GVR Report cover Specialty Food Ingredients Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Specialty Food Ingredients Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Sensory, Functional), By Application (Food & Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Personal Care), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-591-5
  • Number of Pages: 145
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Report Overview

The global specialty food ingredients market size was valued at USD 118.04 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.4% from 2022 to 2030. The rapid expansion of key application industries including food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, and personal care and growing penetration of organized as well as e-retail across the world are primarily fueling growth in the industry. Specialty food ingredients typically preserve, texture, emulsify, color, and help to process and add an extra health dimension to produced food. They are all key to guaranteeing a wide range of processed foods offered today to the consumers. They range from micro-ingredients like vitamins, minerals, and enzymes to macro-ingredients like specific proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fibers, and other substances.

U.S. specialty food ingredients market size, by product, 2020 - 2030 (USD Billion)

With their technological, nutritional, and health-related functions, they make the food tasty, pleasant to eat, safe, sustainable, healthy, and affordable. Specialty foods are outpacing their non-specialty counterparts in almost all categories due to the rise in awareness regarding the overall food quality. Specific categories aligned with better-for-you options, health and wellness, and freshness are growing at the fastest rate.

In the U.S. market, the functional specialty food ingredients under the product segment are expected to witness robust growth from 2022 to 2030. The high penetration of organized retail across the country has also significantly contributed to the large share of specialty food ingredients in the country. The changing lifestyles, growing urban population, rising economic activities in emerging countries, and increasing penetration of e-retail worldwide are a few macro factors driving the global market.

Besides, the demand for food is poised to grow as the world population is expected to increase from 7.3 billion in 2015 to 9.7 billion in 2050, which, in turn, is anticipated to fuel the demand for specialty food ingredients. Furthermore, as consumer shopping habits have drastically changed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, specialty ingredients companies that service center-of-the-store retail categories have observed an increase in sales over the past few weeks as consumers have drastically increased their purchases of center-of-the-store products.

Product Insights

Sensory specialty food ingredients accounted for the largest revenue share of over 55.0% in 2021 as sensory ingredients are vital for enhancing the taste, smell, flavor, and texture of food products. Increasing demand for these ingredients in packaged and convenience foodstuffs and confectioneries is expected to be a major factor driving product demand.

Moreover, the flavor product market is driven by organic and natural ingredients. The ever-changing consumer preferences lead to the demand for different types of flavors. The flavor industry has chiefly been influenced by the consumption of various food and beverages. Due to the fast-changing customer preferences, the demand for ready-to-eat food products has been increasing. Thus, this aids in the growth of the food flavor market. The increasing demand for natural ingredients is a primary factor driving the global food flavor market.

Flavors, enzymes, colorants, and emulsifiers are the key sensory elements. Enzymes are used owing to their highly active nature of enhanced reactions and function uniquely to control flavor, texture, process time, extended shelf life, and less use of chemical additives. Flavors are among the most significant constituents as they give taste to the finished cuisine or product. This segment is characterized as innovative, technical, and specialized in nature and its growth parameters include changing lifestyle of consumers and increased demand for convenience food.

Vitamins have widespread uses in meals, fortification in oils and fats, supplements, and infant formula. The type of vitamins to be used depends upon the formulation requirements. Minerals are among the significant components of a balanced diet consumed by humans. One another application of minerals is aiding the function of certain vitamins such as calcium, which helps in the absorbance of vitamin D by the cells from the diet.

Antioxidant as key ingredient has the function to protect finished products against fouling such as fat rancidity and color changes due to oxidation caused by bacteria, fungi, molds, and yeasts. The types of antioxidants are dependent upon the formulation requirement of the type of diet. Preservatives are used for preserving the quality for a longer period without any harm. Changing consumer preference for safe and hygienic packed sustenance items, especially in the developed regions, is expected to be the major driver for the market. These explicit product qualities have helped the manufacturers cater to the specific requirements of the processors, which is anticipated to boost the market growth in the next eight years.

Application Insights

The food and beverage application segment led the industry in 2021 with over 75.0% share of the global revenue and is expected to witness substantial growth during the forecast period. Changing consumer lifestyles and food preferences have led to the growth of the processed food manufacturing sector, which, in turn, is likely to propel the demand for specialty food ingredients. Also, increasing consumption of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, especially among the young population, is expected to support the industry growth.

With a rise in health problems among consumers, they are now more cautious about their consumption habits. This has resulted in the demand for functional food items and has become more prominent in the consumer market. This is due to people’s interest in protecting and preserving their health, and in return, has increased the demand for healthier ingredients in packaged products, food service industry, and food and beverage industry.

Global specialty food ingredients market share, by application, 2021 (%)

The personal care industry has witnessed significant growth owing to increasing consumer awareness regarding ingredients used for making such products. Consumers are opting for more natural and healthy products that do not involve harmful chemicals. Thus, manufacturers are widely using such special ingredients in their product offerings.

The pharmaceutical industry is anticipated to expand at the fastest CAGR of 7.8% over the forecast period owing to the increasing use of food ingredients and research and development in the field. Moreover, the production expansion of generic medicines is anticipated to augment the demand for specialty food ingredients in the pharmaceutical application segment.

Regional Insights

The Asia Pacific region held the largest revenue share of over 25.0% in 2021 and is expected to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period. The popularity of convenience food has boosted the demand for emulsifiers in the food industry, making China the largest market for emulsifiers in Asia Pacific. Moreover, the high population in the country supports the expansion of the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and personal care industries, which are anticipated to act as key drivers for the industry in the country.

Specialty Food Ingredients Market Trends by Region

North America emerged as the second-largest revenue share in 2021 and is projected to expand at a considerable CAGR from 2022 to 2030. In North America, the U.S. dominated the market in 2021 owing to the growing demand for safe and plant-based products. The young generation in the country is focusing on transparency in food ingredients and demanding more healthy and natural food products.

In 2021, Europe emerged as the third-largest regional market for specialty food ingredients after North America; however, it is anticipated to witness sluggish growth over the forecast period. Europe has always been known for its world-famous cuisines and with a shift in consumer demand, various innovations of new recipes happen from time to time. Countries in the region such as France, Italy, and Belgium are some of the largest importers of specialty ingredients. The presence of a reasonable number of processing and confectionery companies in Germany and the U.K. adds to the production and demand for specialty food ingredients.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is highly fragmented with the presence of large-sized international companies as well as small- and medium-sized domestic players. Large companies are adopting emerging technologies to innovate and craft better products. For instance, Kraft Heinz opened a new digital hub to create digitally powered strategies and help launch new food ideas that can successfully capture a huge segment of the market. Moreover, technologies like blockchain will continue to gain popularity as more food companies become a part of this trend.

Key companies operating in the industry are majorly adopting expansion strategies to expand their manufacturing capabilities and geographical presence. For instance, in December 2021, ICL Specialty Products Inc. opened its new USD 18 million alternative-protein facilities. It is the company’s first-ever plant-based protein facility that will address the food sustainability problems and will produce plant-based meat substitutes for food companies, distributors, restaurants, and grocery chains. It is expected that the facility will make more than 15 million pounds of product annually at full capacity. Some prominent players in the global specialty food ingredients market include:

  • Naturex

  • Givaudan

  • Eli Fried Inc.

  • KF Specialty Ingredients

  • Ingredion

  • Associated British Foods Plc

  • Kerry Group

  • Agropur Cooperative

  • Ashland Inc

  • Archer Daniels Midland Company

  • Cargill Inc.

  • Wild Flavors GmbH

  • DSM

  • Diana Group SA

  • Tate & Lyle

  • CHR. Hansen

Specialty Food Ingredients Market Report Scope

Report Attribute

Details

Market size value in 2022

USD 124.9 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 193.7 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 6.4% from 2022 to 2030

Base year for estimation

2021

Historical data

2017 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2022 - 2030

Report coverage

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

Segments covered

Product, application, region

Regional scope

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

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; France; China; India; Japan; Brazil; Saudi Arabia

Key companies profiled

Naturex; Givaudan; Eli Fried Inc.; KF Specialty Ingredients; Ingredion; Associated British Foods Plc; Kerry Group; Agropur Cooperative; Ashland Inc; Archer Daniels Midland Company; Cargill Inc.; Wild Flavors GmbH; DSM; Diana Group SA; Tate & Lyle; CHR. Hansen

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Global Specialty Food Ingredients Market Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global specialty food ingredients market report based on product, application, and region:

Global Specialty Food Ingredients Market Segmentation

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • Sensory

      • Enzymes

      • Emulsifiers

      • Flavors

      • Colorants

      • Acidulants

      • Specialty Starches

      • Sugar Substitutes

      • Food & Beverage Starter Cultures

    • Functional

      • Protein and Amino Acids

      • Vitamins

      • Minerals

      • Prebiotics

      • Probiotics

      • Hydrocolloids

      • Essential Oils

      • Omega-3 & 6 Fatty Acids

      • Carotenoids

      • Antioxidants

      • Preservatives

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • Food & Beverage

      • Snacks

      • Bakery

      • Confectionery

      • Dairy Products

      • Breakfast Cereals

      • Frozen Foods

      • Meat, Poultry & Seafood

      • Baby Food

      • Sauces, Dressings & Condiments

      • Beverage

        • Alcoholic

        • Non-alcoholic

      • Others

    • Pharmaceutical

    • Personal Care

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

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