Natural antimicrobials are chemical compounds known as secondary metabolites, found in plants, animals, and microorganisms; and exhibit antimicrobial properties. These antimicrobials enter the bacterial cell walls and disrupt the reproduction of bacteria; sometimes destroying the bacterial growth completely. These are increasingly being used for food preservation apart from other pharmacological applications.
“Global Natural Antimicrobials Market Research Report – Forecast to 2023” a report published by Ken Research discusses the global market scenario for natural antimicrobials. The report contains a detailed study based on market trends, demand drivers, market opportunities and challenges. It also contains a value chain and supply chain analysis. Study for the markets has been done according to market and product classification by country and type respectively. It also discusses the company profiles and offerings of participating organizations.
There is a strong demand for the natural preservatives at a global level that subsequently increases the demand for natural antimicrobials. One of the drivers for this demand as cited in the report is the demand for clean labeled food commodities. Experts believe that there are mainly two reasons that have led to an increasing demand for natural antimicrobials. One comes directly from the end consumers. There is an increase in awareness about the potential negative impact of synthetic food preservatives, along with the potential benefits of natural additives, among the consumers; hence they look for natural preservatives on the labels. The second is the rise of microorganisms that are resistant to antibiotics as well as towards many food processing methods. One more reason for the increased use of natural antimicrobials in food products is the government regulations on manufacturing and use of synthetic preservatives in food products. These have opened avenues for companies dealing in natural preservatives market. The increasing demand, as well as competition, has led companies to come up with innovative products. One main contributor to the natural antimicrobial market growth is the frozen food industry. With changing lifestyles, the market of frozen and ready to eat foods, that was earlier limited only to the developed nations; has expanded into new geographies.
The global natural antimicrobial market can be classified on the basis of three criteria: geography, type, and application. On the basis of geography, it is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and rest of the world. As per the report, North America will remain a dominant market throughout the forecast period- given the demand for packed foods and will reach USD 322.24 million in value by 2023. However, Asia- Pacific is projected to show a strong growth at a CAGR of 8.58% in the forecast period; more than the US that will grow at 8.49%.
By type, the market is classified into microorganisms, plants, and animals. Microorganisms are further sub-categorized into nisin, natamycin, undefined microbial fermentates and others. Plants are classified into essential oils, phytoalexins, phenolics, citrus oils, and others. Amongst these, the plant’s segment is high in demand and will grow at a CAGR of 7.79%. Finally based on the application the market is segmented into Bakery and confectionary, dairy and frozen desserts, beverages, snacks, meat products, oils and fats, and others. Dairy and frozen desserts are the dominating segments that will grow at a CAGR of 7.27% during the forecast period. It is also the fastest growing market segment.
The companies covered in the report are: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (U.S.), Royal DSM NV (the Netherlands), Univar Inc. (U.S.), Kemin Industries, Inc. (U.S.), Galactic S.A. (Belgium), Chr. Hansen A/S (Denmark), Brenntag AG (Germany), Siveele B.V. (the Netherlands), Cargill, Incorporated (U.S.), Handary SA (Belgium), BASF SE (Germany), and Celanese Corp. (U.S.)
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