United Kingdom Food Additives Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The UK Food Additives Market is Segmented by Product Type (Preservatives, Bulk Sweeteners, Sugar Substitutes, Emulsifiers, Anti-caking Agents, Enzymes, Hydrocolloids, Food Flavors and Enhancers, Food Colorants, and Acidulants), Application (Bakery and Confectionery, Dairy and Desserts, Beverages, Meat and Meat Products, Soups, Sauces, and Dressings, and Other Applications). The report offers the market sizes and forecasts in value (USD million) for all the above segments.

United Kingdom Food Additives Market Size

United Kingdom Food Additives Market Summary
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Study Period 2018 - 2028
Base Year For Estimation 2022
Forecast Data Period 2023 - 2028
Historical Data Period 2018 - 2021
CAGR 3.02 %
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

United Kingdom Food Additives Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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United Kingdom Food Additives Market Analysis

The UK food additives market is projected to record a CAGR of 3.02% over the next five years.

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

A growing number of health-conscious consumers are looking to avoid synthetic additives, and an increasing number of retailers are adding synthetic colors, enzymes, flavors, and thickeners to their list of unacceptable ingredients. The demand for clean labels and organic and natural ingredients is increasing among consumers. The market players in the country are adopting new strategies like mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships to expand their product reach and bring innovation. For instance, in June 2022, Givaudan and Manus Bio, a biomanufacturer of natural products, announced the launch of BioNootkatone, a sustainable, natural, clean-label citrus flavor ingredient. BioNootkatone provides a refreshing, natural citrus taste that can be used in a variety of food and beverage applications.

United Kingdom Food Additives Market Trends

Increasing Demand for Convenience Food

The increasing demand for convenience and processed food, such as ready-to-eat foods, ready-to-drink beverages, snacks, frozen meals, and other foods, is one of the significant factors driving the food additives market. With the rising urbanization, growing middle-class population, increasing number of working women, and rising disposable income, the developed and developing regions worldwide are witnessing a rising demand for processed and packaged food, thereby increasing the need for food additives in the market. Food additives like emulsifiers, flavor enhancers, thickeners, enzymes, and other additives are used in food products like dairy and bakery products. The market players are expanding their product reach with the launch of new plant facilities. For instance, in December 2022, Amano Enzymes, a Japanese enzyme manufacturer, opened a new plant in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.

United Kingdom Food Additives Market: Sales Value of Food Products, By Product Type, in USD Million, United Kingdom, 2021

Sugar Substitutes Hold Largest Share

Consumers in the country are becoming aware of the benefits of healthy food consumption and opting to consume organic, clean-label, and natural-based food products. Due to this factor, the region's demand for natural ingredients like food sweeteners is increasing. Consumers are aware of the nutritional content of the processed products they consume. Stevia, xylitol, and other natural sweeteners are plant sugars made from organic and natural sources. They do not add calories but have a taste like regular sugar. Consumers are becoming more aware of the adverse health effects associated with the consumption of various synthetic food additives, such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. Therefore, the government has banned many synthetic additives like artificial sweeteners for use in food and beverages. In July 2022, Sweegen Inc. launched Bestevia LQ, a line of liquid stevia-based sweeteners. The company claims that these sweeteners can be used in products like confectionary products, carbonated drinks, dessert toppings, and concentrated syrups.

 United Kingdom Food Additives Market: Prevalence of Obesity (%), by Age Group, England, 2021

United Kingdom Food Additives Industry Overview

The UK food additives market is highly fragmented, with the presence of numerous players in the market. The major players in the market are BASF SE, Cargill Incorporated, DuPont de Nemours Inc., Kerry Group PLC, and Tate & Lyle PLC. The strategies adopted in the food additives industry are in the innovation category, such as developing natural food additives and functional food ingredients to meet customer demand.

United Kingdom Food Additives Market Leaders

  1. BASF SE

  2. Cargill, Incorporated

  3. DuPont de Nemours, Inc.

  4. Kerry Group plc

  5. Tate and Lyle Plc

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

United Kingdom Food Additives Market Concentration

United Kingdom Food Additives Market News

  • In November 2022, Tate & Lyle PLC launched a new sweetener portfolio Erytesse. The company claims that Erytesse has 70% of the sweetness of sucrose. The product claims to be a natural sweetener that can be used in different food and beverages.
  • In July 2021, Ingredion Incorporated announced the completion of its acquisition of PureCircle Limited, the world's leading producer and innovator of plant-based stevia sweeteners and flavors for the food and beverage industry. PureCircle brings global innovation and manufacturing expertise, enabling Ingredion to leverage its global go-to-market model, formulation capabilities, and broad ingredient portfolio.
  • In March 2021, Ingredion Incorporated launched Novation 9460 organic instant starch across Europe. The product claims to be stable at both acidic and basic conditions and provides smooth textures to the food. The product can be used in different foods, including bakery fillings, quiches, cakes, ready meals, mayonnaise, salad dressings, sauces, and soft cheese desserts.

UK Food Additives Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definitions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Value Chain/Supply Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Preservatives

      2. 5.1.2 Bulk Sweeteners

      3. 5.1.3 Sugar Substitutes

      4. 5.1.4 Emulsifiers

      5. 5.1.5 Anti-caking Agents

      6. 5.1.6 Enzymes

      7. 5.1.7 Hydrocolloids

      8. 5.1.8 Food Flavors and Enhancers

      9. 5.1.9 Food Colorants

      10. 5.1.10 Acidulants

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Bakery and Confectionery

      2. 5.2.2 Dairy and Desserts

      3. 5.2.3 Beverages

      4. 5.2.4 Meat and Meat Products

      5. 5.2.5 Soups, Sauces, and Salad Dressings

      6. 5.2.6 Other Applications


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    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

      9. 6.3.9 Roquette Freres

      10. 6.3.10 International Flavors and Fragrances Inc.

      11. 6.3.11 Givaudan SA

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

United Kingdom Food Additives Industry Segmentation

Food additives are substances added to food to maintain or improve its safety, freshness, taste, texture, or appearance. The UK food additives market is segmented by product type and application. Based on product type, the market is segmented into preservatives, bulk sweeteners, sugar substitutes, emulsifiers, anti-caking agents, enzymes, hydrocolloids, food flavors and enhancers, food colorants, and acidulants. The market is segmented based on application into bakery and confectionery, dairy and desserts, beverages, meat and meat products, soups, sauces, dressings, and other applications. The market sizing has been done in value terms in USD for all the abovementioned segments.

Bulk Sweeteners
Sugar Substitutes
Anti-caking Agents
Food Flavors and Enhancers
Food Colorants
Bakery and Confectionery
Dairy and Desserts
Meat and Meat Products
Soups, Sauces, and Salad Dressings
Other Applications

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UK Food Additives Market Research FAQs

The United Kingdom Food Additives Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

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, Tate and Lyle Plc are the major companies operating in United Kingdom Food Additives Market.

United Kingdom Food Additives Industry Report

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