Food Fibers Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

Global Food Fibers Market is segmented by Type (Soluble Fibers and Insoluble Fibers); by Application (Food and Beverage, Dietary Supplements, Pharmaceuticals); Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for food fiber market in Value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

food fibers market size
Study Period: 2016 -2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Europe
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 9.15 %

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Market Overview

The global food fibers market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 9.15% during the forecast period 2022-2027.

The outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020 and the impositions of lockdowns that followed to contain the disease spread temporarily affected the trade scenario of fruits and vegetables from which the fiber is derived. Moreover, during the pandemic, conscious consumers took proactive and preventive measures for their health owing to increased awareness between a healthy gut microbiome and immune function, metabolic wellness, digestive health, and mental well-being. Fiber is a functional ingredient that supports the microbiome. Thus as per the survey undertaken by ADM, over 56% of the consumers added or increased the fiber content in their diet during the pandemic.

Furthermore, the imposition of lockdowns in 2020 turned into panic buying and stocking essential products, including packaged food items formulated using food fibers. Besides, the closure of food service outlets and work from home trend resulted in significant pantry loading and considerable at-home consumption of packaged food products. As reported by Food Industry Association, frozen foods witnessed a 21% growth in revenue and 13.2% growth by volume in 2020. Similarly, Plant Based Foods Association also reported an increase in plant-based packaged food product sales by 15% in 2020. Demand for various packaged food categories benefitted the food fibers significantly in 2020.

The growing popularity of prebiotics is expected to positively impact the market demand for food fibers, especially soluble ones. The health benefits of dietary fiber have long been appreciated. Higher intakes of dietary fiber are linked to less cardiovascular disease. Fiber also plays a role in gut health and is linked to lower body weights, further uplifting the market studied.

Scope of the Report

Food fiber, also known as dietary fiber, is a group of compounds found in plants that cannot be fully digested in the human gut. Commercially, fibers are derived from fruits and vegetables and can be isolated or modified after processing. The food fibers market is segmented into soluble and insoluble fibers. The soluble fibers segment is further divided into inulin, pectin, polydextrose, beta-glucan, and other soluble fibers. In contrast, the insoluble fibers cover Cellulose, Lignin, Hemicellulose, Chitin and Chitosan, Resistant Starch, and Other Insoluble Fibers. The market is segmented by Food and Beverage (bakery and confectionery, dairy, meat, poultry and seafood, beverages, and ready-to-eat products), Dietary Supplements, and Pharmaceuticals. By geography, the report analyses the major economies of North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, the Middle East, and Africa. The report offers market size and forecasts for the food fiber market in Value (USD million) for all the above segments.

By Type
Soluble Fibers
Other Soluble Fibers
Insoluble Fibers
Chitin and Chitosan
Resistant Starch
Other Insoluble Fibers
By Application
Food and Beverage
Bakery and Confectionery
Meat, Poultry, and Seafood
Dietary Supplements
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Trend of Fiber Fortification in Food Industry

Dietary fibers offer proven health benefits, including weight management, heart health, immunity, satiety, and digestive health. On account of this, presently, over 56% of adult consumers are seeking fiber-rich foods in the United States, as per Cargill, Incorporated. Furthermore, World Health Organization has recommended fiber intake of 25 g/day for adult women and 38 g/day for adult men. However, globally, the average intake is below 20 g/day. This gap, coupled with increased consumer attention toward health & wellness, has triggered the fiber fortification trend in the food industry.

In September 2021, the United Kingdom Food and Drink Federation (FDF) launched a new initiative to boost the nation's fiber consumption. Currently, only 9% of adults are getting recommended fiber intake. Several food brands, including Nestlé, BirdsEye, and Kellogs, have supported this 'Action on Fiber' initiative and have undertaken pledges such as highlighting higher fiber options on product packaging to commitments to launch new products containing high amounts of fibers. The increased fiber demand has also been boosting the global trade of plant-based, clean label fibers such as inulin in the past few years.

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Europe Remains Prominent in the Market

The increasing awareness regarding the consumption of food fibers and the associated health benefits are the main factors supporting the growth of the market in the region. This has increased the transition from consuming traditional foods to high-fiber foods. The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has adopted an AOAC international method to authorize the labeling of inulin as a fiber. This recent development allows manufacturers to label inulin and oligofructose as dietary fibers in the United Kingdom. Manufacturers now claim the following benefits on the ingredient label - enriched with fiber, fibers added, rich in fiber. Moreover, high traction around clean label food, functional food products, and plant-based and sustainable food products in the region will also likely make fibers a key ingredient in the European food industry in the coming years.

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Competitive Landscape

The food fiber market is competitive, with various major and local players competing to gain market share. Key players are trying to expand their market by strengthening their distribution channels, acquiring small companies, developing new products, and expanding their geographical presence. Cargill Incorporated, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Kerry Inc., International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., and Tate & Lyle are the major players operating in the food fiber market.

Recent Development

  • In April 2022, Tate & Lyle acquired Quantum Hi-Tech (Guangdong) Biological, a china-based prebiotic manufacturer, for USD 237 Million. The acquisition was aligned with Tate & Lyle's goal to become a growth-focused food and beverage solutions company while strengthening its position as a player in the rapidly expanding global dietary fiber market.
  • In July 2021, Cargill, Incorporated invested USD 45 million to add soluble fibers to its European portfolio of starches, sweeteners, and texturizers. With this investment, the company has been designing soluble fiber, which enables food manufacturers to improve the nutritional profiles of their products with fewer calories and sugars.
  • In June 2020, Ingredion launched Novelose 3490 dietary fiber having Low FODMAP certification. The new product enables food manufacturers to develop high-fiber bakery and snack products and allows food processors to formulate low FODMAP diet.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Research Phases & Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    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 Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Soluble Fibers

        1. Inulin

        2. Pectin

        3. Polydextrose

        4. Beta-glucan

        5. Other Soluble Fibers

      2. 5.1.2 Insoluble Fibers

        1. Cellulose

        2. Lignin

        3. Hemicellulose

        4. Chitin and Chitosan

        5. Resistant Starch

        6. Other Insoluble Fibers

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Food and Beverage

        1. Bakery and Confectionery

        2. Dairy

        3. Meat, Poultry, and Seafood

        4. Beverages

        5. Others

      2. 5.2.2 Dietary Supplements

      3. 5.2.3 Pharmaceuticals

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. France

        3. Germany

        4. Italy

        5. Russia

        6. Spain

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. Australia

        4. India

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Strategies adopted by Key players

    2. 6.2 Most Active Companies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Cargill Incorporated

      2. 6.4.2 Tate & Lyle PLC

      3. 6.4.3 Archer Daniels Midland Company

      4. 6.4.4 Ingredion Incorporated

      5. 6.4.5 Roquette Freres SA

      6. 6.4.6 Kerry Group PLC

      7. 6.4.7 Beneo Remy NV

      8. 6.4.8 International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.

      9. 6.4.9 Farbest Brands

      10. 6.4.10 Taiyo International

    5. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Food Fibers Market market is studied from 2016 - 2027.

The Food Fibers Market is growing at a CAGR of 9.15% over the next 5 years.

Europe is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Cargill, Tate & Lyle, ADM, Ingredion, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. are the major companies operating in Food Fibers Market.

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