The global food stabilizers (blends & systems) market is estimated to be valued at USD 2.3 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 2.8 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 4.0% during the forecast period. The growth is largely driven by factors such as high demand from the automotive, packaging, and electrical & electronics industries. The rising consumption of plastics in various industries, increasing demand for injection molding machines as well.
Food & beverage manufacturers gain economic benefits by using food stabilizer blends and systems, which led to increased demand. For instance, in dairy applications, carrageenan is broadly used stabilizer to provide thickness and richer mouthfeel in ice creams, cheese, and creamers as well as in beverages such as chocolate milk. In bakery applications, xanthan is widely used for water retention during baking. The multi-functionality of these stabilizers, coupled with the growing demand from the food & beverage industry, drives the market.
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Plant-derived stabilizers dominated the food stabilizers (blends & systems) market in 2017. The food stabilizers market is projected to grow with the increase in demand for natural-based food additives at a global level. Plant-sourced stabilizers are usually obtained through plant cell walls, tree exudates, seeds, tubers, and roots. Plant-sourced food stabilizers include pectin, guar gum, locust bean gum, and gum arabic. Demand for plant-sourced food stabilizers is increasing due to the rising demand for natural food additives and increasing trend for vegan food products as well as the raw material prices are low as compared to the other sources.
Based on function, the food stabilizers (blends & systems) market has been segmented into texturizing, stabilizing, moisture retention, and others (egg replacement, mouthfeel, and synthesis control). The texturizing segment is projected to grow at the higher CAGR during the forecast period. Food stabilizers have been used for several years to provide the desired texture in various food products such as ice cream, yogurt, and baked products. The consumers prefer purchasing food products that are soft during consumption and have desirable texture and shape. All these factors have fueled the overall market growth of food stabilizers.
Based on application, the food stabilizers (blends & systems) market has been segmented into dairy & dairy products, confectionery products, convenience foods, bakery products, meat & poultry products, beverages, sauces & dressings, and others (savories, fruit salads, condiments, and baby food). The beverages segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Food stabilizers help to enhance flavors, and add volume in beverages. Consumption of beverages such as fruit drinks, alcoholic, and non-alcoholic beverages has been increased among emerging economies, which has fueled the growth of the beverages segment of the food stabilizers (blends & systems) market.
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The Asia Pacific region is projected to be the fastest-growing market for food stabilizers (blends & systems) for the next five years. The abundant availability of raw materials such as seaweed and guar gum, along with the growing popularity of dairy products, beverages, and convenience food, is a growth driver in the Asia Pacific food stabilizers market. Developing economies such as China, India, and Japan are potential markets for the food stabilizers. The main driving force for the growing market is the scope and range of innovative system solutions and food processing technologies.
This report includes a study of the development strategies adopted by leading companies and their product portfolios. It includes major players such as Cargill (US), DowDuPont (US), Tate & Lyle (UK), Kerry (Ireland), CP Kelco (US), Palsgaard (Denmark), Ashland (US), ADM (US), BASF (Germany), Ingredion (US), Hydrosol (Germany), and Nexira (France). These players are focusing on mergers, acquisitions, expansions, investments, joint ventures, partnerships, and new product developments to strengthen their customer base and market position in the food stabilizers market.