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Alginate Market Size - By Type (High M, High G), Product (Sodium, Propylene Glycol), Application (Pharmaceutical, Industrial), Growth Prospects, Regional Outlook, Competitive Industry Share & Global Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI2614
  • Published Date: Sep 2023
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Alginate Market Size

Alginate Market size was valued at USD 152.7 million in 2022 and is estimated to register a CAGR of over 3.9% between 2023 and 2032, led by way of a combination of things throughout more than one industries. Alginate, a natural polysaccharide derived from brown seaweed, has discovered favor within the food and beverage zone as a thickening and gelling agent, aligning with the growing call for herbal and plant-primarily based ingredients.

Alginate Market

Furthermore, its biodegradability and eco-friendly houses have positioned alginate as an appealing alternative in the quest for sustainable materials, in packaging and textiles. The pharmaceutical and healthcare industries also are embracing alginate for wound care and drug shipping systems, while the cosmetic and personal care region carries it into various. The market is also growing due to increased agricultural production as it aids ability of the crops to resist cold temperatures, salinity, waterlogging.

One of the notable challenges is the price volatility of alginate, which can be subject to fluctuations due to factors like seaweed harvest yields and environmental conditions. Such price unpredictability can impact production costs and pricing strategies, posing challenges for both manufacturers and consumers.


COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the alginate market, initially, the market faced immediate challenges due to disruptions in the supply chain. Many producers rely on sourcing seaweed from specific regions, and lockdowns and transportation restrictions disrupted the availability of raw materials. This led to short-term fluctuations in prices and availability, impacting manufacturers and their ability to meet demand. However, with lockdowns and restrictions, there was a surge in demand for packaged and processed foods. Alginate is commonly used as a food additive for its gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties.


Alginate Market Trends

One of the prominent trends is the increasing demand for alginate in the food industry. It is known for its gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties, is favored by food manufacturers seeking natural and sustainable additives. With consumers placing a premium on clean-label and plant-based products, alginate's origin from seaweed aligns well with these preferences, contributing to its growing popularity in food applications. Another significant trend revolves around health and wellness products.


The market has found a niche in dietary supplements, particularly those targeting weight management. Its ability to form gels in the stomach makes it a valuable ingredient in this context, and as health-conscious consumers seek effective, natural solutions, the demand for such products has been on the rise.


Alginate Market Analysis

Alginate Market, By Type, 2021-2032

The alginate market from High G segment is poised to grow at 4.5% CAGR through 2032. High-G alginate is characterized by a higher content of Guluronic acid, one of the two main components of alginate along with Mannuronic acid. This structural composition gives it distinct advantages in various industries. forms strong and resilient gels in the presence of calcium ions, making it particularly valuable in the food industry. It is used in applications like gelling agents for desserts, confectionery, and meat products. Its ability to create stable gels with a smoother texture enhances the sensory appeal of food products.


In the pharmaceutical and medical sectors, High-G alginate is preferred for its excellent calcium-binding capacity. This property is essential in wound care products, where alginate dressings are used to manage exudate from wounds. High-G alginate dressings effectively absorb and lock in moisture, promoting a moist wound healing environment and aiding in the wound healing process.


Alginate Market Revenue Share, By Product, 2020

The propylene glycol segment accounted for 6.95% of the alginate market share in 2022. It serves as a multifunctional food additive, functioning as an emulsifier, stabilizer, and thickening agent. Its ability to improve the texture, viscosity, and stability of a wide range of food products has made it particularly attractive to manufacturers. PGA is used in salad dressings, beverages, sauces, and dairy products, among others. The demand for convenient, ready-to-eat foods and the need for improved product quality have driven the adoption of PGA in the food industry.


Furthermore, PGA's solubility in both hot and cold water makes it an ideal choice for applications in the food and beverage sector. It dissolves easily and uniformly, contributing to the desired texture and mouthfeel of various products.


The alginate market from industry segment will observe 2.2% CAGR till 2032, attributed to increase in demand in the textile industry, it act as a thickening agent, enhancing precision in printing and dyeing processes. Its water-soluble nature facilitates easy residue-free removal, aligning with sustainable textile practices.


In addition it also aids in paper manufacturing, alginate acts as an additive to improve filler retention and paper strength, yielding high-quality paper suitable for various applications. Furthermore, in cosmetics, alginate's gelling and film-forming properties come to the forefront. It is a preferred choice for creating soothing facial masks, offering enhanced absorption of skincare ingredients and skin rejuvenation.


U.S.  Alginate Market Size, 2020-2032 (USD Million)

The U.S. alginate market dominated around USD 21.8 million revenue in 2022. The Asia-Pacific region has seen a rise in consumer demand for processed and convenience foods, which has driven the need for ingredients like alginate to improve texture, stability, and sensory attributes in these products. In addition, it is used in agriculture as a biostimulant and soil conditioner. As agriculture remains a vital sector in many countries in the Asia-Pacific region, there is a growing interest in sustainable and eco-friendly agricultural practices, which includes the use of alginate-based products to improve crop yield and soil quality.


Alginate Market Share

Major companies operating in the alginate market include:

  • American Express Company
  • BREADFX Euro Prepaid Algaia
  • Marine Biopolymers Limited
  • DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
  •  Ingredients Solutions, Inc.
  • Ceamsa
  • Algae
  • Shandong Jiejing Group Corporation

Alginate Industry News

In march, 2023 JRS group acquired Alagia. This acquisition would enable the companies to address the increasing demand for alginate and seaweed-based solutions around the globe, pharma, catering to the feed, food, home & personal care, and agriculture sectors.


This alginate market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of transactional value (USD Million) and transactional volume (Kilo Tons) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Type

  • High M
  • High G

Market, By Product

  • Sodium
  • Propylene Glycol

Market, By Application

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Industrial

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
    • Australia
    • Malaysia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Egypt


Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Himanshu Kabra

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of alginate reached USD 152.7 million in 2022 and is estimated to grow at over 3.9% CAGR from 2023 to 2032, owing to its biodegradability and eco-friendly properties.

High G segment is set to expand at 4.5% CAGR till 2032, driven by its increasing application scope in the gelling agents for desserts, confectionery, and meat products.

U.S. market held over USD 21.8 million revenue in 2022, owing to the rising consumer demand for processed and convenience foods.

Some of the top companies operating in the market are American Express Company, BREADFX Euro Prepaid Algaia, Marine Biopolymers Limited, DuPont de Nemours, Inc., Ingredients Solutions, Inc., KIMICA, Ceamsa, Algae, Shandong Jiejing Group Corporation.

Alginate Market Scope

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