The global tartaric acid market size was valued at USD 351.42 million in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.0% from 2022 to 2026. The market growth is attributed to the increasing consumption of wine and food and beverages. The rise in the global population has caused a rapid rise in the global demand for food and beverages. Tartaric acid is a white crystalline organic acid. It is naturally found in grapes, apples, apricots, tamarind, and banana, among others. Grapes are the major, natural source of the product. The acid is found as potassium salt in the leaves and grapes. The product finds application in several industries; however, food, beverages, and pharmaceuticals are some of the prominent end-use industries of the product.
The U.S. is the largest market for tartaric Acid in the North American region and contributes a considerable amount to global revenue. The U.S. market is considered to be a developed market and is expected to grow at a slower rate compared to other parts of the world. The market in the country is expected to grow at a significant rate owing to increasing demand from the food, beverage, animal feed, cosmetics, and personal care industries.
The demand from the food industry is expected to grow exponentially owing to an increase in population and is likely to impact the industry growth positively. Thus, the food and beverage industry is driving the market in the country. The U.S. has a well-developed value chain. The demand in the country is driven by growth in the end-use industries such as the winemaking industry and the presence of end-use manufacturers.
Maleic anhydride dominated the market with a revenue share of over 55.0% in 2021. This is attributed to the high demand for synthetic tartaric acid. Maleic anhydride is the primary constituent for the production of synthetic tartaric acid. Owing to its cost-effectiveness and availability, synthetic tartaric acid is demanded extensively across the globe by the end-use industries such as food, beverages, and pharmaceuticals.
In places where grapes and other natural sources of the product cannot be sourced easily, maleic anhydride is a much better solution for producing the product economically. The product is electrochemically synthesized by hydroxylation of the olefin double bond of maleic acid through epoxidation and hydrolysis. This method is economical and is widely used across the globe for manufacturing synthetic tartaric acid.
Following the maleic anhydride segment is the grape and sundried resins source segment. Grapes are the major, natural source of the product. Tartaric acid is found as potassium salt in the leaves and grapes. Manufacturers prefer grapes or sun-dried raisins for the production of natural and organic tartaric acid. This is the reason many product manufacturing units are close to grape plantations.
Fermented grapes are used to form the cream of tartar, which is further used to extract the product. Almost 80% of the naturally manufactured product is manufactured by utilizing grapes or sundried raisins. Owing to the rising demand for organic and natural products, the demand for naturally manufactured products is also increasing, which is likely to impact the growth of this segment for the forecast period.
The beverages application segment dominated the global market with a revenue share of over 40.0% in 2021. This is attributed to the high rate of utilization of tartaric acid in the beverage industry. The major demand for the product in the beverages industry is from the wine industry. It is one of the key components of wine. The rise in the consumption of wine globally has positively impacted the demand for tartaric acid and is likely to increase at a high rate for the forecast period.
The product is extensively used as acidulate in grape- and lime-flavored beverages. It is one of the most common acids found in wines across the globe. It imparts a strong tart taste that enhances fruit flavors, particularly grape and lime. Although the natural form of the product is also used in beverages, currently, synthetic tartaric acid is used more owing to its availability at lower prices.
Closely following behind is the food application segment. Tartaric acid is widely used in food products across the globe. It is used for making cakes, jellies, bread, sauces, jams, and many other food products. It is extensively utilized in the food industry for its sour and tangy taste in savory products. The food segment is expected to witness high growth owing to the rise in population and increase in the purchasing power of the people.
The product also finds its applications in other industries including textile, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and personal care products. In the pharmaceutical industry, tartaric acid is a popular constituent of antibiotics, drugs for heart diseases, therapeutic compounds, effervescent powders and tablets, and excipient in the preparation of some medicines.
The European region dominated the market in 2021 with a revenue share of over 35.0%. This is attributed to the presence of a large number of wineries and the high consumption of wine in the region. Europe is the largest producer and consumer of tartaric acid in the world. In this region, the beverages industry is the largest consumer of the product owing to its increased usage in wine manufacturing. Maleic anhydride is the most popular raw material for producing the product due to its easier availability and lower prices than grapes in Europe.
Germany is the largest consumer of tartaric acid in Europe. The market in Germany is expected to grow exponentially over the forecast period owing to the surged demand for this product from the food and beverages industry of the country. In Germany, the beverages industry is the largest consumer of the product. It is closely followed by the food industry. As demand for different types of foods and beverages is anticipated to increase in Germany owing to the growing population, it is expected to positively impact the growth of the industry in the country.
Asia Pacific emerged as the second-largest consumer of tartaric acid in 2021 owing to the high population in this region. In Asia Pacific, the product is mainly sourced from maleic anhydride, followed by grapes and sun-dried resins. It is mainly utilized in the food and beverage and pharmaceutical industries. The demand from the food and beverage industry is likely to increase exponentially owing to the increase in the population and purchasing power of people, which is likely to drive the market in the region.
The market is competitive and consolidated with the presence of numerous players. Multiple multinational players are involved in premeditated mergers & acquisitions, regional expansion, and product developments and inventions to strengthen their position, increase profits, and at the same time find innovative and sustainable solutions. The global market is established with major applications in food, beverages, animal feed, pharmaceuticals, metal cleaning, construction, and personal care and cosmetic products. The industry growth also depends upon various factors such as the availability of raw materials, production cost, and extraction processes.
Consequently, the focus on sustainable tartaric acid production has increased owing to increasing environmental concerns arising from harmful chemical products. The global market has witnessed several consolidations such as new product developments, mergers & acquisitions, and joint ventures due to industrial challenges such as feedstock pricing fluctuations and manufacturing price pressure. Some prominent players in the global tartaric acid market include:
Distillerie Mazzari S.p.A.
Comercial Química Sarasa S.L.
Tártaros Gonzalo Castello, SL
Industria Chimica Valenzana S.P.A.
Thirumalai Chemicals Ltd.
THE CHEMICAL COMPANY
Market size value in 2022
USD 371.51 million
Revenue forecast in 2026
USD 468.15 million
CAGR of 6.0% from 2022 to 2026
Base year for estimation
2017 - 2020
2022 - 2026
Revenue in USD million, volume in kilotons and CAGR from 2022 to 2026
Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Source, application, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa
U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; Russia; Turkey; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Australia & New Zealand; Mexico; Brazil; Argentina; Chile; Colombia; Saudi Arabia; UAE; Egypt; South Africa
Key companies profiled
Distillerie Mazzari S.p.A.; Comercial Química Sarasa S.L.; Alvinesa; Tártaros Gonzalo Castello; SL; Industria Chimica Valenzana S.P.A.; Thirumalai Chemicals Ltd.; Distillerie Bonollo; Legre-Mante S.A.; THE CHEMICAL COMPANY; Henriette’s Herbal
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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 2026. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global tartaric acid market report on the basis of source, application, and region:
Source Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2026)
Grapes & Sun-dried raisins
Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2026)
Cosmetics & Personal Care
Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2026)
Australia & New Zealand
Middle East & Africa
b. The global tartaric acid market size was estimated at USD 351.42 million in 2021 and is expected to reach USD 371.51 million in 2022.
b. The global tartaric acid market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.0% from 2022 to 2026 to reach USD 468.15 million by 2026.
b. Maleic anhydride source segment dominated the product market with 56% of the revenue share in 2021.
b. Some prominent players in the global tartaric acid market include: • Distillerie Mazzari S.p.A. • Comercial Química Sarasa S.L. • Alvinesa • Tártaros Gonzalo Castello, SL • Industria Chimica Valenzana S.P.A. • Thirumalai Chemicals Ltd.
b. Beverage application segment dominated the global market with 40% of the revenue share in 2021. This is attributed to the high rate of utilization of tartaric acid in the beverage industry. The major demand for the product in the beverages industry is from the wine industry.
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