Food Grade Gases Market Geographical Analysis and Scope

The food-grade gases market is seeing a surge in demand due to several key factors such as the increasing popularity of convenience food and carbonated drinks. Consumers are becoming more concerned about the safety of their food, which has resulted in food manufacturers turning to advanced packaging technologies like oxygen scavenging, MAP, CAP, and active packaging. These technologies create a controlled environment within the packaging, preserving the freshness of food products and reducing the need for additives while ensuring the quality of the food is not compromised.

At a CAGR of 6.9% during the forecast year, the food-grade gases market is expected to reach USD 10.6 billion by 2027. It is to be valued at $7.6 billion in 2022.

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Drivers: Shift toward convenient packaged foods

Food-grade gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen (N), and oxygen (O) are mainly used in the packaging of convenience foods to enhance the shelf-life of fresh food products. Rising health concerns among consumers, especially in North America and Europe, have led to a shift toward the consumption of safer, healthier, and higher-quality food products.

Owing to the rising concerns about food safety amongst consumers, food manufacturers are focusing on various advanced packaging technologies such as oxygen scavengers, modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), controlled atmosphere packaging (CAP), and active packaging. These technologies help in maintaining the levels of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen inside the packaging, prevent the oxidation of food products, and reduce the need for additives while maintaining product quality.

The global food-grade gases market is mainly driven by the increasing demand for packaged food. On-the-go lifestyles have emerged because of several factors. Longer working hours & commuting time and the growing number of smaller households contribute to the increased demand for convenient single-serving or packaged food products. The increase in the utilization of these packaging technologies in the food packaging industry will lead to the growth of the food-grade gases market.

Opportunities: Increasing consumer preference for frozen and chilled food products to propel the market demand

The increasing popularity of shelf-stable foods among consumers on a global level is expected to propel the demand for frozen and chilled food products over the next few years. According to an article published in Progressive Grocer in August 2021, the popularity of these foods including breakfast meals rose by 10.9%, and dinners/entrees were up by 4.9%. frozen meat, up 2.7%, and processed chicken (up 10.4%). Moreover, the utilization of these products by numerous end users such as full-service restaurants, hotels & resorts, and quick-service restaurants will further support the growth of this market.

Increasing demand for frozen sea food in countries away from the coast are escalating the market for food-grade gases. Additionally, the market is also expected to expand due to the increasing import and export of various packaged food products. For instance, in October 2021, Amul, the Indian food retailer expanded its frozen and ready-to-eat food offerings including food such as frozen potatoes, paneer, cheese parathas, and patties.

This growth is also fuelled by new legislation in the retail environment, which gives foreign investors and multinational retail chains access to these markets. These retail chains have organized distribution channels across these markets, which provides opportunities for setting up food & beverage industries here. The growing importance of food safety and the quality of processed foods in these countries has increased the need to prevent the deterioration of food with the use of proper packaging technologies, which has increased investments in refrigerated storage facilities.

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North America dominated the food grade gases market

Canada and Mexico witness the largest import of meat, fish, and seafood. In 2018, Canada was the largest export market for US agricultural products and accounted for 17% of the total exports. The major commodities exported to Canada are prepared foods, fresh & processed vegetables, fresh & processed fruit, meat & meat products, snack foods, certain non-alcoholic beverages, chocolate & cocoa products, condiments & sauces, coffee, wine, beer, and pet food.

The key players in this market include Air products & Chemicals, Inc. (US), Cryogenic Gases (US), American Welding & Gas (US).