GVR Report cover Flavors Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Flavors Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Nature (Natural, Synthetic), By Form (Powder, Liquid/Gel), By Application (Food, Beverages, Others), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2024 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68040-131-6
  • Number of Report Pages: 180
  • Format: PDF, Horizon Databook
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2023
  • Forecast Period: 2024 - 2030 
  • Industry: Consumer Goods

Flavors Market Size & Trends

The global flavors market was valued at USD 19.21 billion in 2023 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.9% from 2024 to 2030. Consumer preferences in the food industry have significantly changed in recent years, particularly with reference to the growing acceptance of unique and exotic flavors. This shift toward diverse and unconventional flavor profiles has strongly influenced the flavors market, giving rise to the emergence of natural flavor enhancers made from botanical and fruit extracts.

U.S. Flavors market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

Consumers are increasingly conscious of their health and wellness, leading to a preference for flavors derived from natural sources. Companies have been investing heavily in research and development to cater to this growing demand. Manufacturers have been launching new products to cater to these consumer preferences.

For instance, in October 2022, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., a renowned solution provider for the food, beverage, health, biosciences, and fragrance industries, introduced a groundbreaking innovation called IFF NEO. This innovative portfolio of natural flavors is designed to deliver an exceptional citrus taste experience without relying on citrus oil or any of its derivatives. IFF NEO encompasses a wide range of complete citrus flavors, including orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and mandarin. This offering not only provides beverage manufacturers with a more reliable supply but also helps mitigate price fluctuations and reduces the environmental impact associated with traditional citrus sourcing.

Natural flavors and fragrances are costly due to their processing; and because of limited resources, industry players have developed cost-efficient synthetic alternatives. These products have the advantages of regular supply, steady pricing, and lower production costs. In the past years, there used to exist an arrangement in which dealers would have a multi-year contract with other dealers.

Additionally, Aroma chemicals play a crucial role in the manufacturing of flavors that are used in the food industry to enhance the appeal and flavor of the product. These chemicals are classified as phenols, aldehydes, alcohols, esters, and other chemicals. The use of natural products is on the rise due to the high demand for exotic essential oil to be used in pharmaceuticals, aromatherapy, and natural cosmetics.

The e-commerce sector's rapid expansion is creating new opportunities for flavor manufacturers. Consumers can now conveniently purchase flavors and fragrances online, offering a hassle-free shopping experience. This accessibility is particularly appealing to consumers who may want to explore a wide range of flavor and fragrance options for their culinary or product development needs.

Market Concentration & Characteristics

The market for flavors is characterized by a high degree of innovation and companies in this industry continually are investing in research and development to create new and unique flavors to cater to changing consumer preferences. Innovations often involve the use of novel ingredients and technologies to develop distinctive flavors. Natural and organic flavors may gain prominence due to increasing consumer demand for healthier options.

Flavors Market Concentration & Characteristics

The flavors industry has witnessed significant M&A activities, leading to consolidation within the market. Large flavor companies may acquire smaller players to expand their product portfolios and global market presence. Some companies are engaging in vertical integration by acquiring suppliers or distributors to enhance control over the supply chain.

The flavor market is subject to strict regulations governing the quality and safety of ingredients used in flavor formulations. Adherence to international food safety standards is crucial for all market players. Increasing regulations related to product labeling and transparency may influence marketing strategies. Consumers are becoming more conscious of the source and composition of flavoring agents.

There is an ongoing trend toward the preference for natural flavors over artificial ones, driven by consumer demand for clean-label products. This preference acts as a substitute factor within the market. Innovations in the development of flavor substitutes, such as plant-based and fermentation-derived flavors, may impact traditional flavor markets.

Nature Insights

Synthetic flavors dominated the global market in 2023 with a revenue share of 66.7%. Synthetic flavor compounds are artificially created in a laboratory through chemical synthesis. Scientists and flavorists carefully design these compounds to replicate the taste and aroma of natural ingredients. The main purpose of synthetic flavor compounds is to mimic specific flavor profiles found in natural ingredients. They are used to reproduce flavors such as fruit, spices, and vanilla.

The demand for artificial flavors in the food industry has been on the rise due to factors such as the quest for product innovation, the need to meet diverse consumer preferences, and the desire for cost-effective and stable flavor profiles. Artificial flavors provide food manufacturers with a versatile and reliable means to enhance taste, aroma, and overall sensory appeal in a wide range of products, contributing to their increasing popularity in the industry.

Technological advancements, including the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, are aiding the development of more unique and precise synthetic flavor profiles. For instance, in October 2020, Firmenich, a leading flavor and fragrance company, developed an AI-generated flavor. This flavor, designed to mimic the taste of lightly grilled beef, is intended for use in plant-based meat alternatives. AI empowers flavor manufacturers by providing precise formula starting points and optimizing ingredient combinations, enhancing their capability to meet specific product parameters, such as 100% natural ingredients. Changing consumer preferences and demand to replicate flavors in vegan food products have led to this technological innovation, contributing to the synthetic flavors market growth.

The natural flavor is anticipated to exhibit CAGR of 7.5% in the forecast period. The natural flavors market is experiencing robust growth, primarily driven by increasing consumer demand for healthier and natural food products perceived as safer and more authentic alternatives to artificial flavors. There is a growing consumer interest in botanical flavors, especially those derived from flowers.

The unique and fragrant profiles of flowers have captured the attention of flavor innovators, who are using them to create distinct and appealing taste experiences in a variety of food products. As consumers seek more natural and plant-based options, manufacturers are leveraging the opportunity to create unique botanical flavors, especially in the sweet, packaged foods segment.

In June 2023, Marquis, a Los Angeles-based beverage brand, introduced its first botanical-inspired flavor, Lemon Lavender. This plant-based, caffeinated, ready-to-drink beverage incorporates unique botanical elements and vitamins, aligning with the increasing consumer preference for natural flavors. The addition of lavender to the product line caters to the demand for botanical flavors linked with self-care and well-being.

Form Insights

The powder dominated the flavors industry in 2023 with 66.3% share of the market revenues. The use of powdered flavors in the food industry is driven by their versatility and ability to enhance the flavor of various food and beverage products. Powdered flavors are dry, easy to store, convenient, have high heat stability, and have a longer shelf life compared to fresh ingredients, making them particularly suitable for baking applications and beverages. Flavors in powdered form can be combined with other ingredients such as salt, sugar, and spices to create a burst of flavors.

Global Flavors market share and size, 2022

The liquid/gel form is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of over 5% from 2024 to 2030. Liquid/gel forms are concentrated forms of flavors used in food, beverage, and nutrition products. Concentrated flavors are particularly advantageous as they offer a potent flavor impact in small quantities. The concentrated form enables easy amplification of flavor into food products. Manufacturers are likely to use liquid forms of flavor in applications that require a higher level of flavor usage to achieve desired taste profiles. Moreover, the clean-label trend has driven the preference for liquid flavors, as these often contain fewer additives compared to powdered flavors and align with the demand for transparent and wholesome ingredient lists.

Application Insights

The food flavors market accounted for a 65.0% share of the global revenues in 2023. The food industry is witnessing a growing demand for fruit and botanical flavors. Some of the trending flavors include grapefruit, tangerine, yuzu, mango, passion fruit, and guava, each preferred for their unique chemical characteristics that can serve various functions, from reducing bitterness to masking protein off-notes in sports nutrition products.

Additionally, consumers are increasingly drawn to premium taste experiences and health benefits offered by florals and botanicals, with flavors such as ylang-ylang, vetiver, cherry blossom, hibiscus, and elderflower gaining popularity, according to Tastewise’s 2023 top flavor & ingredient trends report. The appealing colors associated with these flavors also play a role in attracting consumers.

The flavor beverage market is poised to grow at the fastest CAGR during the forecast period. Consumers growing interest in mood-boosting and wellness-oriented products has led to increasing demand for flavors in functional beverages. As consumers seek ways to manage stress, balance their moods, and improve their overall mental and emotional well-being, flavor becomes a crucial component of these functional beverages. Flavors are selected to align with different mood-related claims, such as happiness, relaxation, indulgence, and energy. For example, flavors like turmeric, ginger, and lemongrass are associated with happiness claims, while floral, herbal, and citrus flavors like chamomile, lavender, and hibiscus are popular in products positioned as calming or relaxing.

Further, manufacturers are capitalizing on the opportunities presented by the growing synergy between flavor innovation and the demand for functional beverages that promote mood enhancement and overall well-being. As consumer preferences continue to evolve in case of mood-boosting products, flavor choices and their alignment with specific mood-related claims play a significant role in driving the flavor industry's growth in the functional beverage sector.

Regional Insights

The Asia Pacific flavors market accounted for a 35.8% share of the global revenues in 2023. The demand for natural flavors in the Asia Pacific market has been boosted by consumers' growing interest in products that are naturally nutrient-rich and delicious. Natural herbs and spices have been traditionally used in household cooking across the region.

Flavors Market Trends, by Region, 2023 - 2030

India Flavors Market

The flavors market in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.7% during the forecast period, due to shifting consumer preferences towards novel and exotic taste experiences. Increased urbanization, a burgeoning middle-class population, and a rising awareness of international cuisines are driving the demand for diverse and innovative flavors in the food and beverage industry across the country.

In February 2021, Tonino Lamborghini formed a licensing agreement with NEW AWAKEN LIMITED, and later in April, the company launched the Tonino Lamborghini Energy Drink in the Chinese market. The Tonino Lamborghini Energy Drink Sugar-Free was the first product launched in China; subsequent releases were slated to include a regular canned version and a non-carbonated variant. The product was launched in a uniquely designed can tailored to align with Chinese preferences and consumption habits.

The flavors market in North America accounted for a revenue share of nearly 25% in 2023. The demand for more exciting and adventurous flavors drives innovation in the snack industry. Snack brands are increasingly reinventing classic flavor profiles and offering bold and inventive taste experiences. Textures, uncommon flavor pairings, and extreme flavor profiles can help firms improve their product ranges and (re)engage consumers. Snack brands would benefit from launching traditional items with a twist, as even adventurous consumers find comfort in traditional products. For instance, according to the 2022 Food and Beverage Flavor Trends Report by T. Hasegawa Co., Ltd., 41% of consumers in the U.S. are open to sampling new flavors that are like their favorites.

South Africa Flavors Market

The flavors market in South Africa is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% from 2024 to 2030. The demand for flavors in the food and beverage industry is surging in South Africa, propelled by a growing consumer interest in diverse taste experiences and culinary exploration. Additionally, increased disposable incomes and a rising awareness of global food trends have further stimulated the demand for flavorful and innovative products, driving the industry's growth in the region.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Rising consumer concerns regarding the use of synthetic colors in edible products have prompted manufacturers to look for alternatives. For example, in March 2023, Firmenich SA launched the "Orange NextGen replacers and extenders" product line was introduced by Firmenich SA as a natural substitute for FTNF (From the Named Fruit) orange oils. It offers cost-effective and sustainable solutions to its customers while maintaining the desired flavor profile.

Key Flavors Companies:

The following are the leading companies in the flavors market. These companies collectively hold the largest market share and dictate industry trends. Financials, strategy maps & products of these flavors companies are analyzed to map the supply network.

  • Givaudan
  • Firmenich SA
  • Symrise AG
  • Sensient Technologies Corporation
  • International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
  • Takasago International Corporation
  • Kerry Group plc
  • MANE
  • Robertet Group
  • Huabao Flavours & Fragrances Co., Ltd.

Recent Developments

  • In June 2023, T. Hasegawa USA, situated in California, unveiled two groundbreaking technologies designed to create genuine-tasting food and beverage items with the introduction of HASEAROMA™ and ChefAroma™ flavor enhancers in the North American market.                    

  • In January 2023, IFF, a prominent player in the food ingredients and flavors industry, revealed the introduction of CHOOZIT® VINTAGE in the U.S. and Canadian markets. CHOOZIT® VINTAGE played a pivotal role in assisting cheddar cheese manufacturers in overcoming undesirable flavor development during aging, streamlining cheesemaking processes, and attaining the consistent flavors and textures that consumers cherished.

Flavors Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2024

USD 20.25 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 28.54 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 5.9% from 2024 to 2030

Actual data

2018 - 2023

Forecast period

2024 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion, and CAGR from 2024 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Nature, form, application

Regional scope

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

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; UK; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; China; India; Japan; Australia & New Zealand; Brazil; Argentina; South Africa; Saudi Arabia

Key companies profiled

Givaudan; Firmenich SA; Symrise AG; Sensient Technologies Corporation; International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.; Takasago International Corporation; Kerry Group plc; MANE; Robertet Group; Huabao Flavours & Fragrances Co., Ltd.

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Global Flavors Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts volume & revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends from 2018 to 2030 in each of the sub-segments. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global flavors market report based on nature, form, application, and region:

Global Flavors Market Report Segmentation

  • Nature Outlook (Revenue: USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Natural

    • Synthetic

  • Form Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Powder

    • Liquid/Gel

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Food

      • Dairy Products

      • Bakery & Confectionery

      • Supplements & Nutrition Products

      • Meat & Seafood Products

      • Snacks

      • Pet Foods

      • Sauces, Dressings & Condiments

      • Others

    • Beverages

      • Juices & Juice Concentrates

      • Functional Beverages

      • Alcoholic Beverages

      • Carbonated Soft Drinks

      • Others

    • Others

  • Flavors Market, Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • Australia and New Zealand

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

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