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Dysphagia Diet Thickening Agents Market

Rising Geriatric Population Boosts Demand for Dysphagia Diet Thickening Agents Market

Dysphagia Diet Thickening Agents Market by From (Gel-type Thickeners and Powder Thickeners)

Dysphagia Diet Thickening Agents Market Outlook (2023 to 2033)

Global revenue from the Dysphagia Diet Thickening Agents Market was about US$ 503.6 Million in 2022 with the worldwide market estimated to surge ahead at a CAGR of 5.1% to reach a valuation of around US$ 874.1 Million by the end of 2033.

Dysphagia Diet Thickening Agents Market Size (2023)

US$ 584.6 Million

Projected Market Value (2033)

US$ 874.1 Million

Global Market Growth Rate (2023 to 2033)

5.1% CAGR

Market Share of Top 5 Countries


According to Persistence Market Research, powder thickeners segment of the market based on form secured a market value of US$ 416.6 Million in 2022.

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Sales Analysis of Market from 2012 to 2022 Vs Market Outlook for 2023 to 2033

The market for Dysphagia Diet Thickening Agents Market held around 3.8% of the overall ~US$ 13.15 Billion of the global food thickeners market in 2022.

The global market recorded a historic CAGR of 2.9% in the last 10 years from 2012 to 2022.

Dysphagia is a condition that makes swallowing hard due to a loss of muscular control. Numerous disorders and ailments that affect the nerves or muscles in the head, chest, abdomen, or neck could be the cause. The most frequent causes are Parkinson’s disease and stroke; however, other disorders like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or brain injuries may also be the reason behind dysphagia.

The sales of dysphagia diet thickening agents will grow over the next few years, due to increased awareness of dysphagia among people as well as the rising prevalence of strokes and swallowing difficulties. The increasing prevalence of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral aneurysm, epilepsy and seizures and strokes will increase the sales of the market.

For instance, according to CDC statistics, 1 in 6 deaths from cardiovascular disease was due to stroke in 2020 and In the U.S. more than 795,000 people every year are affected by strokes, and out of that, 50% of stroke patients experience swallowing disorders.

Manufacturers have also started to make improvements in the dysphagia diet thickening agents for the betterment of patients as well as increasing patient preference towards the product.

Nowadays there is a high demand for pediatric dysphagia diet thickening agents. For instance, in 2022, facts published by Children’s Health, 25% to 45% of normally children are thought to have the disease like swallowing and feeding disorder.This number indicates a considerable demand for paediatric dysphagia management in the near future.

The Global Dysphagia Diet Thickening Agents Market is thus likely to show high growth over the coming years with a CAGR of 5.1%, and reach a global market size of around US$ 874.1 Million by 2033.

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How can Dysphagia Diet Thickening Agents Market Grow?

“Increasing Use of Xanthan Gum as a Thickening Agent”

Dysphagia patients face a significant problem when it comes to swallowing, but it can be resolved with the help of restorative tools like diet modification, viscosity alterations, temperature, and volume. Patients with dysphagia find xanthan gum to be more agreeable and appealing since it is pre-thickened, stable, and colorless, has steady PH, has a prolonged shelf life, and has a clean texture and temperature.

Xanthan gum's bioavailability allows efficient absorption of nutrients and medicines. The stability of xanthan gum when combined with amylase reduces the risk of aspiration in people with dysphagia. The market for dysphagia diet thickening agents has increased because of developments in geriatric population medicine. The market for dysphagia diet thickening agents is expanding significantly due to improved patient compliance and better clinical results. A key driver of market expansion is anticipated to be the rise in demand for thickening agents from pathologists, dieticians and therapists to lower the risk of dysphagia. Due to the availability of enhanced products by new suppliers, the market for dysphagia diet thickening agents is projected to grow globally during the projected years.

Many organizations are focusing to raising awareness about dysphagia. For instance, on 16 March 2022 (Swallow Awareness Day) The Public Health Agency (PHA) has introduced a new digital poster that will be distributed around the region by community and charitable groups to increase awareness of swallowing difficulties.

This is expected to create opportunities for the expansion of the market over the forecast period.

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Are There Any Barriers That Can Affect the Growth of the Dysphagia Diet Thickening Agents Market in Any Way?

“Availability of a Standardized Diagnostic Process”

Shortage of healthcare professionals with the appropriate training and lack of infrastructure improvements in the healthcare sector are the main factors impeding the growth of the global market.

Dysphagia is diagnosed by barium esophagram and gastroesophageal endoscopy based on the patient's medical history and physical examination. Other techniques, such as flexible endoscopy, X-rays, and videofluoroscopy procedures, are used to confirm the diagnosis.

It might be difficult for doctors to consistently classify dysphagia as esophageal, oropharyngeal, and neuromuscular or obstructive symptom complexes. For instance, esophageal anomalies are not examined/identified during video fluoroscopy rather; the area from the mouth through the pharynx to the top of the chest is simply examined. The barium swallow test is used to spot these abnormalities.

The market for dysphagia diet thickening products is experiencing growing challenges due to the absence of a standardized diagnostic test approach to diagnosis of the disease.

Nowadays, consumers now favor over-marketed products for home remedies and other alternative therapies to treat dysphagia. For instance, in China, post-stroke dysphagia disorders are most commonly treated using Chinese herbal medicines and acupuncture than available branded thickener products available in the market. In India, home-based therapies, such as homoeopathy and Ayurveda are generally used to manage dysphagia conditions.

Lack of advanced therapies for dysphagia in France and lack of resources for effective implementation of stroke care pathways in France are creating hindrances in the treatment of dysphagia.

Most of the people suffering from stroke majorly affected by swallowing difficulties, which is generally called as post-stroke dysphagia (PSD). Lack of awareness about post-stroke dysphagia (PSD) among patient will hinder the growth of the market. For instance, European Stroke Organization and European Society for Swallowing Disorders guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of post-stroke dysphagia, published on 13 October 2021, around 29–81% of people who has acute stroke, dysphagia has developed in their body.

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Country-wise Insights

Why is the United States Market Booming?

“Launching Pediatric Specific Thickening Products, and Rising Risk of Dysphagia in the Elderly Population”

The United States accounted for around 87.1% market share in the North American market in 2022, and this is expected to continue throughout the forecast period.

Manufacturers are focusing on launching pediatric-specific thickening products. Currently, various dysphagia supplement products are available in the market. However, few products are targeting pediatric dysphagia conditions. The majority of thickening products focus on the adult population. The launch of pediatric-specific thickening products for swallowing disorders can create significant opportunities for manufacturers.

For instance, data published in Frontiers Media on 24 June 2022, nationwide United States survey conducted said that, 0.9% of children between the ages of 3 and 17 suffer from swallowing difficulties.

Launching pediatric-specific dysphagia supplements into the market could enhance sales for companies in the United States The frequency of neurological illnesses like Parkinson's or dementia disease, the rising risk of dysphagia in the senior population, and expanding clinician demand, are all anticipated to contribute to the growth of the United States market over the projected years.

Will the China be a Lucrative Market?

“Entry of Bigger Players in the Chinese Market”

China held around 5.1% market share of the global market in 2022.

Key market players companies are contributing to the dysphagia supplements market in the East Asian region to gain profit from the maximum pool of growing dysphagia patients and existing dysphagia patients in the region.

According to ResearchGate publication on June 2021, In China, it is estimated that about In China, 12.42 million people over 40 suffer from strokes. Key players are launching their dysphagia supplements into the region by collaborating with regional stroke associations. For instance, In March 2017, Nestle Health Science (NHS) collaborated with the Chinese Stroke Association, to launch its thicken up product in leading hospitals in 25 provinces and municipalities in China.

How is India Emerging as a Prominent Market?

“Increasing Awareness in Countries like India”

India holds the market share of about 3.8% in the global market in 2022.

Dysphagia treatment and awareness are gained significant growth owing to the swallowing problems encountered by patients suffering from dysphagia and this is projected to drive the growth of the market. Several patients with various neurological and cancer-related dysphagia undergo multi-disciplinary treatment as part of an initiative started by AIMS hospital in the state of Kerala in India. At the same time, several non-governmental organizations all over India have been arranging campaigns for raising awareness and train healthcare professionals through seminars and lectures.

Category-wise Insights

Which Form is Driving Growth of the Global Market?

“Impact of Thickening Powder on Patients' Gastrointestinal Losses”

In terms of revenue, the powder thickeners segment held around 82.7% share of the total dysphagia diet thickening agents market in 2022. The segment is expected to further gain traction, owing to benefits such as easy usage, easy availability, and cost-effectiveness, when compared to gel-based thickeners. Compared to consuming plain water without any additives, there is a considerable decrease in stoma output volume after the administration of water mixed with thickening powder.

Thickening powder has a positive impact on the consistency and volume of intestinal discharge in patients with high-output end jejunostomy (fecal stoma), and they raise the possibility that its use may be advantageous in the nutritional management of High-output stoma (HOS).

Which Distribution Channel Poses a Greater Adoption of Dysphagia Diet Thickening Agent?

“Major Use in Hospitals Pharmacies”

Hospital pharmacies hold the largest share of about 54.4% with a market value of around US$ 273.9 Million in 2022.

Hospital pharmacies provide various drugs as well as different dysphagia diet thickening products with different brands, as doctors prescribe dysphagia diet thickening products are easily available in hospital pharmacies. It is also convenient for patients to buy from hospital pharmacies, hence gaining the highest position in the distribution channel based on the market share of the market.

Competitive Landscape

Strategic partnerships, product launches, and acquisitions are the main marketing strategies used by top producers. Apart from this, one of the manufacturers' primary strategies is growth, or the opening of new facilities to increase the company's capacity for launching new product with different flavors.

For instance:

  • On 6 July 2020, Ingredion Incorporated announced the acquisition of PureCircle Limited.
  • On 19 March 2019, Hormel Health Labs adding 30 new products in their Thick & Easy meal kits. These foods specially help patients suffering from swallowing disorders.

Similarly, the team at Persistence Market Research has tracked recent developments related to companies manufacturing dysphagia diet thickening agents, which are available in the full report.

Dysphagia Diet Thickening Agents Market Scope



Forecast Period

2023 to 2033

Historical Data Available for

2014 to 2022

Market Analysis

USD Million for Value

Key Countries Covered

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Argentina
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • France
  • Spain
  • Nordic Countries
  • Russia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • GCC Countries
  • Turkey
  • South Africa
  • North Africa

Key Market Segments Covered

  • Form
  • Distribution Channel
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Precise
  • Kent Precision Foods Group, Inc.
  • Kewpie Corporation
  • Saraya Co., Ltd
  • Fresenius Kabi
  • Nestlé Health Science Danone S.A.
  • SimplyThick
  • Madtrition Inc
  • Hormel Foods
  • Danone S.A.
  • Flavour Creations
  • Ingredion
  • Hormel Health Labs
  • Nutri Co., Ltd.
  • Kissei Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Report Coverage

  • Market Forecast
  • Competition Intelligence
  • DROT Analysis
  • Market Dynamics and Challenges
  • Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Key Segments Covered in Manufacturing of Industry Research


  • Gel-Type Thickeners
  • Powder Thickeners

Distribution Channel:

  • Hospital Pharmacies
  • Retail Pharmacies
  • Online Pharmacies


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • South Asia
  • East Asia
  • Oceania
  • The Middle East & Africa (MEA)

- Companies Covered in This Report -

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Precise
  • Kent Precision Foods Group, Inc.
  • Kewpie Corporation
  • Saraya Co., Ltd
  • Fresenius Kabi
  • Nestlé Health Science Danone S.A.
  • SimplyThick
  • Madtrition Inc
  • Hormel Foods
  • Danone S.A.
  • Flavour Creations
  • Ingredion
  • Hormel Health Labs
  • Nutri Co., Ltd.
  • Kissei Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

- Frequently Asked Questions -

The global market is currently valued at around US$ 503.6 Million in 2022.

Sales of the market are set to witness a high growth at a CAGR of 5.1% and be valued at US$ 874.1 Million by 2033.

Demand for market increased at a 2.9% CAGR from 2012 to 2022.

The U.S., Japan, U.K., Germany, and China account for the highest share of market, currently holding 57.8% market share.

The U.S. accounts for around 87.1% share of the North American market in 2022.

Brazil accounted for around 44.3% share of the Latin America market in  2022.

The Europe market is predicted to expand at 4.8% CAGR over the forecast period.

The Canada market held a share of about 12.9% in the North America market in 2022.

The current value of the Latin America market is US$ 32.9 Million for the year, 2022.

The U.K. market held a share of about 6.6% in the global market in 2022.

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