China Gelatin Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The China Gelatin Market is segmented by Form ( Animal Based, Marine Based ) and by End User ( Personal Care and Cosmetics, Food and Beverages )

China Gelatin Market Size

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China Gelatin Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Forecast Data Period 2024 - 2029
CAGR 5.07 %
Fastest Growing Market Food and Beverages
Largest Market Personal Care and Cosmetics

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China Gelatin Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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China Gelatin Market Analysis

The China gelatin market was valued at USD 155.1 million for the current year and is projected to register a CAGR of 5.07% over the next five years.

  • Gelatin is frequently used in the food and beverage industry to provide products like candies, desserts, and dairy dishes with texture, stability, and gelling qualities. Gelatin demand in this industry has been driven by the expansion of China's middle class, shifting consumer preferences, and rising interest in practical and creative food products. Gelatin is projected to be in strong demand from functional food applications due to its capability to improve food quality, prevent a number of diseases, and be used in food fortification. 
  • The gelatin is also used for manufacturing capsules and other drug delivery methods. The demand for gelatin as a vital component in these applications has increased along with the growth of China's healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. For instance, the total operating revenue of the pharmaceutical industry in China was CNY 3363.37 billion (USD 525.17 billion) in 2022, according to the National Bureau of Statistics of China.
  • Gelatin is made from collagen that has been obtained from the skin, bones, and connective tissues of animals, including domesticated cattle, chickens, pigs, and fish. Collagen is then partially hydrolyzed to generate a collection of peptides and proteins known as gelatin. China attracts gelatin manufacturers because of the abundance of raw materials available. Slaughterhouses are the main source of raw materials. 
  • For instance, the total number of poultry slaughtered in China was 16.14 billion heads in 2022. Animal-based gelatin's relatively lower price and its suitability for people with shellfish allergies have helped the segment take the lead in the source category.

China Gelatin Market Trends

Rising Consumer Demand for Convenient and Functional Foods and Beverages

  • The gelatin market has been greatly influenced by the rising demand for functional and convenient food products in China. Gummy candies, yogurt, and jelly sweets foods that gain value from the addition of gelatin to increase their texture and durability. Attractive foods that taste good and remain fresh for a long time in the market are highly preferred by consumers. Gelatin aids in the fulfillment of these properties, making it a useful component for producers seeking to improve the overall eating experience.
  • Demand is rising for convenience foods and beverages due to changing Chinese lifestyles, an increase in the number of people working, busy lifestyles, and consumers who lack the time and motivation to prepare home-cooked meals.
  • For instance, The number of employed people in China was 733.51 million in 2022, according to the National Bureau of Statistics of China. Consumers are increasingly favoring functional and fortified food and beverage products. Functional foods are the ideal way to give the body the necessary micronutrients. The demand for gelatin is increasing at a faster rate as a result of rising fortified food product demand and increased consumer awareness of food fortification. Almost all food products contain gelatin as a functional element.
  • Collagen is a protein found in gelatin that is essential for joint and skin health. Customers are seeking goods that go beyond basic nourishment as they are more health conscious. Gelatin is becoming more prevalent in foods that are high in protein and focused on promoting good health due to its protein content and potential health advantages.
China Gelatin Market, Number of New Registration of Health Food Products, China, 2019-2022

Increasing Application of Gelatin in Pharmaceuticals Sectors to Drive Market Growth

  • The gelatin market in China has been greatly influenced by the expanding use of gelatin in the pharmaceutical industry. The substance used to make capsules that contain prescription drugs and dietary supplements is gelatin. It offers a reliable and efficient method of giving patients access to pharmacological components. 
  • The demand for gelatin capsules increases along with China's pharmaceutical industry, providing a steady market for gelatin producers. For instance, the gross profit of the pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing industry in China was CNY 515.36 billion (USD 80.36 billion) in 2022, according to the China Pharmaceutical Enterprises Association.
  • Various medication delivery techniques, including controlled-release formulations, utilize gelatin. Because of its biocompatibility and capacity to create stable matrices, it is appropriate for encasing and delivering medicines with particular release profiles. For instance, China exported pharmaceuticals and medicine valued at CNY 403.78 billion (USD 63.02 billion) in 2022, according to the China Pharmaceutical Enterprises Association. The demand for gelatin with specialized qualities has increased as research and development into new medication delivery systems has increased.
  •  Clinical trials and pharmaceutical research are expanding in China, which requires an ongoing supply of premium gelatin for testing and experimentation. In the process of creating and testing new drug formulations and delivery systems, gelatin is often used as a component. Additionally, companies are also coming up with products bearing several certifications to gain a competitive edge over other market players. For instance, Nitta Gelatin provides gelatin with certifications, such as Halal, Kosher, EDQM, GMP, and FSSAI.
China Gelatin Market, Total Operating Revenue of the Pharmaceutical Industry (In CNY Billion), China, 2018-2022

China Gelatin Industry Overview

The China gelatin market needs to be more cohesive, with a large presence of local players. The major players in this market are Darling Ingredients Inc., GELITA AG, Hangzhou Qunli Gelatin Chemical Co. Ltd., Luohe Wulong Gelatin Co. Ltd., and Nitta Gelatin Inc. (sorted alphabetically). The major players typically use corporate strategies such as product innovation, expansion, partnership, mergers, and acquisitions in order to strengthen their presence in the market studied.

China Gelatin Market Leaders

  1. Darling Ingredients Inc.


  3. Hangzhaou Qunli Gelatin Chemical Co. Ltd

  4. Luohe Wulong Gelatin Co. Ltd

  5. Nitta Gelatin Inc.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

China Gelatin Market Concentration
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China Gelatin Market News

  • October of 2022: Darling Ingredients introduced an innovative gelatin product known as Quali-Pure, specifically tailored for pharmaceutical applications, including but not limited to embolization, wound healing, drug delivery, hemostasis, and vaccine production. Quali-Pure boasts exceptional characteristics, including tightly controlled endotoxin levels, consistent quality across batches, biocompatibility, and biodegradability.
  • December 2021: Gelita AG significantly strengthened its position as the global leader in the gelatin industry by acquiring a 65% stake in SelJel, a prominent Turkish gelatin producer. This strategic partnership has enabled Gelita AG to solidify its presence and further enhance its capabilities to meet the surging demand for gelatin, especially in the realm of halal bovine gelatin production.
  • May 2021: Darling Ingredients Inc. expanded its Rousselot brand's portfolio by introducing a range of purified, pharmaceutical-grade, and modified gelatin products, highlighted by the launch of X-Pure GelDAT - Gelatin Desaminotyrosine.

China Gelatin Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 The Rising Awareness of the Health Benefits Associated with Gelatin Consumption

      2. 4.1.2 Rising Consumer Demand for Convenient and Functional Foods and Beverages Drives the Market Growth

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Concerns over the Source of Gelatin Hamper the Market

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. Market Segmentation

    1. 5.1 By Form

      1. 5.1.1 Animal-Based

      2. 5.1.2 Marine-Based

    2. 5.2 By End-User

      1. 5.2.1 Personal Care and Cosmetics

      2. 5.2.2 Food and Beverages

        1. Bakery

        2. Beverages

        3. Condiments/Sauces

        4. Confectionery

        5. Dairy and Dairy Alternative Products

        6. RTE/RTC Food Products

        7. Snacks

      3. 5.2.3 Pharmaceuticals

  6. 6. Competitive Landscape

    1. 6.1 Strategies Adopted By Leading Players

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Darling Ingredients Inc.

      2. 6.3.2 Foodchem International Corporation

      3. 6.3.3 GELITA AG

      4. 6.3.4 Hangzhaou Qunli Gelatin Chemical Co. Ltd

      5. 6.3.5 Jellice Group

      6. 6.3.6 Luohe Wulong Gelatin Co. Ltd

      7. 6.3.7 Nitta Gelatin Inc.

      8. 6.3.8 Xiamen Hyfine Gelatin Co. Ltd

      9. 6.3.9 Henan Boom Gelatin Co., Ltd

      10. 6.3.10 Tianjin Hwashin Biotechnology Co., Ltd.

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

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China Gelatin Industry Segmentation

Gelatin is a translucent, colorless, flavorless food ingredient commonly derived from collagen taken from animal body parts.

The China gelatin market is segmented by form and end user. Based on form, the market is segmented into animal-based and marine-based. Based on end users, the market is segmented into personal care and cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and food and beverages. The food and beverages segment is further segmented into bakery, beverages, condiments/sauces, confectionery, dairy and dairy alternative products, RTE/RTC food products, and snacks.

The market sizing has been done in value terms in USD for all the abovementioned segments.

By Form
By End-User
Personal Care and Cosmetics
Food and Beverages
Dairy and Dairy Alternative Products
RTE/RTC Food Products
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China Gelatin Market Research FAQs

The China Gelatin Market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.07% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Darling Ingredients Inc., GELITA AG, Hangzhaou Qunli Gelatin Chemical Co. Ltd, Luohe Wulong Gelatin Co. Ltd and Nitta Gelatin Inc. are the major companies operating in the China Gelatin Market.

Food and Beverages is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the Personal Care and Cosmetics accounts for the largest market share in China Gelatin Market.

The report covers the China Gelatin Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the China Gelatin Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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China Gelatin Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)