April 16, 2024
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The food encapsulation market was valued at USD 11.5 billion in 2022; it is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.2% to reach USD 17.0 billion by 2027. The market for encapsulation is growing globally at a significant pace due to its numerous applications and multiple advantages over other technologies. Some of the major advantages of encapsulation are that it helps provide enhanced stability and bioavailability to the bioactive ingredients and also helps increase the shelf life of food products and maintains the taste and flavor for a longer period. Encapsulation is increasingly used in various industrial areas such as nutraceuticals and food & beverages.

Food Encapsulation Market

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The high growth opportunities in emerging regions are attributed to the growing economies and technological advancements. North America accounts for the largest share of the food encapsulation market, with the US being the largest contributor. This is because of the presence of most of the major players in the market and the availability of advanced technologies. Asia Pacific is projected to grow at the highest rate due to the increase in industrial activities and health consciousness among consumers.

Drivers: Innovative food encapsulation technologies enhance market penetration.

Food encapsulation technology has evolved from being a fundamental preservation technology to a complex food processing technology. This technology enables many properties such as color and taste-masking and controlled release of bioactive ingredients. The evolution of encapsulation technology has happened through many stages. They have been further classified into microencapsulation, microencapsulation, and nanoencapsulation. Food manufacturers are developing newer encapsulation technologies. The aim to maximize and preserve product taste without environmental degradation. The preservation of potency along with health benefits value addition to the product is pushing manufacturers towards adopting food encapsulation.

Increase in consumption of nutritional convenience and functional foods.

In recent years, functional foods have been one of the fastest-growing health and wellness food & beverage categories worldwide, followed by naturally healthy and organic food products. According to the International Food Information Council (IFIC), milk formula, energy drinks, probiotic yogurt, juice drinks, sports drinks, cereal, and biscuits were among the top-performing functional global health and wellness food categories in 2020.

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North America dominated the food encapsulation market; it is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.8% during the forecast period.

The food encapsulation market in North America is influenced by factors like health awareness, promotion of nutraceuticals and functional foods and growing expenditure on prevention of chronic non communicable diseases. Food encapsulation adds value to foods and effectively delivers potent bioactives in isolation as supplements or as value addition in functional foods. The US dominated the market in 2021 and is projected to be the fastest-growing market for food encapsulation in North America. The market in this region is driven by technological advancements in food encapsulation techniques such as liposome compression, inclusion complex and centrifugal extrusion and the growing demand for functional and fortified foods that use encapsulated nutrients and the growing consumption of convenience foods that use encapsulated flavors and colors.