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

North America Food Thickeners Market is segmented by Source (Plants​, Animal​, and Marine​); by Product Type​ (Hydrocolloids​ and Proteins); by Application (Bakery and Confectionery​, Dairy and Desserts​, Soups, Sauces, and Dressings​, Meat and Meat Products​, Beverages​, and Other Applications​); and by Geography.

Market Snapshot

North America Food Thickeners Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 4.24 %

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Market Overview

North America Food Thickeners Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.24% during the forecast period 2020-2025.

  • A thickening agent is a food additive that has the property of increasing the viscosity of a liquid without substantially changing its other properties. By source, the proteins segment is projected to register the highest CAGR, attributable to increasing consumer demand for natural food thickeners.​
  • The market is mainly driven by its extensive use in the food and beverage sector such as bakery products, confectionery products, sauces, dressings, beverages, dairy & frozen desserts, and processed food. Also, the added benefits of thickeners, such as multifunctionality, absorption of nutrients, compatibility with other ingredients, low cost, and abundant supply of food thickeners. Furthermore, advancements in the extraction and processing of food thickeners from new natural sources is thus one of the major opportunities for the researchers and the leading players competing in the global market. For instance, in June 2015, researchers at Oregon State University discovered and commercialized a new type of dairy thickener- Ropy 352, which can add probiotic characteristics to the product in which it is used.

Scope of the Report

North America food thickeners market is segmented by source, product type, application, and geography. Based on the source, the market has been segmented into plants​, animal​, and marine​. Based on product type, the market has been segmented into​ hydrocolloids​ and proteins. The hydrocolloids segment is further segmented into starch (corn starch​, potato starch​, tapioca starch​, and other starches), gelatin, pectin​, xanthan​, carrageenan​, other hydrocolloids​. Furthermore, the proteins segment has been segmented into egg protein, collagen, other proteins. Based on the application, the market has been segmented into bakery and confectionery​, dairy and desserts​, soups, sauces, and dressings​, meat and meat products​, beverages​, and other applications​. Based on geography, the report provides a detailed regional analysis, which includes United States, Canada, and Mexico, and Rest of North America.

By Source
By Product Type
Corn Starch
Potato Starch
Tapioca Starch
Other Starches
Other Hydrocolloids
Egg Protein
Other Proteins
By Application
Bakery and Confectionery
Dairy and Desserts
Soups, Sauces, and Dressings
Meat and Meat Products
Other Applications
By Geography
United States
Rest of North America

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Application of Corn Starch as a Thickener

There has been an increasing demand for corn starch as a food thickener in the North America food and beverage industry. According to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), the global consumption of corn stood at 44,511 million bushels out of which United States consumed 12,415 million bushels in 2018-2019 with 240 million bushels being used as starch during 2018, globally. Furthermore,  the demand for corn-based starch, in the food industry, as a thickening agent in sauces, and gravies and pudding are driving the market. The starch is also used for filling the food items. The maize starch, popularly known as corn starch, is used in the baking industry on a large scale. Products delivering distinct organoleptic traits, along with cleaner ingredients, have witnessed wider reach and greater availability. Categories, such as plant-based, vegetarian, gluten-free, non-GMO, and convenient foods, have also penetrated significantly in the emerging markets.

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United States holds the Largest Market Share

Rising preference for organic, vegan, and clean-labeled food ingredients has created a significant impact on the food thickeners market dynamics in the United States. This factor is also encouraging key players, like Cargill, Ingredion, ADM, Kerry Group, etc., to introduce clean-labeled food thickeners in the market. For instance, in 2018, Ingredion launched new certified, clean-label organic starches (Novation Prima 309 and 609 organic functional native corn starches) in the United States. Moreover, the rising demand for nutritional foods and beverages has been stimulating the demand for gelatin, as it is rich in protein and easy to incorporate into functional and nutritional food and beverage products, which in turn, boosting the food thickeners market in the country.

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Competitive Landscape

The North America market for food thickener is competitive, 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. Some of the major players in the market studied are Tate & Lyle PLC, Kerry Group PLC, Archer Daniels Midland Company​, and Cargill Inc 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 Source

      1. 5.1.1 Plants

      2. 5.1.2 Animal

      3. 5.1.3 Marine

    2. 5.2 By Product Type

      1. 5.2.1 Hydrocolloids

        1. Starches

          1. Corn Starch

          2. Potato Starch

          3. Tapioca Starch

          4. Other Starches

        2. Gelatin

        3. Pectin

        4. Xanthan

        5. Carrageenan

        6. Other Hydrocolloids

      2. 5.2.2 Proteins

        1. Egg Protein

        2. Collagen

        3. Other Proteins

    3. 5.3 By Application

      1. 5.3.1 Bakery and Confectionery

      2. 5.3.2 Dairy and Desserts

      3. 5.3.3 Soups, Sauces, and Dressings

      4. 5.3.4 Meat and Meat Products

      5. 5.3.5 Beverages

      6. 5.3.6 Other Applications

    4. 5.4 By Geography

      1. 5.4.1 United States

      2. 5.4.2 Canada

      3. 5.4.3 Mexico

      4. 5.4.4 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 Tate & Lyle PLC

      2. 6.4.2 Kerry Group PLC

      3. 6.4.3 Archer Daniels Midland Company

      4. 6.4.4 Cargill Inc

      5. 6.4.5 DuPont de Nemours Inc

      6. 6.4.6 Ingredion Incorporated

      7. 6.4.7 Darling Ingredients

      8. 6.4.8 Koninklijke DSM NV

      9. 6.4.9 CP Kelco

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The North America Food Thickeners Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.24% over the next 5 years.

Tate & Lyle PLC ​, Kerry Group PLC ​, Archer Daniels Midland Company​, DuPont de Nemours Inc​, Ingredion Incorporated​ are the major companies operating in North America Food Thickeners Market.

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