North America Food Acidulants Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

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, Bakery, Meat & Poultry, Confectionery, and Others) and Geography.

Market Snapshot

north america food acidulants market overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 6.84 %
north america food acidulants market major players

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Market Overview

The North America food acidulants market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.84% during the forecast period (2020-2025).

  • Consumers in North America are leaning toward healthy food ingredients in their food products, owing to the prevalence of obesity and diabetes in the region, which prompts consumers to focus on an improved lifestyle. Hence, manufacturers are acquiring native players to offer healthy and safe ingredients to consumers.
  • Citric acid is the most used acid in food products, due to its compatibility with most of the end products. In most processed foods, lactic acid is not only used to regulate acidity, but also as an antioxidant and a preservative which aids in faster growth of the segment.
  • In order to safeguard the usage of acidulants in food and beverage industry, the US Food and Drug Administration cites Regulation 21/3, which recognize acidulants such as phosphoric acid safe when used in accordance with good manufacturing practice.

Scope of the report

The North America food acidulants market is segmented based on type and application. 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, bakery, meat, confectionery, and others.

By Type
Citric Acid
Lactic Acid
Acetic Acid
Phosphoric Acid
Malic Acid
By Application
Meat & Poultry
By Geography
United States
Rest of North America

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Key Market Trends

Citric Acid is the Largest Market

Citric acid holds the major share of the market studied as citric acid is one of the most prominent acidulants purchased by food manufacturers of North America, due to its role as an additive in the production of products, like yogurt, sausages, and soft drinks. Its role as an additive includes several useful functions in food formulations, like sterilization, bacterial stabilization, flavor fixation, flavor enhancement, and standardization of acid levels. Moreover, the rising demands from RTD beverages and RTE foods are another major factor for driving the sales of citric acid in the region. The marketplace has also witnessed the emergence of innovative beverages with exotic and ethnic fruit flavors and flavor blends. Therefore, North America is exhibiting a decent growth rate, and the emerging markets are expected to grow more robustly in the forecast period. All the leading companies such as Tate & Lyle PLC., and Archer Daniels Midland Company and others provide citric acid to the North America Market. Thus, widely contributing to the citric acid market in the region.

north america food acidulants market trends

United States is the Prominent Market

The United States holds the largest share of the North America food acidulants market. In the United States, the consumption of soft drinks, energy drinks, and juices is continuously increasing, which triggers the use of acidulants in beverage industries. As soft drinks are high in water activity, and some of it is rich in vitamins and minerals, thus, it creates an attractive environme0nt for microbes. Therefore, acidulants act as preservatives in beverages including, fruit-flavored drinks. In the United States beverage industry, after citric acid, the second-most used acidulant is phosphoric acid, as it is used in producing cola drinks that are sold massively all over the country. Calcium and phosphorus work together to form and maintain healthy teeth and bones. In the food sector also the United States acts as a leading market owing to the rising demand for processed food including RTD food that provides convenience to the consumers.

north america food acidulants market growth

Competitive Landscape

The North America food acidulants market is dominated by global players, and the market is highly competitive owing to the presence of numerous regional and global players. The steady growth of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage applications, in the region caters to the growing market share of the key players. Companies are actively are increasing production capacities to meet the rising demand of the consumers of the region. Product innovation and expansion is the prominent strategy adopted by the leading players of the market with an aim to strengthen their position.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study



    1. 3.1 Market Overview


    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 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

      3. 5.2.3 Bakery

      4. 5.2.4 Meat & Poultry

      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 Brenntag Holding GmbH

      3. 6.4.3 Tate & Lyle PLC

      4. 6.4.4 Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG

      5. 6.4.5 Corbion NV

      6. 6.4.6 Bartek Ingredients Inc.

      7. 6.4.7 FBC Industries

      8. 6.4.8 Archer Daniels Midland Company

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

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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 6.84% over the next 5 years.

Cargill, Incorporated, Tate & Lyle PLC, Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG, Corbion NV, Archer Daniels Midland Company are the major companies operating in North America Food Acidulants Market.

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