In 2023, the worldwide hydrocolloids market holds an estimated worth of USD 11.2 billion, with a projected increase to USD 14.5 billion by 2028. This growth, set at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.4% during the forecast period, is attributed to the escalating demand for natural and clean-label food products in the food and beverage sector. This demand surge is driven by heightened awareness, resulting in an increased utilization of hydrocolloids.
Pectin is an important polysaccharide with applications in food, pharmaceuticals, and many other industries. It is used as an emulsifier, gelling agent, thickener, stabilizer, and fat or sugar replacer in a low-calorie food. Pectin and pectin-derived oligosaccharides can also be used as important ingredients in functional food. Its importance in the food sector lies in its ability to form a gel in the presence of Ca2+ ions or a solute at low pH.
Stabilizers add viscosity to enhance overall flavor and give body to beverages while also preventing sedimentation and keeping ingredients suspended within the finished product. Stabilizers are additives used to help maintain emulsions or prevent degeneration in beverages. The most common stabilizers are hydrocolloids (such as xanthan, gum Arabic, and gum acacia), modified starches, pectin, carrageenan, casein, and inulin. The purpose of stabilizers is to add viscosity to enhance flavor and give body to a beverage. They also maintain emulsification, which prevents sedimentation by keeping additional ingredients suspended in the product.
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The North American hydrocolloids market is also driven by its application in premium food products. The leading manufacturers of hydrocolloids in North America include Ashland Inc. (US), CP Kelco (US), Cargill, Incorporated (US), Ingredion Incorporated (US), and Darling Ingredients Inc. (US). The North American market is completely driven by the US. The US has a large market for bakery, confectionery, convenience food, and packaged food products; hence, it constitutes a major share in the market. Consumers in the US are calorie-conscious due to which low-calorie and low-fat food products are popular in the country. The increasing prevalence of obesity and cardiac diseases has led consumers to demand natural and low-calorie food products. Food manufacturers are therefore concentrating on the application of natural hydrocolloids and their function as fat replacers.
Key players in this market include International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (US), Ingredion (US), Cargill, Incorporated (US), Kerry Group plc (Ireland), Associated Archer Daniels Midland Company (US), Palsgaard A/S (Denmark), Darling Ingredients Inc. (US), DSM (Netherlands), Ashland (US), Tate & Lyle (UK), CP Kelco U.S., Inc. (US), Nexira (France), Deosen Biochemical (Ordos) Ltd. (China), Fufeng Group (China), and BASF SE (Germany).