Asia: Major Driver Of Protein Consumption

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 | 2248 Views

According to a report by Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL), Asia has been the main driver of global protein consumption. Global protein consumption has grown 40 percent since 2000, from 162 million tonnes to 226 million tonnes in 2018, where Asia contributed to 57 percent of the global increase.

The global protein consumption is expected to grow 20 percent through to 2025, from 226 million tonnes in 2018 to 271 million tonnes in 2025. The five main motivators of protein consumption over this forecasted period includes faster population growth, class growth, rapid urbanisation, the ageing population and change in dietary preferences. For example, the growing ageing population will result in a negative impact on protein consumption as according to the report: “Older adults tend to consume less protein than younger adults, primarily due to reduced energy needs.”

Asia will continue to have the largest increase in protein consumption where China and India might account for close to 50 percent of the global increase in demand. China in particular, is forecasted to have the highest share in the global demand with increase of protein consumption from 57 million tonnes in 2018 to 70 million tonnes in 2025.


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