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  • Published On : Jun 2022
  • Code : CMI5054
  • Industry : Food and Beverages
  • Pages : 120
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There are many types of foods that represent different cultures, but the majority are made by people who were born in a different country. Among these foods are Ethiopian cuisine, Chinese food, and Indian fare. Often times, these foods were classified as ethnic in order to differentiate them from the more widely accepted American fare. However, that is no longer the case. The popularity of ethnic foods has increased in recent years, because of the growing foreign population.

Market Statistics:

The global ethnic foods market was valued at US$ 43,948.6 Mn in 2021 and is forecast to reach a value of US$ 88,367.3 Mn by 2030 at a CAGR of 8.1% between 2021 and 2030.

North America held dominant position in the global ethnic foods market in 2021, accounting for 51.7% share in terms of volume, followed by Europe and Asia Pacific, respectively.

Figure 1. Global Ethnic Foods Market Value Share (%), By Region, 2021

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Recent Developments:

  1. In April 2018, Ajinomoto’s wholly-owned brand José Olé launched a new range of ready-made rolled taco packs for the US market in a variety of flavors; these are available in four variants named Queso chicken nacho, loaded beef nacho, shredded chicken, and seasoned beef.
  2. In December 2021. McCormick & Company Inc. was set to open a new environmentally-friendly, multi-purpose head office in Australia. This facility also includes a technical innovation center, a logistics center, and new corporate offices.
  3. In October 2021, McCormick & Company Inc. selected Tradepoint Atlantic Industrial Park in Sparrows Point, Maryland, for its state-of-the-art Northeast distribution center.
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Ethnic Foods Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2021 Market Size in 2021: US$ 43,948.6 Mn
Historical Data for: 2017 to 2020 Forecast Period: 2021 to 2030
Forecast Period 2022 to 2030 CAGR: 8.1%  2030 Value Projection: US$ 88,367.3 Mn
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 Distribution Channel: Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Convenience Stores, Online Retail Channels, Other Distribution Channels
Companies covered:

Ajinomoto Co. Inc., McCormick & Company Inc., Associated British Foods PLC, General Mills Inc., Orkla ASA, Aryzta AG, Paulig Ltd, Asli Fine Foods, Capital Foods Pvt. Ltd, Bigham’s Limited, The Spice Tailor Limited, and Quality Ethnic Foods Inc

Growth Drivers:
  • Growing presence of immigrants from Asian countries
  • Growing demand for ready-to-cook food
  • Increasing popularity of  ethnic breakfast food products
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Growing food safety concerns

Market Drivers:

Growing presence of immigrants from Asian countries is expected to foster ethnic foods market growth. As per the United States Census Bureau, with the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act passage, the number of immigrants from Asian countries in the United States has grown considerably. As of 2019, 14.1 million immigrants from Asia resided in the United States, representing a 29-fold increase from 1960. Additionally, in 2019, Southeast Asia accounted for the largest share of the total Asian immigrant population (4.4 million), followed closely by both South Central Asia (4.3 million) and Eastern Asia (4.2 million).

Expansion of Asian retail chains of stores and other channels in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia is boosting the retail sales of Asian ethnic food products and other ethnic consumer products among their target consumers. For instance, in 2018, Korean chain H Mart had expanded to 66 locations across 12 states in the United States. Each store offers imported Korean and other Asian packaged goods, prepared foods, and general merchandise.

Figure 2. Global Ethnic Food Market Value Share (%), By Distribution Channel, 2021

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Market Restraints:

Growing packaged food safety concerns due to rise in ethnic foodborne illness outbreaks and recalls is expected to hinder growth of the market. For instance, in  October  2021,  the  FDA  made  Cedar’s  Mediterranean  Foods  recall  its  product  “Organic Mediterranean Hommus” as it contained undeclared pine nut, which could be a major allergen among the consumers in the country. Additionally, in October 2021, Ivar’s Soup and Sauce Company was made to recall its “Kettle Classic Clam Chowder with Uncured Bacon,” as the FDA noted it to be a potential source for hard plastic opaque pieces. Increasing number of health conscious consumers looking to avoid synthetic additive in food is again anticipated to restrict the market growth.

Market Opportunities:

Growing sale of ethnic breakfast food products is expected to provide potential growth opportunities over the forecast period. Asian breakfast items, such as banh mi, congee, and morning fried rice, bao, Korean Misugaru Latte, Malaysian Roti Canai and jianbing, are witnessing high demand. Moreover, some of the key global food and beverage companies like MTR Foods, iD Fresh Food and Gits, to name a few, are introducing more local based Asian breakfast food products. For instance, in December 2019, Maggi the flagship brand of Swiss food & beverage giant Nestle SA entered the ethnic food market with its new launches- ready-to-eat “poha”, and “upma

Increasing consumption of easy to cook with longer shelf-life food products is also projected to bring lucrative growth opportunities for the key players. For instance, Nissin Foods, Associated British Foods, Unilever, Nestle SA, and Capital Foods, among others, offer a wide range of long shelf-life products ethnic food products encompassing instant noodles, soups, and curries. Capital Foods’ Ching’s offers an assortment of instant noodles, soups, Hakka noodles, and even sauces and ethnic spice mixes that minimize the amount of efforts put into cooking.

Market Trends/Key Takeaways:

Growing consumption of natural/organic food products, including ready meals, frozen, snack food, among consumers due to rising popularity of organic food products is expected to favour market growth. Product launches with various label claims, such as “no artificial additive,” “non-GMO,” “reduced sugar,” “reduced sodium”, “gluten-free”, and “lactose-free” have been silently benefitting the customers over years is again fostering market growth.

Growing focus of key players to increase the production of ethnic food products to meet the increasing demand is emerging as one of the trend. For instance, in October 2021 Goya Foods, one of the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States invested USD 80 million in an expansion of its manufacturing and distribution facility in Brookshire, Texas. The expansion of the company’s North American Processing Center included the purchase of new, state-of-the-art food processing equipment that enabled the company to double production capacity.

Competitive Landscape:

      1. Ajinomoto Co. Inc.
      2. McCormick & Company Inc.
      3. Associated British Foods PLC
      4. General Mills Inc.
      5. Orkla ASA
      6. Aryzta AG
      7. Paulig Ltd
      8. Asli Fine Foods
      9. Capital Foods Pvt. Ltd
      10. Bigham’s Limited
      11. The Spice Tailor Limited
      12. Quality Ethnic Foods Inc.

Ethnic foods include Japanese, African, Middle Eastern, Indian, Greek, and Cajun cuisines. However, consumers are increasingly looking for regional variations, and analysts predict that the next wave of popular foods may come from countries like the Philippines, Korea, and Afghanistan. Ethnic food trends are becoming more popular, thanks to globalization and increasing immigrant populations.

Market Dynamics:

Growing globalization and increasing demand for convenience food product due to hectic lifestyle of consumers are driving growth of the ethnic food market. Increasing launch of new products by key players and expanding e-commerce industry are again fostering market growth. For instance, in December 2021, Mother’s Recipe announced the launch of the ‘Ready to Eat’ combo meals for the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

On the other hand, concerns associated with packaging food safety is expected to restrict the market growth.

Key features of the study:

  • This report provides in-depth analysis of the global ethnic food market, and provides market size (US$ Million) and compound annual growth rate (CAGR%) for the forecast period (2021–2028), considering 2020 as the base year
  • It elucidates potential revenue opportunities across different segments and explains attractive investment proposition matrices for this market
  • This study also provides key insights about market drivers, restraints, opportunities, new product launches or approval, market trends,  regional outlook, and competitive strategies adopted by key players
  • It profiles key players in the global ethnic food market based on the following parameters – company highlights, products portfolio, key highlights, financial performance, and strategies
  • Key companies covered as a part of this study include Ajinomoto Co. Inc., McCormick & Company Inc., Associated British Foods PLC, General Mills Inc., Orkla ASA, Aryzta AG, Paulig Ltd, Asli Fine Foods, Capital Foods Pvt. Ltd, Bigham’s Limited, The Spice Tailor Limited, and Quality Ethnic Foods Inc.
  • Insights from this report would allow marketers and the management authorities of the companies to make informed decisions regarding their future product launches, type up-gradation, market expansion, and marketing tactics
  • The global ethnic food market report caters to various stakeholders in this industry including investors, suppliers, product manufacturers, distributors, new entrants, and financial analysts
  • Stakeholders would have ease in decision-making through various strategy matrices used in analyzing the global ethnic food market

Detailed Segmentation:

  • Global Ethnic Foods Market, By Distribution Channel
    • Supermarkets/Hypermarkets
    • Convenience Stores
    • Online Retail Channels
    • Other Distribution Channels
  • Global Ethnic Foods Market, By Geography
    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia-Pacific
    • Rest of the World

Frequently Asked Questions

The global ethnic foods market size is estimated to be valued at US$ 43,948.6 Million in 2021 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 8.1% between 2021 and 2030.
Growing presence of immigrants from Asian countries is fuelling the growth of the market.
The Supermarkets/ Hypermarkets distribution channel segment is the leading component segment in the market.
Safety concerns associated with ethnic food are the major factors restraining growth of the market.
Major players operating in the market are Ajinomoto Co. Inc., McCormick & Company Inc., Associated British Foods PLC, General Mills Inc., Orkla ASA, Aryzta AG, Paulig Ltd, Asli Fine Foods, Capital Foods Pvt. Ltd, Bigham’s Limited, The Spice Tailor Limited, and Quality Ethnic Foods Inc.

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