Carrageenan Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Report Covers Carrageenan Market Share & Industry Price Trends and it 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 market size and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD million) for the above segments.

Carrageenan Market Size

Carrageenan Market Summary
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Study Period 2018 - 2028
Base Year For Estimation 2022
CAGR 6.50 %
Fastest Growing Market Europe
Largest Market Asia-Pacific
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Carrageenan Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Carrageenan Market Analysis

The carrageenan market is projected to register a CAGR of 6.50% over the next five years.

The main thing driving the demand for carrageenan around the world is the growing popularity of processed foods.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, cosmetic, and home care industries, where it can be used as a thickener or film-forming agent.

Various studies have depicted that about 80 percent 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, thickener, texturizing, 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. Other innovative uses, like a gelling agent in air fresheners, are opening up the lucrative potential for market expansion. In addition, a number of multinational corporations (MNCs) are forming strategic alliances with small businesses in order to launch cutting-edge products and increase their market share. It is anticipated that this will further fuel market expansion.

Carrageenan Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Carrageenan Market according to our research experts:

High Demand for Hydrocolloids as a Food Additive

Hydrocolloids have many uses in food, such as thickening, gelling, emulsifying, stabilizing, coating, and so on. 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, pharmaceuticals, 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: Percentage () of Food Additives as a Proportion of the Total Number of Ingredients, Global, 2021

Asia-Pacific Holds a Major Market Share

Due to abundant production in nations like the Philippines, China, and India, the Asia-Pacific region fairly dominates the global carrageenan market. 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 in meat, jellies, and other products. With a growing food processing industry, India also utilizes a significant amount of carrageenan. Positive socioeconomic progress has emerged from the product's production in coastal nations. Due to favorable climatic conditions, carrageenan cultivation and processing are growing throughout the Asia-Pacific region, especially in Southeast Asian nations. Owing to comparably simpler procedures and cheaper processing costs, small and medium-sized companies frequently adopt semi-refined processing in these nations. The carrageenan market in Asia-Pacific is expected to expand at a faster pace with a high growth rate in terms of revenue within the forecast period. With existing major players, especially in the food industry in developing countries, like Marcel Carrageenan and J.M. Huber Corporation Ltd., there is substantial growth in the entire food and beverage industry, which is fueling demand for the product and boosting the market.

Carrageenan Market: Market Size (%), by Region, Global, 2022

Carrageenan Industry Overview

The global carrageenan market is fragmented. 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 major players from the region, especially Asian countries, are engaged in the manufacturing of carrageenan ingredients. The key players in the global carrageenan market are ACCEL Carrageenan Corporation, TBK Manufacturing Corporation, Cargill, Inc., Marcel Carrageenan, and J.M. Huber Corporation.

Carrageenan Market Leaders

  1. ACCEL Carrageenan Corporation

  2. TBK Manufacturing Corporation

  3. Cargill Inc.

  4. Marcel Carrageenan

  5. J.M. Huber Corporation

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Carrageenan Market Concentration

Carrageenan Market News

  • November 2022: J.M. Huber Corporation acquired Biolchim Group, one of the major manufacturers and distributors of a wide selection of specialized plant nutrition and biostimulants. All the organizations in the Biolchim Group including West Coast Marine-Bio Processing Corp. are now part of J.M. Huber Corporation. Seaweeds like carrageenan are produced and supplied by West Coast Marine-Bio Processing Corp.
  • October 2022: Birmingham Biotech Ltd introduced the innovative NoriZite Nasal Spray with carrageenan. Carrageenan, an antiviral agent included in NoriZite, is known to prevent infection from a number of respiratory viruses.

Carrageenan 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

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      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 Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 MCPI Corporation

      2. 6.3.2 Marcel Carrageenan

      3. 6.3.3 ACCEL Carrageenan Corporation

      4. 6.3.4 TBK Manufacturing Corporation

      5. 6.3.5 Cargill Inc.

      6. 6.3.6 Caldic BV

      7. 6.3.7 Ina Food Industry Co Ltd.

      8. 6.3.8 Danlink Ingredients Ltd.

      9. 6.3.9 Gelymar SA

      10. 6.3.10 J.M. Huber Corporation

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

Carrageenan Industry Segmentation

Carrageenan is a main ingredient that comes from red seaweed and is used a lot in the food industry. It is used for its gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties. It has wide applications in both dairy and meat products. There are three categories for the global carrageenan market: type, application, and geography. Based on type, the market is segmented into kappa, iota, and lambda. Based on application, the market is segmented into the food industry, pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics industry, and other applications. Based on geography, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle East and 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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Carrageenan Market Research FAQs

The Carrageenan Market is projected to register a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

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

Europe is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2023-2028).

In 2023, the Asia-Pacific accounts for the largest market share in the Carrageenan Market.

Carrageenan Industry Report

Statistics for the 2023 Carrageenan market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Carrageenan analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2028 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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