Rice Protein Market Intelligence

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Report Coverage

  • Extraction Methods
  • Potential new entries/expansions/Innovations
  • Supplier Profile
  • Suppliers Manufacturing Food Grade Rice Proteins

Production Size


7.3 Percent

Production Size North America

0.03 MMT

Production Size Europe

0.028 MMT

Production Size South America

0.0143 MMT

Table of contents

  1. Business Takeaways
  1. Category Dashboard Summary
  1. Value Chain Analysis & Production Process
  1. Market Analysis
  1. Supplier Profiles
  1. Supplier List

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Global Market Outlook on Rice Protein

 Usage of Rice milling by-products (Bran, Broken kernels, etc.,) as feedstock to produce high value oil products like rice bran oil or high value protein products like RPC, RPI, RPH ensures an economical and sustainable value chain

  • Either brown rice or white Rice is an expensive feedstock for protein product extraction besides their inherently low protein content
  • Rice bran, Broken rice kernels and also the residue of rice starch extraction, which has lesser economic value are considered suitable

Supply Market Trends

Majority of the rice bran produced in the Asian countries is diverted to animal feed products due to lack of awareness  

Feedstock Production Share and Trends


  • Jun-Jul is the peak harvest season in South China, contributing 1/3rd of total annual rice output
  • China is a net exporter (1.3MMT surplus) of rice products


  • Cultivable land getting partly flood-affected may lower West Bengal paddy production by 10-15% in 2017.
  • Area expansion on marginal lands (largely divided among small farmers) is likely to have negative impact on overall yields, reducing feedstock supply


  • ~5,000 hectares of new land was planted with paddy in 2016/17 first crop cycle. Additional 80,000 hectares for paddy are planned, increasing rice products availability


  • Bangladesh is a Net importer of rice (0.6MMT deficit)
  • Rice production for2017/18 (May-April) is forecasted at 34.7 MMT on higher yields rates easing supply constraints


  • Rice production is estimated to rise by ~3.6% Y-o-Y
  • Domestic demand increasing in aqua feeds and industrial scale food processing, especially in the beer and wine industries

Demand Market Trends

Demand from Infant food industries especially in North America , Europe and Asian markets are increasing. This is largely because soluble rice protein products can improve formulations of rice based infant formula or baby foods

  • Rice based protein rich products have become available in geographical regions where traditional rice consumption is low
  • Recognized heath benefits and hypoallergenic properties are the major reasons for the recent popularity of rice proteins
  • Amongst F&B sectors, meat analogues & extenders is the fastest growing segment with a CAGR of 11.6% between 2016 to 2025
  • Rice Protein Isolates accounts for ~54% of the market by volume, with high protein content (90-95%) driving its market share

Industry  Analysis

Rice proteins are of less importance  in the industry due to the low volume demand. Still a quiet huge number of manufacturers in the major producing countries dispose rice bran and other by products as waste or divert it to animal feed industry


  • Preferred nutrition profile
  • Low carbon footprint
  • Higher sustainability
  • Economical and ensures an optimal value chain


  • Low score on sensory properties
  • Products from genetically modified feedstock has lesser acceptance especially in European markets
  • Feedstock supply and price volatility


  • Increasing potential to be used in blended formulations
  • Increasing demand from the Infant nutrition industry majorly from Asian market
  • R&D initiatives could increase protein delivery


  • Dairy proteins and other plant proteins like soy, wheat, pea have greater consumer awareness and acceptance
  • Increasing demand for feedstock (rice bran) from the edible  oil industry

Rice Protein Industry Overview (2016)

  • Rice Protein accounts to 1% of global plant proteins market by volume
  • Rice Protein accounts to 0.25% of the global protein ingredients market by volume

Rice Protein Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the rice protein market growth rate from a global perspective?
  2. According to Beroe, the rice protein market is progressing at a net CAGR of 7.3 percent on the global front.
  1. Which regions are the largest and the smallest producers of rice protein?
  2. Following the insights from Beroe’s report, North America is the largest producer of rice protein with 0.03 MMT, while the smallest production size is South America with a production of 0.0143 MMT.
  1. Why are products like rice bran, broken rice kernels, etc. considered suitable for consumption compared to brown/white rice?
  2. Products like brown or white rice are quite an expensive feedstock for protein product extraction and have low-protein content. On the contrary, rice bran, broken rice kernels, and residue of rice starch extraction have lesser economic value and thus are considered more suitable in the rice protein market.
  1. Why is the majority of rice bran directed towards animal feed products?
  2. As per Beroe’s analysis, rice protein manufacturers from major producing countries discard huge chunks of rice bran and by-products produced in Asian countries as waste or towards the animal feed industry due to lack of awareness and low volume demand.
  1. What’s the average production rate of rice products in China and also state its total annual rice output?
  2. As per the report, China exports nearly 1.3 MMT surplus of rice products. Also, the months of June and July are peak harvesting season in South China allowing it to contribute almost 1/3rd of the total annual rice output.
  1. What factors will influence and lower down the paddy production in the region of West Bengal, India?
  2. The primary factor that impacts and lowers down the paddy production in the West Bengal region includes the flooding of the cultivable land reducing its production rate by nearly 10 – 15%. Other factor includes – area expansion on marginal lands which negatively impacts the overall yields and reduces feedstock supply.
  1. What is contributing to the increase of rice protein demand from infant food products?
  2. Beroe’s analysis indicates that the demand from the infant food industries especially in North America, Europe, and the Asian market is rapidly increasing because soluble rice protein products can significantly improve the formulation of rice-based infant formula or baby foods.
  1. What two factors make rice protein so popular?
  2. Rice protein is popular in the organic rice protein market owing to its multiple health benefits and hypoallergenic properties.
  1. Can you list the net market share of rice protein by volume?
  2. According to the reports, rice protein isolates hold a market valuation of nearly 54% by volume with high protein content (90 – 95%) that drives its market share.

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