The global food ultrasound market has grown exponentially in the last few years. The market was valued at USD 93.7 Million in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 134.6 Million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 7.5% from 2017. Emerging economies such as India, China, Japan, South Africa, and Brazil are the potential primary markets of the industry. Concerns regarding food wastage and energy savings during food processing are prompting companies to adopt ultrasonic technology. The increasing R&D in the field of ultrasonic food processing to reduce wastage during processing and maintaining the quality of the food product is also one of the important drivers responsible for growth in this market.
The objectives of the study are:
- To define, segment, and forecast the size of the food ultrasound market with respect to frequency range, function, food product, and region
- To analyze the market structure by identifying various subsegments of the food ultrasound market
- To forecast the size of the food ultrasound market and its various submarkets with respect to four main regions, namely, North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Rest of the World (RoW)
- To provide detailed information about the crucial factors that are influencing the growth of the market (drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges)
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Conventionally used thermal food processing technologies may lead to alteration in a product’s flavor, color, texture, or nutritional value. With the growing need for process efficiency and environmental friendly technology, the demand for energy-efficient ultrasound technology has been increasing. Ultrasound technology aids in the retention of sensory attributes and increased productivity. It also accommodates the current consumer demand for natural, fresh, and minimally processed foods as no preservatives or additives are added to the products.
Ultrasound technology in food finds application in processes such as quality assurance, microbial (enzyme) inactivation, cutting, homogenization, cleaning, and others such as drying, mixing, freezing, thawing, crystallization, filtration, pickling, marinating, sterilization, fermentation, and pasteurization. Of these, quality assurance is the largest segment in the food ultrasound market, followed by microbial inactivation. In meat production, ultrasonic technology accelerates the process of margination and pickling.
The North American region is projected to dominate the food ultrasound market by 2022. The Asia Pacific region is projected to be the fastest-growing market during the forecast period since the demand in countries such as Japan, China, and India due to the adoption of the latest techniques for food processing to meet the growing food demand. Other factors responsible for the growth of the Asia Pacific market are the emerging economies and the growing R&D activities for launching new technologies.
New product & technology launches, expansions, acquisitions & collaborations, and mergers & partnerships are the key strategies adopted by market players to ensure their growth in the market. The market is dominated by players such as Bosch (Germany), Emerson (US), Bühler (Switzerland), Dukane (US), Heilscher (Germany), Siemens (Germany), and Newtech (UK). Other major players in the market include Cheersonic (China), Rinco Ultrasonics (Switzerland), Omni international (US), Sonics & Materials (US), Elliptical Design (UK), Marchant Schmidt (US), and Sonomechanics (US).