China Food Hydrocolloids Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

China Food Hydrocolloids Market is Segmented by Type (Gelatin Gum, Pectin, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, and Other Types), Application (Dairy and Frozen Products, Bakery, Beverages, Confectionery, Meat and Seafood Products, Oils and Fats, and Other Applications), and Geography

Market Snapshot

China Food Hydrocolloids
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 9.4 %

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Market Overview

The Chinese food hydrocolloids market is projected to register a CAGR of 9.4% during the forecast period (2020-2025).

  • China is a prominent market for hydrocolloids in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Additionally, the market is projected to be the fastest growing due to its agricultural input and the large population, as it contributes a lot to the food consumption.
  • The food and beverage industry is on its peak in the region and so is the additives and ingredients market. The hydrocolloid market is also high due to the higher consumption of ready-to-eat meal.
  • The growing demand for gluten-free bakery goods is giving rise to new opportunities to use highly functional hydrocolloids to improve the eating experience of consumers.

Scope of the report

The Chinese food hydrocolloids market is segmented by type, application, and geography. Based on type, the market has been segmented into gelatin gum, pectin, xanthan gum, guar gum, carrageenan, and other types. Based on application, the market has been segmented into dairy and frozen products, bakery, beverages, confectionery, meat and seafood products, oils and fats, and other applications.

By Type
Gelatin Gum
Xanthan Gum
Guar Gum
Other Types
By Distribution Channel
Dairy and Frozen Products
Meat and Seafood Products
Oils and Fats
Other Applications

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Key Market Trends

Growing Consumption of Plant-based Food

The rapid growth of a middle-class population, together, with shifting consumer values, has created a favourable market for plant-based meat in China, thereby catering to the market growth of food hydrocolloids, which include gellan gum, welan gum, and xanthan gum. Thus, key players operating in the market studied, such as DSM, are expanding their production in the country and significantly investing to upgrade their production facilities to improve safety, health, quality, and environmental standards. The growth of plant-based food increases the application of hydrocolloids in the dairy confectionery and beverage segment.

 Food Hydrocolloids Market: Plant-based Meat Consumption, by Age, China, 2018

Dairy Segment Holds a Prominent Share

In China, the market for food hydrocolloids is majorly driven by dairy application. As hydrocolloids play an important role in keeping ingredients stable in dairy product systems, beyond white milk and natural cheese, almost all dairy products can benefit from the addition of hydrocolloids. Gellan gum is widely used in the country for the production of yogurt products, such as Ambrosia from Yili. By application, the segment holds a significant share of the market, and it is projected to grow at a faster pace during the forecast period.

China Food Hydrocolloids2

Competitive Landscape

The Chinese food hydrocolloids market is fragmented, with the presence of major global and regional players as well as a host of local manufacturers. The major players in the market are Cargill, CP Kelco, and ADM. Companies use various strategies, such as acquisitions, new product launches, expansions, and joint ventures, to expand their market share. DSM is the most active company in the market studied, and it is engaged in product launches, expansions, and other strategies. For instance, in January 2019, DSM launched a new product range for its gellan gum and xanthan gum portfolios, by seeking new opportunities in ‘cross-segment’ applications.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study



    1. 3.1 Market Overview


    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Gelatin Gum

      2. 5.1.2 Pectin

      3. 5.1.3 Xanthan Gum

      4. 5.1.4 Guar Gum

      5. 5.1.5 Carrageenan

      6. 5.1.6 Other Types

    2. 5.2 By Distribution Channel

      1. 5.2.1 Dairy and Frozen Products

      2. 5.2.2 Bakery

      3. 5.2.3 Beverages

      4. 5.2.4 Confectionery

      5. 5.2.5 Meat and Seafood Products

      6. 5.2.6 Oils and Fats

      7. 5.2.7 Other Applications


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Cargill Incorporated

      2. 6.3.2 CP Kelco US Inc.

      3. 6.3.3 DuPont

      4. 6.3.4 Koninklijke DSM NV

      5. 6.3.5 Archer Daniels Midland Company

      6. 6.3.6 Ashland Global Holdings Inc.

      7. 6.3.7 Behn Meyer Holding AG


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Frequently Asked Questions

The China Food Hydrocolloids Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The China Food Hydrocolloids Market is growing at a CAGR of 9.4% over the next 5 years.

CP Kelco, DuPont de Nemours, Inc., DSM, Cargill, Incorporated, Archer Daniels Midland Company are the major companies operating in China Food Hydrocolloids Market.

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