredients which unnecessarily increase cholesterol and these reports are gaining traction in the market dampening the growth of the market.
The Middle East and Africa dairy whiteners market can be segmented into three categories: By application, by distribution channels and by geographies. Dairy whiteners, which are a category of dry milk powder, have many applications in infant formula, confectionaries, bakeries, nutritional foods, etc. Dairy whiteners made through partially skimmed milk are used widely in coffee and tea or for preparing desserts. Types of distribution channels include convenience stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets, and food and drinks specialists. The growth of the organized sector coupled with a change in consumer preference from traditional mom–and-pop stores to supermarkets and hypermarkets has resulted in dominance of this segment on the Middle East and Africa dairy whiteners market.
Geographically the Middle East and Africa Dairy Whitener Market is segmented into KSA, UAE, Israel, rest of GCC countries, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Egypt, Sudan and Rest of MEA. With its fast-growing population and rising incomes, countries in the Middle East and north Africa have experienced rapid expansion of their dairy markets. The region’s importance has increased for large dairy exporters, with the international market hit by reduced imports from China, while facing high inventories, and dairy prices at the lowest since 2009. While world trade of dairy products has doubled in the past decade, Middle Eastern imports have trebled, and that for the five countries in the Maghreb area have risen 3.5 times, according to data from the International Trade Centre in Switzerland. Unlike China and countries in Southeast Asia, where dairy products such as milk and cheese are relatively new to the diet, the Middle East and north Africa region all have a tradition of consuming dairy products. Many have established dairy industries, even in the Gulf, where governments have built integrated supply chains with large dairy farms in the middle of the desert.
Key Players in the market:
The dairy whiteners market has both domestic and foreign players. In order to remain competitive in the market, companies are investing great amounts of their revenue into R&D activities. This is due to the fluid as well as competitive nature of the market. One of such innovations is the introduction of flavours in dairy whiteners. Flavours such as chocolate and strawberry have gained traction since their launch, which took place a few years ago.
Major Key Players in the MEA Dairy Whitener Market are
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