Many bioactive peptides have been described from marine sources and much marine biomass is still
not explored or utilized in products. Marine peptides can be developed into a variety of products, and there is a
significant interest in the use of bioactive peptides from marine sources for nutraceuticals or functional foods.
We present here a mini-review collecting the knowledge about the value chain of bioactive peptides from
marine sources used in nutraceuticals and functional foods. Many reports describe bioactive peptides from
marine sources, but in order to make these available to the consumers in commercial products, it is important to
connect the bioactivities associated with these peptides to commercial opportunities and possibilities. In this
mini-review, we present challenges and opportunities for the commercial use of bioactive peptides in nutraceuticals
and functional food products. We start the paper by introducing approaches for isolation and identification
of bioactive peptides and candidates for functional foods. We further discuss market-driven innovation targeted
to ensure that isolated peptides and suggested products are marketable and acceptable by targeted consumers.
To increase the commercial potential and ensure the sustainability of the identified bioactive peptides and products,
we discuss scalability, regulatory frameworks, production possibilities and the shift towards greener technologies.
Finally, we discuss some commercial products from marine peptides within the functional food market.
We discuss the placement of these products in the larger picture of the commercial sphere of functional
food products from bioactive peptides.
Keywords: Market, demonstration, bioactive peptides, marine, side streams, scale-up, commercialization.
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