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

The Global Food Additives Market is segmented by Product Type (Preservatives, Bulk Sweeteners, Sugar Substitutes, Emulsifiers, Anti-caking Agents, Enzymes, Hydrocolloids, Food Flavors and Enhancers, Food Colorants, and Acidulants), Application (Bakery and Confectionery, Dairy and Desserts, Beverages, Meat, and Meat Products, Soups, Sauces, and Dressings, and Other Applications), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East &Africa). The report offers the market sizes and forecasts in value (USD million) for all the above segments

Food Additives Market Size

Food Additives Market Summary
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Study Period 2018 - 2028
Market Size (2023) USD 136.17 Billion
Market Size (2028) USD 162.12 Billion
CAGR (2023 - 2028) 3.55 %
Fastest Growing Market Middle East and Africa
Largest Market Asia-Pacific

Major Players

Food Additives Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Food Additives Market Analysis

The Food Additives Market size is estimated at USD 136.17 billion in 2023, and is expected to reach USD 162.12 billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 3.55% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

The multifunctionality of food additives has been driving their desirability among food companies and increasing the market's growth. Additionally, the consumption of sustained quality food and beverages with improved visual and taste appeal increases, and demand for food additives is assumed to boost the market. Several organizations, such as the Food Administrative Organization, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives, are introducing a general standard for food additives (GSFA) to increase trade among countries.

Furthermore, the rapid expansion of technology in the industry to meet the consumers' demand for healthy food options is projected to impact market growth positively. For instance, companies operating in the food additives market have been focusing on adopting micro-encapsulation techniques for color delivery in the final product formulations.

Food Additives Market Trends

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

Rising Preference for Clean Label and Natural Ingredients as Food Additives

Clean labeling has become a high-rated consumer demand in food products. The global food industry responds to it by placing additional emphasis while processing a food product. Food additive manufacturers have also adapted the production of clean-label additives that can be used while developing clean-label products. These clean-label additives have applications in food products, including egg replacements in low- and high-fat vegan dressings, white cooking sauces, ready meals, and other applications. Thus, food and beverage manufacturers are also increasingly reformulating their products to meet the changing consumer demand for natural ingredients. For instance, in January 2021, Corbion NV, a global manufacturer of lactic acid, announced a significant investment to increase its capacity for producing lactic acid in North America (around 40%) to meet the growing demand for natural ingredients in multiple industries.​

Moreover, extensive promotions made by several associations worldwide are further boosting the consumption of natural and clean-label additives. For instance, one of the most popular associations promoting the market includes the Natural Food Colors Association. Based in Europe, the association involves an extensive promotion of natural colorants. Moreover, it works with industry leaders, such as ADM Wild, DDW Color House, CHR Hansen, FMC, and GNT. To increase efficiency in the industry, the association operates different working groups to examine the potential of various natural color sources. In February 2022, The Archer Daniels Midland Company completed its acquisition of Comhan, a leading South African flavor distributor. ADM has worked together with the local business for several years, with the formal acquisition now giving new and current customers more direct access to ADM’s extensive portfolio and network of experts.

Food Additive Market: Organic Food Sales, in USD billion, United States, 2016-2020

Asia-Pacific Dominates the Market

Asia-Pacific is the largest and fastest-growing region in the food additives market because of the increase in demand for processed food. India and Australia are among the world's largest milk producers, and demand in the region is increasing for flavored milk, ice creams, and many other dairy products. Food additives, such as colors, emulsifiers, food flavors, sweeteners, and others, are required to produce value-added dairy products. For instance, emulsifiers in the ice cream industry are very common, especially E4701, which helps in viscosity, stability, and fat reduction, and are used by dairy manufacturers such as Amul.

Demand for food coloring has also spiked dynamically across Asian countries. As a result, China, a significant producer and consumer of food colorants, published a new standard to provide regulatory certainty to coloring foodstuffs, which intended to offer absolute rights to products using these ingredients to claim as natural. The standard is anticipated to provide ease to manufacturers willing to replace additive colors with clean-label solutions, eventually aiding the natural food colorant market value. Moreover, ingredient manufacturers are actively entering and expanding their market presence in India. For instance, in 2021, HW Wellness Solutions Pvt. Ltd's True Elements, a clean-label health foods brand, raised USD 1.36 billion in funding to expand its operations in India.​

Food Additives Market: Market Size (%), By Geography, Global, 2021

Food Additives Industry Overview

The market is highly competitive and is, therefore, fragmented. It is dominated by Cargill Incorporated, The Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, Kerry Group PLC, Ingredion Incorporated, Givaudan SA, and Royal DSM NV, among others, who account for a substantial market share.

The leading companies focus on the merger, expansion, acquisition, and partnership of other companies and new product development as strategic approaches to boost their brand presence across different regions. Moreover, key players are expanding their regional presence by opening new manufacturing plants in new regions. For instance, in May 2022, Kerry Group opened a new EUR 38 million-woth manufacturing plant in Africa. The 10,000-square-meter plant is to produce nutrition products that will be consumed across Africa. The facility will advance Kerry’s Food & Beverage production capacity by 40% to 40,000 tons per annum.

Food Additives Market Leaders

  1. Cargill, Incorporated

  2. Archer Daniels Midland Company

  3. Ingredion Incorporated

  4. Givuadan SA

  5. Kerry Group plc

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Global Food Additives Market Concentration

Food Additives Market News

  • June 2022: BASF Aroma Ingredients launched its Virtual Aroma Assistants, a new digital platform, at the World Perfumery Congress 2022 in Miami to simplify the navigation of BASF’s Aroma Ingredients portfolio for customers from the Flavor & Fragrance industry. The Virtual Aroma Assistants are accessible on
  • April 2022: Cargill salt announced that it could invest up to USD 68 billion in expanding ST. Clair Plant. This expansion of the plant can increase the area of the plant up to 50,000 sq. ft and is used for the processing of the salt.
  • March 2022: Brenntag SE partnered with BASF for the distribution of Baxxodur® amine-based curing agents in North America., a well-established firm in the food additive segment. The strategy behind this company movement was to expand its revenue and brand image by expanding its business distribution channel.

Food Additives Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Market




    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 Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      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 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Preservatives

        1. Natural

        2. Synthetic

          1. Sorbates

          2. Benzoates

          3. Other Preservatives

      2. 5.1.2 Bulk Sweeteners

        1. Sucrose

        2. Fructose

        3. High-fructose Corn Syrup

        4. Lactose

        5. Other Bulk Sweeteners

      3. 5.1.3 Sugar Substitutes

        1. Sucralose

        2. Xylitol

        3. Stevia

        4. Aspartame

        5. Saccharin

        6. Other Sugar Substitutes

      4. 5.1.4 Emulsifiers

        1. Mono- and Di-Glycerides and Derivatives

        2. Lecithin

        3. Sorbate Esters

        4. Other Emulsifiers

      5. 5.1.5 Anti-caking Agents

        1. Calcium Compounds

        2. Sodium Compounds

        3. Silicon Dioxide

        4. Other Anti-caking Agents

      6. 5.1.6 Enzymes

        1. Carbohydrases

        2. Proteases

        3. Lipases

        4. Other Enzymes

      7. 5.1.7 Hydrocolloids

        1. Starch

        2. Gelatin Gum

        3. Xanthan Gum

        4. Other Hydrocolloids

      8. 5.1.8 Food Flavors and Enhancers

        1. Natural Flavors

        2. Synthetic Flavors

        3. Flavor Enhancers

      9. 5.1.9 Food Colorants

        1. Synthetic Food Colorants

        2. Natural Food Colorants

      10. 5.1.10 Acidulants

        1. Citric Acid

        2. Phosphoric Acid

        3. Lactic Acid

        4. Other Acidulants

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Bakery and Confectionery

      2. 5.2.2 Dairy and Desserts

      3. 5.2.3 Beverages

      4. 5.2.4 Meat and Meat Products

      5. 5.2.5 Soups, Sauces, and Dressings

      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. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Spain

        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. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 BASF SE

      2. 6.3.2 Ajinomoto Co. Inc.

      3. 6.3.3 DuPont de Nemours Inc.

      4. 6.3.4 Archer Daniels Midland Company

      5. 6.3.5 Tate & Lyle PLC

      6. 6.3.6 AGRANA Beteiligungs AG

      7. 6.3.7 Corbion NV

      8. 6.3.8 Kerry Group PLC

      9. 6.3.9 Givaudan SA

      10. 6.3.10 DSM NV


Food Additives Industry Segmentation

Food additives are substances added to food to maintain or improve its safety, freshness, taste, texture, or appearance.

​The global food additives market is segmented by product type, application, and geography. Based on product type, the market is segmented into preservatives, bulk sweeteners, sugar substitutes, emulsifiers, anti-caking agents, enzymes, hydrocolloids, food flavors and enhancers, food colorants, and acidulants. Based on application, the market is segmented into bakery and confectionery, dairy and desserts, beverages, meat and meat products, soups, sauces, dressings, and other applications. Furthermore, the market is segmented by geography into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. The report offers the market sizes and forecasts for food additives in value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Other Preservatives
Bulk Sweeteners
High-fructose Corn Syrup
Other Bulk Sweeteners
Sugar Substitutes
Other Sugar Substitutes
Mono- and Di-Glycerides and Derivatives
Sorbate Esters
Other Emulsifiers
Anti-caking Agents
Calcium Compounds
Sodium Compounds
Silicon Dioxide
Other Anti-caking Agents
Other Enzymes
Gelatin Gum
Xanthan Gum
Other Hydrocolloids
Food Flavors and Enhancers
Natural Flavors
Synthetic Flavors
Flavor Enhancers
Food Colorants
Synthetic Food Colorants
Natural Food Colorants
Citric Acid
Phosphoric Acid
Lactic Acid
Other Acidulants
By Application
Bakery and Confectionery
Dairy and Desserts
Meat and Meat Products
Soups, Sauces, and Dressings
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
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Food Additives Market Research FAQs

The Food Additives Market size is expected to reach USD 136.17 billion in 2023 and grow at a CAGR of 3.55% to reach USD 162.12 billion by 2028.

In 2023, the Food Additives Market size is expected to reach USD 136.17 billion.

Cargill, Incorporated, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Ingredion Incorporated, Givuadan SA and Kerry Group plc are the major companies operating in the Food Additives Market.

Middle East and Africa 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 Food Additives Market.

Food Additives Industry Report

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