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The Europe natural food additives market was valued at US$ 9,595.0 million in 2021, according to Europe Natural Food Additives Market Report, by Product Type (Essential Oils (Eucalyptus Oil, Mint Oil, Citrus Oil, Lavender Oil, and Others), Plant Extract (Spice Extract (Coriander, Pepper, Fennel, Clove, Turmeric, Cinnamon and Others),  Fruit and Vegetables Extract (Apple, Pear, Citrus Fruits, Grapes, Aronia, Other Vegetables (except Onion & Garlic), Onion, Garlic, and Other Fruits),  Herb Extract (Oregano, Sage, Thyme, Rosemarine, Hyssop, Lemon Balm, Parsley, and Basil), and Phytochemicals (Polyphenols, etc.)), and  Others (Fermented Ingredients, Cereal & Grain Ingredients)), by Function (Sweetening, Flavoring and Enhancing, Coloring, Preservatives, Antioxidants, and Others (Anti-caking, Acidulants, Fat Replacers, etc.)), and by Application (Dairy Products, Meat, Poultry and Sea Food, Bakery, Beverages, Confectionery, and Others (Sauces, Dressings, Spices, Condiments, etc.)), and by Region (North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa), published by Coherent Market Insights.

Definition of Market/Industry:

Food additives are substances intentionally added to foodstuffs to perform specific technological functions, whether to improve shelf life, to enhance colour, flavour or consistency. Several additives were not invented by the modern food industry, but have in fact been used for centuries in the preparation of food. Ingredients such as salt, sugar and vinegar have served as preserving agents for thousands of years.

Market Statistics:

The Europe natural food additives market is expected to surpass US$ 14,213.33 Mn in terms of value by the end of 2028.


Ban on various chemical food ingredients by regulatory bodies has led to increasing demand for natural alternatives. For instance, synthetic food additives such as potassium bromate and azodicarbonamide (ADA) are banned in Europe, as they are considered to be carcinogenic compounds. These additives are commonly added to baked and frozen food products. Moreover, rising awareness regarding the diseases that can be kept at bay by effective use of natural additives and increasing health consciousness among the consumers in Europe is expected to boost growth of the Europe natural food additives market.

Market Opportunities

Key players are launching new innovative natural food additive products, in order to cater to increasing demand for natural ingredients. For instance, in September 2018, Cargill, a global food corporation launched its new range of potato starch SimPure for meat, meat alternatives, and culinary products. The products were launched to meet the rising consumer demands for clean label products.

Europe Natural Food Additives Market: Recent Developments

In February 2019, Cargill invested US$ 22.5 million in its starch production plant in the Netherlands to increase the instant starch capacity. The decision was taken to meet the rising demand for instant starch in convenience food.

In October 2018, Dohler, a producer, marketer and provider of food additives acquired a majority stake in Nutrafood (ingredient manufacturer). This will allow Dohler to enhance its product portfolio and strengthen its position in the plant-based nutrition segment.

In April 2018, Synergy Flavours, part of Carberry group acquired Janousek (herbal extracts and natural flavorings manufacturer). The acquisition will help Synergy to expand its presence in Eastern Europe. 

Market Restraints

Problems caused by a strict regulatory environment, as well as additives such as allergies, are restricting market growth. The strict regulatory policies and other health-related problems, such as allergies that can arise from the use of additives can slow this market boom. The health risks associated with the consumption of synthetic additives, increased consumer demand for “additive-free” foods or products containing natural additives, the limited availability and high cost of natural additives, and increased consumer migration to organic foods have been the market restrictions.

Europe Natural Food Additives Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

The COVID-19 outbreak has had an adverse impact on various industries around the globe. Due to the strict rules and regulations undertaken by government to curb the spread of the infection, companies are looking to function remotely. Moreover, various companies are looking to implement strict measures to operate at minimum risks. Additionally, various companies had shutdowns their manufacturing units, which had an adverse impact on Europe natural food additives market.

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Key Takeaways:

  • The Europe natural food additives market was valued at US$ 9,595.0 Mn in 2021 and is forecasted to reach a value of US$ 14,213.33 Mn by 2028 at a CAGR of 5.6% between 2021 and 2028.
  • The beverages in application segment was valued US$ 2,779.5 Mn in 2020 and is expected to witness a CAGR of 5.0% over the forecast period owing to rising demand of natural food additives in various flavoured beverages.

Figure 1. Europe Natural Food Additives Market Share, By Application, 2020

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Market Trends

Increasing demand for plant extracts and essential oils from the food and beverages industry in the region is projected to foster market growth. The increasing consumer demand for green food products with high quality, safety, and nutritional values can be fulfilled by using products of natural origin such as essential oils and plant extracts. Natural aromatic plants and spices have been widely used in various foods, dairy, and bakery products as preservatives, antioxidants, flavoring, and seasoning agents, and for coloring. Plant extracts are used as food additives in the food and beverages industry to enhance the nutritional content of the food. Increasing demand for functional foods and beverages is expected to aid in growth of the natural food additives market. This is owing to increasing awareness related to benefits associated with consumption of functional foods.

Competitive Section:

Company Names 

Europe Countries Players

  1. BASF SE (Germany)
  2. Evonik Industries AG (Germany)
  3. Tate & Lyle PLC (U.K.)
  4. Dohler (Germany)
  5. Danisco A/S (Denmark)
  6. Symrise AG (Germany)
  7. Firmenich SA (Switzerland)
  8. Hansen A/S (Denmark)

International Players

  1. Cargill, Inc. (U.S.)
  2. Kerry Group (Ireland)
  3. Carbery Group Ltd. (Ireland)
  4. Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (Japan)
  5. Kalsec Inc. (U.S.) 
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