The global spices and seasonings market is expected to grow from USD 21.3 billion in 2021 to USD 27.4 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 5.2% from 2021 to 2026. The demand for spices and seasonings as key ingredients in various cuisines is rising globally. Factors such as the increasing demand for packaged or convenience food products and meat & poultry products, owing to changing consumer lifestyle, are expected to increase the demand for spices and seasonings globally. The demand for spices and seasonings is anticipated to increase in the Asia Pacific region owing to factors such as rising disposable income, rapidly growing fast food industry, and urbanization in countries such as China, India, and Japan. The rising consumer awareness about the medicinal benefits associated with the consumption of spices is also expected to increase the demand for spices and seasonings globally.
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The spices and seasonings market is highly fragmented; hence, there are numerous players in the market offering a wide range of products; the major spices and seasonings manufacturers include McCormick & Company, Inc. (US), Olam International (Singapore), Ajinomoto Co. Inc. (Japan), Associated British Foods plc (UK), Kerry Group plc (Ireland), Sensient Technologies Corporation (US), Döhler Group (Germany), SHS Group (Ireland), and Worlée Gruppe (Germany). These players have focused on acquisitions to gain a larger market share in the spices & seasonings market.
The changing perception of people with regard to processed foods and the technological innovations in spice and seasoning processing techniques have led to an increase in demand for processed products and subsequently to the growth of the spices & seasonings market. Cinnamon is used to flavor a variety of foods, from confections to curries to beverages, and is popular in bakery goods in many places. Cinnamon also contains large amounts of polyphenol antioxidants. The antioxidants in cinnamon have been found to have anti-inflammatory effects; also, consumption of cinnamon is associated with a short-term reduction in blood pressure. All these benefits have significantly increased the consumption of cinnamon across the world.
The meat & poultry products segment accounted for the largest value during the forecast period, probably because spices stimulate the appetite, adds flavor and acts as natural preservatives for meat and poultry products. Different spices and seasonings such as pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, turmeric, and capsicum are applied to meatloaves, sausages, salamis, and other processed meat & poultry food products. Both fresh and frozen meats can be spiced and marinated before storage. All these factors have resulted in the high use of spices in the preparation of meat products. Hence, resulting in a high market share. Commercial meat processing plants use spice extracts in place of natural spices. Seasonings and spices used for sausage making are usually fresh as most consumers prefer the taste of freshly made food that often comes from spices. Spices such as garlic, pepper, and chili play a crucial role in the antioxidant and natural preservatives in fermented meat products.
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The usage of spices and seasonings in the industrial sector is less in the Asia Pacific region as compared to that in developed regions, which presents food processing industries with considerable untapped potential. The overall economic growth in the Asia Pacific region has led to an increase in urbanization and rapid industrialization, with a resultant rise in per capita income. These factors play a major role in the changing preference of consumers towards value-added food products. The region’s improved agricultural growth over the past decade, followed by advancements in the food industry, has provided new opportunities for the spices & seasonings industry. This region has a much-diversified flavor preference wherein consumers are constantly looking for new variants, which will drive the spices & seasonings market. India’s spices & seasonings industry has witnessed increasing varieties of value-added spice & seasoning products in the ground, crushed, cracked blended, and dehydrated forms, in bulk and consumer packs.