For thousands of years, processes such as brewing, bread-making and the production of cheese have involved the usage of enzymes. In the West, the industrial understanding of enzymes revolved around yeast & malt where traditional baking and brewing industries were rapidly expanding. Today, enxymes are considered among the oldest agents used in biotech food. With the latest advances in biotechnology, enzymes are likely to become even more important in the near future.
The global market for industrial enzymes is estimated at around $2.9 billion. About 25-30 per cent of the total industrial enzymes are used in manufacturing F&B products. During the last two decades the industrial use of manufactured enzymes has rapidly increased.