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

The Carrageenan Market is segmented by Type (Kappa, Iota, and Lambda), Application (Food Industry, Pharmaceutical Industry, Cosmetics Industry, and Other Applications), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts in value (USD million) for the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Carrageenan Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 -2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Europe
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 8.12 %
Carrageenan Market Key Players

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Market Overview

The carrageenan market is projected to record a CAGR of 8.12% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

The carrageenan market has witnessed substantial growth in the past few years, and at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was steady growth on account of its increasing demand from the food and beverage industry over the world. Carrageenan has been considered as a treatment against coronavirus as it has antiviral properties. Moreover, as per the researched and clinical test initiated by the Walgreens Boots Alliance, Cardiff University, Marinomed Biotech AG, and the health board of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University, carrageenan can be used as a throat and nasal spray to fight against the coronavirus. However, in the initial months of the COVID-19 outbreak, there were several circumstances that impacted the carrageenan market, such as the halt on the exports from some prominent countries like the Philippines and Vietnam.

The major driver of the carrageenan market is the rising demand for processed foods. Carrageenan is an essential ingredient in many foods and beverages consumed every day, including nut and soy milk, deli meats, protein shakes and powders, chocolate milk, yogurt, popsicles, prepared meals such as frozen burritos and pizza, ice cream, and infant formula. On the other hand, carrageenan is a well-known additive in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and home care industries, where it can be used as a thickener or film-forming agent.

Various studies have depicted that near about 80 % of the total seaweed production is for direct human consumption, eaten fresh or dried. Seaweed is known for its nutritional value or flavoring and is used in sushi, soups, salads, desserts, and condiments. It acts as a stabilizer, thicker, texturing, and gelling agent. Kappa is the most used carrageenan in food, where it acts as a stabilizer, bodying agent, and emulsifier in cheese, ice cream, chocolate, and puddings. Iota is used for ready-to-eat meals, whereas lambda is mostly used for whipped cream.

Scope of the Report

Carrageenan is a major ingredient derived from red seaweed and is widely used in the food industry. It is used for its gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties. It has wide applications in both dairy and meat products. It is extracted from red algae and has been used in foods for centuries. There are three types of carrageenans based on the number of sulfates per disaccharide, namely kappa-carrageenan (one sulfate), Iota Carrageenan (two sulfates), and lambda carrageenan (three sulfates). The key applications of carrageenan are in the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and other industries. By geography, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of value (in USD million).

By Type
By Application
Food Industry
Dairy Products
Meat Products
Other Food Industries
Pharmaceutical Industry
Cosmetics Industry
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 & Africa
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

High Demand for Hydrocolloids as a Food Additive

Hydrocolloids have a wide range of functional properties in foods, including thickening, gelling, emulsifying, stabilization, coating, etc. The range of food items that use hydrocolloids varies from heat-treated dairy products to jelly and confectionery products. It is a multifunctional ingredient and behaves differently in water and milk. In the beverage industry, it is utilized mainly as a gelling and thickening agent as it has thickening properties with hydrocolloids. In dairy products, it also has the property of reacting with proteins, providing stabilizing functions. Increasing applications of hydrocolloids in various industries, like personal care, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage, are driving the carrageenan market’s growth, which is a natural form of food additive. The growth in the processed food industry is driving the market, as consumers do not accept an inferior taste from processed foods. Food manufacturers look for ingredients that can improve the properties of their foods, such as texture. The demand for hydrocolloids is increasing in several non-food industries like personal care and pharmaceuticals, which are projected to experience high growth in the carrageenan market within the forecast period.

Carrageenan Market Share

Asia-Pacific Holds a Major Share

The world carrageenan market is fairly dominated by the Asia-Pacific region due to abundant production in countries like the Philippines, China, and India. The applications of carrageenan have been observed in several industries such as food, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. China is one of the major reasons for its dominant share in the global market as there is higher consumption of carrageenan for meat, jellies, and other products. The carrageenan market in the Asia-Pacific is expected to extend at a faster pace with a high growth rate in terms of revenue within the forecast period. With existing major players, especially in the developing countries in the food industry like Marcel Carrageenan and J.M. Huber Corporation Ltd, there is a substantial growth in the entire food and beverage industry, which is fuelling the demand for the product and boosting the market.

Carrageenan Market Report

Competitive Landscape

Carrageenan is a regulated food additive, and there are concerns over the maximum quantity (in mg) of carrageenan that can be added to food. Since the major production of the ingredient takes place in the Asia-Pacific region, a number of players from the region, especially the Asian countries, are engaged in the manufacturing of carrageenan ingredients. The key players in the global carrageenan market are MCPI Corp (Philippines), Caldic BV (Netherlands), Marcel Carrageenan (Philippines), Ina Food Industry Co. Ltd (Japan), Danlink Ingredients (Pty) Ltd (South Africa), ACCEL Carrageenan Corporation (Philippines), and PT Fortuna Cahaya Cemerlang (Indonesia).

Recent Developments

  • In 2020, Gelymar SA signed a contract with Univar Solutions Inc., a global ingredient and chemical distributor, to distribute its carrageenan products portfolio to the food and pharmaceutical industries in Canada and the United States.
  • In 2020, Biesterfeld and CP Kelco declared an expansion of their partnership in the nutrition and food segment in entire Europe. The main motto of this partnership is that Biesterfeld is anticipating distributing the former’s carrageenan commodities among all the regions of Europe. They also enlarge their sales and distribution channel over the regions.
  • In 2019, Cargill Inc. signed up a contract with Caldic to extend its range of distribution of xanthan, carrageenan, and pectin in the Nordics. It is also assisting Caldic in elongating its product portfolio in the Nordics, which, in turn, will boost the carrageenan market’s growth.

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 Kappa

      2. 5.1.2 Lota

      3. 5.1.3 Lambda

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Food Industry

        1. Dairy Products

        2. Meat Products

        3. Beverages

        4. Other Food Industries

      2. 5.2.2 Pharmaceutical Industry

      3. 5.2.3 Cosmetics Industry

      4. 5.2.4 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 & Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 MCPI Corporation

      2. 6.4.2 Marcel Carrageenan

      3. 6.4.3 ACCEL Carrageenan Corporation

      4. 6.4.4 TBK Manufacturing Corporation

      5. 6.4.5 Cargill Inc.

      6. 6.4.6 Caldic BV

      7. 6.4.7 Ina Food Industry Co Ltd

      8. 6.4.8 Danlink Ingredients Ltd

      9. 6.4.9 Gelymar SA

      10. 6.4.10 J.M. Huber Corporation

    5. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Carrageenan Market market is studied from 2016 - 2027.

The Carrageenan Market is growing at a CAGR of 8.12% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

ACCEL Carrageenan Corporation, TBK Manufacturing Corporation, Cargill Inc., Marcel Carrageenan, J.M. Huber Corporation are the major companies operating in Carrageenan Market.

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