Middle East & Africa Specialty Food Ingredient Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Middle East & Africa Specialty Food Ingredient Market is segmented by Type (Sweeteners & Starches, Flavors & Colorants, Acidulants, Emulsifiers, Enzyme, Protein, Specialty Oils, and Others); by Application (Bakery & Confectionery, Beverages, Sauces, Dressings, and Condiments, Dairy Products, and Other Applications); and by Country

Market Snapshot

Middle East & Africa Specialty Food Ingredient Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 2.5 %

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Market Overview

The Middle East & Africa specialty food ingredients market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 2.5% during the forecast period (2020 - 2025).

  • The market is majorly driven by the rising demand for processed food products including various categories, such as ready meals, baked foods, breakfast cereals, confectionery, and non-alcoholic beverages. These specialty food ingredients are a vital part of a wide range of processed foods, thereby contributing to competitiveness in the food and beverage industry.
  • Furthermore, the demand for convenient foods has recorded robust growth, owing to changing lifestyles and dietary preferences, which is, therefore, fueling the specialty ingredients market.
  • However, the regulatory constraints regarding the authorization and approvals are the major factors restraining the market growth for specialty food ingredients.

Scope of the report

The Middle East & Africa specialty food ingredient market is segmented by type into sweeteners & starches, flavors & colorants, acidulants, emulsifiers, enzymes, proteins, specialty oils, and others; and by application into beverages, sauces, dressings, and condiments, bakery and confectionery, dairy products, and other applications. Also, the study provides an analysis of the specialty food ingredient market in the emerging and established markets across theMiddle East & Africa countries, including South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and the Rest of the Middle East & Africa.

By Type
Sweetener & Starch
Flavors & Colorants
Speciality Oils
By Application
Bakery & Confectionery
Dairy Products
Sauces, Dressings, and Condiments
Other Applications
By Country
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Rising Demand For Functional Food Ingredients

Functional food ingredients are fortified with ingredients to enhance their basic nutritional values. The increase in consumption of nutritive convenience food and fortified food and the growth in health awareness among consumers is driving the functional food ingredients segment. Rapid advancements in technology and companies’ efforts in trying to develop products with multifunctional applications are driving the functional food ingredients segment of the market studied. For instance, in August 2017, ADM expanded its portfolio of plant-based functional extracts to include green tea, an antioxidant blend, and acerola. This helped the company in expanding its portfolio of naturally occurring nutritional ingredients. Moreover, to expand the company’s brand presence and increase their consumer base, manufacturers are partnering with other companies and retailers.

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Saudi Arabia to Dominate The Regional Market

The specialty food ingredients market in Saudi Arabia was reported to dominate the regional market in 2019. Most Saudi food manufacturers depend on imports to secure their needs of food ingredients and raw materials. However, attractive investment conditions (such as revised Saudi Foreign Investment Act (FIA) which allows foreign investors to wholly own food production facilities or partner with Saudi nationals or companies) have lured some multinational corporations to establish production facilities in Saudi Arabia. For instance, in 2018, Cargill opened a new corn milling facility with the help of Arasco to fulfill the demand of the food and beverages industry in the country. Furthermore, the Saudi food manufacturing and processing sector has rapidly grown in the past ten years, mainly due to the growing support from the Saudi government which boosted investment in the food and beverage production sector and increased the number of food processing factories in Saudi Arabia, from 737 units in 2007 to 1,018 units in 2016, an increase of about 38%.

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Competitive Landscape

The Middle East & Africa market for specialty food ingredients is fragmented, owing to the presence of large regional and domestic players in different countries. Emphasis is given on the merger, expansion, acquisition, and partnership of the companies along with new product development as strategic approaches adopted by the leading companies to boost their brand presence among consumers. Key players dominating the regional market include Cargill, Incorporated, Tate & Lyle PLC, DuPont, ADM, and DSM among others.

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 Sweetener & Starch

      2. 5.1.2 Flavors & Colorants

      3. 5.1.3 Acidulants

      4. 5.1.4 Emulsifiers

      5. 5.1.5 Enzymes

      6. 5.1.6 Proteins

      7. 5.1.7 Speciality Oils

      8. 5.1.8 Others

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Bakery & Confectionery

      2. 5.2.2 Beverages

      3. 5.2.3 Dairy Products

      4. 5.2.4 Sauces, Dressings, and Condiments

      5. 5.2.5 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 By Country

      1. 5.3.1 South Africa

      2. 5.3.2 Saudi Arabia

      3. 5.3.3 Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Position Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Cargill, Incorporated

      2. 6.4.2 Tate & Lyle PLC

      3. 6.4.3 DuPont

      4. 6.4.4 The Archer Daniels Midland Company

      5. 6.4.5 Koninklijke DSM N.V.

      6. 6.4.6 Sensient Technologies Corporation

      7. 6.4.7 Ingredion Incorporated

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Middle East and Africa Specialty Food Ingredients Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Middle East and Africa Specialty Food Ingredients Market is growing at a CAGR of 2.5% over the next 5 years.

Cargill, Incorporated, Tate & Lyle PLC, DuPont, ADM, DSM are the major companies operating in Middle East and Africa Specialty Food Ingredients Market.

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