United Kingdom Food Additives Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

United Kingdom Food Additives Market is segmented by Type (Preservatives, Sweeteners, Enzymes, Hydrocolloids, Food Flavors and Enhancers, Food Colorants, and Acidulants); and by Application (Beverages, Bakery, Meat, and Meat Products, Dairy Products, and Others)

Market Snapshot

United Kingdom Food Additives Market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 3.02 %

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Market Overview

The United Kingdom food additives market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.02% during the forecast period (2020 - 2025).

  • The United Kingdom food additive market is significantly driven by growing demand for convenience food, primarily benefiting additives like preservatives, sweeteners, etc. Preservatives are key additives in the manufacturing process of convenience food to increase the shelf-life of the products.
  • The demand for several functional beverages has been increasing among the consumers, which is anticipated to boost the demand for specialty food additives, like stevia, specialty flavors, and acidulants. Moreover, the market has witnessed the growing demand for natural food items and beverages rising with rapid pace across the region, which is accelerating the demand for natural and clean label food additives in the country.

Scope of the report

The United Kingdom food additives market is segmented into preservatives, sweeteners, emulsifiers, anti-caking agents, enzymes, hydrocolloids, food flavors and enhancers, food colorants, and acidulants. Additionally, the study focusses on the revenues generated through beverages, bakery, meat, and meat products, dairy products, and others.

Sweeteners & Sugar Substitutes
Food Flavors & Colorants
Meat, Poultry, & Sea Foods

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Key Market Trends

Preservatives Hold Great Potential

The United Kingdom has well-established brands for mainstream products. Brand-building and marketing costs are substantial. The UK preservative companies are seeking options to take advantage of increasing consumer demand for healthier food and drink products. This demand for ready-to-eat foods in the country, in turn, acted as a driver for the preservatives market. 

However, the processed food industry has matured considerably in the country, resulting in a constant and stable market for preservatives. Further, the growth of preservatives is restricted by stringent regulations and constant watch by FSA. Large preservatives companies will continue to target niche suppliers that have a proven track record of innovation, in order to expand their product portfolios into high growth segments.

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Growing Demand of Specialty Ingredients

Specialty ingredients such as specialty emulsifiers, Specialty Starch and Texturant, sweeteners like stevia are gaining great prevalence further driving the additive market in the country. The United Kingdom has well-established brands for mainstream products. The specialty ingredients companies, such as ABF Ingredients and DuPont, are seeking to take advantage of the increasing consumer demand for healthier food and beverages products in the country. Large specialty ingredient companies are expected to continue targeting niche suppliers that have a proven track record of innovation, in order to expand their product portfolios into high growth segments, such as specialty proteins and probiotics. ​

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Competitive Landscape

The United Kingdom food additives market is highly fragmented with the presence of numerous players in the market. The major players in the market are Cargill, Tate & Lyle, BASF, DuPont, Koninklijke DSM N.V, Givaudan, Brenntag, Novozymes, International Flavors, and Fragrances, etc. The strategies being adopted in the Food additives industry is in the innovation category under the development of natural food additives and functional food ingredients to meet customer demand.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - 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 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Preservatives

      2. 5.1.2 Sweeteners & Sugar Substitutes

      3. 5.1.3 Enzymes

      4. 5.1.4 Hydrocolloids

      5. 5.1.5 Food Flavors & Colorants

      6. 5.1.6 Others

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Bakery

      2. 5.2.2 Confectionery

      3. 5.2.3 Dairy

      4. 5.2.4 Beverages

      5. 5.2.5 Meat, Poultry, & Sea Foods

      6. 5.2.6 Others


    1. 6.1 Market Position Analysis

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 BASF SE

      2. 6.3.2 Cargill, Incorporated

      3. 6.3.3 DuPont de Nemours, Inc.

      4. 6.3.4 Kerry Group plc.

      5. 6.3.5 Ingredion Incorporated

      6. 6.3.6 Archer Daniels Midland Company

      7. 6.3.7 Tate & Lyle PLC

      8. 6.3.8 Corbion NV

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The United Kingdom Food Additives Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The United Kingdom Food Additives Market is growing at a CAGR of 3.02% over the next 5 years.

BASF SE, Cargill, Incorporated , DuPont de Nemours, Inc. , Kerry Group plc are the major companies operating in United Kingdom Food Additives Market.

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