European Freeze Dry Food Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The report covers Freeze Dried Food in Europe and the market is segmented by Type (Freeze-dried Fruits, Freeze-dried Vegetables, Freeze-dried Beverages, Freeze-dried Meat and Seafood, Freeze-dried Dairy Products, and Prepared Foods), By Distribution Channel (Supermarket/Hypermarket, Convenience Stores, Departmental Stores, Online Retailing and Other Distribution Channels), and Geography (United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Russia, Italy, France, and Rest of Europe). The market size and forecasts are provided in terms of (USD million) for all the above segments.

European Freeze Dry Food Market Size

Europe Freeze-Dried Products Market Summary
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Study Period 2016 -2027
Base Year For Estimation 2022
Forecast Data Period 2023 - 2028
Historical Data Period 2018 - 2021
CAGR 6.45 %
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Europe Freeze-Dried Products Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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European Freeze Dry Food Market Analysis

The Europe Freeze-Dried Products Market size is expected to grow from USD 26.78 billion in 2023 to USD 36.60 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 6.45% during the forecast period.

The growth of the food-processing sector and the high demand for ready-to-eat or convenience food products among European consumers have considerably increased in recent years, owing to the busy work lifestyle and the increasing working population. These products are easy to store, convenient to handle, and have a short preparation time. Thus, there is an increase in the demand for freeze-dried food products like snacks, ready-to-eat food items, dairy, beverages, fruits and vegetables, and bakery and confectionery products. Companies, such as Chaucer Foods Ltd, Aum Fresh, and European Freeze Dry, are marketing different varieties of freeze-dried fruits, such as bananas, blueberries, cherries, grapes, mangoes, and a combination of fruits, in grab-and-go or convenient snack sizes, depending on the portability requirements of the consumers.

Moreover, the ease of the technique in processing heat-sensitive food products, like fruits and vegetables, and providing them with a prolonged shelf life without hampering the original properties is the major driving factor for the European freeze-dried food market. The rising interest and participation in outdoor sports, awareness about health and wellness, and increasing interest in expedition activities and adventures are the major factors driving the sales of freeze-dried food across the region.

European Freeze Dry Food Market Trends

Popularization of Adventure Sports and Expedition

Freeze-dried food is becoming increasingly popular among consumers across the European region. Freeze-dried foods retain the original flavor and taste of the food product while also providing a long shelf life. Thus, the enthusiasts going on expeditions prefer freeze-dried foods to fulfill their nutritional requirements throughout their tour. The demand for freeze-dried food products is high due to their availability in multiple categories. The most prevalent ones are meals, bakery products, cereal products, fruit snacks, and vegetable snacks, among others. Therefore, numerous companies have started selling freeze-dried food products through online channels, focusing on expedition activities. For instance, Expedition Foods Limited categorizes freeze-dried foods according to their calorie content on its online platform to make it easier for buyers to select the foods that meet their requirements. Freeze-dried products are easy to store, handle, and prepare. Nevertheless, the expedition-goers rely extensively on these products during their journeys. Since the duration of expedition tours is uncertain, manufacturers and retailers are concentrating on providing solutions that can offer enough quantity to last from a few days to even weeks.

Europe Freeze-Dried Products Market: Adventure Sports Participation, Number of Participants, England, 2016-2021

Germany Held the Largest Market Share

The aging population in Germany consumes more nutritious products due to rising health concerns. Thus, there is a continuous rise in the demand for freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, as they are rich in nutrients and have an extended shelf life. Freeze-dried foods are becoming popular in Germany due to ongoing trends and societal changes that affect overall food consumption. Moreover, these foods' freshness, taste, ease of preparation, quality, and long shelf life have further increased their demand among consumers. Local players compete in the market with international players regarding product visibility and offerings to broaden their customer base. The government in the country has introduced several promotional programs, such as the "Frutitour" campaign, to raise public awareness about the benefits of daily consumption of fruits and vegetables. Since freeze drying is relatively healthier than other preservation methods, such foods are expected to grow in Germany, owing to increasing health awareness.

Europe Freeze-Dried Products Market: Europe Freeze Dried Food Market: Per Capita Consumption of Deep-Frozen Food (in kilograms), Germany, 2016-2021

European Freeze Dry Food Industry Overview

The European freeze-dried food market is fragmented due to the presence of many players. The major players focus on product development, mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, and expansion to strengthen their position in the market. The major players are European Freeze Dry, Katadyn Group, LYO FOOD Sp. z o.o, AMG Group, and Harmony House Foods Inc., among others. Giant manufacturers in the freeze-dried market are focusing on leveraging opportunities posed by emerging markets, like Germany, Russia, and Spain, to expand their revenue base due to rising income levels and their increasing preference for different ready-to-eat food products.

European Freeze Dry Food Market Leaders

  1. LYO FOOD Sp. z o.o

  2. European Freeze Dry Ltd

  3. Katadyn Group

  4. AMG Group

  5. Harmony House Foods Inc.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Europe Freeze-Dried Products Market Concentration

European Freeze Dry Food Market News

  • June 2023: Thrive Foods acquired Groneweg Group, also known as Freeze-Dry Foods (Germany), which is a global manufacturer and supplier of freeze and air-dried ingredients. As per the company, this acquisition, allows the company to offer a broader product portfolio across a global distribution network.
  • March 2021: Freeze-dried ingredient specialist European Freeze Dry inaugurated new plant-based products by expanding its vegan freeze-dried meal range by including dishes based on couscous and vegan bolognese. The company expanded its product range by developing two new meat alternatives, vegan chicken and vegan mince, and freeze-dried jackfruit, which was launched earlier this year.
  • October 2020: European Freeze Dry expanded its presence in Italy by distributing its freeze-dried products to consumers. The company offered freeze-dried products like chicken, beef, seafood, fruits, and vegetables, along with a gourmet and vegan range.

European Freeze Dry Food 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 Popularization of Adventure Sports and Expedition

      2. 4.1.2 Suitability of the Freeze-Dried Technique for Heat Sensitive Food Products

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 High Cost Associated with the Freeze-Drying Technology

    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


    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Freeze-dried Fruits

      2. 5.1.2 Freeze-dried Vegetables

      3. 5.1.3 Freeze-dried Beverages

        1. Freeze-dried Coffee and Tea

        2. Other Freeze-dried Beverages

      4. 5.1.4 Freeze-dried Dairy Products

      5. 5.1.5 Freeze-dried Meat and Seafood

      6. 5.1.6 Prepared Foods

    2. 5.2 Distribution Channel

      1. 5.2.1 Supermarket/Hypermarket

      2. 5.2.2 Convenience Stores

      3. 5.2.3 Online Retail Stores

      4. 5.2.4 Other Distribution Channels

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Spain

      2. 5.3.2 United Kingdom

      3. 5.3.3 Germany

      4. 5.3.4 France

      5. 5.3.5 Italy

      6. 5.3.6 Russia

      7. 5.3.7 Rest of Europe


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 European Freeze Dry Ltd

      2. 6.3.2 Katadyn Group

      3. 6.3.3 LYO FOOD Sp. z o. o

      4. 6.3.4 AMG Group

      5. 6.3.5 Harmony House Foods Inc.

      6. 6.3.6 Asahi Group Holdings Ltd

      7. 6.3.7 Ajinomoto Co. Inc.

      8. 6.3.8 Pilgrim Food Holdings Limited (Chaucer Foods Ltd)

      9. 6.3.9 Mercer Foods LLC

      10. 6.3.10 Expedition Foods Limited

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

European Freeze Dry Food Industry Segmentation

Freeze drying is also known as cryodesiccation or lyophilization. This is a procedure known as a low-temperature dehydration process, where the food items are frozen by lowering pressure, then cleared of ice by sublimation. The European freeze-dried food market is segmented by product type, distribution channel, and geography. By product type, the market is segmented into freeze-dried fruits, freeze-dried vegetables, freeze-dried beverages, freeze-dried dairy products, freeze-dried meat and seafood, and prepared foods. The freeze-dried beverage segment is further divided into freeze-dried coffee and tea and other freeze-dried beverages. Each product type is retailed through supermarkets/hypermarkets, convenience stores, online retail stores, and other distribution channels. The study also analyzes regions such as Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, and the Rest of Europe. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of value (in USD million).

Product Type
Freeze-dried Fruits
Freeze-dried Vegetables
Freeze-dried Beverages
Freeze-dried Coffee and Tea
Other Freeze-dried Beverages
Freeze-dried Dairy Products
Freeze-dried Meat and Seafood
Prepared Foods
Distribution Channel
Convenience Stores
Online Retail Stores
Other Distribution Channels
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe

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European Freeze Dry Food Market Research FAQs

The Europe Freeze-Dried Products Market is studied from 2016 - 2027.

The Europe Freeze-Dried Products Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.45% over the next 5 years.

LYO FOOD Sp. z o.o, European Freeze Dry Ltd, Katadyn Group, AMG Group, Harmony House Foods Inc. are the major companies operating in Europe Freeze-Dried Products Market.

Freeze Dried Food in Europe Industry Report

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