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  • Published In : Nov 2023
  • Code : CMI6120
  • Pages :140
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  • Industry : Food and Beverages

Global Senbei Rice Crackers Market size is projected to reach US$ 11.56 billion by 2030, from US$ 7.74 billion in 2023, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period. The market growth is driven by increasing demand for healthy and gluten-free snacks, rising disposable incomes, and growing urbanization.

Senbei rice crackers are a type of rice cracker that originated in Japan. These are made from a variety of rice, such as glutinous rice or non-glutinous rice, and are typically seasoned with soy sauce, salt, or other flavors. Senbei rice crackers are popular snack in Japan, and are also becoming increasingly popular in other parts of the world. The global senbei rice crackers market is segmented by flavor type, by texture, by packaging type, by distribution channel, by price range, by ingredients and health focus, by target demographic and region.

Global Senbei Rice Crackers Market- Regional Insights

  • Asia Pacific is the largest market for senbei rice crackers, with a share of over 60% in 2023. The region is home to a large and growing population of consumers who are increasingly aware of the health benefits of rice crackers. The region has a strong tradition of consuming rice crackers, this has helped to drive market growth.
  • North America is the second largest market for senbei rice crackers, with a share of over 20% in 2023. The region is experiencing strong growth in demand for senbei rice crackers due toincreasing popularity of Japanese cuisine and the growing health consciousness of consumers.
  • Europe is the third largest market for senbei rice crackers, with a share of over 10% in 2023. The region is experiencing steady growth in demand for senbei rice crackers due to increasing popularity of Asian cuisine and the growing health consciousness of consumers.

Figure 1. Global Senbei Rice Crackers Market Share (%), By Region, 2023


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Global Senbei Rice Crackers Market- Drivers

  • Growing Popularity of Asian Snacks: Senbei rice crackers are traditional Japanese snacks, but these have gained popularity worldwide due to tgrowing interest in Asian cuisine and snacks. For instance, in 2021, according to Tokyo Treat Snack Box Senbei were never intended to be rice crackers. Instead, these originated as jianbing, a type of crepe that is still consumed in China today, during the Three Kingdoms Period. The sweet jiangbing variant arrived in Japan more than a millennium ago, during the Tang Dynasty, and was dubbed senbei. Increasing globalization of food trends has led to increase in demand for unique and exotic flavors, and senbei crackers offer a distinct taste and texture that appeals to consumers.
  • Health Consciousness: Senbei rice crackers are perceived as a healthier alternative to many other snack options, such as potato chips and fried snacks. For instance, in July 2023, according to the Zenmarket, Japanese rice crackers are a healthy snack alternative. These are low in calories, provide carbohydrates and have a small amount of protein. Rice crackers often come in flavors such as seaweed, sesame seeds, and seafood to provide additional health benefits. These are also packaged in smaller portions that help people with portion control. These are often baked or roasted, contain fewer additives, and are low in fat compared to some other snacks. As consumers become more health-conscious, people tend to gravitate towards such healthier snack options, thus, boosting demand for senbei crackers.
  • Convenience and On-the-go Snacking: Senbei rice crackers are convenient and easy to carry, making them an ideal on-the-go snack for busy consumers. With the increasing pace of modern lifestyles, there is a growing demand for portable and convenient snacks that can be consumed at any time, boosting the sales of senbei rice crackers.
  • Diversification of Flavors: Manufacturers have been introducing a wide range of flavors and variations to appeal to different taste preferences. Traditional flavors like soy sauce and seaweed are popular, but new and innovative flavors like matcha, wasabi, and cheese have also emerged, attracting a broader customer base and driving consumption.

Global Senbei Rice Crackers Market- Opportunities

  • Health and Wellness Trends: As consumers continue to prioritize health and wellness, there is an opportunity for manufacturers to position senbei rice crackers as a healthy snacking option. Highlighting the natural ingredients, low fat content, and gluten-free properties of the crackers can attract health-conscious consumers.
  • Premiumization and Artisanal Offerings: The demand for high-quality and artisanal snacks is increasing. By offering premium and handcrafted senbei rice crackers made from locally sourced ingredients, manufacturers can tap into the niche market of gourmet snacks and cater to consumers willing to pay a premium for unique and authentic flavors.
  • Global Expansion: Senbei rice crackers have gained popularity beyond Japan and Asia. There is an opportunity for manufacturers to expand their distribution networks and enter new international markets. Understanding local preferences and adapting flavors to suit different cultures can drive growth in these regions.
  • Snacking at Home: The COVID-19 pandemic has led more people spending time at home, which has resulted in increased demand for snacks suitable for home consumption. Senbei rice crackers, with their long shelf life and convenient packaging, are well-suited for this trend. Manufacturers can market them as a versatile and enjoyable snack for home consumption.

Senbei Rice Crackers Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 7.74 Bn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2022 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 5.9% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 11.56 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 & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel,  South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Flavor Type: Original/Plain, Soy Sauce, Seaweed, Wasabi, Teriyaki, Shrimp, Nori (seaweed), Other regional or innovative flavors
  • By Texture: Thin and crispy, Thick and crunchy, Soft and puffed
  • By Packaging Type: Individual packaging, Multipack or family-size packaging
  • By Distribution Channel: Supermarkets/hypermarkets, Convenience stores, Online retail (e-commerce), Specialty stores
  • By Price Range: Economy/low-cost senbei crackers, Mid-range, Premium
  • By Ingredients and Health Focus: Gluten-free senbei, Organic senbei, Vegan/Vegetarian senbei, Low-sodium senbei, High-fiber or whole-grain senbei
  • By Target Demographic: Children, Adults, Health-conscious consumers, Traditional snack enthusiasts
Companies covered:

Kameda Seika Co., Ltd., Bourbon Corporation, Calbee, Inc., Glico Group, Ito En, Ltd., Yamazaki Baking Co., Ltd., Iwatsuka Confectionery Co., Ltd., Tanawachi Co., Ltd., Morinaga & Co., Ltd., Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Growth Drivers:
  • Growing Popularity of Asian Snacks
  • Health Consciousness
  • Convenience and On-the-go Snacking
  • Diversification of Flavors
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Limited Awareness in Some Markets
  • Competition from Other Snack Options
  • Price Sensitivity
  • Perishability and Shelf Life

Global Senbei Rice Crackers Market- Trends

  • Innovative Flavors and Ingredients: Manufacturers are increasingly experimenting with unique and innovative flavors and ingredients to cater to diverse consumer preferences. Traditional flavors like soy sauce and seaweed were popular, but new flavors such as matcha, wasabi, yuzu, and different types of seasonings are introduced to attract a wider customer base.
  • Health-Focused Variants: Health and wellness trends are influencing product development in the snack industry, including senbei rice crackers. Brands are offering healthier alternatives, such as low-sodium options, gluten-free variants, and those made with natural and clean-label ingredients. Some manufacturers are incorporating functional ingredients like whole grains and superfoods to enhance the nutritional profile of the crackers.
  • Premium and Artisanal Offerings: The demand for premium and artisanal snacks is increasing. Consumers are willing to pay more for high-quality, handcrafted senbei rice crackers made from traditional methods and locally sourced ingredients. These premium offerings caters to consumers looking for unique and authentic snacking experiences.
  • Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing: Consumers are increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of the products purchased. Brands that emphasizes sustainable sourcing of rice and other ingredients, as well as eco-friendly packaging, are gaining favor among environmentally conscious consumers.

Global Senbei Rice Crackers Market- Restraints

  • Limited Awareness in Some Markets: While senbei rice crackers are gaining popularity in certain regions, these might still be relatively unknown or less familiar in other markets. Limited awareness and understanding of the product could hinder its growth in certain regions where traditional snacks or other types of crackers dominate.
  • Competition from Other Snack Options: The snack market is highly competitive, with a wide range of choices available to consumers. Senbei rice crackers faces competition from other types of crackers, chips, biscuits, and international snack options. Convincing consumers to try senbei rice crackers over their established favorites can be challenging.
  • Price Sensitivity: In some markets, price sensitivity may be a restraint. Senbei rice crackers, especially premium or artisanal varieties, can be more expensive than mass-produced mainstream snacks. Price-conscious consumers might opt for more affordable alternatives, limiting the market penetration of senbei rice crackers.
  • Perishability and Shelf Life: Although senbei rice crackers generally have a decent shelf life, their freshness and crispness can diminish over time. For instance, in July 2023, according to Veggiekins Blog, is a vegan food, wellness, health and lifestyle blog. Ensuring a consistent and extended shelf life without compromising on taste and quality is essential to meet consumer expectations and reduce potential waste.

Counterbalance: Global Senbei Rice Crackers are often high in sodium and artificial flavorings, which can lead to health issues such as high blood pressure and heart disease. This can deter health-conscious consumers from purchasing these products.

Analyst Viewpoint:

The senbei rice crackers market in Japan holds significant growth potential over the next five years. The on-the-go eating habits of Japanese consumers and their preference for traditional snacks is a major driver for the senbei market growth. The rising health-consciousness boosts demand for low calorie and protein-rich rice crackers. However, heightened awareness about embracing Japanese culture and interest in experiential consumption can help mitigate this challenge.

The senbei market is highly competitive with established players competing on innovation, brand, and distribution. Smaller players may find it difficult to scale up and undertake large marketing spending. E-commerce provides an opportunity to access consumers beyond convenient stores. The northern region of Japan dominated the senbei market due to the denser population. However, the western region is estimated to witness faster growth led by the prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo owing to rising health consciousness in urban areas. Premiumization through unique flavors, ingredients and artisanal production can attract younger consumers. Targeting office-goers and promoting snacks for remote working culture can further fuel growth.

Global Senbei Rice Crackers Market- Recent Developments

New Product Launches

  • Chao Sua launches Chao Sua Mini Rice Crackers (April 2022) - These bite-size rice crackers are made with real jasmine rice and are available in three flavors: original, seaweed, and wasabi. These are a good source of protein and fiber, and these are also gluten-free.
  • Kameda Seika Wasabi Senbei (March 2022) - These wasabi senbei are made with a traditional Japanese recipe, and are coated with a generous amount of wasabi powder. These have a strong, spicy flavor that is sure to wake up taste buds.
  • Ogurasansou Ume launches Senbei (February 2022) - These ume senbei are made with a blend of rice flour and ume (plum) paste. These have a sweet and sour flavor that is perfect for a snack or dessert.

Acquisition and Partnerships

  • In 2020, Nissin Foods is a Japanese food holdings company acquired Taiyo International, a maker of rice crackers and other Asian snacks. This acquisition expanded Nissin Food’s  presence in the global senbei rice crackers market.

Figure 2. Global Senbei Rice Crackers Market Share (%), By Distribution Channel, 2023


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Top companies in Global Senbei Rice Crackers Market

  • Kameda Seika Co., Ltd.
  • Bourbon Corporation
  • Calbee, Inc.
  • Glico Group
  • Ito En, Ltd.
  • Yamazaki Baking Co., Ltd.
  • Iwatsuka Confectionery Co., Ltd.
  • Tanawachi Co., Ltd.
  • Morinaga & Co., Ltd.
  • Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Definition: Global SENBEI RICE CRACKERS MARKET refers to the global industry involved in the production, distribution, and sale of traditional Japanese rice-based snacks known as Senbei. These snacks come in various flavors, shapes, and sizes, catering to a diverse consumer base seeking unique and savory snack options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Limited consumer awareness and familiarity outside of Japan, intense competition from other snack options in global markets, challenges in maintaining product freshness and quality during distribution, and  lack of effective marketing and promotional efforts in key regions are expected to hamper the market growth.

Increasing popularity of Asian snacks and cuisine in global markets, growing demand for healthier and natural snack alternatives, and  rising interest in unique and exotic food experiences are expected to drive the market growth.

The leading component segment in the market is distribution channel.

Kameda Seika Co., Ltd., Bourbon Corporation, Calbee, Inc., Glico Group, Ito En, Ltd., Yamazaki Baking Co., Ltd., Iwatsuka Confectionery Co., Ltd., Tanawachi Co., Ltd., Morinaga & Co., Ltd., Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Asia Pacific, particularly Japan, is expected to continue leading the market. 

CAGR of the market is 5.9%.

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