The global anti-caking agents market is expected to grow on account of rising demand from various industries such as food, feed, and fertilizers. Anti-caking agents are utilized to prevent the formation of lumps, mostly in finely powdered substances. Anti-caking agents are soluble in alcohol, water, and other organic solvents. They either absorb excess moisture or create a water-repellent coating on the powdered particles. The high versatility of anti-caking agents is anticipated to further strengthen its demand over the forecast period. Factors such as ease of packaging, transportation, and consumption are also expected to boost anti-caking agents demand. Increasing disposable income and rising packaged food demand are the main drivers behind the global anti-caking agents market. Increasing consumer demand for fast food, takeaway food, and processed food is also responsible for anti-caking agents’ application in food and beverage. Some of the commercial anti-caking agents available in the market are powered cellulose tricalcium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate, potassium aluminum silicate, polydimethylsiloxane, magnesium trisilicate, and stearic acid.
The anti-caking agents market can be classified on the basis of source, application, and region. Sources include natural and synthetic (man-made) agents. Natural anti-caking agents such as calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate have extremely high costs and hence synthetic agents face higher demand. Major applications of anti-caking agents include food, feed, and fertilizers. The application of anti-caking agents in food includes condiments, seasoning, dairy products, bakery, sauces, and soups. Major application of anti-caking agents is found in coffee and tea vending machines, where tube blockages are prevented to allow consistent drinks flow. Anti-caking applications in fertilizers include ammonium, phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen, and compound based fertilizers. Certain limitations such as inert properties and its classification as “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS) are expected to complement anti-caking agents’ market growth. However, only specific amounts of anti-caking agents are permitted in food & beverage applications, further limiting its consumption in the aforementioned application. This is expected to have a negative impact on global market growth. Several health hazards and side-effects associated with anti-caking agents are anticipated to negatively impact the global anti-caking agents market.
Asia Pacific is expected to witness a significant increase in anti-caking agents demand over the forecast period on account of the rising population and increasing industrial output in China, India, and Japan. North America and Europe are high mature markets with demand expected to be driven by anti-caking agents application in processed foods. Several regulations implemented by the European Food Safety Authority to restrict the development of anti-caking agents are expected to challenge European market growth. Growing processed food demand in Brazil and Argentina coupled with high demand for dairy products is expected to complement Central & South America market growth over the forecast period.
Major players in the anti-caking agents market are incessantly investing in innovative facilities to increase their production capacities and meet the rising demand for anti-caking agents. Global industry leaders include Kao Corp. (Japan), Evonik Industries AG(Germany), and Huber Engineered Material (U.S.).
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The demand for packaged and processed foods is expected to increase owing to their longer shelf life. Furthermore, manufacturers are closely monitoring the product supply to major retailers through specialized communication channels in order to improve restocking. In addition, processed food manufacturers have urged the packaging raw material suppliers as well as contract packers to ensure a steady flow of goods during the lockdown related to COVID-19. The report will account for Covid19 as a key market contributor.