Specialty Food Ingredients Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Global Specialty Food Ingredients Market is segmented by Type (Functional Food Ingredient, Specialty Starch and Texturants, Sweetener, Flavors, Acidulants, Preservative, Emulsifier, Color, Enzyme, Culture, Proteins, Speciality Oil and Yeast), Application (Beverages, Sauces, Dressings, and Condiments, Bakery, Dairy, Confectionery, Dried Processed Food, Frozen/Chilled Processed Food, Sweet and Savory Snacks and Other Applications), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Specialty Food Ingredients Market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 5.1 %

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Market Overview

The global specialty food ingredients Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.10% during the forecast period.

  • The industry for speciality food ingredients essentially thrives on the wider technological and functional benefits that these ingredients confer, in terms of high quality, safety, affordability, nutrition, and deliciousness of the processed food products.
  • The preference for certain types of food products is now core to some consumers’ identities, especially in developed economies, which is driving the demand for specialty food ingredients. There is a strong correlation between the specialty food ingredient market and the processed food market, with the former conferring functional benefits and customized value-addition as per the end-user applications.
  • The globally recognized companies operating in the specialty food ingredients market utilize smart technology or intellectual property to develop innovative ingredients and solutions. However, new product development is a highly capital-intensive process.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic was seen disrupting the market growth, in the initial few months of lockdowns, where even with the rising demand for specialty ingredients, key players and organizations such as Shaanxi Plant Association, China reported their inability to battle logistical concern. However, the market has been recovering making the impact marginal over the past few months, as the food & beverage sector continued to combat new daily challenges, supply chain disruption being major of it.

Scope of the Report

The report on the global specialty food ingredient market offers key insights into the latest developments. Based on type, the global specialty food ingredient market has been segmented as preservatives, emulsifiers, functional food ingredients, specialty starch, and texturants, sweeteners, enzymes, colorants, specialty oil, culture, flavor, yeast, and protein. By application, the global specialty food ingredient market has been segmented into bakery, confectionery, beverage, dairy, sauces, dressings and condiments, dried processed food, frozen/chilled processed food, sweet and savory snacks, and other applications.

By Type
Functional Food Ingredient
Specialty Starch and Texturants
Speciality Oils
By Application
Sauces, Dressings, and Condiments
Dried Processed Food
Frozen/Chilled Processed Food
Sweet and Savory Snacks
Other Applications
By Geography
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
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Obesity and Overweight Increases the Opportunity for Manufacturers

With the onset of industrial farming, food is no longer a status symbol and the specter of famine has receded from the consumer consciousness. The abundance of food is such that the link between calorie intake and social status has not so much been eliminated but it has been highly reversed the other way. Globally, in most of the developed countries, people have easy access to cheap, high-calorie fast food and ready meals. As a result, the average body mass index (BMI) has shot up across the developed world and beyond. Utilising the latest estimates from EU countries, the World Health Organization suggests that 30-70% of adults are overweight in Europe, whilst obesity affects 10-30% of adults. Moreover, according to the WHO, in the EU, one in three 11-year-olds are either overweight or obese. According to Arla Foods, female consumers represent the next big market opportunity for food and beverage companies and as identified by the same, almost 75% of women are primary shoppers in their household.

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North America Holds the Largest Market Share

The market for specialty food ingredients in North America is driven by rising rates of diabetes and obesity, which is warning consumers to focus on healthier lifestyles, and thus, fueling the demand for specialty food ingredients. Though mainstream retailers account for the largest share of specialty food sales, they are growing almost at the same rate as specialty food and natural food stores. Specialty foods are outpacing their non-specialty counterparts in almost every category, due to the rise in awareness regarding food quality. Categories aligned with better-for-you options, health and wellness, and freshness are growing at the fastest pace.

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Competitive Landscape

The global speciality food ingredients market is dominated by international players. DuPont holds a prominent position in the market, closely followed by Cargill. The most active companies globally are Ingredion, Royal DSM, Sensient Technologies, BASF, and ABF Ingredients. Royal DSM, BASF, Kerry, and DuPont have an extensive product portfolio for the speciality ingredients, such as enzymes, emulsifiers, proteins, flavors, colors, and stabilizers. Further expansion of product portfolio within all categories assists their position in the market. Cargill, ADM, and BASF have a strong position in the fast-growing global sports nutrition and speciality ingredient categories, benefiting from greater usage of these ingredients in food and beverages generally. Manufacturers are focusing on providing all-natural speciality ingredients that increase the shelf-life of the product and enable the manufacturer to label its products as “100% all-natural”, addressing consumer demand for “clean labels”.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables and Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porters 5 Force 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 Functional Food Ingredient

      2. 5.1.2 Specialty Starch and Texturants

      3. 5.1.3 Sweetener

      4. 5.1.4 Flavors

      5. 5.1.5 Acidulants

      6. 5.1.6 Preservative

      7. 5.1.7 Emulsifiers

      8. 5.1.8 Colorants

      9. 5.1.9 Enzymes

      10. 5.1.10 Cultures

      11. 5.1.11 Proteins

      12. 5.1.12 Speciality Oils

      13. 5.1.13 Yeast

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Beverages

      2. 5.2.2 Sauces, Dressings, and Condiments

      3. 5.2.3 Bakery

      4. 5.2.4 Dairy

      5. 5.2.5 Confectionery

      6. 5.2.6 Dried Processed Food

      7. 5.2.7 Frozen/Chilled Processed Food

      8. 5.2.8 Sweet and Savory Snacks

      9. 5.2.9 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 By 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. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Australia

        4. Japan

        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. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Market Share Analysis

    2. 6.2 Most Active Companies

    3. 6.3 Most Adopted Strategy

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Cargill Incorporated

      2. 6.4.2 DuPont de Nemours, Inc.

      3. 6.4.3 Tate & Lyle PLC

      4. 6.4.4 Kerry Group

      5. 6.4.5 Archer Daniels Midland

      6. 6.4.6 KONINKLIJKE DSM NV

      7. 6.4.7 Ingredion Incorporated

      8. 6.4.8 Sensient Technologies

    5. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Specialty Food Ingredients Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Specialty Food Ingredients Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.1% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Cargill, Incorporated, Kerry Inc., KONINKLIJKE DSM NV, Ingredion Incorporated, DuPont de Nemours, Inc. are the major companies operating in Specialty Food Ingredients Market.

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