The Global Market for Food Additives
The global market for food additives should reach $43.3 billion by 2021 from $36.7 billion in 2016 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.4% from 2016 to 2021.
- An overview of the global markets for food additives
- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2015, 2016, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2021.
- Definition and delineation of the food additives field by classifying these additives into workable categories, and technically describing these major categories and the most important individual products that compete for places in the market
- Discussion of important factors in the marketing of food additives, including distribution channels, impact of large food processors, and end-user selection criteria
- Elaboration of the competitive atmosphere among food additive suppliers, both basic producers and formulators/distributors, including their relationships with end-user food processor companies
- Discussion of environmental and regulatory considerations affecting food additives and their impact on products and markets
- Profiles of major players in the industry
Depending on who is doing the categorization, there can be a large number of food additive categories, and no report can attempt to cover them all, especially low-volume exotic additives with small markets. In this study, the focus is on the most important classes of food additives, both the older and mature products, such as acidifiers (acidulants) and colorants, as well as newer products such as the large “calorie-reduction (CR) agent” segment, which includes fat replacers and non-nutritive sweeteners.
The scope of this study is limited to those chemical products and materials specifically considered food additives. Two terms describe the type of materials considered here:
- Direct food additives, which means those intentionally added to food, as opposed to chemicals that, for example, can migrate into food from packaging materials. The latter are called indirect food additives and are outside the scope of the report.
- Non-nutritive food additives, as opposed to food ingredients. The simplest way to differentiate these categories is that additives tend to improve the food but do not add nutritional value. Therefore, the report excludes caloric sweeteners such as sugar and high-fructose syrups, mineral and vitamin supplements, caloric flavorings like butter and chocolate (usually added in larger than trace amounts) and other food ingredients.
Because food additives are for the most part, high value-added, specialty chemicals, often produced to an end user’s specifications, volumes in pounds are less meaningful than market values in dollars. For this reason, all market estimates and forecasts are in constant 2015 U.S. dollars and are based on manufacturers’ total revenues.
Because of the inherent imprecision in market forecasts for dynamic and proprietary markets such as food additives, all values are rounded to the nearest million dollars. Due to this rounding, some forecast values might not exactly agree with the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) percentages that accompany the dollar forecasts. This discrepancy will be most apparent in small markets where five-year growth, when rounded to the nearest million dollars, does not appear to fit the projected CAGR.
Jason Chen has been an analyst and consultant for the polymer, composite, fiber, textile and energy industries for 18 years. He works as a researcher, writer and/or editor for the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), China Textile Academy (CTA), China Chemical Fiber Association (CCFA), International Fiber Journal, Filtration News, Platts Emission Daily, Vision Systems Design, Pesticide and Toxic Chemical News and MobileTex. Currently he is the chief scientist of a company endeavoring to reduce China's air and water pollution. He has a degree in Civil Engineering, Chemicals and Advanced Materials from Shantou University.
- Overall sales in the U.S. market for food additives were nearly $6.2 billion in 2009. By 2014, it is projected to increase to $6.7 billion, for a 5-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.5%.
- The largest segment flavors and enhancers market was nearly $1.9 billion 2009; this projected to reach $2 billion in 2014, for a 5-year CAGR of 1.5%.
- Sales in the formulation aids additive market amounted to $1.3 billion in 2009 which projected to increase to $1.4 billion in 2014, for a 5-year CAGR of 1.5%.
The total u.s. market for food additives reached nearly $5 billion in 2001 and is expected to rise at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 3.2% to $5.8 billion in 2006.
Flavorings and flavor enhancers are the largest of all classes of additives, almost $1.25 billion in 2001, growing to $1.46 billion in 2006.
Formulation aids are a $1.1 billion dollar market that should grow to almost $1.3 billion in 2006 at an AAGR of 2.7%.
Calorie reduction agents, while a billion dollar market, are not as large as previously expected because of the economic slowdown and product competition.
Processing aids and others should reach $629 million in 2006.
The market for acidulants should grow at a 3.3% AAGR to $483 million in 2006.
The smaller preservatives and food colorants/adjuvants segments are each growing at an AAGR of 3%.