Global Lactose-Free Food Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Apr 2016
  • Pages: 66
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This global market research segments the lactose-free food market by type (lactose-free dairy, lactose-free ice cream, and lactose-free milk formula) and by geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA). It also presents an analysis of the key drivers and challenges that influence market growth. The leading vendors in the market are Arla Foods, McNeil Nutritionals, OMIRA Oberland Milchverwertung Ravensburg, Parmalat, and Valio.

Outlook of the global lactose-free food market

Lactose-free foods are specially designed to cater for individuals who are lactose intolerant. These products are formulated with reduced lactose content or zero lactose content so that the customers get all the nutritional benefits of the product without any adverse reactions. The rising levels of lactose intolerance is one of the key drivers for the growth of the lactose-free food market during the forecast period. This demand for lactose-free food products is accelerated by the increasing incidences of food allergies and intolerances. Also, lactose-free foods are easy to digest, enhancing their bio-availability and is likely to contribute significantly to the market growth of lactose-free products until the end of 2020. Extensive market research carried out by the analysts at Technavio has shown that the global market for lactose-free food products will grow at an impressive CAGR of 11% by 2020.

In this market study, analysts have estimated factors like the introduction of lactose-free ice cream to impel the prospects for market growth until the end of the forecast period. Since lactose intolerance causes bloating, indigestion and discomfort, ice-cream manufacturers have formulated lactose-free ice cream products to attract lactose intolerant consumers. For example, Chapman’s developed lactose-free ice cream in Canada which is formulated with 99% lactose reduced and is available in a variety of forms like ice-cream sandwich, fudge bars, and lollies. This augmented demand for lactose-free ice creams will, in turn, spur the need for lactose-free food during the forecast period.

Segmentation by type and analysis of the lactose-free food market

  • Lactose-free dairy
  • Lactose-free ice cream
  • Lactose-free milk formula

In 2015, the lactose-free dairy segment dominated this market and accounted for a market share of close to 75%. Factors such as growing lactose intolerance among consumers and an increase in the self-diagnosed cases of lactose intolerance in the US and Europe will aid in the growth of this market segment during the forecast period.

Geographical segmentation of the lactose-free food market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

In this market research, the analysts have estimated the Americas be the largest market for lactose-free food during the estimated period. In the US, it is estimated that one out of three individuals are lactose intolerant which has translated into the increasing demand for lactose-free food products.  Factors such as the rise in awareness about food intolerance will accelerate the growth of this market in the Americas. The market for lactose-free food in this region will account for a market share of approximately 66% by 2020.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The global lactose-free food market is extremely fragmented owing to the presence of numerous large and small vendors. The vendors are coming up with new innovative products and are also investing heavily in research and development to remain competitive in this market.

Key vendors in this market are -

  • Arla Foods
  • McNeil Nutritionals
  • OMIRA Oberland Milchverwertung Ravensburg
  • Parmalat
  • Valio

Other prominent vendors analyzed in this market research report are Alpro, Amy's Kitchen, Barry Callebaut, Cargill, Chr. Hansen, Crowley Foods, Daiya Foods, Doves Farm Food, Edlong Dairy Technologies, Emmi, Fonterra, Galaxy Nutritional Foods, General Mills, Green Valley Organics, HP Hood, Kerry Group, Murray Goulburn, Sweet William, TINE Laktosefri, and WhiteWave Foods.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global lactose-free food market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global lactose-free food market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global lactose-free food market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global lactose-free food market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global lactose-free food market?

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Data Validation

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  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


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  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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