The consumer industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by convenience, health and wellness, and environmental sustainability, and the growing importance of technologies such as alternative proteins, nutraceuticals, and food safety & transparency. In the last three years alone, there have been over 450,000 patents filed and granted in the consumer industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in Consumer: Probiotic culture preservation. Buy the report here.

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However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilising and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

40+ innovations will shape the consumer industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the consumer industry using innovation intensity models built on over 110,000 patents, there are 40+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, hydrogel dressings, dextrin-based compositions, and safety injection needles are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Edible oil non-spreads, textured vegetable protein, and fatty oil extraction are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are whey protein composition and anabolic muscle supplements, which are now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for the consumer industry

Probiotic culture preservation is a key innovation area in consumer

Preservation methods are required in order to avoid the propagation of undesired bacterial growth in bacteria-based probiotics, especially lactic acid-based compositions. Some of the methods used for preservation include anaerobic encapsulation, and emulsification along with some other techniques being explored.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 120+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established consumer companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of probiotic culture preservation.

Key players in probiotic culture preservation – a disruptive innovation in the consumer industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to probiotic culture preservation

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
4D Pharma Plc 401 Unlock Company Profile
Chr. Hansen Holding 302 Unlock Company Profile
CJ CheilJedang 208 Unlock Company Profile
Danone 203 Unlock Company Profile
Novo Nordisk Foundation 193 Unlock Company Profile
Symrise 154 Unlock Company Profile
Nestle 134 Unlock Company Profile
DuPont de Nemours 130 Unlock Company Profile
Meiji Holdings 125 Unlock Company Profile
BioGaia 117 Unlock Company Profile
Yakult Honsha 111 Unlock Company Profile
Morinaga Milk Industry 103 Unlock Company Profile
Probiotical 102 Unlock Company Profile
Otsuka Holdings 80 Unlock Company Profile
Spanish National Research Council 73 Unlock Company Profile
Advanced BioNutrition 70 Unlock Company Profile
Kraft Heinz 65 Unlock Company Profile
KoBioLabs 61 Unlock Company Profile
NVP Healthcare 54 Unlock Company Profile
Royal DSM 52 Unlock Company Profile
Asahi Group Holdings 48 Unlock Company Profile
Kerry Group plc 46 Unlock Company Profile
Precigen 46 Unlock Company Profile
Cell Biotech 39 Unlock Company Profile
Procter & Gamble 39 Unlock Company Profile
Archer Daniels Midland 38 Unlock Company Profile
Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc 38 Unlock Company Profile
TCI 37 Unlock Company Profile
Grape King Bio 36 Unlock Company Profile
Lesaffre Group 36 Unlock Company Profile
Giuliani 35 Unlock Company Profile
Glycotope 34 Unlock Company Profile
Kirin Holdings 27 Unlock Company Profile
Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Paris 25 Unlock Company Profile
Iamsmpany 24 Unlock Company Profile
Gynea Laboratorios 24 Unlock Company Profile
Quorum Innovations 23 Unlock Company Profile
Centro de Investigacion en Alimentacion y Desarrollo AC 23 Unlock Company Profile
Pfizer 23 Unlock Company Profile
ActogeniX 22 Unlock Company Profile
Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group 21 Unlock Company Profile
PharmaCyte Biotech 21 Unlock Company Profile
Progel 21 Unlock Company Profile
Nitto Pharmaceutical Holdings 20 Unlock Company Profile
Coenbio 19 Unlock Company Profile
Hero 19 Unlock Company Profile
PepsiCo 18 Unlock Company Profile
China National Chemical 18 Unlock Company Profile
VenPharma Laboratorios 18 Unlock Company Profile
ClextralS 18 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

4D Pharma is one of the leading patent filers in probiotic culture preservation. Some other key patent filers in the space include Chr. Hansen, CJ CheilJedang, Danone, Novo Nordisk Foundation, and Symrise. Recently, Chr. Hansen launched a new solution called Bovacillus, to support dairy and beef cattle health and performance. It is a probiotic consisting of two strains of different species of Bacilli – Bacillus licheniformis and Bacillus subtilis isolated from nature, an effective choice for supporting the health and performance of the cattle.

In terms of application diversity, 4D Pharma leads the pack, while Quorum Innovations and Glycotope stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Pfizer held the top position, followed by Lesaffre Group and Advanced BioNutrition.

Probiotic culture preservation will become prevalent in the coming years on account of its benefits to the human body, which include helping restore the natural balance of bacteria in the gut when disrupted by an illness or treatment.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the consumer industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Consumer.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.