Lactic Acid Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Global Lactic Acid Market is Segmented by Source (Natural and Synthetic), Application (Meat, Poultry and Fish, Beverage, Confectionery, Bakery, Fruits and Vegetables, and Dairy), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East and Africa). The Market Size and Forecasts Are Provided in Terms of Value (USD) for All the Above Segments.

Lactic Acid Market Size

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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 511.11 Million
Market Size (2029) USD 624.54 Million
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 4.09 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia-Pacific
Largest Market North America

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*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Lactic Acid Market Analysis

The Lactic Acid Market size is estimated at USD 511.11 million in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 624.54 million by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 4.09% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Lactic acid comes in various grades, depending on its purity and intended use. The use of lactic acid in different end-use sectors, including pharmaceuticals and food and beverages, is expected to boost demand for this product over the forecast period, particularly in emerging regions like Asia-Pacific. These varied functional qualities of lactic acid and regulatory approval by international rules are the primary drivers for the lactic acid market.

PLA is a biodegradable polymer and compostable thermoplastic made from renewable sources such as lactic acid produced through fermentation processes. PLA is chiefly made from lactic acid. The US Food and Drug Administration has declared this chemical GRAS, which means it has significant market potential in the food business. It can also be made through chemical synthesis or fermentation.

With an increasing inclination toward convenience food, processed food that requires fermentation processes tends to include lactic acid in the fermentation process. Lactic acid is widely used in fermented beverages such as drinkable and spoonable yogurts, which are becoming popular among consumers. This factor has encouraged the manufacturers to incorporate lactic acid and derived ingredients in dairy-based food and beverages, mainly due to the texture-imparting and flavor-enhancing nature of lactic acid in various dairy-based products. Hence, lactic acid is extensively used in dairy-based products across the world.

Lactic Acid Market Trends

High Demand for Food Acidulants

Lactic acid is a crucial ingredient in food and beverage products due to its diverse functional qualities. Lactic acid's wide range of applications in the food and beverage sector and the variety of functional benefits offered by food acidulants drive the market. The industry is boosted by solid expansion in the food and beverage sector. With evolving consumer behavior and economic development in Asia-Pacific, the region emerges as a prospective market for the food and beverage industry to increase the use of food acidulants. Lactic acid is also widely used in the preservation industry. It is permitted as a food additive in Europe, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Hence, the increasing usage of lactic acid across various food manufacturing processes could possibly increase the demand across the world.

Lactic Acid Market - Production Volume of Lactic Acid Drinks, in Thousand Kiloliters, Japan, 2018-2021

Asia-Pacific is the Fastest-growing Regional Market

With the rising use of lactic acid as a food additive, the demand for lactic acid in Asia-Pacific is rapidly increasing. Increased demand for lactic acid in meat and other foods applications, availability of low-cost raw materials, technological innovations, and strong backing from large manufacturing businesses in the region are the main drivers for the market. Usually, lactic acid is used in the meat-based industry to reduce bacterial-based pathogens, hence keeping the meat safe from contamination. The low cost of raw materials for manufacturers, such as molasses, sugarcane, starch, and other carbohydrates, has significantly benefited the sector as it immediately decreases the final product's cost. Major players operating in the region, such as Henan Jindan Lactic Acid Co. Ltd, are focusing on incorporating lactic acid as one of the key ingredients in food processing.

Lactic Acid Market Size (%), By Region, Global 2022

Lactic Acid Industry Overview

The lactic acid market is highly consolidated in nature. The leading competitors in the market are Cargill Incorporated, Corbion NV, Henan Jindan Lactic Acid Technology Co. Ltd, and DuPont de Nemour Inc. Due to commodity price instability, the big competitors prefer to invest in new product development and marketing strategies to maintain their positions. Most significant firms are investing in R&D to develop new and innovative technology.

Lactic Acid Market Leaders

  1. Corbion NV

  2. Henan Jindan Lactic Acid Technology Co., Ltd

  3. Cargill, Incorporated

  4. DuPont de Nemours, Inc.


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Lactic Acid Market Concentration
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Lactic Acid Market News

  • In August 2022, LG Chem and ADM partnered to expand lactic acid products in South Korea. The firms intend to produce about t150,000 tons of high-purity, corn-based lactic acid and 75,000 tons of polylactic acid annually. These ingredients produced by the firms are ideal for applications in plant-based solutions.
  • In June 2021, International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) launched YO-MIX ViV, a lactic acid bacteria culture for products such as ambient yogurt and other fermented drinks. The product targets the Asia-Pacific audience, focusing significantly on China.
  • In April 2021, Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Corbion, started the front-end engineering design stage for its new 100,000-ton-per-year poly lactic acid (PLA) factory in Grandpuits, France. The facility will be the first of its kind in Europe when it opens in 2024. Total Corbion PLA would become the global market leader in PLA, well positioned to meet the constantly increasing demand for Luminy PLA resins.

Lactic Acid 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 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 Source

      1. 5.1.1 Natural

      2. 5.1.2 Synthetic

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Meat, Poultry, and Fish

      2. 5.2.2 Beverage

      3. 5.2.3 Confectionery

      4. 5.2.4 Bakery

      5. 5.2.5 Fruits and Vegetable

      6. 5.2.6 Dairy

    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 Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Corbion NV

      2. 6.3.2 Henan Jindan Lactic Acid Technology Co. Ltd

      3. 6.3.3 Futerro SA

      4. 6.3.4 DuPont de Nemours Inc.


      6. 6.3.6 Cargill Incorporated

      7. 6.3.7 Cellulac

      8. 6.3.8 Galactic

      9. 6.3.9 Mushashino Chemical

      10. 6.3.10 Danimer Scientific

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

  8. 8. ABOUT US

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Lactic Acid Industry Segmentation

Lactic acid is a colorless or yellowish, syrupy, water-soluble liquid, C3H6O3, abundant in sour milk, made mainly by fermentation of cornstarch, molasses, potatoes, etc., or synthesized. It is used mostly in dyeing and textile printing, as a flavoring agent in food, and in medicine. By source, the market is segmented into natural and synthetic. By application, the market is segmented into meat, poultry and fish, beverage, confectionery, bakery, fruits and vegetables, and dairy. By region, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East and Africa. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on value (in USD).

Meat, Poultry, and Fish
Fruits and Vegetable
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 and Africa
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle East and Africa
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Lactic Acid Market Research FAQs

The Lactic Acid Market size is expected to reach USD 511.11 million in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 4.09% to reach USD 624.54 million by 2029.

In 2024, the Lactic Acid Market size is expected to reach USD 511.11 million.

Corbion NV, Henan Jindan Lactic Acid Technology Co., Ltd, Cargill, Incorporated, DuPont de Nemours, Inc. and VIGON INTERNATIONAL, INC. are the major companies operating in the Lactic Acid Market.

Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Lactic Acid Market.

In 2023, the Lactic Acid Market size was estimated at USD 491.03 million. The report covers the Lactic Acid Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Lactic Acid Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Lactic Acid Industry Report

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Lactic Acid Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)