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‘Casein/caseinates – a strategic review of opportunities and applications’ (June 2010)

Report #11 in’s ‘Target business opportunities’ series of publications

Casein is the chief protein in milk, and has long held a position as a major enterprise in the global dairy industry based on its high level functional and nutritional characteristics, and emerging knowledge about its bioactive components. A new report on casein/caseinate/casein hydrolysates is forthcoming, and will be of interest to all those with a current position in the global protein market. An extract from the Executive Summary points to a possibility that there could be future growth in global casein production volume if conditions are right. The extract is provided as follows:

A return to serious production by the U.S. – In short, U.S. dairy farmers and their membership-based organizations have argued that milk protein imports should be limited, or at the very least subject to tariffs so that domestic milk producers are not disadvantaged. As the U.S. is the major world market for casein consumption, and the U.S. is overwhelmingly import dependent for this commodity, import replacement is a key strategic pillar that could be pursued. Such is reliant upon the implementation of structural changes to the U.S. dairy industry (e.g. hardening ‘soft’ borders, reviewing market access arrangements, revising milk pricing orders, sourcing milk from regions of low cost milk production within the U.S.). Such an initiative could stimulate a significant domestic casein industry that would thwart more conventional N.Z. & EU supply into the market. Indeed, in a position of preparedness, Schreiber Foods interest in casein manufacturing in Uruguay & India is already evident, and could lead to backward technology transfer if conditions were ripe. Similarly, Arla Foods, Fonterra Co-operative Group and IDI have U.S. activities that could leverage technology transfer, expertise & skills in casein from the Mothership. Moreover, perceives the establishment of a casein manufacturing base in the U.S. as the single most significant factor that holds promise for growth in global casein production volume – and would be a single major issue contributing to the dislocation of current EU/N.Z. dominance of worldwide casein output, and disrupting conventional casein trade into NAFTA markets/those markets with which U.S. has bi-lateral relationships. With growth in U.S. milk production widely expected over the foreseeable future, and growth in milk fat demand continuing within the U.S. market, structural adjustments that facilitate a viable U.S. domestic casein industry seems almost axiomatic

And with regards to the protein hydrolysate market covered in the report, the following extract:

The global protein hydrolysate market, encompassing all protein sources, has demonstrated steady growth over recent years. With global volume at 5,300 mt in 2005, the global protein hydrolysate market is expected to expand to 7,000 mt in 2010. Ongoing expansion of the market is widely expected. Indeed, the market for protein hydrolysates is expected to achieve 8,200 mt by 2013.

The report looks at three key applications sectors that provide strong growth prospects. These are:

  • The emulsifier industry
  • The cream liqueur industry
  • The processed cheese industry

In addition, volume growth trends (recent, current & projected) for the global casein phosphopeptide and casein glycomacropeptide markets are provided, and a strategic analysis is provided for some key supply sources, including: Oceania, EU, US, China, Latin America & Ukraine.

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