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Definition of Market/Industry:

Food additives are any substance used to enhance the texture and flavor of the food. It is also used to improving the appearance and appeal of the food products. Food additives prevent the spoilage of the food products by avoiding contamination and extending the shelf-life of the food product. They can be naturally derived or prepared synthetically.


The global Food additives market is accounted for US$ 55,654.5 Mn in terms of value by the end of 2019.



Increasing demand for natural food additive due to rising awareness regarding the health benefits of natural food products is projected to augment market growth. The implementation of strict regulations regarding food safety is again expected to foster market growth. Moreover, rising government support for creating awareness regarding the health benefits of organic and natural food ingredients is further projected to bolster the market growth of the food additive.

Market Opportunities


Growing demand for healthy snacks among health-conscious consumers and athletes is projected to offer lucrative opportunities for the market of food additive. Rising demand for natural food colors due to rising awareness regarding the benefits of natural food ingredients is expected to fuel the market growth. Moreover, various manufacturers are adopting a microencapsulation technique for providing color to the final food &beverage product. All these factors are expected to propel the market growth of food additive.

Market Restraints


Strict regulations associated with the use of food additives derived from GMO food are expected to hinder the market growth of food additives. According to the Coherent Market Insights analysis, in Europe, regulations mandate that foods additives, wholly or partly derived from genetically modified corn and soybeans, must be labeled accordingly.

Key Takeaways:

For segment 1 information:

On the basis of application, Beverages segment dominated the global foods additives market in 2019, accounting for 30.5% share in terms of value, followed by Bakery & Confectionery and Dairy & Frozen Desserts, respectively. Global beverage companies such as Coca Cola and Mondelez International are focusing on increasing their market presence in high demand regions such in developing countries of Asia Pacific region through product innovations and strategic partnerships with brand partners. This is driving the growth of the beverages segment over the forecast period.

For segment 2 information:

On the basis of product type, Flavor & Enhancers segment dominated the global foods additives market in 2019, accounting for 28.2% share in terms of value, followed by Hydrocolloids and Enzymes, respectively. Flavors and enhancers are being used in nearly all kinds of ready to eat food & beverages. The consumers also have an inclination towards natural flavors and enhancers. To fulfill the increased demand, the manufacturers are focusing on increasing use of enzymes to extract flavor compounds from natural sources.

For segment 3 information:

On the basis of Source, Synthetic segment dominated the global foods additives market in 2019, accounting for 53.4% share in terms of value, followed by natural. Synthetic food additives can be easily made in manufacturing plants and can be used over a longer period of time.

Market Trends

Trend 1

Increasing use of advanced enzymes in bakery applications for extending shelf-life is an emerging trend in the market. According to the Coherent Market Insights analysis, Danisco manufactures a range of bakery enzymes such as MAX-LIFE, POWERBake, POWERFlex, POWERFresh, and POWERFresh Bread, which are used for various functions such as to impart freshness, retain moisture and others. Thus, enzymes are gaining traction in the market.

Trend 2

Read-to-eat meals and savory snacks are witnessing huge demand among consumers which is raising demand for exotic and spicy flavors such as ginger, chilly, and pepper. Growing demand for natural preservatives due to growing awareness regarding the ill-effects of synthetic preservatives is expected to foster the market growth of food additive. Sweeteners such as natural sweetener and flavored sweetener are gaining huge demand among weight-conscious consumers. All these factors are augmenting the market growth of food additive.

Food Additive Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

Covid-19 has had a major impact on the food & beverages industry and food ingredients market. Manufacturers of food ingredients are focusing on maintaining food ingredient processing and supply chain activities so as to fulfill the needs of the customers in these extreme conditions. Food ingredient manufacturers should focus on prohibiting all non-critical visitation and traveling of employees/contractors and implementing a business model which includes minimal staff wherever required, and by providing facilities for the remotely operating employees in the supply chain process. This would help in ensuring that the industry is capable of fulfilling the market demand, even during times of pandemic.

Competitive Section:

Company Names 

  1. Cargill Incorporated
  2. Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
  3. Archer Daniels Midland
  4. Alpha Ingredients Srl
  5. Kerry Group
  6. E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  7. Ingredion Incorporated
  8. Chr. Hansen Holding A/S 
  9. BASF SE 
  10. Tate & Lyle PLC
  11. Novozymes A/S

Few Recent Developments

Ingredion Incorporated

In March 2020, Ingredion, Inc. has launched Evanesse CB6194, a clean label emulsifier for the United States and Canada. The ingredient is a vegan chickpea broth that delivers the emulsification performance of traditional additives and the appeal of a single, recognizable ingredient.


By Product Type

  • Acidity Regulators
  • Colorants
  • Emulsifiers
  • Enzymes
  • Hydrocolloids
  • Flavoring Agents
  • Preservatives
  • Sweeteners

By Source

  • Natural
  • Synthetic

By Application

  • Bakery & Confectionery
  • Dairy & Frozen Desserts
  • Snacks & Convenience Food (Processed & Frozen)
  • Beverages
  • Meat & Poultry Products
  • Others (Sauces, soups, and baby food) 

By Region

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • APAC
  • Middle East & Africa
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