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  • Published In : Feb 2024
  • Code : CMI573
  • Pages :140
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  • Industry : Food Ingredients

The Pectin Market size is valued at US$ 1.05 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach US$ 1.61 Bn by 2031, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.3% from 2024 to 2031. Hot melt adhesive is an adhesive that is used across packaging, automotive, nonwovens, product assembly, tapes and labels, woodworking, paper bonding, and electronics sectors due to its adhesion properties. It is a thermoplastic polymer containing more than one polymer and additive such as pigments, resins, and stabilizers.

Market Regional Insights:

  • Europe held the largest share of over 43% in 2024. Significant growth of the food and beverages industry in the region, along with swiftly rising demand for functional and healthy foods, is the key factor boosting the market growth in the region. The competitive business is bringing more opportunities owing to pectin vast application, which helps propel the product demand.
  • Asia Pacific is estimated to register a CAGR of 5.69%, in terms of revenue, from 2024 to 2031. The product type sector in the region is anticipated to be the key factor for the market growth owing to the presence of some of the largest pectin manufacturers, including Yantai Andre Pectin Co., Ltd.
  • North America is predicted to witness steady growth across the forecast period. Increasing demand in food sector and 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. Pectin Market Share (%), By Region, 2024


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Analyst’s Views:

The global pectin market is expected to experience steady growth in the coming years. The food and beverage industry will continue dominating demand for pectin due to its wide applications in jams, jellies, dietary supplements, and dairy products. Rising health consciousness among consumers is a major driver for using pectin in various food products as it provides several health benefits. The increasing demand for packaged and convenience foods will also propel the use of pectin.

The pharmaceutical industry may see faster adoption of pectin owing to its therapeutic properties. This represents a good opportunity for market participants. However, volatility in the prices of raw materials used to extract pectin can restrain the market growth. Availability of substitute products poses another challenge. The Asia Pacific region holds immense potential attributed to rising incomes, westernization of diets and rapid urbanization. North America currently leads the pectin market but Asia Pacific is expected to attract more investments and emerge as the dominant region.

Overall, with steady consumption across food and pharmaceutical sectors, the pectin market seems poised for sustained growth globally. Focus on new product innovations, investments in emerging economies and strategic pricing can help companies strengthen their position in this evolving industry. Continuous research to identify new applications will further support market expansion worldwide. This concludes my analyst viewpoint on the key factors impacting the pectin market.

Market Drivers:

Increasing demand from food and beverage industry: The food and beverage industry has shown rising demand for pectin in recent years. Pectin is a soluble fiber extracted from the peel and pulp of citrus fruits as well as from apple pomace. It acts as a gelling, thickening and stabilizing agent in various food products.

The usage of pectin has increased in the food sector as consumers are increasingly health conscious and seeking out food items with additional fiber content. Pectin allows manufacturers to create fiber-rich products without comprising on taste or texture. It is commonly used in jams, jellies, fruit fillings, desserts and fruit-based snacks/beverages. As the demand for convenient, processed and functional food options grows, pectin serves as an important ingredient to meet this demand in a healthy way. According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization, global per capita demand for fruit snacks has increased by 12% from 2018-2020, which has naturally led to higher usage of pectin.

Growing health awareness among consumers: Growing health awareness among consumers is a major factor driving the growth of the global pectin market. More and more people are becoming conscious about their diet and focusing on consuming healthy and nutritious food products. Pectin derived from citrus fruits and apple pomace is considered to have several health benefits. It aids in digestion and helps regulate blood sugar levels. Its high fiber content adds bulk to the diet and helps manage weight. Due to these properties, pectin is increasingly finding applications in various foods like dairy products, jams and jellies, bakery fillings and other confectionery items.

In recent years, research studies have highlighted additional health benefits of pectin. For instance, laboratory and clinical studies have found that pectin may help lower cholesterol levels and reduce blood pressure. A 2020 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that consuming fruit-derived pectin fiber impacted satiety levels and helped control appetite in overweight and obese adults. Another research conducted by the European Food Safety Authority in 2021 concluded that pectin may play a role in supporting digestive health and gut microbiota. Findings from such research are creating more awareness among consumers about the importance of adding such functional ingredients to their diets.

Increasing preferences for functional and healthy foods: Increasing health consciousness among consumers has driven significant demand for functional and healthy foods globally in recent years. People are now more aware about risks of various lifestyle diseases and want to make wiser choices. This growing awareness has translated into higher demand for foods that are nutritious and provide added health benefits. Pectin, a soluble fiber extracted from citrus fruits and apples, is being widely utilized by food manufacturers due to its various health properties.

Pectin is proven to aid in digestion and help manage blood sugar levels. It is also effective in lowering cholesterol levels. Due to these multi-functional benefits, pectin finds widespread use in yogurts, jams, fruit spreads, dairy products and weight management products. Consumers prefer foods containing pectin as it adds fiber content and makes the products more filling. According to a 2021 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), global fiber consumption is continuously on the rise as more people understand its importance in maintaining overall wellness and gut health. Food companies are actively promoting the nutritional attributes of pectin to attract health-conscious buyers.

Market Opportunities:

Innovation in food textures: Innovation in food textures is poised to provide significant opportunities for growth in the global pectin market. As consumers are becoming more health-conscious and demanding healthier yet enjoyable eating experiences, food manufacturers are increasingly looking at novel texturizing solutions to meet these evolving needs. Pectin, a commonly used textural agent extracted from citrus fruits and apples, allows companies to create varied textures in many reduced-sugar, dairy-free and gluten-free food products.

Currently, pectin is mostly used in jams, jellies and other fruit-based spreads to achieve the perfect gel formation. However, its uses are expanding into other areas. For instance, pectin is helping reduce saturated fat and calories in dairy alternatives like yogurt without compromising on creaminess. It allows vegetarian and vegan meat alternatives made from plant proteins to replicate meat fibers and mimic textures of real meat. Pectin extraction methods are also advancing, with technologies to produce modified or amidated forms of pectin that provide unique textural profiles different from regular pectin. This enables product development teams to test diverse textures in applications like baking, confectionery, beverages.

Export opportunities in developing nations: Export opportunities in developing nations present a promising growth avenue for the global pectin market. Developing economies across Asia, Africa, and Latin America are witnessing substantial economic development and increase in consumer incomes. As living standards rise in these regions, demand for processed food and beverages is growing steadily. This works in favor of the pectin market since the product finds wide applications as a key ingredient in various food items.

Pectin is widely used as a gelling agent, stabilizer and thickening agent in jams, jellies, fruit juices, dairy products, and other foods. The rising availability of these convenience and packaged food options is fueling pectin consumption. According to a 2021 report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, food demand in developing nations is estimated to increase by over 60% by 2050 compared to 2019 levels. Rapid urbanization and westernization of diets mean people in these emerging markets now have greater access to and appetite for packaged snacks, drinks and ready-to-eat meals where pectin plays an important texturizing role.

Growth of emerging economies: The growth of emerging economies provides huge opportunities for expansion in the global pectin market. Many developing nations across Asia, Africa, and South America are witnessing significant economic development which is giving rise to a burgeoning middle class with rising disposable incomes. This fast growing consumer base is increasingly health conscious and spends more on healthcare products and foods that promote wellness.

Pectin finds wide usage in various food, pharmaceutical and personal care applications where it is valued for its gelling, thickening and stabilizing properties. It is commonly added to jams, jellies, fruit yogurts and fillings to give them a soft texture. It is also used in dietary supplements, medicines and cosmetics. As living standards rise in the developing world, demand for processed and packaged food items is surging rapidly. This provides pectin manufacturers extensive opportunities to penetrate new markets and introduce innovative products tailored for the local consumer needs and tastes.

Further, the agricultural and industrial sectors are also advancing swiftly in many emerging economies. For instance, Brazil witnessed growth of 1.2% in its agriculture sector in 2021 according to World Bank data. This is creating ample opportunities for pectin producers to source raw materials like citrus peel more economically and set up new production facilities to cater to the growing in-country demand. Local manufacturing will help companies overcome logistical challenges and export barriers to reach customers more efficiently.

Pectin Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 1.05 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 - 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 6.3% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 1.61 Bn
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 Product Type: High methoxyl pectin, Low methoxyl pectin, Others 
  • By Application: Jams & Jellies, Beverages, Bakery Fillings & Toppings, Dairy Products & Frozen Desserts, Confectionery, Meat & Poultry Products, Dietary Supplements, Functional Food, Pharmaceutical, Personal Care & Cosmetics, Others (Detergents)
Companies covered:

CP Kelco, Cargill Incorporated, DuPont | Danisco, Herbstreith & Fox, Yantai Andre Pectin Co., Ltd, Naturex group, Silvateam Food Ingredients, CEAMSA, and Lucid Colloids Ltd.

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing demand from food and beverage industry
  • Growing health awareness among consumers 
  • Increasing preferences for functional and healthy foods
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Stringent international quality standards 
  • High dependency on seasonal crops

Market Trends:

Fortification of food products: The trend of fortifying food products with additional nutrients and minerals is having a significant impact on the global pectin market. Pectin is often used as a gelling and thickening agent in fortified food products due to its ability to help carry and disperse vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients throughout products. As consumers increasingly seek out fortified options in their diets, food producers are responding by introducing a wide variety of fortified foods, beverages, and snacks. Pectin plays an important role in ensuring the stability and uniform delivery of added nutrients in these fortified products.

Some recent examples demonstrate how pectin demand is rising due to the fortification trend. According to a 2021 report from the World Health Organization, food fortification programs helped reduce deficiencies in vitamin A by 18% and iron by 9% globally between 2010 and 2020.

Shift towards organic and clean label ingredients: The global pectin market has been witnessing significant changes owing to the rising trend of shifting towards organic and clean label ingredients. Consumers are increasingly demanding food products with simple and understandable ingredient labels that do not contain artificial preservatives, colors, or synthetic additives. They prefer products containing readily recognizable ingredients sourced from natural origins. This changing preference has pushed food manufacturers to minimize or remove questionable ingredients and replace them with organic and clean label alternatives in order to meet relevant certification standards.

Pectin falls under this category of a naturally derived and clean label additive. It is a neutral polysaccharide extracted from citrus fruits or apple pomace with gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties. Pectin performs the function of a stabilizer and texturizer without the addition of artificial or synthetic components. Given this clean label profile, pectin is widely replacing additives like carrageenan, guar gum, and xanthan gum in various food applications such as yogurt, jams and jellies, bakery products, beverages, and dairy alternatives. The ingredient is also deemed 'generally regarded as safe' by regulatory bodies worldwide which bolsters its clean label credentials.

Market Restraints:

  • Stringent international quality standards: Stringent international quality standards are proving to be a restraint on the growth of the market. Pectin is used in a wide variety of food products as a gelling agent, thickener and stabilizer. However, producing high quality pectin that meets regulatory norms of international bodies is a challenging task. Even minor deviations and lack of compliance can lead to product rejection in import markets. International bodies like the Codex Alimentarius Commission have set detailed standards related to the identification, purity, content of methanol and ash for pectin. Additionally, most countries have their own local food safety laws for food additives.
  • Meeting these stringent norms requires significant investments in sourcing, equipment and quality control systems. Only large, well-established pectin manufacturers can afford to implement global best practices and advanced technologies for enzyme treatment, filtration and spray drying. This poses a major barrier for small and medium enterprises. Even a small lapse can be commercially detrimental. For example, the European Union rejected 15,000 tons of Chinese apple pectin in 2021 citing quality issues. This disrupted supply chains of several food producers in European markets.
  • Counter Balance: Investing in research and development to create pectin products that meet and exceed international quality standards. Implementing robust quality control measures throughout the production process to ensure compliance with international standards.
  • High dependency on seasonal crops: The dependence on seasonal crops for the production of pectin is greatly constraining the growth of the market. Pectin is primarily extracted from citrus fruit peel or apple pomace which are seasonal crops and their availability is limited to certain harvest months. This leads to fluctuations in pectin supply throughout the year. As pectin finds application in various food and beverage products, the demand remains consistent round the year from manufacturers. However, the supply bottlenecks caused due to seasonal availability of raw materials disrupt pectin production. This supply demand mismatch poses challenges for manufacturers to maintain continuity in production as well as consistent supply of end products. Further, over-reliance on few seasonal crops for pectin extraction also makes the market vulnerable to changes in climatic conditions and crop yields. A small variation in weather patterns or any other factors impacting crop production can majorly influence the pectin availability in respective years. For instance, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. (NASS), monthly citrus fruit reports, the 2020-21 Florida orange crop was estimated at 44.50 million boxes, down 6% from the previous season due to effects of two hurricanes.
  • Counterbalance: Mitigate the impact of price fluctuations by diversifying their sources of raw materials. This can help reduce dependency on a single source and provide more stability in procurement. And entering into long-term supply agreements with raw material suppliers can provide stability in prices and supply, reducing the impact of short-term price fluctuations.

Figure 2. Pectin Market Share (%), By Product Type, 2024


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Recent Developments:

  • In September 2022, Cargill and Yayasan Salam Malaysia collaborated on a two-year school aid program to support 3,000 students from B40 families in Malaysia. The program aims to reach over 60 schools, supporting students from both rural and urban areas. This initiative is part of Cargill's annual school support program, and it reflects their commitment to providing food, ingredients, agricultural solutions, and industrial products in a safe, responsible, and sustainable manner. Cargill, Incorporated, is an American global food corporation based in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
  • In September 2022, ExoPolymer, a biotechnology startup, partnered with CP Kelco to develop and commercialize a portfolio of functional ingredients, including polysaccharide-based biopolymers, for various industries such as personal care, healthcare, and food. CP Kelco is a company with approximately 90 years of experience in providing nature-based ingredient solutions for the food, beverage, consumer, and industrial products industries.

Top Companies in this Market

  • CP Kelco
  • Cargill Incorporated
  • DuPont | Danisco
  • Herbstreith & Fox,
  • Yantai Andre Pectin Co., Ltd
  • Naturex group
  • Silvateam Food Ingredients
  • Lucid Colloids Ltd

Definition: Pectin is a water-soluble carbohydrate found in ripe fruits, especially in apples, currants, and citrus fruits. It is a heteropolysaccharide, a structural acid contained in the cell walls of terrestrial plants. Commercially, it is used as an edible gelling agent in the production of jams, jellies, and dessert fillings. Pectin is also utilized in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and as a food stabilizer in fruit juices and milk drinks. Additionally, it is a source of dietary fiber and is used in wound healing preparations and specialty medical adhesives.

Frequently Asked Questions

Stringent international quality standards and high dependency on seasonal crops are the key factors hampering the growth of the global pectin market.

Increasing demand from food and beverage industry, growing health awareness among consumers and increasing preferences for functional and healthy foods are the major factors driving the global pectin market growth.

The high methoxyl pectin is the leading product type segment in the global pectin market.

The major players operating in the global pectin market are CP Kelco, Cargill Incorporated, DuPont | Danisco, Herbstreith & Fox, Yantai Andre Pectin Co., Ltd, Naturex group, Silvateam Food Ingredients, CEAMSA, and Lucid Colloids Ltd.

Europe leads the global pectin market.

The CAGR of the global pectin market is 6.3%.

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