Food Emulsifiers Market Overview, Cost Structure Analysis, Growth Opportunities And Forecast To 2031

Increasing consumption of processed food besides the expansion of bakeries and confectioneries are among key factors fuelling the demand for food emulsifiers. According to a new study by Future Market Insights (FMI), the food emulsifiers market is forecast to reach US$ 3.30 Bn by 2021. Demand for effective preservative ingredients in the food sector has remained a constant trend. It has been enabling growth in the market and will continue aiding overall expansion especially as application in processed food and bakeries rises consistently.

FMI has forecast the processed food segment to continue dominating the market through the course of the report’s forecast period, starting from 2021 to 2031. It is expected to account for nearly one-fourth of food emulsifiers sold over the assessment period.

Today, food emulsifier gaining high momentum in the manufacturing of food products due to its desirable qualities that help in preservation of processed and convenience food, besides making them more appealing. The growing market for convenience and processed food is backed by hectic lifestyles, deskbound jobs, increasing women workforce, and socio-cultural aspects. These aspects of changing lifestyle have contributed towards reshaping consumers’ eating habits.  A shift away from three square meals eaten at the family table towards round-the-clock snacking is pushing manufacturer towards adoption of food emulsifier in order to cater supply/demand gap for processed food formats.

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Moreover, manufacturers are also focused on developing novel emulsifier solutions that are capable of reducing calorie content in food products. The market is seeing an increasing number of research and development centres coming up across globe. Companies are trying to expand their production and business footprint by acquiring key companies in the emulsifier segment.

The FMI study delves deep into the prevailing dynamics to offer interesting insights into the food emulsifier market. Some of these are:

  • Food emulsifiers market will continue exhibiting steady rate of growth through 2031. FMI projects the market to showcase 4.4% Y-o-Y growth in 2021
  • The U.S. will emerge as a chief market globally and account for 88.8% of North America market based on volume in 2021
  • The U.K. will exhibit 0.9% Y-o-Y growth in 2021 in terms of volume
  • Germany and France to continue offering lucrative growth opportunities
  • Japan and South Korea to emerge as attractive markets, however, China will continue leading the East Asia market through forecast period

“Innovation in food products is expected to create remarkable growth opportunity for market players in the years to follow. Also, a broader consumer base for healthy fast food is contributing to the growth of the global market” said a lead analyst at FMI

Who is winning?

Some of the leading companies operating in the market are BASF SE, Adani Wilmar Limited, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Cargill Inc, Dow Corning Corporation, E.I Dupont De Numours and Company, Evonik Industries AG, Ingredion Incorporated, Kerry Group Plc, Koninklijke DSM N.V., and others. Some of these companies are focusing on acquisition as key strategy to gain competitive advantage.

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For instance, in January 2017, Palsgaard acquired a major stake Candon Aditivos para Alimentos, which is a Brazilian ingredient company and supplier of bakery emulsifiers.

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Food Emulsifiers Market – Key Segments

Product Type

  • Lactic esters of fatty acids
    • Sodium stearoyl lactylate
    • Sodium behenoyl lactylate
    • Sodium isostearoyl lactylate
    • Sodium lauroyl lactylate
  • Lecithins
  • Mono & di-glycerides of fatty acid
  • Esters of monoglycerides of fatty acid
  • Polysorbates
  • Polyglycerol Esters
  • Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate
  • Others


  • Natural
  • Synthetic


  • Fine Powder
  • Hydrate


  • Bakery
  • Confectionery
  • Beverages
  • Dairy Products
  • Processed Food
  • Others


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • South Asia
  • East Asia
  • Oceania
  • MEA

About Food Market Division at FMI

Expert analysis, actionable insights, and strategic recommendations – the food & beverage team at Future Market Insights helps clients from across the globe with their unique business intelligence needs. With a repertoire of over 1,000 reports and 1 million+ data points, the team has analysed the food & beverage industry lucidly in 50+ countries for over a decade. The team provides end-to-end research and consulting services; reach out to explore how we can help.

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