North America Food Acidulants Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The North America Food Acidulants Market is segmented by Type (Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Acetic Acid, Phosphoric Acid, Malic Acid, and Others); by Application (Beverages, Dairy & Frozen Products, Bakery, Meat Industry, Confectionery, and Others); and by Geography.

Market Snapshot

North America Food Acidulant Market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 5.81 %

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Market Overview

The North America food acidulants market is projected to record a CAGR of 5.81% during the forecast period (2020-2025).

  • The North American food acidulant market is driven by the growing demand for processed food & beverage market and their consumption by the burgeoning middle-class population. Other factors like supply chain complexities, lack of cold storage chains, and also consumer demand for nutrition, have enabled food products to drive the market.
  • A wide scope of application in the food and beverage industry coupled with the range of functional benefits provided by food acidulants are key factors driving the food acidulants market in the region.
  • The market finds restraints in the form of huge competition in pricing, due to a large number of suppliers in the market. China-based players, especially in the citric acid segment, pose a high threat to western players present across the North American region.

Scope of the Report

The North American food acidulants market is segmented based on type, application, and geography. By type, food acidulants market is segmented into citric acid, lactic acid, acetic acid, phosphoric acid, malic acid, and others. The application segment involves beverages, dairy & frozen products, bakery, meat industry, confectionery, and others. By geography, the market is segmented under the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Rest of North America.

By Type
Citric Acid
Lactic Acid
Acetic Acid
Phosphoric Acid
Malic Acid
By Application
Dairy & Frozen Products
Meat Industry
By Geography
United States
Rest of North America

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Key Market Trends

Citric Acid Holding a Significant Share

Citric acid is the most used acid in food products, due to its compatibility with most end products.  In most processed foods, lactic acid is not only used to regulate acidity but also as an antioxidant and a preservative. The food and beverage industry has major applications for citric acid. The food additives segment is one of the leading applications for citric acid. It is one of the most utilized food acidulants, especially in carbonated soft drinks (CSDs). Also, the growing consumption of canned and processed meat in the developed markets of the region has created a strong demand for citric acids.​ Moreover, the uses of citric acid in processed frozen foods, and as an additive in some fats and oils, enhance the action of antioxidants, which effectively reduces the deterioration rate of these products. Thus, it creates the demand for citric acid in many food and beverage applications across the region.


United States Leading The Market

With the economic development along with dynamic food consumption behavior in the United States, the country outshines as a dominant market for the food and beverage industry supplementing the consumption of food acidulants across the region. Functional food ingredients are the dominant specialty ingredients that are used in a wide range of applications and are growing at a robust pace in the United States market. Moreover, the high demand for functional food products, due to their fortified, enriched, or enhanced food qualities, is ultimately leading to the high demand for these specialty food acidulants in the United States market.​ Specialty acidulants offer various functional properties as they act as antioxidants, curing and pickling agents, flavor enhancers, flavoring agents, leavening agents, pH control agents, sequestrate, and synergists.​


Competitive Landscape

Some of the players who have been profiled in the North American food acidulants market are Cargill, Incorporated, The Archer Daniels Midland Company, Brenntag AG, Tate & Lyle PLC, Prinova USA, Corbion N.V., and others. Manufacturers are adopting innovative technologies to increase their profit margins in the market.

Major Players

  1. Cargill, Incorporated

  2. The Archer Daniels Midland Company

  3. Brenntag AG 

  4. Tate & Lyle PLC

  5. Corbion N.V.

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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 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 Citric Acid

      2. 5.1.2 Lactic Acid

      3. 5.1.3 Acetic Acid

      4. 5.1.4 Phosphoric Acid

      5. 5.1.5 Malic Acid

      6. 5.1.6 Others

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Beverages

      2. 5.2.2 Dairy & Frozen Products

      3. 5.2.3 Bakery

      4. 5.2.4 Meat Industry

      5. 5.2.5 Confectionery

      6. 5.2.6 Others

    3. 5.3 By Geography

      1. 5.3.1 United States

      2. 5.3.2 Canada

      3. 5.3.3 Mexico

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of North America


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Cargill, Incorporated

      2. 6.4.2 The Archer Daniels Midland Company

      3. 6.4.3 Brenntag AG

      4. 6.4.4 Tate & Lyle PLC

      5. 6.4.5 Prinova USA

      6. 6.4.6 Corbion N.V.

      7. 6.4.7 Palmer Holland Inc.

      8. 6.4.8 Bartek Ingredients Inc.

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability
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Frequently Asked Questions

The North America Food Acidulants Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The North America Food Acidulants Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.81% over the next 5 years.

Cargill, Incorporated, The Archer Daniels Midland Company, Brenntag AG , Tate & Lyle PLC, Corbion N.V. are the major companies operating in North America Food Acidulants Market.

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