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

Global Food Flavor Market is segmented by Type (Natural Flavor, Synthetic Flavor, and Nature Identical Flavoring), Application (Dairy, Bakery, Confectionery, Snack and Beverage, and Other Applications), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for the food flavor market in value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Food Flavor Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 -2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Middle East and Africa
Largest Market: Europe
CAGR: 4.8 %
Food Flavor Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The Food Flavor Market is projected to register a CAGR of 4.8% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

The food flavor market is significantly fuelled by the rising consumption of several types of packaged or canned food commodities and beverages. All canned edibles include different food additives, which consist of flavoring agents for texture and taste. However, with the fast-paced lifestyle and rising working professional of the women population, the demand for ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat food commodities was sky-high, which in turn boosted the food flavor market during the COVID-19 situation. Due to the consequences of coronavirus in the initial stage, the increasing demand for natural ingredients in food products was high as consumers are very conscious about their health and well-being. Due to this, the market is growing globally during the pandemic situation.

The major factor that drives the food flavor market is the increasing demand for processed foods and beverages (with growing disposable incomes), rising demand for various food applications, and the growing popularity of exotic flavors. The increasing product launches related to exotic and unique flavors are further driving the demand for compounded flavors.

Globally, consumers are becoming more concerned about the long-term health effects of artificial ingredients and additives in food products. However, consumers demand plant-derived or plant-based ingredients which assist them in leading a healthful lifestyle. Thus, the high production of natural flavors is boosting the market as consumers are inclined towards clean labeled flavoring ingredients with no harsh chemical consist within them.

Scope of the Report

A food flavor can be defined as a flavoring agent like a food additive that is being utilized to enhance the color, taste, or smell of the food. The global food flavor market is segmented by type into natural flavor, synthetic flavor, and nature-identical flavoring. On the basis of application, the market has been segmented into dairy, bakery, confectionery, snack and beverage, and other applications. The study also covers the global level analysis of the major regions of North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa. The report offers market size and forecasts for the confectionery market in value (USD million) for all the above segments.

By Type
Natural Flavor
Synthetic Flavor
Nature Identical Flavoring
By Application
Other Applications
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
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Rising Demand for Natural Ingredients

A significant number of consumers have gained interest in purchasing clean label goods, which offer a wide scope for naturally sourced ingredients, hence propelling the demand for natural food flavors. In order to address the growing demand for natural flavors, manufacturers are offering products free from artificial flavorings and gradually shifting toward natural ingredients. For instance, In 2020, Edlong Corporation outstretched its product line of legitimate dairy-based flavors by concentrating on applications, sensory features, and R&D. The product line consists of products such as authentic cheese and buttermilk flavor profiles that are sourced from natural or real dairy and offer various benefits. Continuing interest in foods with exotic or ethnic flavors is one of the key factors driving the demand for natural flavor blends. In recent years, artificial flavorings, such as benzophenone, ethyl acrylate, pyridine, and styrene, have been identified as carcinogens and thus, are being replaced by natural flavorings across the globe.

Food Flavor Market: Demand for Organic Food Flavor, (in %), United States, 2018-2021

Europe Holds the Major Share in Food Flavor Market

The United Kingdom continues to dominate the natural food flavors market as there is a continuous demand for organic products in the country. For instance, the sales of organic foods and drinks in the United Kingdom increased at a significant rate in the last few years. One in every three products that are launched in the United Kingdom contains natural food ingredients, including natural flavors. In France, the food and beverage industry has witnessed a reduction in synthetic food flavors due to the increasing application of natural flavors in beverages and the bakery and confectionery industry. With the growing acceptance of frozen and processed food, the flavor manufacturers have many opportunities to extend their brands and strengthen connections with European consumers.

Food Flavor Market: Market Size (%), By Region, Global, 2021

Competitive Landscape

The global food flavor market is competitive. Kerry Group, Givaudan, Cargill Inc., Archer Daniels Midland Company, and Symrise AG are a few key players present in the market. Major companies are adopting strategies, such as introducing clean labels and organic flavor ranges and acquiring and partnering with local players to increase market penetration in the untapped markets. The launch of new commodities may assist the giant manufacturers in boosting sales, grasping consumers’ attention, and enhancing their brand value. Several other players, along with the major players, are concentrating on online distribution channels for their online promotion and branding of their products in order to expand their geographic reach and increase their customer base.

Major Players

  1. Kerry Group PLC

  2. Givaudan

  3. Archer Daniels Midland Company

  4. Symrise AG

  5. Cargill Inc.

Food Flavor Market Concentration

Recent Developments

  • In 2021, Synergy Flavors, Inc. declared the acquisition of Innova Foods Pty Ltd., the leading savory flavor ingredient producer owned by Griffith Foods. This acquisition has been made in order to expand their business worldwide, which accelerates the global food flavor market.
  • In 2021, IFF declared its merger with DuPont’s Nutrition and Biosciences business operation to enhance its product portfolio in natural ingredients. The company has invested a huge amount in a merger, which will assist the company in meeting consumer demands for producing healthier and natural food products.
  • In 2020, Givaudan SA acquired the United States-based specialty ingredients, Flavor, and fragrance company Ungerer & Company. This acquisition has been made in order to expand their business globally as Ungerer has spread out their presence in more than 60 countries.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    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 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Natural Flavor

      2. 5.1.2 Synthetic Flavor

      3. 5.1.3 Nature Identical Flavoring

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Dairy

      2. 5.2.2 Bakery

      3. 5.2.3 Confectionery

      4. 5.2.4 Snack

      5. 5.2.5 Beverage

      6. 5.2.6 Other Applications

    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. Spain

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Germany

        4. France

        5. Italy

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        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. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Market Share Analysis

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Most Active Companies

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Koninklijke DSM NV

      2. 6.4.2 Kerry Group PLC

      3. 6.4.3 BASF SE

      4. 6.4.4 Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

      5. 6.4.5 Givaudan

      6. 6.4.6 Firmenich SA

      7. 6.4.7 Corbion NV

      8. 6.4.8 Sensient Technologies

      9. 6.4.9 Symrise AG

      10. 6.4.10 Cargill Inc.

    5. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Food Flavor Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.8% over the next 5 years.

Middle East and Africa is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Europe holds highest share in 2021.

Kerry Group PLC, Givaudan, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Symrise AG, Cargill Inc. are the major companies operating in Food Flavor Market.

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