Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Global monosodium glutamate market is segmented by Application as Noodles, Soups and Broth, Meat Products, Seasonings and Dressings, and Other Applications; and by Geography.

Market Snapshot

monosodium glutamate msg market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 4.5 %

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Market Overview

Global Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 4.5% during the forecast period (2020-2025).

  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is one of the most widely used flavor enhancer in processed foods such as soups, canned vegetables and processed meats. MSG adds a special umami flavor to the processed foods.
  • Asia-Pacific holds a prominent market share in the global MSG market due to its increase in applications of glutamate salts especially in meat and other high protein foods.
  • Additionally, high production of MSG in Countries like China, Indonesia, Korea and high exports to countries like United States are also driving the market.
  • Major Players in the global MSG market include: Cargil Inc., Ajinomoto Co. Inc., and COFCO among others.

Scope of the Report

The global monosodium glutamate (MSG) market is segmented by application as noodles, soups and broth, meat products, seasonings and dressings, and other applications. Other applocations of MSG include addition of MSG in other savoury foods such as sauces and savoury snacks/meals. 

By Application
Noodles, Soups and Broth
Meat Products
Seasonings and Dressings
Other Applications
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World

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Key Market Trends

Growing Demand From Developing Countries

China being one of those most prominent producers, MSG produced in China is exported to countries such as India, Thailand, and South Africa among others. With the growing demand of processed foods in developing countries such as India, the import demand for MSG has witnessed a rise, as MSG is used as a flavor enhancer in food items such as soups, canned vegetables and processed meats. Additionally, with the growing demand for flavor enhancers in the developed regions, countries like United States and Russia are among the prominent importing countries of MSG from China and Indonesia.

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Asia-Pacific Witnessing a Prominent Share in The Global MSG Market

Asia-Pacific holds a prominent market share in the global MSG (monosodium glutamate) market due to its increase in applications of glutamate salts especially in meat and other high protein foods. MSG is added to foods according to the regulations subject to Good Manufacturing Practices and Food Safety and Standards in the Asia-Pacific region. China being one of those most prominent producer, MSG produced in China has been exported to countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Nigeria, Indonesia, South Africa among others. MSG in the United States market must adhere to Food Chemicals Codex Specifications when used in food by itself or in the forms of blends mainly as a flavor enhancer in food applications such as soups, broths, fish, meats, seasonings, vegetable juices, beverages, frozen meats, sauces, and dressings, etc.
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Competitive Landscape

The key companies in the MSG market are players such as Ajinomoto Co. Inc., and COFCO, which are expanding into the untapped potential markets in countries such as United States, Russia, Netherlands, etc., by catering to the growing customer demand. These players, along with the other prominent companies are adopting expansion and investment strategies to strengthen and increase their consumer base.The major strategies adopted by the companies in the global MSG market are expansions, acquisitions, and partnerships. 

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Research Phases

    2. 1.2 Study Deliverables

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Market




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porters 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 and Services

      5. 4.3.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 By Application

      1. 5.1.1 Noodles, Soups and Broth

      2. 5.1.2 Meat Products

      3. 5.1.3 Seasonings and Dressings

      4. 5.1.4 Other Applications

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Most Active Companies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Ajinomoto Co. Inc

      2. 6.4.2 COFCO

      3. 6.4.3 Ningxia Eppen Biotech Co., Ltd

      4. 6.4.4 Fufeng Group

      5. 6.4.5 Meihua Holdings Group Co., Ltd

      6. 6.4.6 Gremount International Company Limited

      7. 6.4.7 Cargill, Incorporated.

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.5% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Ningxia Eppen Biotech Co., Ltd, Cargill, Fufeng Group, Meihua Holdings Group Co., Ltd, Gremount International Company Limited are the major companies operating in Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Market.

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