The present status of bacterial starter cultures in various sectors of industry where they have attained significant markets, are analysed namely:
• cheese and butter
• probiotics including yoghurt
• silage & rhizobial inoculants
• probiotics in animal health
• starter cultures in sourdough and other applications
Major producers of cultures and probiotics are profiled reviewing their product range, manufacturing plants and sales. The projected market for each sector by 2020 is estimated.