Current Topic in Lactic Acid Bacteria and Probiotics
Korean Society for Lactic Acid Bacteria and Probiotics

프로바이오틱스 시장동향과 전망

임광세1, 정종욱2, 오세종3, 문용일4, 고종호5,*
Kwangsei Lim1, Jongwook Jeong2, Sejong Oh3, Yong-Il Moon4, Jongho Koh5,*
1풀무원다논㈜ R&I 센터
3전남대학교 동물자원학부
4우석대학교 동물자원식품학과
1R&I Center, Danone Pulmuone Co., Ltd., Seoul 136-701, Korea
2Jinjuham Corp, Seoul 135-841, Korea
3Division of Animal Science, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757, Korea
4Department of Animal Source Foods, Wooseok University, Wanju 565-701, Korea
5Department of Bio-Food Processing and Analysis, Bio-Campus, Korea Polytechnic College
*Corresponding author: Jonhgo Koh, Department of Bio-Food Processing and Analysis Bio-Campus, Korea Polytechnic College, Chungnam 320-905, Korea Tel: 82-41-746-7354, Fax: 82-42-746-7350, E-mail:

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Published Online: Jun 30, 2019


Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, conferred a health benefits on the host by FAO/WHO. Probiotics can help to maintain the balance of microflora in the digestive tracts and these beneficial activities provide prevention from diseases to the host. Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli strains are most commonly used as probiotics. In many categories, probiotics are applied to different types of products like foods, dietary supplements, functional foods, and even drugs. Fermented dairy products are the most popular and efficient vehicle foradministration. Probiotics are part of the much larger functional food and beverage market and one of the prime beneficiaries of the latest growth trend of fortified and functional foods. Until 2011, Japan, U.S, and Western Europe were the largest markets for probiotics, both in terms of consumption as well as growth. Since 2011 however, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe and Brazil have had a tremendous rise in revenue from probiotics and are expected to remain in the product growth stage over the next five years. The primary reasons for the success of probiotics fortified foods in these markets are the increasing awareness about their potency and efficacy and the willingness of customers to pay extra for something healthy. The global probiotics market revenue was 27.9 billion US dollars in 2011 and is expected to reach 44.9 billion US dollars in 2018 with 6.8% annual growth rate. Growing consumption of fermented milks and increasing concerns over digestive and gut health are major driving forces and these demands has translated into increased R&D spending and new product developments over the last three years.

Keywords: probiotics; Bifidobacteria; Lactobacilli; functional foods