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  • Published In : Mar 2024
  • Code : CMI815
  • Pages :120
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  • Industry : Food Ingredients

Global dietary fibers market size is expected to reach US$ 13.30 Bn & KT by 2031, from US$ 7.89 Bn & KT in 2024, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.7% during the forecast period. Dietary fibers are ingredients present in the food products that encourage waste movement inside the body. Consumption of dietary fibers based food products also reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease by lowering the level of blood sugar in the body. Moreover, they also support weight management.

Market Regional Insights:

  • Asia Pacific is anticipated to witness the highest CAGR of 10.1% from 2024 to 2030 in terms of revenue. Asia Pacific led the market and accounted for over 40.0% share of the global revenue in 2023. Countries such as China, Indonesia, and Japan are expected to be the leading producers of foods and beverages during the next few years. Promising trends in the food & beverage industry in the Asia Pacific are estimated to spur demand for dietary fibers during the forecast years.
  • North America is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 9.2% from 2024 to 2030. North America has been the largest market for immunity-boosting and health-enhancing products in 2023. Nutritional care has witnessed a major evolution in the region, with consumers becoming highly aware of packaged food products' ingredients. The new trending diets and lifestyles adopted by the people in the North American region have rendered the consumption of dietary fibers highly significant.
  • Europe is predicted to witness steady growth across the forecast period. Increased online product delivery services across developed countries in Western Europe including Italy, the U.K., Germany, France, and Spain will positively influence the market growth in the region.

Figure 1. Global Dietary Fibers Market Share (%), By Region, 2024

Global Dietary Fibers Market By Region

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Analyst’s Views:

Global dietary fibers market has tremendous growth potential over the next decade driven by increasing health consciousness among consumers globally. As people become more aware about the various health benefits of a fiber-rich diet such as maintaining digestive health, managing weight and reducing cholesterol levels, the demand for dietary fiber ingredients from food and beverage manufacturers is expected to surge. Functional foods with added dietary fibers will be in high demand. The market will further get support from rising incidences of lifestyle diseases forcing people to make dietary changes.

However, the lack of consumer education about suitable dosage and different types of fibers can restrain the market to an extent. Finding innovative ways to mask the strong flavors that are associated with some fiber types will also be a challenge for companies. The Asia Pacific region will dominate the market and remain the fastest growing as developing countries like India and China continue to emerge as major consumer markets boosted by changing dietary habits and rising affluence.

Market Drivers:

Increasing health awareness

Increasing awareness about the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle is one of the key factors driving the growth of the market. More consumers are recognizing that obtaining adequate fiber intake through diet is essential for maintaining overall health and preventing illnesses. High fiber foods are known to reduce the risk of heart diseases, diabetes, bowel disorders and other chronic diseases. Many national health organizations recommend consuming at least 25-30 grams of fiber per day. However, most people in developed nations consume only half of the recommended daily intake through their regular diets. The COVID-19 pandemic has further accelerated this trend as more home-bound consumers paid greater attention to boosting their immunity through diet. According to data provided by t the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), global annual per capita consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables increased from 95.9 kg in 2019 to 101.9 kg in 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) also recommends consuming a minimum of 400 grams of fruits and vegetables daily for adequate fiber intake and overall health.

Wide application in food and beverages industry

Global dietary fibers market is witnessing significant growth driven by its wide application in the food and beverages industry. Dietary fibers find extensive usage in various food products to enhance texture, increase shelf-life, and offer various health benefits. Many national and international food regulators also recommend adequate intake of dietary fibers for a healthy diet. Food manufacturers are increasingly utilizing various types of soluble and insoluble fibers to develop healthier food options for consumers. For instance, oat, wheat and potato fibers are being added to breads, cereal, and baked snacks to increase their nutritional value without compromising on taste. Similarly, pectin fibers from citrus fruits are used in jams, jellies, and fruit fillings to provide texture and nutrition. Soluble fibers like inulin are also finding applications in dairy products like yogurt and ice cream. They allow by reducing total sugars without changing the taste and mouth feel.

Rising incidence of lifestyle diseases

Growing prevalence of lifestyle diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes across the globe has significantly propelled the demand for dietary fibers in 2022 years. These chronic health conditions have been associated with modern sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy dietary habits which lack essential fiber intake. As per World Health Organization (WHO), cardiovascular diseases continue to be the leading cause of death globally, accounting for over 17.9 million deaths in 2019. Similarly, the International Diabetes Federation reported that approximately 537 million adults were living with diabetes worldwide in 2021, and this number is projected to rise to 643 million by 2030.

Market Opportunities:

Emerging markets in developing countries

Emerging markets in developing countries present a massive opportunity for growth in market. These developing nations are experiencing rapid economic development and urbanization, thereby leading to significant changes in consumer lifestyles and diets. People in these countries have more discretionary income and there is a growing middle class with rising health consciousness. This has increased the demand for packaged food products that provide added health and nutrition. Dietary fibers play an important role in maintaining overall wellness and preventing diseases.

Food and beverage companies are recognizing the abundant potential in these emerging consumer markets. They are strategically expanding their product portfolio to include more fiber-fortified options. Many local and regional players are also launching innovative fiber-rich food items tailored to local tastes. The intake of whole grains, fruits and vegetables that are high in natural fibers is on the rise. However, the dietary fiber consumption in developing nations still lags behind global recommendations due to traditional food practices and limited awareness. There is scope to further educate people about the health benefits of high-fiber diets.

Innovation of new functional food products

The innovation of new functional food products presents tremendous opportunities in the market. In recent times, consumers have developed greater awareness about the importance of intestinal health and balanced diet. There is an increasing understanding among people that adequate fiber intake helps maintain digestive regularity and reduces risks of serious issues like heart diseases and diabetes. Food companies can capitalize on this consumer behavior by developing novel and appetizing food items enriched with functional fibers.

Government initiatives to promote healthy diets also provide tailwinds. For instance, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 recommends adults consume 25-30 grams of dietary fiber per day for better heart health and diabetes management. However, on average Americans consume only 15 grams daily. Similarly, World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines suggest fiber intake of 25-29 grams for women and 38 grams for men aged 19-50 years. According to the data provided by the  National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) conducted by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows nearly 90% of Americans do not meet the daily fiber intake recommendations.

Growth in food supplements sector

Global dietary fibers market has tremendous potential for growth driven by rising awareness about the health benefits of fiber-rich diets. Consumption of dietary fibers through food supplements is emerging as an important trend. Dietary fibers play a key role in maintaining gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health by regulating bowel movements, lowering cholesterol, and managing blood sugar levels. Medical research conducted by organizations like the World Health Organization indicate that adequate fiber intake from natural as well as supplementary sources can significantly help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.

As people increasingly adopt sedentary lifestyles and consume more processed food with low fiber content, they are more prone to developing lifestyle-related ailments. This is where food supplements containing isolated or concentrated forms of fibers like inulin, pectin, beta-glucan, and psyllium gain relevance. Busy consumers struggling to meet their daily fiber needs through regular meals are looking at supplements as a convenient option. According to a  report by the WHO, in 2020, non-communicable diseases collectively accounted for 74% of all deaths globally with cardiovascular diseases being the leading cause. The growing disease burden and risk awareness have accelerated demand for functional foods and health supplements fortified with dietary fibers.

Dietary Fibers Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 7.89 Bn & KT
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 - 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 7.7% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 13.30 Bn & KT
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East: GCC Countries, Israel,  and Rest of Middle East
  • Africa: South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Source: Cereals & Grains (Wheat, Rice, Bran, Fruits & Vegetables, and Others)
  • By Type: Soluble Dietary Fibers (Inulin, Polydextrose, Pectin, Beta-Glucan, and Others), and Insoluble Dietary Fibers (Cellulose, Hemicellulose, Chitosan, Chitin, Lignin, Resistant Starch, and Others)
  • By Application: Functional Foods & Beverages, Animal Feed, Pet Foods, and Pharmaceuticals
Companies covered:

Cargill, Incorporated, Archer Daniels Midland, and Ingredion Incorporated, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Tate & Lyle PLC, SunOpta Inc., Suedzucker AG Company, Grain Processing Corporation, J. RETTENMAIER & SÖHNE GmbH & Co KG, and Roquette Frères S.A 

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing health awareness
  • Wide application in food and beverages industry
  • Rising incidence of lifestyle diseases
Restraints & Challenges:
  • High prices of dietary fibers
  • Stringent international quality standards and regulations

Market Trends:

Preference for clean label and natural ingredients

The clean label and natural ingredients trend has significantly influenced the market in recent years. Consumers have become increasingly conscious about the ingredients in their food and are preferring products with easy-to-understand labels highlighting only natural constituents. This preference for simplicity and transparency in food labeling is driving the demand for naturally-sourced dietary fibers that do not involve artificial processing and additives.

Manufacturers have taken note of this shifting sentiment and are reformulating their product lines to use more natural and organic dietary fibers. For example, oat fiber has gained immense popularity as a clean-label source of soluble fiber. Its soothing properties make it suitable for use in snack bars, breakfast cereals, yogurts etc. According to the International Oat Association, worldwide production of oats increased by 2% in 2021 as compared to the previous year, indicating higher demand.

Rising demand for gluten free and sugar free products

The rising demand for gluten free and sugar free products is having a significant influence on the global dietary fibers market. More and more people are opting for healthier food options that help to manage their weight and promote overall wellness. This has increased the demand for fiber-rich foods across the world. Dietary fibers provide a feeling of fullness and help slowly down the digestion process which helps people to consume fewer calories and manage hunger pangs effectively.

This shift in consumer preference has led to innovations in product formulations and marketing strategies by food companies. According to a  report provided by WHO, worldwide obesity rates have nearly tripled since 1975 with over 650 million adults and 120 million children considered clinically obese. This underscores the need for a balanced, fiber-rich diet. The demand for gluten free and sugar free high fiber options is likely to grow further as more people adopt preventive healthcare approach through correct food habits.

Market Restraints:

High prices of dietary fibers

The high prices of dietary fibers are posing a major challenge for the growth of the market. Dietary fibers are an essential part of a healthy and balanced diet as they help to promote digestive health and reduce the risk of obesity, heart diseases, diabetes, and certain cancers. However, the rising cultivation and production costs of various fiber sources like fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, and legumes have significantly increased their market prices in the recent years.

This rise in input costs is forcing manufacturers to pass on some of the increased expenses to the end consumers in the form of higher product prices. Due to inflationary pressures and economic slowdown that is caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across regions, consumers have less disposable income available to spend on premium-priced healthy fiber foods and supplements. The high prices make them unaffordable for the masses, particularly in developing nations where a large population is based. According to the data provided by the UN FAO, around 36% of the global population could not afford a healthy diet in 2020. This reflects that dietary fiber consumption levels are inadequate in various parts of the world primarily due to budget constraints faced by consumers.

Counter Balance: One way is to substitute high-fiber foods for low-fiber foods, such as beans or legumes for meat in chili and soups. Another way is to increase the consumption of naturally high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, which are also packed with vitamins and other nutrients.

Stringent international quality standards and regulations

Stringent international quality standards and regulations have certainly placed restrain on the growth of market. Countries across the world have implemented various quality control standards to ensure safety and well-being of consumers. While such measures aim to protect public health, they do impose certain compliance burden on food businesses.

All these quality-aligned operational challenges pose difficulties for small and medium scale players in particular. The increased cost of compliance and delayed market arrivals diminish the returns on product innovations. This discourages explorations of newer dietary fiber sources and applications. In 2021, according to the data provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), less than 20% of the small fiber producers in Asia Pacific were found adhering to basic quality standards due to the prohibitive costs involved. With the global fiber market still in growth stage, such restrain on innovation can surely impact its future expansion potential negatively.

Counterbalance:  Ensure compliance with regulations by investing in quality control measures and testing to ensure that products meet the required standards. Another way is to work with regulatory bodies to understand the requirements and ensure that products are properly labeled and marketed. Collaboration with industry associations and other stakeholders can also help to develop best practices and guidelines for compliance.

Recent Developments:

  • In July 2021, Cargill is investing US$45 million (EUR 38 million) to add soluble fibres to its European portfolio of starches, sweeteners, and texturizers as demand for reduced-sugar products grows. Cargill, Incorporated, is an American global food corporation based in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
  • In April 2021, Hain Celestial Group Inc.,, a natural and organic products company, has sold its plant-based WestSoy and Dream brands to SunOpta Inc. SunOpta will be able to increase its footprint in the niche market of plant-based beverages due to the US$33 million deal. The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. is an international food and personal-care company based in the United States. Its products include natural foods and organic personal-care items.

Figure 2. Global Dietary Fibers Market Share (%), By Application, 2024


Top Companies in this Market

  • Cargill, Incorporated
  • Archer Daniels Midland
  • Ingredion Incorporated
  • E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  • Tate & Lyle PLC
  • SunOpta Inc.
  • Suedzucker AG Company
  • Grain Processing Corporation
  • Roquette Frères S.A

*Definition: Dietary fibers are a type of carbohydrate that is found in plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. They are defined as the edible parts of plants or analogous carbohydrates that are resistant to digestion and absorption in the human small intestine, usually with complete or partial fermentation in the large intestine. The term includes polysaccharides, oligosaccharides, and lignins. There are two main types of dietary fibers: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibers dissolve in water and form a gel-like substance, while insoluble fibers do not dissolve in water and pass through the digestive system largely intact. Dietary fibers have been associated with numerous health benefits, including improved digestive health, lower cholesterol levels, and reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions

High prices of dietary fibers and stringent international quality standards and regulations are the key factors hampering the growth of the global hot melt adhesive market.

Increasing health awareness, wide application in food and beverages industry and rising incidence of lifestyle diseases are the major factors driving the global dietary fibers market growth.

The functional foods & beverages is the leading application segment in the global dietary fibers market. 

The major players operating in the global dietary fibers market are Cargill, Incorporated, Archer Daniels Midland, and Ingredion Incorporated, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Tate & Lyle PLC, SunOpta Inc., Suedzucker AG Company, Grain Processing Corporation, J. RETTENMAIER & SÖHNE GmbH & Co KG, and Roquette Frères S.A

Asia Pacific leads the global dietary fibers market.  

The CAGR of the global dietary fibers market  is 7.7%.

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