Food Automation Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Food Automation Market is Segmented by Operational Technology and Software (distributed Control Systems (DCS), Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Variable-Frequency Drive (VFD), Valves and Actuators, Electric Motors, Sensors and Transmitters, and Industrial Robotics), End-User (dairy Processing, Bakery and Confectionery, Meat, Poultry, and Seafood, Fruits and Vegetables, and Beverages), Application (packaging and Repackaging, Palletizing, Sorting and Grading, and Processing), Geography (North America (United States and Canada), Europe (United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, and Rest of Asia-Pacific), Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa). The Market Size is Provided in Terms of Value USD for all the Abovementioned Segments.

Food Automation Market Size

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Food Automation Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 25.14 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 35.93 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 7.40 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America

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Food Automation Market Analysis

The Food Processing Automation Market size is estimated at USD 25.14 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 35.93 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 7.40% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Automation has been adopted in manufacturing plants for the last 50 years, and it is increasing day by day. The food industry has become one of the fastest-growing segments of plant automation. The food industry is growing tremendously and is one of the major sectors contributing to GDP.

  • The demand for processed goods is increasing, with increased buying power and changing lifestyles. This has made it necessary for food manufacturers to implement automation to improve the processing rate to meet consumers' demands. Furthermore, the rapid development of computer technology, dynamic changes in consumers' preferences, and regulatory bodies have boosted the need for food quality and safety. This has resulted in the growing adoption of automated systems in the food industry.
  • Automation provides direct and indirect benefits to the production line, including increased waste reduction and speed. Indirect benefits can range from increased workplace safety and precision to longer operational hours at a lower total budget; vendors operating in the market are increasingly focusing on adopting these solutions to drive efficiency and their operational capabilities.
  • Food processing has improved the palatability and shelf-life of foods. Processed food items undergo at least some processing and thus include moderately and highly processed foods.
  • Advancements in the food processing industry, innovation in processing technology, and continuous growth in the requirement for processed food are expected to support the development of food and beverage processing equipment.
  • The installation and acquisition cost of a control system for an intelligent factory represents half of the total cost during its lifetime. Additionally, the frequent changes in networking and technology also result in significant cost increases, which is much more than the initial investment, further restraining the adoption. ​Even significantly low adoption among SMEs, especially in developing countries, like Brazil, that cannot bear the product costs, is restraining the market's growth.​

Food Automation Market Trends

Beverages End-user Industry is Expected to Hold Significant Market Share

  • The beverage industry has been among the leading adopters of automation and robotic solutions, enabling manufacturers to combine slow batch production with high-speed filling and other packaging operations. Automation solutions such as autonomous robots, palletizers, robotic arms, etc., also help companies efficiently manage the warehouse and reduce product damage due to human error.
  • One of the most basic functions of automation in a beverage plant is the prevention of fundamental mistakes, like mismatching products with packaging, incorrect labeling, inappropriate handling, etc., which can often happen due to human error.
  • With product lines diversifying with more new beverage types and flavors and regulatory and product safety requirements tightening with increasing demand for freshness and convenience, the role of automation is becoming increasingly prevalent in the beverage industry.
  • The growing market demand for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages also encourages vendors to adopt automation solutions as they help speed up the production, packaging, and warehousing processes. Software solutions such as warehouse execution systems (WES) and process monitoring software are increasingly being integrated with autonomous hardware and production robots to help beverage manufacturers have real-time data regarding the quality and efficiency of the process. These solutions also enable them to undertake preventive maintenance based on real-time data.
  • Beverage production has witnessed steady growth over the years. The factor that is largely contributing to the demand for automation is the increasing consumption of packaged beverages. The major contributing factors behind this growth are changing consumer lifestyles, especially in emerging regions, and the rapid expansion of distribution channels and e-commerce. According to Barth-Haas Group, in 2022, the global beer production amounted to approximately 1.89 billion hectoliters.
Food Automation Market : Beer Production, in billion hectoliters, Global, 2016 - 2022

North America is Expected to Hold Significant Market Share

  • The United States is witnessing a significant growth rate owing to the region's growing food and beverage industry due to health awareness, disposable income, and increasing urbanization. As a result, many companies in the F&B industry are moving from manual processing to automation to grow output and develop new products, which may ultimately drive the market's growth.
  • The growing urbanization in the country is further driving the market's growth. According to the World Bank, the United States is one of the earliest nations to industrialize, and it has had a comparatively high rate of urbanization over the past two centuries. By the midpoint of the century, almost 90% of the population is expected to live in an urban setting. Furthermore, the total population in the United States living in urban areas is anticipated to grow by 84.86% by 2030, leading to the increasing demand for food and beverages in the country.
  • Moreover, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the United States produced about 226.6 billion pounds of milk for human consumption in 2022, an increase from 218.3 billion pounds of milk in 2019. The increased food and beverage production in the region is anticipated to boost the growth of the studied market.
  • According to BDC, the Canadian food and beverage (F&B) industry is anticipated to grow by more than 11% by the end of 2025. About 46% of Canadian food processors invest in advanced or emerging technologies.
  • The increasing incidences of foodborne diseases and food poisoning cases caused by contaminated packaged food have increased the need for a more secure and safe food production process, which may be accomplished with the assistance of industrial robots. This is propelling the food automation market.
Food Automation Market : Growth Rate by Region

Food Automation Industry Overview

The degree of competition in the food automation market is high with the presence of major players like Schneider Electric SE, Rockwell Automation Inc., Honeywell International Inc., Emerson Electric Company, ABB Ltd, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Siemens AG, and Yokogawa Electric Corporation. Players in the market are adopting strategies such as partnerships, product launches, innovations, investments, and acquisitions to enhance their product offerings and gain sustainable competitive advantage.

In February 2023, Regal Rexnord Corporation debuted its new Rexnord Curve System with 1540 Series MatTopChain for conveyor lines that require a zero tangent 180 and/or 90-degree curve. The system has the industry's tightest inner radius (420 mm) and smallest transfer (15 mm), significantly improving space utilization and package handling. Head-to-tail transfer of even small and light cases is possible with the new Rexnord Curve System, which eliminates the need for micro-pitch conveyors, transfer modules, or plates.

In December 2022, Rockwell Automation introduced FactoryTalk Vault to automate project analysis, store and protect industrial files, and streamline work processes. For manufacturing design teams, FactoryTalk VaultTM provides centralized, secure, cloud-native storage. With its contemporary version and access control, FactoryTalk Vault, with enhanced Design Tools, enables deeper examination of controller projects for more essential insights into designs.

Food Automation Market Leaders

  1. Schneider Electric SE

  2. Rockwell Automation Inc.

  3. Honeywell International Inc.

  4. Emerson Electric Company

  5. ABB Limited

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Food Processing Automation Market Major Players
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Food Automation Market News

  • Mar 2023: ForgeOS integrated with Rockwell's Logix controllers and design and simulation software by Rockwell and READY Robotics. The combination will make robot integration easier and reduce industrial automation deployment time to market.
  • Jan 2023: Teway Food installed ABB's automated solution consisting of 10 IRB 6700 robots, 65 IRB 360 delta robots fast picking robots, three IRB 660 robots, and a 3D vision system to assist in identifying and locating products as they are fed to the line and upgraded its production line to meet the increasing demand for compound seasoning. TewayFood is the first company in the industry to use 3D vision-assisted robot positioning for feeding production lines as a result of these solutions.

Food Processing Automation Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.3.5 Degree of Competition

    4. 4.4 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Growing Emphasis on Food Safety and Rising Demand for Processed Food

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 High Capital Investments



    1. 7.1 By Operational Technology and Software

      1. 7.1.1 Distributed Control System (DCS)

      2. 7.1.2 Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)

      3. 7.1.3 Variable-frequency Drive (VFD)

      4. 7.1.4 Valves and Actuators

      5. 7.1.5 Electric Motors

      6. 7.1.6 Sensors and Transmitters

      7. 7.1.7 Industrial Robotics

      8. 7.1.8 Other Technologies

    2. 7.2 By End User

      1. 7.2.1 Dairy Processing

      2. 7.2.2 Bakery and Confectionary

      3. 7.2.3 Meat, Poultry, and Seafood

      4. 7.2.4 Fruits and Vegetables

      5. 7.2.5 Beverages

      6. 7.2.6 Other End Users

    3. 7.3 By Application

      1. 7.3.1 Packaging and Repackaging

      2. 7.3.2 Palletizing

      3. 7.3.3 Sorting and Grading

      4. 7.3.4 Processing

      5. 7.3.5 Other Applications

    4. 7.4 By Geography

      1. 7.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 7.4.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 7.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 7.4.4 Latin America

      5. 7.4.5 Middle East and Africa


    1. 8.1 Vendor Market Share Analysis (Excl. Industrial Robots)

    2. 8.2 Vendor Market Share Analysis for Industrial Robots


    1. 9.1 Company Profiles

      1. 9.1.1 Schneider Electric SE

      2. 9.1.2 Rockwell Automation Inc.

      3. 9.1.3 Honeywell International Inc.

      4. 9.1.4 Emerson Electric Company

      5. 9.1.5 ABB Limited

      6. 9.1.6 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

      7. 9.1.7 Siemens AG

      8. 9.1.8 Yokogawa Electric Corporation

      9. 9.1.9 Yaskawa Electric Corporation

      10. 9.1.10 GEA Group AG

      11. 9.1.11 Rexnord Corporation (Regal Rexnord Corporation)

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

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Food Automation Industry Segmentation

Automation in the food industry simplifies the food packaging process, which includes food sorting and grading, packing, and managing processes. Automation is an effective solution for enterprises requiring an efficient solution for overcoming numerous challenges, such as enhancing productivity, improving yield, optimizing resource management, mitigating security risks, and improving asset management.

The food automation market is segmented by operational technology and software (distributed control systems (DCS), manufacturing execution systems (MES), variable-frequency drive (VFD), valves and actuators, electric motors, sensors and transmitters, and industrial robotics), end user (dairy processing, bakery and confectionery, meat, poultry, and seafood, fruits and vegetables, and beverages), application (packaging and repackaging, palletizing, sorting and grading, and processing), geography (North America (United States and Canada), Europe (United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, and Rest of Asia-Pacific), Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers the market size in value terms in USD for all the abovementioned segments.

By Operational Technology and Software
Distributed Control System (DCS)
Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)
Variable-frequency Drive (VFD)
Valves and Actuators
Electric Motors
Sensors and Transmitters
Industrial Robotics
Other Technologies
By End User
Dairy Processing
Bakery and Confectionary
Meat, Poultry, and Seafood
Fruits and Vegetables
Other End Users
By Application
Packaging and Repackaging
Sorting and Grading
Other Applications
By Geography
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Middle East and Africa
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Food Processing Automation Market Research Faqs

The Food Processing Automation Market size is expected to reach USD 25.14 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 7.40% to reach USD 35.93 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Food Processing Automation Market size is expected to reach USD 25.14 billion.

Schneider Electric SE, Rockwell Automation Inc., Honeywell International Inc., Emerson Electric Company and ABB Limited are the major companies operating in the Food Processing Automation Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Food Processing Automation Market.

In 2023, the Food Processing Automation Market size was estimated at USD 23.28 billion. The report covers the Food Processing Automation Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Food Processing Automation Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Food Processing Automation Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 Food Processing Automation market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Food Processing Automation analysis includes a market forecast outlook to for 2024 to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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Food Automation Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)