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Food Preservatives Market

Food Preservatives Market Analysis, By Product (Natural Food Preservatives, Synthetic Food Preservatives (Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Lactic Acid, Propionic Acid) ), By Function (Antimicrobial Food Preservatives, Antioxidant Food Preservatives) - Global Review 2021 to 2031

Analysis of Food Preservatives market covering 30 + countries including analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

Food Preservative Market Outlook 2031

The Global food preservatives market size is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.9% and set to reach US$4.1 Bn by 2031.

Food preservatives market forecast analysis by Fact.MR

Demand for food preservatives is set to touch US$ 2.8 Bn by 2021. Sensing the opportunities, food preservative manufacturers are relying on new product development and strategic mergers. As per Fact.MR’s analysis, top 5 players account for nearly 40% food preservatives market share, with the U.S, Germany, Spain, France, and China projected to emerge as the top 5 markets.

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Consumption Analysis of Food Preservatives from 2016-2020 Vs Outlook for 2021-2031

As per Fact.MR – a market research and competitive intelligence provider, over the last 5 years, the global market for food preservatives expanded at 3.7% CAGR, registering an impressive valuation of nearly US$ 2.5 Bn by the end of 2020.

The market has witnessed multiple product launches and innovations during recent years. Companies such as BASF SE, Cargill, Incorporated, Celanese Corporation, and Chr. Hansen A/S have been at the forefront of these innovations. 

Companies are expanding their product portfolios to attract and retain a large number of consumers. In the view of aversion among consumers towards chemical-based food products, companies have been tackling performance issues with partial substitution of synthetic preservatives. Fact.MR report projects the global food preservatives market to grow at a steady clip of 3.9% CAGR, set to touch US$ 2.8 Bn in 2021, eventually surpassing US$ 4.1 Bn by 2031. 

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How are Natural Variants expected to Shape Future Prospects?

Demand for food preservatives continues to gain a boost from their ability to extend shelf life and inhibit natural aging and discoloration of food products. With greater awareness about chemical and synthetic additives, health-conscious consumers are increasingly shifting towards natural and allergen-free food. The result is expected to lead to increased demand for natural food preservatives.

Natural food preservatives are highly preferred by manufacturers owing to various factors. For instance, they help in avoiding spoilage during transportation.  The global nature of food sourcing and increasing complexities in the food supply chain has resulted in increasing demand for products and techniques required to prolong the shelf-life of the food product, thus increasing the demand for natural variants of food preservatives.

In February 2020, Cargill announced its new private label plant-based patties and ground products. The new offerings are part of Cargill's inclusive approach to the future of protein – advancing both animal and alternative protein products to meet the expected 70% growth in global demand for protein over the next 30 years.

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Is Rising Consumption of Functional Beverages Boding Well for Market Growth?

Growing consciousness about the health benefits imparted by functional foods is prompting increased consumption of functional beverages. Beverage manufacturers are focusing on innovation for gaining a position in the market by inducing natural preservatives in their formulation process. 

Beverage giants such as PepsiCo and The Coca-Cola Company are investing heavily in the areas of production, enhancing their manufacturing capacity, and improving their product quality, all of which has led to increasing demand for preservatives. 

For instance, in March 2021, Corbion announced the launch of an initiative to increase its capacity for producing lactic acid and lactic acid derivatives. Manufacturers in multiple industries look to lactic acid and its derivatives as essential enablers of their business growth. Corbion’s purpose is to help preserve what matters- food and food production, human health, or the environment and natural resources. 

Country-Wise Analysis 

Why are Manufacturers Capitalizing on the North American Landscape? 

North America is projected to be the largest revenue contributor to the global market for food preservatives through 2031. North America is a mature market, accounting for one-third of the global market value. Demand for convenience and processed food is propelling the manufacturers to use food preservatives in order to enhance the shelf life of the food products and ensure a long-lasting experience. 

North America is a major exporter of fruits, thus increasing the demand for natural preservatives. According to USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) 2020 U.S. Agricultural Export Yearbook, 2020 was the second-highest year for US agriculture exports, totaling nearly US$ 146 billion, showing an increase of approximately 7%.

Moreover, owing to the increasing awareness related to several risks associated with chemical preservatives has driven the market for natural preservatives in the region. North America is introducing highly regulated policies related to food ingredients, leading to lucrative growth opportunities for manufacturers. Hence, demand for natural food preservatives is projected to grow 1.6x.

Why is the U.K Food Preservatives Industry Receiving Tailwinds?

Food preservative manufacturers in the U.K are likely to find significant growth opportunities, given the increasingly toughening regulations on food & beverage sales in recent years.  

The country has made significant strides with regard to incorporating natural food preservatives. Back in 2002, the U.K Asthma & Allergy Research Centre, working on behalf of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) discovered that major changes were noticed in hyperactivity amongst children by removing artificial coloring and food additives from their diet.

Hence, food manufacturers are making efforts to include natural food preservatives across all their product offerings. According to Fact.MR, the market for food preservatives in the U.K will surge at a CAGR of 4% from 2021 to 2031.

Category-Wise Insights

Why is Bakery & Processed Food Segment Taking the Lead? 

Application of food preservatives in bakery and processed food accounts for nearly 50% of the total market value. The rapid expansion of the bakery industry and consumers’ shift towards prepared meals-to-go in grocery and C-store chains are significantly contributing to strong demand for food preservatives. 

Manufacturers are currently focusing on multiple launches of plant-based food preservatives to fulfill the newer demand and innate needs of the bakery industry. They are rolling out better-for-you offerings, gaining greater acceptance with today’s consumers. 

How are Antimicrobial Food Preservatives Attracting Attention?

Food preservatives for imparting antimicrobial properties are likely to gain major traction. As per Fact.MR’s projections, the segment accounted for over 3/4th revenue share as of 2020. These are extensively used in bakery and milk products.

Agents such as sodium propionate and calcium propionate are used as mold inhibitors in cheese, cakes, breads and other baked products. Furthermore, naturally sourced agents, from the likes of rosemary extracts, are also gaining significant attention.

Competitive Landscape 

Competition in the global food preservatives market is expected to rise, with players focusing on gaining a competitive advantage and increasing their market foothold. They are increasingly focusing on investing in research and developments to cater to the requirements of end-use industries.

  • For instance, in May 2021, Cargill Incorporated announced EpiCor® postbiotic, which is a dried yeast fermentate providing immune system support. The postbiotic is used in popular supplements and enables food and beverage manufacturers to incorporate EpiCor® into a variety of foods and beverages. 
  • Consumers are seeking food and beverages that offer better ways to support their health and Cargill’s solutions like EpiCor® postbiotic that support digestive and immune health at all stages of life. 

Report Scope 



Market size value in 2021

USD 2.8 Billion

Market forecast value in 2031

USD 4.1 Billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 3.9% from 2021 to 2031

Forecast Period


Market Analysis

US$ Mn for Value & Tons for Volume

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

  • U.S
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • France
  • U.K
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • GCC
  • Turkey

Key Market Segments Covered

  • Product
  • Function
  • Application
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Cargill Inc.
  • Celanese Technology
  • Chr. Hansen Holding A/S
  • Corbion N.V
  • DuPont de Nemours Inc.
  • JEYS F.I Inc.
  • Kerry Group Plc.
  • Koninklijke DSM N.V
  • The Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)


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Key Segments Covered

  • Product

    • Natural Food Preservatives
    • Synthetic Food Preservatives
      • Benzoic Acid
      • Sorbic Acid
      • Lactic Acid
      • Propionic Acid
      • Others
  • Function

    • Antimicrobial Food Preservatives
    • Antioxidant Food Preservatives
    • Other Food Preservatives
  • Application

    • Bakery and Processed Food Preservatives
    • Beverage Preservatives
    • Dairy and Milk Products Food Preservatives
    • Meat, Poultry and Seafood Preservatives
    • Food Preservatives for Other Applications

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As of 2021, global food preservatives sales are expected to be valued at US$ 2.8 Bn

From 2016 to 2020, food preservatives growth expanded at a CAGR of 3.7%

The global food preservatives market is envisaged to account for over US$ 4.1 Bn by 2031

As per Fact.MR analysis, top 5 players account for nearly 40% share. 

U.S, Germany, Spain, France, and China are projected to stand as the top 5 markets for food preservatives

Rising popularity of natural food preservatives is anticipated to generate new growth frontiers for key manufacturers

Fact.MR expects North America to expand 1.6x across the 2021-2031 assessment period

The food preservatives industry in the U.K is likely to surge at a CAGR of 4% until 2031

Application across bakery & processed foods will reign supreme, contributing 50% of global revenue

Food preservatives for imparting antimicrobial properties will be the primary function, accounting for 3/4th of total demand

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