The global food grade industrial gases market is projected to witness growth over the forecast period owing to the increasing applications in the packaging and storage of frozen products, fruits, vegetables, beverages, meat, seafood, convenience foods, bakery, and confectioneries. Growing health concerns among consumers towards contamination and safety of nutritional products have forced companies to deploy food grade industrial gases in packaging and storage applications. The increasing importance of Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) for controlling microbial growth in the food & beverage industry is expected to fuel the market demand in the near future. Increasing deployment of NSF H1 standards in the food & beverage industry is expected to fuel the demand for food-grade industrial gases. Increasing awareness towards preservation of aroma and texture and extended shelf life in the nutrition industry is expected to have a positive impact on the market over the forecast period.
European Commission and the U.S. EPA framed numerous policies to reduce the application of fluorochemical gases such as HFC in the packaging of food & beverage products on account of rising concerns towards reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As a result, food-grade industrial gases are anticipated to find a replacement for fluorochemical gases in the nutrition industry over the forecast period. The application of vacuum pumps for removing moisture and oxygen in the packaging of food & beverage is expected to foresee upward trend in the past few years and likely to have a negative impact on the market over the forecast period.
Food grade industrial gases such as nitrogen are passed through liquid products particularly cooking oil to reduce dissolved oxygen and achieve good quality. Nitrogen is also used as a propellant in aerosol dispensed food products such as creams and cheeses a well as to create microbubbles in desserts for improving texture and inducing fluffiness. Increasing demand for nitrogen in food & beverage industry for processing on account of the aforementioned properties is expected to have a positive impact on the market over the next seven years. Large oxygen controlled bulk stores for fruits and vegetables are finding applications in the food & beverage industry for increasing shelf life. Other types of food industrial gases used in the market include argon, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide.
Asia Pacific is expected to be one of the largest markets over the forecast period. Increasing food & beverage industry in India and China production on account of technological advancement in processing and rising consumption at domestic level is expected to promote food grade industrial gases demand over the next seven years. Growing importance of hygiene and implementation of phytosanitary regulatory norms in food & beverage industry of Europe is expected to have a positive impact on market over the forecast period. Robust manufacturing base of food & beverage industry in the U.S. coupled with EPA regulations aimed at implementing safety measures in food packaging is expected to have a positive impact on market over the next seven years. Food & beverage industry growth in Saudi Arabia on account of rising domestic consumption along with deployment of halal standards at domestic level is expected to be a favorable factor for market in the near future.
Major manufacturers in food grade industrial gases market include, Praxair, Linde Group, Proton Gases, AHG Co. Ltd., Universal Industrial Gases, Inc., Air Liquide, Taiyo Nippon Sanso, Air Gas, Emirates Industrial Gases Co., LLC and Messer. Government of India announced Draft National Chemical Policy in May 2012, intended for increasing the country’s production out in global chemical industry from 3% in 2014 to 6% by 2020. This policy is expected to promote new investments and open new markets for food grade industrial gases manufacturers in the near future. Merger and acquisition along with the establishment of manufacturing facilities in regions with increasing demand is expected to be key critical success factors for the market in the near future. In February 2007, Praxair Inc. acquired Linde Group’s industrial gases business in Mexico for increasing its foothold in food-grade industrial gases market of Latin America. In May 2007, Air Liquide, France acquired the UK operations of the Linde Group at USD 118 million. In April 2012, Messer established a manufacturing plant of food grade carbon dioxide gas at Binh Phuoc, Vietnam.
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