Carrageenan Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Global Carrageenan Market is segmented by Type (Kappa, Iota, and Lambda), Application (Food Industry, Pharmaceutical Industry, Cosmetics Industry, and Others), and Geography

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Europe
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 8.12 %

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Market Overview

Global carrageenan market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.12% during the forecast period.

  • The major driver of the carrageenan market is the rising demand for processed foods. Within the processed food ingredients, the rising demand for organic ingredients is driving the market for carrageenan. 
  • Another very important factor for market growth is a large number of functional and health benefits of the carrageenan-based product. It acts as a stabilizer, thicker, texturing and gelling agent.
  • Increasing usage of carrageenan as an ingredient in the production of bakery products, water-based foods, meat products, and pet foods is surging the carrageenan market.


Scope of the Report

Carrageenan is a major ingredient in the food industry and 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 Sulphates per disaccharide namely kappa carrageenan (one Sulphate), Iota Carrageenan (two sulphates) and lambda carrageenan (three sulphates). The key applications of carrageenan are usage in food Industry, pharmaceutical Industry, cosmetics industry, and Others. 

By Type
By Application
Food Industry
Dairy Products
Meat Products
Pharmaceutical Industry
Cosmetics Industry
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East and Africa
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Food Industry Creating High Demand for Carrageenan Ingredients

The carrageenan ingredients are majorly in the food industry, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and others. Among these, food-industry owns the highest share of carrageenan in terms of usage, especially in dairy products. Kappa carrageenan added to cottage cheese will prevent separation of whey, and a similar amount added to ice cream also prevents whey separation that may be caused by other gums that were added to the ice cream to control texture and ice crystal growth. Furtherly, carrageenan is also used in the meat industry, water-based foods, and pet foods. In preparing hams, the addition of carrageenan to the brine solution used in pumping improves the product because the carrageenan binds free water and interacts with the protein so that the soluble protein is retained. Carrageenan also assists in maintaining the texture of watery-foods due to its gelling, thickening and stabilizing properties.

Carrageenan Market 1

World Carrageenan Market Growth Rate (2019-2024)

The world carrageenan market is fairly dominated by the Asia-Pacific region due to abundance production in countries like the Philippines, China, and India. The applications of carrageenan been observed in several industries such as food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and others. Europe is another region showing vigorous growth in the carrageenan market. The processing of carrageenan mainly takes place in countries like Denmark and France surging the demand of production across the region of Europe. The United States is one of the major exporters of carrageenan driving the market in North America at the global average.

Carrageenan Market 2

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 Philippines is engaged in the manufacturing carrageenan ingredients. The key players in the global carrageenan market are MCPI Corp (Philippines), Caldic B.V. (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).

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 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. Others

      2. 5.2.2 Pharmaceutical Industry

      3. 5.2.3 Cosmetics Industry

      4. 5.2.4 Others

    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. United Arab Emirates

        3. Rest of Middle East and 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 B.V.

      7. 6.4.7 Ina Food Industry Co Ltd.

      8. 6.4.8 Danlink Ingredients Ltd.

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Carrageenan Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

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 2020.

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

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