North America Food Acidulants Market size crossed USD 1.5 billion in 2019 and is predicted to exhibit a CAGR of 6% between 2020 and 2026.
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Food acidulants are utilized in foods and beverages for enhancing the acidic characteristics of such products. These are also used in foods and beverages for adding sour flavor to the food. Food acidulants increase food pH and enhance anti-oxidant properties of foods, in turn, increasing shelf life of food products such as jams and pickles.
Growing consumption of packaged foods has accelerated the demand for food preservatives to enhance product shelf life, which should trigger the utilization of acidulants in food and beverage applications. Also, evolving consumer taste preferences should also proliferate the demand for foods that have sour and tart flavor. This trend is also expected to boost demand for food acidulants for offering sour and tart flavor to food products.
Acetic acid is an organic compound that is mainly used as sour agent and chemical leavening agent in food and beverages, as a preservative which helps in increasing product shelf life by preventing bacterial growth and for regulating acidity. Acetic acid is also utilized in food and beverage industry for providing acidic flavor to products. It is used in food products such as pickled vegetables, sauce, vinegar, and dressings.
Acetic acid is the most common type of food acidulant used in the industry. Use of acetic acid as acidulants has soared in recent years owing to rising demand for pickles and vinegar. Consumption of pickles has increased in North America owing to rising trends of eating preserved and packaged foods. There has been use of pickles in restaurants as restaurants offer pickles and sauces with foods. These trends have driven the consumption of pickles in North America which has accelerated the use of acid regulators and preservatives for producing pickles.
Food acidulants are used in beverage processing for imparting sour and acidic taste to beverages. Most commonly, citric acid and acetic acid are used in beverage industry as food acidulants. Food acidulants are also utilized in beverage for preventing bacterial growth and extending product shelf life. The consumption of flavoured beverages in North America has soared owing to changing consumer preferences and increasing consumption of packed, sweetened, fruit, diet, and carbonated beverages.
Prominent companies operating in the North America food acidulants market include Archer Daniels Midland Company, Tate & Lyle, Cargill, Inc., Jungbunzlauer, Corbion, Bartek Ingredients Inc., RP International Limited, Brenntag Holding GmbH, Suntran Industrial Group Ltd., and Fiske & Company.
Industry players are expanding and investing in their production capabilities to cater the growing demand for food additives from food and beverage producers. In February 2019, Bartek, a manufacturer of food grade acidulants, announced that the company is expanding production capacity of malic acid by 4000 tons per annum to cater the demand from food and beverage companies.