Global Food Stabilizer Market: Snapshot
The growth in demand for convenience foods is visible across all regions of the world. With more people opting for ready-to-eat foods and beverages, the role of food stabilizers in this industry has grown proportionately. With stability, shelf-life, texture, and visual appeal growing equally large in priority for convenience foods to sell, companies are constantly looking for the perfect food stabilizers that will help them fit their food and beverage products into the busy lifestyle of the modern consumer. This is considered to be a high impact driver for the usage of food stabilizers and will continue to drive their sales even further over the coming years.
On the other end of the spectrum are a speedily growing number of consumers – especially from developed economies – that are demanding organic foods. Food stabilizers in organic foods help improve the shelf-life of these otherwise quick to expire foods.
There are, however, quite a few restraints on the use of food stabilizers today, owing to the side-effects of using certain chemicals and the related regulatory pressure against their use. Organizations such as the FDA are closely monitoring the type of food stabilizers being used and can ban certain chemicals from being used. Examples include the ban on acacia gum in multiple parts of the world and the ban on Olean in Canada and the U.K.
The global market for food stabilizers is expected to progress at a CAGR of 4.0% from 2015 to 2021, in terms of revenue. This revenue is expected to reach US$7.63 bn by the end of 2016, and US$9.26 bn by the end of 2021.
Europe Dominated Demand for Food Stabilizers
The demand for food stabilizers in Europe has regularly been quite high owing to the demand for foods with extended life spans and better appeal in terms of taste, texture, and look. The region is also showing a high demand for organic foods, where food stabilizers are used to mainly extend the short shelf-lives of products. The demand for packaged foods has been especially high in Europe and has been the primary fuel for the leading consumption rate of food stabilizers by the region. By the end of 2021, Europe is expected to have taken up 35.0% of the total value of food stabilizers in the world.
North America is showing a similarly high demand for food stabilizers in both convenience foods and organic foods. This region is showing a greater demand for food stabilizers in organic foods owing to the growing health concerns linked with convenience foods. Additionally, a large percentage of consumers in North America are aware of the growing number of food-borne illnesses and that food stabilizers can help combat the bacteria that cause them.
Use of Food Stabilizers in Confectionaries to Be Dominant by 2021
The recent years saw a leading consumption of food stabilizers by the dairy industry, followed closely by the confectionary industry. The former has consistently been a key application segment for food stabilizer producers owing to the need for producing dairy products that last longer, taste better, and are free of harmful bacteria. While the confectionary already had a large share in the consumption of food stabilizers till now, it is expected to increase further due to the growing scope of application of newer food stabilizers.
The top producers of food stabilizers from a global perspective include BASF SE, Cargill Inc., Celanese Corporation, Chr. Hansen A/S, DuPont, JEY'S F.I. INC., Kerry Group, Koninklijke DSM N.V., and The Archer Daniels Midland Company.
The global food stabilizer market is expected to experience a stable growth throughout the forecast period. Food stabilizers maintain the stability of food products in term of texture, volume and mouth feel. The global food stabilizer market is segmented on the basis of application, function and geography. By application the food stabilizers market can be segmented into bakery, confectionary, dairy products, beverages, convenience food and others. The others segment includes processed meat and, sauces and condiments among others. By function the food stabilizers market has been segmented into stabilizing function, texturing function, and moisturing function among others. In addition, the report provides a cross-sectional analysis of all the above segments with respect to different geographical regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW).
Increasing demand for convenience food is one of the major factors fuelling the demand for food stabilizers globally. Busy lifestyle and changing eating patterns are driving the growth of convenience food products and this in turn is fuelling the growth of the food stabilizer market. Moreover, owing to increasing demand for organic food products the global food stabilizer market is expected to experience stable growth throughout the forecast period. Food stabilizers are being added to the finished product in order to increase the shelf life and to maintain the overall quality of organic food products. Increasing health concerns of people across the globe is driving the market for organic food items which in turn is driving the growth of the food stabilizer globally. In addition, the use of food stabilizers gives competitive advantage to food industry over other market players since food stabilizers helps to impart the exact volume, mouth feel and texture demanded by consumers. Owing to this factor, the demand for food stabilizers is increasing and is expected to grow rapidly during the forecast period.
However, despite of the several factors driving the demand of food stabilizers, they can pose a serious threat if consumed within specified limit. There are several side effects associated with food stabilizers. Gelatin can cause allergic reactions. Alginate or algin which is used to increase the viscosity of a food product has an adverse effect in woman during pregnancy. Excessive consumption of guar gum increases the chances of gas production, loose motion and diarrhoea and various other complications. In addition, stringent government regulations across different countries restrain the growth of global food stabilizer market. Different organizations including FDA have set safety standards to determine whether a stabilizer is safe enough for its intended use. In spite of these restraining factors the food stabilizer market will stand firm during the forecasted period.
The conclusive analysis of the global food stabilizer market and the expected market growth for the period 2015 to 2021 is provided in this report. The report provides in depth study of different market segments and detailed analysis of the food stabilizer market across different segments based on application, function and by geography. This report also provides various macro and micro economic factor affecting the demand of food stabilizers.
In the food stabilizer market, among application segment the dairy products held the largest market share in 2014. Increasing health concerns among the consumers is driving the market for diary food items which in turn is driving the growth of the food stabilizer market. Food stabilizers are being added to the diary product to increase the shelf life, to maintain the overall quality and to maintain nutritional stability of diary food products.
In 2014, across the geography, Europe held the largest market share i.e. 40.0% in the food stabilizer market. Europe is a mature market in term of food stabilizer due to its high penetration level in European market. Consequently the market growth of food stabilizers in European market is sluggish. Europe is followed by North America. Increasing working population and rising health consciousness among consumers is boosting the demand for dairy and ready to eat products, which in turn is driving the market for food stabilizer stabilizers. On the other hand economic development in developing countries such as India, China and Japan leads to an increase in disposable income which in turn increases the purchasing power of consumers. Owing to this change in lifestyle coupled with increasing disposable income people are looking for processed and ready to eat convenience food. The market growth of food stabilizers in this region is attributed to the increasing demand for these processed and ready to eat food.
Overall, the report provides a detailed analysis of the global food stabilizer and the expected growth for the period 2015 to 2021, after considering various macro and micro economic factors affecting the demand.
The report segments the food stabilizer market as:
- Dairy Products
- Convenience Food
- Stabilizing Function
- Texturing Function
- Moisturing Function
Rest of the World (RoW)
- Middle East
- Latin America