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Cutting-edge Systems Help to Eliminate Bacterial Load of Low-moisture Powders

The highly competitive F&B industry has created a demand for safer and tastier products. Due to this, food ingredients sterilization is playing a key role in helping manufacturers preserve food for a prolonged period and kill microorganisms to drive out moisture from ingredients. Cutting-edge technologies are transforming the food ingredients sterilization market, which is expected to reach a revenue of ~US$ 554 Mn by 2029 from a value of ~US$ 367 Mn in 2019. For instance, French engineering consultant the ETIA Group has patented the Spirajoule technology to eliminate the bacterial load of bulk solids and low-moisture powders.

Companies in the food ingredients sterilization market are increasing research in electrically heated auger conveyors to sterilize ingredients such as herbs, nuts, and grains, among others. They are developing systems that help workers to easily control humidity, temperature, and moisture in a wide variety of foods. Novel steam processes in these systems prevent condensation of sticky powders that can be treated without agglomerating.

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Companies Focus on Steam Sterilization for Natural Treatment of Dried Materials

There is a growing demand for pasteurization and sterilization of dry natural ingredients to help manufacturers comply with product safety standards. Several solutions such as irradiation, ozone, and UV are creating incremental opportunities for producers in the food ingredients sterilization market. Among these techniques, steam sterilization is acquiring prominence as a globally recognized solution for food ingredients sterilization. For instance, the WOLFF Group— a provider of technologies and equipment for various end markets, has adopted SAFESTERIL®, a continuous system sterilization process that conducts safe and natural treatment of sensitive raw materials.

Manufacturers in the food ingredients sterilization market are increasing their efficacy in steam sterilization procedures that do not impact the flavor, color, or moisture in ingredients. Food ingredients sterilization is being highly publicized in the F&B landscape, since the demand for high quality and safe products is gaining momentum. Safe sterilization of spices or dried materials has promising potential for micro-reduction.

Vacuum-Steam-Vacuum Technology Overcomes Limitations of Traditional Sterilization for Heat Sensitive Powders

Preventing contamination of food and nutritional powders from microorganisms is an issue that has not been entirely dealt with by all manufacturers in the food ingredients sterilization market. This explains a modest ~4% CAGR of the food ingredients sterilization market. Hence, producers are developing innovative treatment solutions for decontamination of powder processing in bulk material manufacturing facilities. For instance, powder handling and process containment equipment provider DEC Group has collaborated with the ETH Zürich University and other industrial partners to decontaminate heat sensitive powders using the Vacuum-Steam-Vacuum (VSV) technology.

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Heat-sensitive powders are being increasingly treated with steam and vacuum in the market for food ingredients sterilization. Companies in the food ingredients sterilization market are strengthening their distribution chains by offering to supply complete process lines, right from handling contaminated materials to final packing under controlled atmosphere. They are acquiring comprehensive knowledge about how to avoid contamination during powder processing due to the growing demand for food ingredients with extended shelf life and greater diversity.

Hybrid Steam-microwave Sterilization Effectively Halts Reaction of Lipase Enzyme in Palm Oil Fruits

Hybrid steam-microwave sterilization is one of the innovative concepts that acts as a key driver for the food ingredients sterilization market. This sterilization technique is being extensively used to treat palm oil fruits at atmospheric temperature.

Conventional sterilization in palm oil mills inactivates the generation of lipase enzyme and breaks the oil-bearing cells for easier oil extraction. However, the use of pressured vessels leads to issues of frequent production interruptions due to irregular inspection of the vessels. This phenomena directly affects production efficiencies at manufacturing facilities. Hence, companies in the food ingredients sterilization market are introducing microwave irradiation technology to efficiently halt the reaction of lipase enzyme that leads to the generation of free fatty acids. Innovative atmospheric-pressured hybrid steam-microwave method is gaining popularity for effective sterilization of palm oil fruits in the market for food ingredients sterilization.

food ingredients sterilization market segmentation

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Analysts’ Viewpoint

The VSV technology aids in processing of certified organically grown produce. Companies in the food ingredients sterilization market are increasing their production capabilities to develop UV seed sterilizers that are capable of treating grains, herbs, tea, and the likes. Moreover, the spirajoule technology is being highly publicized as a universal tool for food debacterisation as well as for heat treatment of bulk products and residues. 

Though technological improvements are transforming the market, contamination of food powders could potentially lead to cases of food poisonings such as the recent outbreak of contaminated milk powder. Hence, companies should innovate in the VSV technology to overcome issues of contamination in food powders, and aid in retaining the nutrition and sensory properties of food products.

Food Ingredients Sterilization Market: Overview

  • TMR has conducted a research on the food ingredients sterilization market, according to which, the market was valued at ~ US$ 367.2 Mn in 2019, in terms of value, and is anticipated to reach ~US$ 554.1 Mn by 2029, at a value CAGR of ~4%
  • The increasing demand for safer and cleaner food products by consumers around the world is pushing governments and authorities to implement stringent food safety regulations on food producers, processors, importers, and exporters. In order to avoid any penalty by the authorities and to oblige to stringent regulations, several key players in the market are now getting their food products/ingredients sterilized and tested.

Food Ingredients Sterilization: Market Highlights

  • Europe is expected to account for a higher share of the global food ingredients sterilization market in terms of value sales by 2029, owing to the ever-rising awareness about foodborne illnesses and increasing demand for food certification and testing in the region. North America accounts for significant market share succeeding Europe market due to the presence of an established food & beverages processing industry in the U.S. and subsequent advancements in the food ingredients sterilization market. 
  • Heat treatment is expected to remain a dominant sterilization method preferred by food and beverage manufacturing companies. The increasing incidence of health issues and foodborne illness due to the infection by pathogens such as fungi, bacteria, and viruses is propelling the growth of this segment. 
  • With advancements in the global food & beverages industry, food ingredients sterilization market is shaping faster than ever. Various regulating governmental and para-governmental bodies are updating and upgrading the rules and regulations to keep control over food safety and food protection across the globe.
    • In the U.S., each year, 48 million people fall sick and are hospitalized due to foodborne illnesses. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has implemented seven new rules in the U.S. to prevent foodborne illness in 2017.
  • The global food & beverages industry is highly fragmented, consisting of numerous small, medium, and large players, with varying regional and global market share. This aspect of the food & beverages industry is likely to restrain the global food ingredients sterilization market growth, since controlling and implementation of rules and regulation becomes a complicated process, which might pave way for food fraud and food adulteration.

Food Ingredients Sterilization Market: Trends

  • With stricter food safety regulations, several food manufacturers are opting for clean label and transparency. Clean label is a consumer-driven trend in the global market and is positively impacting the food & beverages industry. Due to the increased tendency of consumers to know and understand all the ingredients used in the product before purchasing, manufacturers are compelled to follow the trend and upscale food ingredients sterilization.
  • With advancements in science, new and improved technologies are being developed and are upgraded regularly. Due to the outbreak of new diseases that were not known to mankind before via food and water, the food ingredients sterilization market is challenged to develop new technologies. Therefore, the trend of new and improved technologies with enhanced capabilities can be seen in the global market for food ingredients sterilization.

Food Ingredients Sterilization Market: Strategies

  • Novel Opportunities in Functional and Nutritional Food Segments
    • Considering the prevailing trends, functional food and nutritional food segments of the food industry are growing at a rapid rate. These products are consumed by the privileged class of consumers who demand food products that are clean and safe for consumption. These segments are new niche application segments for the food ingredients sterilization market and expected to have a promising opportunity in the future.

Target Region for Food Ingredients Sterilization Market

  • Emerging economies in MEA and Asia are performing well due to the increasing rate of industrialization, urbanization, and investments from various developed countries. The food manufacturing sector is flourishing with foreign investments. As a result of this, new factories and manufacturing companies are being established. With the boom in food manufacturing, the food ingredients sterilization market is also provided with increased opportunities, since most of the food produced in emerging nations are exported to North American and European countries.

Food Ingredients Sterilization Market: Players

  • Global food ingredients sterilization market is expected to witness significant growth, underpinned by the increase in the demand for certified and clean label food products, majorly from health-conscious consumers. Key players are expected to continue expanding their food ingredients sterilization facilities tapping into new and emerging markets such as MEA and Latin America, and enhance capabilities with the incorporation of robust technologies. The food ingredients sterilization market is witnessing significant growth, which is attributable to a rise in the awareness about the critical health benefits associated with the consumption of these kinds of food products. 
  • Key players operating in the food ingredients sterilization market, as profiled in the study, include
    • Sterigenics International LLC
    • Balchem Corporation
    • Croll Reynolds
    • Wenda Ingredients
    • Napasol AG
    • Namah Steam Sterilization
    • Cosmed Group
    • Safe Spice

Food Ingredients Sterilization Market - Scope of the Report

Transparency Market Research (TMR) has recently published a study on the global food ingredients sterilization market. The study provides a detailed assessment of key market dynamics, including drivers, trends, opportunities & restraints, and detailed information about the food ingredients sterilization market structure. The market study presents exclusive information about how the food ingredients sterilization market will grow during the forecast period starting from 2019 to 2029.

Key indicators of market growth, which include year-on-year (Y-o-Y) growth of the market, value chain, supply chain analysis, and compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) are explained in the TMR’s study in a comprehensive manner. This information can help readers understand the quantitative growth prospects of the food ingredients sterilization market during the forecast period.

The study is relevant for stakeholders in the food ingredients sterilization market, including food ingredients sterilization manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and investors, and can help them in developing appropriate strategies to grow in the market. Stakeholders in the food ingredients sterilization market, investors, industry experts, researchers, and journalists, as well as business researchers can gain valuable insights from the information and data presented in TMR’s study.

The study also includes statistics and facts related to the macro and microeconomic factors that are impacting developments in the market. It also offers actionable insights into the market based on the future trends in the food ingredients sterilization market. Furthermore, small businesses and new entrants in the food ingredients sterilization market too can make use of the information presented in this study, based on which, they can make appropriate business decisions in order to gain momentum in the market.

Key Questions Answered in TMR’s Food Ingredients Sterilization Market Report

  • Which regions will continue to remain the most profitable regional markets for food ingredients sterilization market players?
  • Which factors will induce a change in the demand for food ingredients sterilization during the assessment period?
  • How will the changing trends impact the food ingredients sterilization market?
  • How can market players capture the low-hanging opportunities in the food ingredients sterilization market in developed regions?
  • Which companies are leading the food ingredients sterilization market?
  • What are the winning strategies of stakeholders in the food ingredients sterilization market to upscale their position in this landscape?

Food Ingredients Sterilization Market: Research Methodology

The study uses a unique research methodology to conduct extensive research on the growth of the food ingredients sterilization market and reach conclusions on the future growth parameters. This research methodology is a combination of primary and secondary research, which helps analysts ensure the accuracy and reliability of conclusions.

Secondary resources referred to by analysts during the production of the food ingredients sterilization market study include statistics from governmental organizations, trade journals, white papers, and internal and external proprietary databases. Analysts have interviewed senior managers, product portfolio managers, CEOs, VPs, marketing/product managers, and market intelligence managers, who contributed to the development of this report as a primary resource.

Comprehensive information acquired from primary resources and secondary resources acts as a validation from companies in the food ingredients sterilization market, and makes TMR’s projections on the growth prospects of the food ingredients sterilization market more accurate and reliable.

Food Ingredients Sterilization Market – Segmentation

The report categorizes the food ingredients sterilization market in terms of various segments — ingredient, sterilization method, and region. This report offers comprehensive data and information about the important market dynamics and growth parameters associated with these categories.


  • Spices, Herbs, and Seasonings
  • Dried Fruits and Vegetables 
  • Meat & Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Dairy Ingredients
  • Cereals & Pulses
  • Tea Blends
  • Nuts 

Sterilization Method

  • Heat
  • Radiation
  • Moisture
  • Others


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • APEJ
  • Oceania
  • Japan
  • MEA

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