The global food industry has reached a stage where formulating products without the use of food emulsifiers would be unimaginable. From egg yolk being used as one of the earliest emulsifier in the 19th century (when it was used for making mayonnaise) to the current scenario where natural and synthetic products are used for emulsification, the global food emulsifiers industry has covered much ground. In the United States for instance, about 15 different FDA-approved emulsifiers are used to smoothen the texture of food and prevent it from disintegrating.
With food consumption on the rise, the demand for ingredients has been on an upswing; the food emulsifiers market stands to benefit from this expanding demand. Transparency Market Research expects that the global food emulsifiers market will report a steady compounded annual growth rate of 4.0% over the seven-year period from 2015-2021. If this growth rate holds true, food emulsifiers will be a US$4,299.3 million market by 2021.
Asia Pacific is the largest regional market for food emulsifiers globally and is followed by Europe and North America. The course of the global food emulsifiers market is currently being steered by three important factors:
Convenience Matters - Rise in consumption of processed and carry-as-you-go foods
The demographic changes that have occurred across the world have resulted in some drastic changes to lifestyles. More women taking up paid jobs and increased life expectancy have impacted food consumption patterns. Consequently, the need for preserved, processed, and ready-to-cook/ready-to-eat food has soared exponentially in the past few decades.
The global packaged food market stands at close to US$2 trillion; the ready meals market alone is worth over US$50 billion annually. These markets are poised to show steady growth as more people seek convenience in a bid to save time and effort. What does this mean for the global food emulsifiers market? It clearly indicates that over the next few years, and the demand for emulsifiers is expected to rise at a consistent rate.
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World Foods Fad - Globalization of food industry has impelled trade
Foods that were considered exotic until a few decades ago are now commonly seen on the shelves of supermarkets. Heightened immigration activity has created a market for world foods within both developed and developing markets. With the logistical chain having been extended as food is shipped between countries and stored on shelves for longer durations, the use of emulsifiers to retain the texture and stability of food has increased.
The development of new products will be a byproduct of the growing interest in world foods. Moreover, the proliferation of bakeries and baked goods suppliers will further the consumption of emulsifiers as well.
Natural Goodness - Greater emphasis on health and nutrition
The food industry, with its sharp focus on convenience, will create ample opportunities for innovation in the food emulsifiers market as well. But over the last four to five years, consumers want food to be convenient without being laden with synthetic ingredients. This has turned the spotlight on natural, low-fat food emulsifiers that are free from chemicals and harmful synthetic ingredients.
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Good nutrition for overall wellbeing is the mantra in the food industry today, and the food emulsifier market players will have to align their offerings to the changing demands. While regulations have created a tightly controlled food industry in the Western markets, this still isn’t the case in emerging markets in Latin America, MENA or APAC. However, it is only a matter of time before regulatory bodies begin to monitor the health effects of food emulsifiers. When this happens, the progressive companies in the food emulsifiers market will gain the first mover advantage.