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Food Thickening Agents Market Segmented By Sizing and Thickening Agents, Food Thickeners, Liquid Thickeners, Dysphagia Diet Thickening Agents
Food and beverage industry has been undergoing through a phase of innovation with the ongoing demand for flavorful and healthy ingredients arising from the consumers. Convergence of technology with the food and beverage industry has encouraged the manufacturers to develop solutions that are cost-effective and high in quality, thereby enhancing the desirability of their products.
Food thickener is one such innovation in the food and beverages industry which act as an additive to work on the viscosity and density of food products without substantially altering their inherent properties.
Prevalence of obesity, diabetes, and several other health issues that expedite mortality have been causing a drift among the consumers towards healthy food products such as sauces, soups, and salads. With the rising application of these food additives share in dairy products, meat and poultry, and beverages to ensure the required density of the food products, the food thickening agents market is anticipated to grow at a consistent pace during the predicted timeframe.
Food thickening agents gain a center stage as the affinity of the consumers towards convenient food and packaged food increases with the rise in their hectic schedules. However, stringent mandates legislated by the government opposing the use of chemical food additives is projected to act as a growth deterrent for the food thickening agents market.
Increasing number of geriatric population in conjunction with the prevalence of dysphagia has been propelling the demand for fluids and easily swallowed meals. Consequently, food thickening agents have been gaining popularity among aging adults, on account of their property to considerably slowdown the transition of fluids and food and offer ample time to the swallowing process.
Food thickening agents have also been an important inclusion in the diet of people suffering from medical conditions, wherein they lose their ability to chew their food. These additives aid the preparation of foods of varying consistency, which is anticipated to drive promising sales opportunity for food thickening agents.
Increasing popularity of food thickening agents can be attributed to their surging demand arising from obese and diabetic demographics. With health being the ‘priority’ for individuals, a notable shift of consumers from fat-bearing products to food thickening agents have been witnessed.
Thickening agents such as starches and gums are gaining significant traction as fat replacers with their calorie replacing capabilities, which have in turn amplified the consumption of these products and influenced the growth of the food thickening agents market in particular.
A significant share of the food thickening agents market can be attributed to the rising adoption of these additives in the bakery and confectionery products. Rising health consciousness among the consumers of North America has inclined them towards gluten-free food products, which have further generated a demand for gluten-free bakery items.
Consequently, food thickening agents are finding extensive applications in the preparation of bakery goods and confectionery, which is anticipated to uphold the growth of the food thickening agents market in this region. High concentration of significant players striving to enhance the desirability of food thickeners is likely to reflect positively on the food thickening agents market during the forecast period.
Burgeoning demand for innovative food products coupled with the rising R&D activities, and the development of relatively cheaper thickening agents with enhanced properties are the key strategies employed by the manufacturers of food thickeners.
The food thickening agents market sports a number of significant partakers, which include Eurodana Food Ingredients, Deosen USA Inc., Arthur Branwell Co. Ltd., W. Hydrocolloids, Darling Ingredients, Acuro Organics Limited, Naturex S.A., Nestle Lifesciences, Koninklijke DSM N.V., Fuerst Day Lawson, Kerry Group Plc., Akzo Nobel N.V., CO Kelco., Ashland Group Holdings, Tate and Lyle, Ingredion, Du Pont, Archer Daniels Midland Company, TIC Gums, DowDuPont Inc., Jungbunzlauer, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, and Cargill Inc.
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