Capric Acid Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

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Market Insights

The global capric acid market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.9% during the forecast period 2018-2023 due to the increase in demand from various end-user industries, from the food & beverage industry to cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.

Capric acid, also known as decanoic acid, is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid naturally found in animal fats, milk of goats and cows, and plant oils such as palm (3.7%) and coconut oil (5.4%). It has high market value, owing to its wide range of end-user applications. It is mainly used in the preparation of artificial food flavors, which by itself is a large market.

Rising Demand for Processed Foods Driving the Market

Increasing consumption of the processed and packaged food products has fostered the demand for new artificial flavoring and coloring agents. Capric acid is used for producing esters for color, artificial flavoring, and aroma. Capric acid acts as an antimicrobial agent and is therefore, used in commercial food handling. Capric acid is widely used in wineries, breweries, and meat processing industries. The growth of the food & beverage industry is expected to drive the market for capric acid.

New sources of raw materials can provide a lucrative opportunity for the capric acid market. The use of decanoate ester, a derivative of capric acid, in various injectable drugs will further boost capric acid usage in the pharmaceutical Industry. Prominent pharmaceutical companies intend to use the capric acid found in coconut oil to manufacture drugs for diabetic patients, which is a major opportunity for the capric acid market.

Market Segmentation

The global market for capric acid is segmented based on source, application and geography. Capric acid has various applications in the food and beverages industry such as flavor fixation, bacterial sterilization, stabilization, flavor enhancement, and adjustment of acid levels. Therefore, it is frequently used in ice creams, desserts, canned, sauces, cake mixes, baked goods, packaged vegetables, frozen fish and fruits, products, puddings, and cheese products. Further, it also finds application in the beverage products, from fruit juices to wine.

Regional Analysis

At 35% of the market share, the Asia-Pacific region exhibited itself as the fastest growing market in capric acid during the forecast period. Most of the global manufacturers are focusing on investments in the Asia-Pacific region due to strong opportunities in the artificial flavoring, color, and aroma in the backdrop of rapidly growing processed food industry.

China, Japan, and India are the leading producers of food products, such as meat and meat products and oils and fats, giving a further boost to the market for capric acid in this region. The availability of raw materials is one of the major factors contributing to the extensive growth of the capric acid market in the region. Europe, followed by North America, is exhibiting promising growth for the capric acid market. However, the increasing demand for products with natural content is likely to curb growth in the North American region.


Key Developments

  • June 2015 - Univar USA, Inc. acquired Chemical Associates to foster the development of innovative products and optimization of chemical manufacturing methods.
  • March 2018 - Omega-3 specialist Coromega launched its first products specifically positioned for sports which contain 1800 mg of capric acid for sustained energy following work-out.

Competitive Landscape

The global capric acid market consists of several players and is dominated by large capric acid manufacturers such as Henan Eastar Chemicals, Ecogreen Oleochemicals, Procter & Gamble (P&G), Temix Oleo, and VVF, who have established their presence across several geographical regions. Leading market players have adopted expansion and acquisition as their key strategy.

The key players in global capric acid market - Acme-Hardesty, Ecogreen Oleochemicals, Henan Eastar Chemicals, Hangzhou Oleochemicals, IOI Oleochemicals, KLK OLEO, Majorhub Oleochemicals, P&G, Temix Oleo, Univar, and VVF LLC.

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1. Introduction

                1.1 Key Deliverables of the Study

                1.2 Study Assumptions

                1.3 Market Definitions

2. Research Approach and Methodology

                2.1 Introduction

                2.2 Research Design

                2.3 Study Timelines

                2.4 Study Phases

                                2.4.1 Secondary Research

                                2.4.2 Discussion Guide

                                2.4.3 Market Engineering & Econometric Modelling

                                2.4.4 Expert Validation

3. Market Overview

                3.1 Trends

4. Market Dynamics

                4.1 Drivers

                                4.1.1 Increasing Consumption of Processed and Packaged Food

                                4.1.2 Application of Capric Acid in Cosmetic and Personal Care Industry

                4.2 Restraints

                                4.2.1 Availability of Application-specific Substitutes

                                4.2.2 Fluctuation in Raw Material Prices

                4.3 Opportunities

                                4.3.1 Increasing Usage in Pharmaceutical Industry

                4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

                                4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

                                4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

                                4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

                                4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

                                4.4.5 Degree of Competition

5. Market Segmentation

                5.1 By Source

                                5.1.1 Animal

                                5.1.2 Plant

                5.2 By Application

                                5.2.1 Cosmetics and Personal Care

                                5.2.2 Food and Beverage

                                5.2.3 Pharmaceutical

                                5.2.4 Industrial Chemicals

                                5.2.5 Others

                5.3 By Geography

                                5.3.1 North America

                                       United States



                                       Rest of North America

                                5.3.2 Europe





                                       Rest of Europe

                                5.3.3 Asia-Pacific





                                       Rest of Asia-Pacific

                                5.3.4 South America



                                       Rest of South America

                                5.3.5 Africa

                                       South Africa

                                       Rest of Africa

6. Competitive Landscape

                6.1 Strategy Adopted by Key players

                6.2 Most Active Companies

                6.3 Market Share Analysis

7. List of Company Profiles

                7.1 Acme-Hardesty

                7.2 Ecogreen Oleochemicals

                7.3 Henan Eastar Chemicals

                7.4 Hangzhou Oleochemicals

                7.5 IOI Oleochemicals

                7.6 KLK OLEO

                7.7 Majorhub Oleochemicals

                7.8 P&G

                7.9 Temix Oleo

                7.10 Univar 

                7.11 VVF L.L.C.

8. Appendix

                8.1 Disclaimer

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