The global gelatin market size is projected to grow from USD 2.6 billion in 2018 to USD 3.6 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 6.6% during the forecast period. The growing demand for functional and convenience food & beverage products, increasing application in the pharmaceutical industry, and the rising demand for clean label products drive the demand for gelatin. The increasing demand for gelatin from the nutraceutical and sports nutrition industrial segment due to its high protein content and increasing applications in the medical and biomedical industries also drive the demand for gelatin.
By application, the food segment is projected to witness the fastest growth due to a wide range of applications in food and high nutritional value. Gelatin is a highly rich protein source to be incorporated into functional & nutritional food & beverage products. The rising demand for nutritional food & beverages has been stimulating the demand for gelatin. Gelatin is naturally derived from animal’s connective tissues and considered as a clean label ingredient. Hence, the increased consumer preferences for clean label products drive the growth of the global gelatin market.
Based on source, the market is estimated to be dominated by the porcine segment in 2018. Pigskin is rich in collagen proteins, which are considered to be more stable in comparison with gelatin from other sources. Most of the gelatin is sourced from animal tissues, as it contains a high amount of collagen. Different methods are used to extract collagen protein, which include the salting out, alkaline, acid, and enzyme methods. Furthermore, increasing demand for sports and nutritional food & beverage products fuels the porcine gelatin demand.
The major vendors in the global gelatin market are Darling Ingredients (US), Gelita (Germany), Nitta Gelatin (Japan), Tessenderlo Group (Belgium), Weishardt (France), Trobas Gelatine (Netherlands), India Gelatine & Chemicals (India), Lapi Gelatine (Italy), Junca Gelatines (Spain), Sterling Biotech Group (India), Italgelatine (Italy), and Gelnex (Brazil).