Food Robotics Market to Showcase Continued Growth in the Coming Years

According to MarketsandMarkets, the The global food robotics market size is estimated to be valued at USD 1.9 billion in 2020 and projected to reach USD 4.0 billion by 2026, recording a CAGR of 13.1% during the forecast period. The demand for food robotics is  increasing significantly owing to surging demand for food with increasing population and increasing demand for enhanced productivity in food processing.  Additionally, increasing investments in automation in the food industry is projected to provide growth opportunities for the food robotics market.

Food Robotics Market

Market Dynamics

Drivers : Growing demand for packaged food

In the last few years, there has been a growing need to package food products in order to increase their shelf life and cater to the demand for ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat products. Mass production of packaged food products especially in countries such as the U.S., Japan, France, and Italy has driven the market for food robotics. In most large-scale food manufacturing plants, processes are being automated in order to ensure quality and consistency in the Stock Keeping Units (SKUs). Food robotics is being increasingly implemented in the production of processed, frozen, dried, and chilled packaged food products. The growth in the packaged dairy products and baked goods industries is also driving the food robotics market as these products are manufactured on a large scale across regions.

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Restraints: Scarcity of skilled workforce in emerging economies

The adoption and implementation of food robotics requires skilled workforce. There is a scarcity of people specializing in disciplines such as electrical, embedded, software, and mechanical, which are required for the installation and maintenance of robots. Also, there is a deficit of highly qualified employees with specific skills needed to develop high value-added robots integrated with advanced technologies.

The European region dominates the food robotics market with the largest share in 2020.

The European food robotics market is driven by high investment in research & development with regard to technology, along with the rise in demand for packed, ready-to-cook, and high-quality food products. The European Robotics Association started monitoring in European Union activities, policies, and funding in the new robot technology to strengthen the international market for food & beverage manufacturing, which is likely to impact the adoption of food robotics positively.

This report includes a study on the marketing and development strategies, along with the product portfolios of leading companies. It consists of profiles of leading companies, including ABB Group (Switzerland), KUKA AG (Germany), Fanuc Corporation (Japan), Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. (Japan), Rockwell Automation Inc. (U.S.), Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Japan), Yasakawa Electric Corporation (Japan), Denso Corporation (Japan), Nachi-Fujikoshi Corporation (Japan), OMRON Corporation (Japan), Universal Robots A/S (Denmark), Staubli International AG (Switzerland), Bastian Solutions LLC (U.S.), Schunk GmbH (Germany), Asic Robotics AG (Switzerland), Mayekawa Mfg. Co. Ltd. (Japan), Apex Automation & Robotics (Australia), Aurotek Corporation (Taiwan), Ellison Technologies Inc. (U.S.), Fuji Robotics (Japan), and Moley Robotics (U.K.).

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Recent Developments

  • November 2019, Mitsubishi (Japan) has extended its MELFA articulated arms and its SCARA robot products to a series of triangular robots, which will help the company to expand its line of robtic solutions.
  • April 2018, 6d Bytes (US) launched a fully autonomus robotic station, Blendid for preparing healthy and delicious blends. This helped the company expand its product portfolio for food robotic solutions.
  • March 2017, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Japan) and Softbank Group (Japan) collaborated to combine Kawasaki’s duAro and Softbank’s humanoid robot called “Pepper” to perform a broader range of tasks.