The global functional food ingredients market grew from $102.13 billion in 2022 to $111.12 billion in 2023 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.8%. The Russia-Ukraine war disrupted the chances of global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, at least in the short term. The war between these two countries has led to economic sanctions on multiple countries, a surge in commodity prices, and supply chain disruptions, causing inflation across goods and services, and affecting many markets across the globe. The functional food ingredients market is expected to grow to $156.98 billion in 2027 at a CAGR of 9.0%.
The functional food ingredients market consists of sales of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, hydrocolloids, prebiotics, amino acids, plant extracts, carotenoids, and other functional food ingredients.Values in this market are ‘factory gate’ values, that is the value of goods sold by the manufacturers or creators of the goods, whether to other entities (including downstream manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers) or directly to end customers.
The value of goods in this market includes related services sold by the creators of the goods. Functional food ingredients are bioactive compounds or ingredients used in manufacturing functional food products. The ingredients in functional foods provide health benefits, and some of them include supplements or other additives. North America was the largest region in the functional food ingredients market in 2020.Europe was the second-largest market in the functional food ingredients market. The regions covered in the functional food ingredients report are Asia-Pacific, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Middle East, and Africa.
The main types of functional food ingredients are probiotics and prebiotics, carotenoids, dietary fibers fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and others.Carotenoids are fat-soluble pigments found generally in fruits, flowers, plants, algae, and photosynthetic bacteria. They are also found in some non-photosynthetic bacteria, molds, and yeasts.Carotenoids act as a type of antioxidant for humans and are important for human health. It protects the human body against serious disorders such as heart disease, cancer, and degenerative eye disease. The different sources include natural, synthetic and are used in beverages, dairy products, infant food, bakery and confectionery, others.
The rise in demand for fortified food & beverage products is expected to contribute to the growth of the functional food ingredients market.Fortified foods are functional foods that lack natural nutrients; nutrients are added to them. These foods boost nutrition and provide health advantages.Fortified foods are functional foods without natural nutrients in them, nutrients are added to them, and these foods improve nutrition, add health benefits.
Fortified foods & beverage products consumption is increasing due to growing health consciousness in consumers, increasing disease occurrences, increasing consumer’s disposable income.The medicinal properties of these foods in providing healing benefits apart from energy and essential nutrients are motivating consumers to spend more on healthy food products.
According to the Kerry Group study, in 2019, 65% of consumers seek functional benefits in their food & beverages, and apple cider vinegar sales as a grown-up by 86% for its digestive and blood sugar managing properties. Therefore, the rise in demand for fortified food & beverage products will drive the functional food ingredients market growth.
Collaborations and partnerships are are key trends gaining popularity in shaping the functional food ingredients market.Major companies operating in the functional food ingredients sector are focused on partnering or collaborating with other companies to develop innovative solutions for functional food ingredients.