Europe Food Acidulants Market size exceeded USD 1.5 billion in 2019 and is estimated to expand at over 6% CAGR from 2020 to 2026.
Food acidulants are chemicals that are used in food products for increasing acidity of a food product and add sour and tart flavor to the food. Food acidulants are used in food products for increasing product shelf life, maintaining food pH, and increasing antioxidant properties of the food products. Food acidulants are utilized in food and beverage products such as jams, colas, and pickles.
Food acidulants have gained popularity among food formulators who are looking for improving their taste experience and increase the consumption of organic food products. Evolving consumer eating patterns have influenced consumer emphasize on overall food texture and taste experience which is likely to trigger the European food acidulants industry growth.
Acetic acid has been widely used for increasing the acidity of food products and for enhancing the organoleptic quality of the food. Acetic acid is also popular in food industry as food preservative as it prevents the growth of microorganisms and bacteria. Acetic acid is utilized as preservative in food products like dressings, pickled vegetables, sauce, and cheese. Acetic acid is a common type of food acidulant that is primarily used in pickles and vinegar.
The demand for food products that help improve digestion and reduce sugar fluctuation in body has increased owing to changing consumer trends, which have accelerated the consumption of pickle and vinegar in European. This rise in the consumption of pickles and vinegars should boost the utilization of acetic acid as preservatives and acidulants for preparing pickles. Rising consumption of packaged fermented food products is anticipated to drive the production of pickled fruits and vegetables, which may also stimulate the demand for acetic acid as food acidulants.
Food acidulants are used in beverages for adding acidic flavour to beverage, as preservatives for increasing product shelf life, and for stabilizing beverage pH. Food acidulants have gained traction in beverage industry for providing a flavourful change in beverage taste. Food acidulants with fruit flavours are widely used in beverage industry for adding fruit like flavour to beverage such as water and juices.
Changing consumer preferences and growing availability of flavoured beverages have influenced consumers’ emphasize on taste and texture, which has boosted the consumption of flavoured beverages in the region. This trend in beverage industry should stimulate the demand for food acidulants in beverage processing.
Rise in the consumption of packaged beverage pertaining to growing eating away from home trends has proliferated the use of preservatives in packaged beverages. Food acidulants can be utilized as food preservatives in beverage preparation. Increase in use of preservatives in packaged products should trigger the market growth.
The European food acidulants market share is significantly competitive with major players including ADM, Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG, Cargill, Inc., Corbion Purac N.V., RP International Limited, Bartek Ingredients Inc., Tate & Lyle, Suntran Industrial Group Ltd., Brenntag Holding GmbH, and Fiske.
To meet the growing demand for food acidulants, companies are investing in expanding their product portfolio and manufacturing capabilities which can help them strengthen market position. In 2019, Bartek Ingredients announced that it increased the malic acid production capacity by 4,000 ton/year for supporting demand from food and beverage.