GVR Report cover Dietary Fibers Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Dietary Fibers Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Raw Material (Fruits & Vegetables, Cereals & Grains), By Product (Soluble, Insoluble), By Application, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-712-4
  • Number of Pages: 145
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global dietary fibers market size was valued at USD 39.8 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.9% from 2020 to 2027. Ascending product demand owing to the rising consumer awareness regarding the intake of a healthy diet and leading an active lifestyle is expected to drive the market growth over the upcoming years. Growing health consciousness due to increased cases of heart diseases, cancer, and diabetes has resulted in consumers preferring fiber-based food products with added health benefits. This is also estimated to fuel market growth. As per the research conducted by the National Institutes of Health, over 60 to 70 million Americans suffer from distinguished digestive health problems. Moreover, as per the Harvard School of Public Health, adults and children require at least 20 to 30 grams of dietary fiber per day. Moreover, the consumption of dietary fibers lowers the risk of developing various health diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, Diverticular disease, and constipation.

The U.S. dietary fibers market size

Therefore, high demand for foods rich in fiber, prebiotics, and probiotics in the U.S. will play a key role in driving the market. Many leading food and beverage brands in the country, such as Nestlé, Kellogg Co., NOW Foods, FiberOne, NuGo Nutrition, and Procter & Gamble, are offering various functional foods & beverages to benefit from shifting consumer demand and preference for dietary fiber-based products.

In humans, dietary fibers assist in preventing constipation and keeping the digestive system healthy. As per the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), if included in a healthy, balanced diet, fiber-rich foods improve weight maintenance and can help in reducing type 2 diabetes as well as cardiovascular diseases. People with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are often advised to include and modify the amount of fiber in their diet. This is also projected to help boost the demand for dietary fiber supplements among IBS patients across the globe.

Although dietary fibers are best known for assisting in physiological functions that they perform, they cannot be digested. Since fibers are immune to hydrolysis, they pass through the human body in an unchanged state, and thus, they cannot be utilized as a source of energy. This in turn becomes a challenge while incorporating them as an ingredient in food & beverage products.

Combining dietary fibers into food products is of high importance and requires time, in order to achieve the chemical stability of the said product across a range of temperatures. Hence, on account of occupying the overall product volume and not being able to contribute to the energy, these fibers prove to be a cost-intensive ingredient. Moreover, the economic impact of high prices of dietary fibers as well as the difference in the technology used to obtain these fibers is likely to challenge the overall market growth.

Raw Material Insights

Cereals & grains segment led the market and accounted for more than 48.0% share of the global revenue in 2019. Intake of these fibers reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and coronary heart disease. Moreover, fibers found in oats, flaxseeds, beans, and oat bran help in reducing low-density lipoprotein, thereby reducing the total blood cholesterol levels.

Some of the key soluble fibers obtained from whole grains, including wheat, rye, and barley, are beta-glucan, pentose, arabinoxylans; whereas insoluble fibers including lignin, cellulose, and hemicellulose are obtained from cereals, such as rice, maize, and wheat bran. The growing importance of beta-glucan as an immunity booster in the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries is projected to drive the dietary fibers market growth.

The fruits & vegetable segment is estimated to register the fastest CAGR from 2020 to 2027. High-fiber food products have a lower energy density and provide fewer kilojoules (calories) per gram of food. Moreover, high-fiber foods are considered bulky and filling in nature.

Conversely, soluble fibers obtained from sources, such as citrus fruits, strawberries, apples, potatoes, and peas, form a gel that delays the transit time of food through the digestive system as well as the emptying of the stomach.

Fruits & vegetables-based dietary fibers also assist in regulating lower blood sugar levels and forestall a swift increase in blood insulin levels, which, in turn, is associated with the risks of diabetes and obesity. Additionally, health benefits, including cancer prevention, cognitive improvement, and cardiovascular health improvement linked with the consumption of the product is anticipated to augment the overall demand.

Product Insights

Soluble dietary fibers led the market in 2019 and accounted for more than a 56.0% share of the global volume. Soluble dietary fibers for both animal and human consumption are sourced from fruits & vegetables, nuts & seeds, and cereals & whole grains. Fibers, such as fructooligosaccharide (FOS) and inulin, obtained from vegetables, aids in regulating the function of the intestines; whereas pectin, obtained from fruits, such as pears and apples, improves acid reflux problems and promotes gut health.

Based on the type of soluble dietary fibers, the inulin segment is projected to account for the largest market share, in terms of revenue, by 2027. The product is widely used as a flavor-enhancing additive in various foods and beverages and acts as a fats & sugar replacer in several food applications, such as frozen dairy desserts and bakery & confectionery products. Additionally, growing R&D activities on inulin and other types of soluble fibers, such as polydextrose and pectin, are projected to enhance the overall product offering the range in the market over the upcoming years.

Insoluble dietary fibers are projected to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period owing to the rising consumption of functional foods, increasing health-consciousness among consumers, and shifting diet patterns of consumers. Furthermore, insoluble dietary fibers sourced from oats, wheat, corn, potato, peas, rice, and legumes help in decreasing the risk of developing various health disorders, such as hyperglycemia, constipation, high cholesterol, and obesity.

Based on the types of insoluble dietary fibers, the cellulose segment led the market in 2019. Cellulose is used in various food applications, such as poultry products, bakery goods, and meat products. Herein, cellulose fibers exhibiting high oil- and water-holding capacity are utilized in processed meat applications to maintain the moisture levels in the finished products, whereas cellulose with low water absorption capacity is used to offer fiber enrichment to products, such as bread, cakes, cookies, corn tortillas, and pastry fillings.

Application Insights

The food & beverage application segment led the market and accounted for more than 44% share of the global revenue in 2019. Consumers’ confidence in the health benefits associated with dietary fibers is one of the key factors augmenting the demand for the product. Furthermore, the growing consumption of healthy and functional food products is projected to drive the market over the next few years.

In the food sector, breakfast cereals have a high demand on account of their improved nutritional profile. The high demand is also credited to the rising health concerns among consumers regarding the adverse effects of processed and fast foods and over-consumption of calories.

Global dietary fibers market share

Moreover, in response to this increased demand, several food manufacturers have introduced an array of new and reformulated products. Major companies, including Ingredion Inc. and Cargill, Inc. continue to invest in research & development activities, with an objective to introduce innovative products in the soluble and insoluble dietary fibers industry space.

In terms of revenue, product demand in the animal feed application is anticipated to grow at a significant rate of 9.0% over the projected period. The products are used in manufacturing animal feed products on account of their health-promoting properties, including reducing the number of pathogenic bacteria, balancing of intestinal microflora, and maintaining the intestinal immunity in animals. As dietary fibers help in regulating the optimum health and performance of animals, their demand is likely to remain high over the upcoming years.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific led the market in 2019 and accounted for over 39% share of the global revenue in 2019. Countries, such as China, Japan, and Indonesia, are projected to be the leading producers of foods and beverages over the next few years. Promising trends in the food & beverage industry in the Asia Pacific is estimated to spur the product demand over the forecast period.

Rising health awareness among people coupled with the increasing number of fitness clubs in India is predicted to drive the market over the next few years. Additionally, Enactment of the National Food Security Act by the Indian government has played a key role in changing dietary patterns. The increase in purchasing power parity of consumers is expected to boost the demand for healthy and functional foods rich in fiber content.

The market in North America is anticipated to grow at a significant rate over the upcoming years, which can be attributed to the rise in the consumption of nutrient fortified food products. Moreover, recent economic development coupled with a growing urban population in the region has led to substantial changes in lifestyle and dietary patterns. The rise in intake of fiber content in daily food and promising trend in functional food production are other key factors driving the market in North America.

The demand for fortified foods & beverages, such as dairy products, bakery goods, meat products, and snacks, in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico is projected to positively impact the market over the forecast period. The rising popularity of Greek yogurt, confectionery items, and health drinks is also projected to augment the market demand growth over the next few years.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The industry is characterized by high capital investment coupled with a complex manufacturing process. Sustainability in the global market can be achieved through cost-effective manufacturing processes. Various regulations laid down by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) are expected to hinder the entry of new companies. In addition, the presence of numerous manufacturers is also likely to increase entry barriers. In October 2019, Cargill, Inc. invested over USD 35 million in Europe to add soluble dietary fibers to its current product portfolio of sweeteners, starches, and texturizers. This strategic initiative marks the company’s first move into soluble dietary fibers in Europe and was undertaken in an effort to provide on-trend solutions to manufacturers producing distinguished products, including bakery & confectionery goods, cereals, and dairy products. Some of the prominent players in the dietary fibers market include:


  • ADM

  • Lonza

  • Cargill, Incorporated

  • DuPont

  • Ingredion Incorporated

  • Roquette Frères

  • Puris

  • Emsland Group

  • Kerry Inc.

  • The Green Labs LLC

  • Nexira

  • Tate & Lyle

  • Farbest Brands


  • Taiyo International

  • AGT Food and Ingredients

  • Batory Foods

Dietary Fibers Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 43.3 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 78.9 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 8.9% from 2020 to 2027

Market volume in 2020

1,174.7 kilotons

Volume forecast in 2027

2,053.5 kilotons

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Volume in kilotons, revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

Volume forecast, revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Raw material, product, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

The U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; The U.K.; Spain; Italy; France; China; India; Japan; Australia; Brazil; Argentina; South Africa; UAE

Key companies profiled

BENEO; ADM; Lonza; Cargill, Incorporated; DuPont; Ingredion Incorporated; Roquette Frères; Puris; Emsland Group; Kerry Inc.; The Green Labs LLC; Nexira; Tate & Lyle; Farbest Brands; J. RETTENMAIER & SÖHNE GmbH + Co KG; Taiyo International; AGT Food and Ingredients; Batory Foods

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global dietary fibers market report on the basis of raw material, product, application, and region:

  • Raw Material Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Fruits & Vegetables

    • Cereals & Grains

    • Legumes

    • Nuts & Seeds

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Soluble Dietary Fibers

      • Inulin

      • Pectin

      • Beta-Glucan

      • Corn Fibers

      • Others

    • Insoluble Dietary Fibers

      • Cellulose

      • Hemicellulose

      • Chitin & Chitosan

      • Lignin

      • Oat Bran

      • Wheat Fiber

      • Others

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Food & Beverages

    • Pharmaceuticals

    • Animal Feed

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons, Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • The U.K

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • India

      • China

      • Japan

      • Australia

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • UAE

      • South Africa

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