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In terms of type, pectin is estimated to be the fastest type segment during the forecast period
Pectin is an important polysaccharide with applications in food, pharmaceuticals, and many other industries. It is used as an emulsifier, gelling agent, thickener, stabilizer, and fat or sugar replacer in a low-calorie food. Pectin and pectin-derived oligosaccharides can also be used as important ingredients in functional food. Its importance in the food sector lies in its ability to form a gel in the presence of Ca2+ ions or a solute at low pH.
The seaweed segment by source in the hydrocolloids market is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecasted period
Seaweed-derived hydrocolloids mainly include alginate, carrageenan, and agar, which are important parts of the food ingredient industry. The three types of hydrocolloids are natural hydrophilic polymers existing in the cell walls and extracellular matrixes of brown and red seaweeds that can be extracted through a series of chemical and physical processes. Owing to their excellent thickening, gelling, film-forming, and other novel properties, alginate, carrageenan, and agar are widely used in the functional food industry. Seaweed hydrocolloids find application as thickeners, stabilizers, coagulants, and salves (in the wound and burn dressings) and they are used as materials to produce bio-medical impressions in the food, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries.
Stabilizers, by function, is estimated to be the fastest-growing function of hydrocolloids during the forecast period
Stabilizers add viscosity to enhance overall flavor and give body to beverages while also preventing sedimentation and keeping ingredients suspended within the finished product. Stabilizers are additives used to help maintain emulsions or prevent degeneration in beverages. The most common stabilizers are hydrocolloids (such as xanthan, gum Arabic, and gum acacia), modified starches, pectin, carrageenan, casein, and inulin. The purpose of stabilizers is to add viscosity to enhance flavor and give body to a beverage. They also maintain emulsification, which prevents sedimentation by keeping additional ingredients suspended in the product.
The Cosmetics & personal care products segment is projected to be the second-largest market in the forecasted period
Recently, hydrocolloids have found a fit in the personal care industry, often replacing synthetic chemicals with similar properties. Driven by consumers thirst for all-natural products, many manufacturers are trying to leverage the long history of hydrocolloids in the food industry for personal care applications. Therefore, with wide consumer interest in natural cosmetics, the number and demand for natural texturizers have grown strongly in recent years.
North America is estimated to be the fastest region during the forecast period
The North American hydrocolloids market is also driven by its application in premium food products. The leading manufacturers of hydrocolloids in North America include Ashland Inc. (US), CP Kelco (US), Cargill, Incorporated (US), Ingredion Incorporated (US), and Darling Ingredients Inc. (US). The North American market is completely driven by the US. The US has a large market for bakery, confectionery, convenience food, and packaged food products; hence, it constitutes a major share in the market. Consumers in the US are calorie-conscious due to which low-calorie and low-fat food products are popular in the country. The increasing prevalence of obesity and cardiac diseases has led consumers to demand natural and low-calorie food products. Food manufacturers are therefore concentrating on the application of natural hydrocolloids and their function as fat replacers.
Key players in this market include International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (US), Ingredion (US), Cargill, Incorporated (US), Kerry Group plc (Ireland), Associated Archer Daniels Midland Company (US), Palsgaard A/S (Denmark), Darling Ingredients Inc. (US), DSM (Netherlands), Ashland (US), Tate & Lyle (UK), CP Kelco U.S., Inc. (US), Nexira (France), Deosen Biochemical (Ordos) Ltd. (China), Fufeng Group (China), and BASF SE (Germany).
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