Food Acidulants Market

Food Acidulants Market Forecasts to 2028 - Global Analysis By Type (Malic Acid, Phosphoric Acid, Acetic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Fumaric Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Citrate, Formic Acid, Gluconic Acid, Tannic Acid, Succinic Acid and Ascorbic Acid), Foam (Liquid and Powder), Function, Application and By Geography

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Published: 2023 ID: SMRC22822

This report covers the impact of COVID-19 on this global market

Years Covered


Estimated Year Value (2022)

US $2.46 BN

Projected Year Value (2028)

US $3.38 BN

CAGR (2022 - 2028)


Regions Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa

Countries Covered

US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Japan, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Rest of Asia Pacific, South America, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Middle East & Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, and South Africa

Largest Market

Asia Pacific

Highest Growing Market

North America

According to Stratistics MRC, the Global Food Acidulants Market is accounted for $2.46 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach $3.38 billion by 2028 growing at a CAGR of 5.43% during the forecast period. Food acidulants are chemical compounds that give a tart, sour, or acidic flavor to foods or enhance the perceived sweetness of foods. These acidic additives help to increase the shelf life of food goods by lowering the amount of air, bacteria, fungus, and yeast deterioration. These additions also assist in preserving, maintaining pH balance and enhancing the nutritional qualities of food. These chemicals functions as gelling agents and food preservatives. They can also function as leavening agents and emulsifiers in some kinds of processed foods.

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development reports, in the year 2020, 100 billion liters of liquid foods were consumed in India, less than 50% of that is packaged.

Market Dynamics:


Growing consumer awareness

Demand for regional goods is rising as a result of consumer awareness of clean-label items. It represents a 'good food future' with ingredients that are believed to be healthy, nutritious and sustainable. The need for healthy products and high disposable income in wealthy countries have raised the production of acidulants and placed pressure on western companies to cut prices, which is propelling the growth of the regional market for acidity regulators.


Strict government regulations

Synthetic citric acid can be hazardous as it may contain a minute portion of sulphites which causes diseases or disorders. As a result, the government placed severe guidelines on the use of food acidulants. To guarantee that foods are safe to eat and are appropriately labelled, federal authorities and numerous international bodies should thoroughly control all food additives. These factors hinder the market expansion.


Raising investments and collaborations

Businesses are making investments in technology advancements such as acid encapsulation to enable controlled release and enhanced stability at particular temperatures and for the detection of food-borne contaminants and pathogens. Manufacturers are collaborating with numerous research institutions to create new items in order to satisfy the expanding global demand. These collaborations lead to more efficient processes and propel the market demand.


Inadequate pH control

Food items may develop dangerous microorganisms if the pH is not properly controlled. Such food products may be harmful to a person's health. Sickness and allergic responses to the additive might develop. When acidulants are not metered properly during mixing, many individuals experience joint discomfort with swelling and stiffness, muscle and stomach pain, as well as shortness of breath. These factors hamper the market demand.

Covid-19 Impact

The global market for acidulants has been negatively damaged by the epidemic. During the lockdown, there were global government limitations on the export of raw materials from a number of nations, which unexpectedly affected the production of large food and beverage producers. As a result, the demand for finished goods plummeted in the foodservice sector. Due to its ability to increase immunity, citric acid in particular has seen a rise in demand as a result of COVID-19. However, the ingredients chaotic supply chain had a significant negative influence on the market's expansion.

The fumaric acid segment is expected to be the largest during the forecast period

The fumaric acid segment is estimated to have a lucrative growth, due to increasing consumption of bakery and confectionery products. Many bakery products and confectionery items use fumaric acids. These additives have been selected based on how well they contribute to improving the organoleptic qualities and shelf life of various goods. It acts as a substitute for tartaric acid and occasionally takes the place of citric acid. It is also used as an antifungal agent in boxed foods. These factors are fuelling the segment’s demand.

The beverages segment is expected to have the highest CAGR during the forecast period

The beverages segment is anticipated to witness the fastest CAGR growth during the forecast period, due to its exotic and ethnic fruit flavours and blends. Citric acid is frequently used in processed foods, confections, preserves, syrups, gelatin snacks, and desserts due to its qualities, which include preservatives, tastes, pH control and synergy with aspartame. Its natural occurrence facilitates it as a non-toxic component and makes it suitable for utilization in beverages which is driving the demand of the segment.

Region with largest share:

Asia Pacific is projected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period owing to its abundant availability of resources. This region benefits from widespread applicability and cheaper manufacturing costs. The world's top manufacturer and exporter of citric acid is China. The major participants in this region's market for food acidulants are fiercely competing with western companies that dominate in terms of production, export, and consumption. High domestic production of organic and inorganic acids is further expanding the market demand.

Region with highest CAGR:

North America is projected to have the highest CAGR over the forecast period, owing to the rising demand for beverages. Soft drink, energy drink, and juice drink consumption is rising quickly in the USA, which has led to an increase in the use of acidulants in the beverage sector. Customers' interest in foods and beverages made with safe ingredients is anticipated to remain high in the upcoming years. All of these elements will be beneficial to the North American market for food acidulants.

Key players in the market

Some of the key players profiled in the Food Acidulants Market include Cargill Incorporated, Innova Corporate, Hawkins Watts Limited, Direct Food Ingredients, Foodchem International Corporation, Arshine Pharmaceutical Co, FBC Industries, Tate & Lyle, Bartek Ingredients Inc, Weifang Ensign Industry Co, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Brenntag North America Inc, Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG, Purac biochem BV, Fuerst Day Lawson Limited and Corbion NV.

Key Developments:

In February 2023, Cargill Food Ingredients and Bioindustrials, through its recently acquired production unit at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, plans to widen its customer base and distribution network in South India, with a new range of products. The company will be able to offer a variety of quality products to consumers in the Southern States.

In June 2020, Foodchem International Corporation launched FoodCel™ Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC). It is used as a viscosity regulator or thickener in food production and thickener in medicine, and it is an integral part of toothpaste, water-based coating, detergent, and other products.

In January 2019, Direct Food Ingredients Ltd (DFI) begins the New Year by unveiling its latest investment – a new state of the art, interactive website, to consolidate further its market position and boost its already impressive customer service offering. The new site includes advancements for the benefits of its customers including real time information on product specifications.

Types Covered:
• Malic Acid
• Phosphoric Acid
• Acetic Acid
• Tartaric Acid
• Citric Acid
• Fumaric Acid
• Lactic Acid
• Sodium Citrate
• Potassium Citrate
• Formic Acid
• Gluconic Acid
• Tannic Acid
• Succinic Acid
• Ascorbic Acid

Foams Covered:
• Liquid
• Powder

Functions Covered:
• PH Control
• Preservative
• Flavor Enhancer
• Microbial Control
• Other Functions

Applications Covered:
• Animal Nutrition
• Beverages
• Bakery & Confectionery
• Dairy Food
• Frozen Products
• Meat & Poultry
• Other Applications

Regions Covered:
• North America
o US
o Canada
o Mexico
• Europe
o Germany
o UK
o Italy
o France
o Spain
o Rest of Europe
• Asia Pacific
o Japan
o China
o India
o Australia
o New Zealand
o South Korea
o Rest of Asia Pacific
• South America
o Argentina
o Brazil
o Chile
o Rest of South America
• Middle East & Africa
o Saudi Arabia
o Qatar
o South Africa
o Rest of Middle East & Africa

What our report offers:
- Market share assessments for the regional and country-level segments
- Strategic recommendations for the new entrants
- Covers Market data for the years 2020, 2021, 2022, 2025, and 2028
- Market Trends (Drivers, Constraints, Opportunities, Threats, Challenges, Investment Opportunities, and recommendations)
- Strategic recommendations in key business segments based on the market estimations
- Competitive landscaping mapping the key common trends
- Company profiling with detailed strategies, financials, and recent developments
- Supply chain trends mapping the latest technological advancements

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Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary

2 Preface
2.1 Abstract
2.2 Stake Holders
2.3 Research Scope
2.4 Research Methodology
2.4.1 Data Mining
2.4.2 Data Analysis
2.4.3 Data Validation
2.4.4 Research Approach
2.5 Research Sources
2.5.1 Primary Research Sources
2.5.2 Secondary Research Sources
2.5.3 Assumptions

3 Market Trend Analysis
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Drivers
3.3 Restraints
3.4 Opportunities
3.5 Threats
3.6 Application Analysis
3.7 Emerging Markets
3.8 Impact of Covid-19

4 Porters Five Force Analysis
4.1 Bargaining power of suppliers
4.2 Bargaining power of buyers
4.3 Threat of substitutes
4.4 Threat of new entrants
4.5 Competitive rivalry

5 Global Food Acidulants Market, By Type
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Malic Acid
5.3 Phosphoric Acid
5.4 Acetic Acid
5.5 Tartaric Acid
5.6 Citric Acid
5.7 Fumaric Acid
5.8 Lactic Acid
5.9 Sodium Citrate
5.10 Potassium Citrate
5.11 Formic Acid
5.12 Gluconic Acid
5.13 Tannic Acid
5.14 Succinic Acid
5.15 Ascorbic Acid

6 Global Food Acidulants Market, By Foam
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Liquid
6.3 Powder

7 Global Food Acidulants Market, By Function
7.1 Introduction
7.2 PH Control
7.3 Preservative
7.4 Flavor Enhancer
7.5 Microbial Control
7.6 Other Functions

8 Global Food Acidulants Market, By Application
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Animal Nutrition
8.3 Beverages
8.4 Bakery & Confectionery
8.5 Dairy Food
8.6 Frozen Products
8.7 Meat & Poultry
8.8 Other Applications

9 Global Food Acidulants Market, By Geography
9.1 Introduction
9.2 North America
9.2.1 US
9.2.2 Canada
9.2.3 Mexico
9.3 Europe
9.3.1 Germany
9.3.2 UK
9.3.3 Italy
9.3.4 France
9.3.5 Spain
9.3.6 Rest of Europe
9.4 Asia Pacific
9.4.1 Japan
9.4.2 China
9.4.3 India
9.4.4 Australia
9.4.5 New Zealand
9.4.6 South Korea
9.4.7 Rest of Asia Pacific
9.5 South America
9.5.1 Argentina
9.5.2 Brazil
9.5.3 Chile
9.5.4 Rest of South America
9.6 Middle East & Africa
9.6.1 Saudi Arabia
9.6.2 UAE
9.6.3 Qatar
9.6.4 South Africa
9.6.5 Rest of Middle East & Africa

10 Key Developments
10.1 Agreements, Partnerships, Collaborations and Joint Ventures
10.2 Acquisitions & Mergers
10.3 New Product Launch
10.4 Expansions
10.5 Other Key Strategies

11 Company Profiling
11.1 Cargill Incorporated
11.2 Innova Corporate
11.3 Hawkins Watts Limited
11.4 Direct Food Ingredients
11.5 Foodchem International Corporation
11.6 Arshine Pharmaceutical Co
11.7 FBC Industries
11.8 Tate & Lyle
11.9 Bartek Ingredients Inc
11.10 Weifang Ensign Industry Co
11.11 Archer Daniels Midland Company
11.12 Brenntag North America Inc
11.13 Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG
11.14 Purac biochem BV
11.15 Fuerst Day Lawson Limited
11.16 Corbion NV

List of Tables
1 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Region (2020-2028) ($MN)
2 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Type (2020-2028) ($MN)
3 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Malic Acid (2020-2028) ($MN)
4 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Phosphoric Acid (2020-2028) ($MN)
5 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Acetic Acid (2020-2028) ($MN)
6 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Tartaric Acid (2020-2028) ($MN)
7 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Citric Acid (2020-2028) ($MN)
8 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Fumaric Acid (2020-2028) ($MN)
9 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Lactic Acid (2020-2028) ($MN)
10 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Sodium Citrate (2020-2028) ($MN)
11 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Potassium Citrate (2020-2028) ($MN)
12 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Formic Acid (2020-2028) ($MN)
13 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Gluconic Acid (2020-2028) ($MN)
14 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Tannic Acid (2020-2028) ($MN)
15 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Succinic Acid (2020-2028) ($MN)
16 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Ascorbic Acid (2020-2028) ($MN)
17 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Foam (2020-2028) ($MN)
18 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Liquid (2020-2028) ($MN)
19 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Powder (2020-2028) ($MN)
20 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Function (2020-2028) ($MN)
21 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By PH Control (2020-2028) ($MN)
22 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Preservative (2020-2028) ($MN)
23 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Flavor Enhancer (2020-2028) ($MN)
24 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Microbial Control (2020-2028) ($MN)
25 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Other Functions (2020-2028) ($MN)
26 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Application (2020-2028) ($MN)
27 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Animal Nutrition (2020-2028) ($MN)
28 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Beverages (2020-2028) ($MN)
29 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Bakery & Confectionery (2020-2028) ($MN)
30 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Dairy Food (2020-2028) ($MN)
31 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Frozen Products (2020-2028) ($MN)
32 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Meat & Poultry (2020-2028) ($MN)
33 Global Food Acidulants Market Outlook, By Other Applications (2020-2028) ($MN)

Note: Tables for North America, Europe, APAC, South America, and Middle East & Africa Regions are also represented in the same manner as above.

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