Food acidulants market – 30% of growth expected

The food acidulants market is set to grow by USD 2.49 billion from 2021 to 2026, progressing at a CAGR of 7.05% as per the latest marketing report by Technavio. 30% of the market’s growth will originate from APAC during the forecast period. China is the key market for food acidulants in APAC. Market growth in this region will be faster than the growth of the market in other regions. The significant increase in the demand for processed food products will facilitate the food acidulants market growth in APAC over the forecast period.

Food Acidulants Market – Drivers & Challenges

The key factor driving the global food acidulants market growth is the rising demand for processed food. The urbanized global population is inclined toward packaged food products and frozen food materials. An expanding global middle-class and an increase in the number of working women contribute to the high demand for processed foods. A long shelf-life is a key marketing aspect for frozen foods. Frozen food manufacturers employ innovative ways to improve the shelf-lives of frozen food products. In pickled fish, processed meat, and ready-to-eat meals, acidulant is added to improve the efficiency of food processing. Therefore, in savory foods, food acidulants are used as shell-life regulators, which improve the shelf life of the respective products. Such factors will act as driving forces for the market growth in the forecast period.

However, the key challenges to the global food acidulants market growth are the adverse effects of acidulants. Carboxylic content in lactic acid might react with active metals in turn to form gaseous hydrogen and a metal salt. It reacts with cyanide salts to generate hydrogen cyanide gas, which is flammable. Its reaction with cyanide salts is identified as combustible material. When heated, its vapors will form an explosive mixture with air, and contact with metals will involve flammable hydrogen gas. On the other hand, when lactic acid is not handled properly, it might cause coughing, serious irritation of mucous membranes, and indigestion. Inhalation of highly concentrated acetic acid vapors can lead to irritation of the eyes and nose, sore throat, headache, cough, chest tightness, and confusion. High doses of acetic acid can cause burning of the mouth and throat, stomach cramps, and diarrhea and also can burn bare skin. Such factors may limit the market growth during the forecast period.

Read more of  the latest industry news and developments here: March 2022 Single Issue form – International Confectionery Magazine (

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