Protein food thickeners industry, comprising egg white, gelatin, and collagen, is expected to record healthy growth rate between 2023 and 2032, on account of increasing adoption across the bakery sector as foaming agents to offer high foaming characteristics in icing of cakes and pastries. The rising burden of allergies, dietary restrictions, and sensitivities to other thickeners, such as cornstarch and xanthan gum has also steered the product preference. The surging popularity of gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan protein-based thickeners will also contribute to the segment growth. For instance, in June 2021, California-based cultured protein provider Geltor launched PrimaColl, the first vegan collagen product to cater to plant-based consumers.
Demand for plant-sourced food thickeners market is set to record more than 5% CAGR from 2023 to 2032, attributed to the rising preference for fat free alternatives over microbial and animal-based thickeners. The surging burden of heart diseases along with the consequent need for lowering cholesterol levels has prompted the consumer preferences for low calorie dietary intakes.
Plant-based food thickeners are gaining significant ground for achieving the desired creaminess and mouthfeel in plant-based milk, yogurt, and cheese. Surging incorporation in plant-based products, such as plant-based meat, dairy alternatives, and plant-based desserts will also add to the product demand. For example, in January 2023, French ingredients supplier Alland & Robert introduced its new acacia gum-based vegan texturing agent for substituting gelatin and pectins in plant-based formulations.
Asia Pacific food thickeners market is poised to witness over 5.5% CAGR between 2023 and 2032. The fast-paced lifestyles of the regional consumers has led to the higher demand for ready-to-eat meals and convenience foods, adding to the popularity of food thickeners to ensure the desired texture and stability. The growing burden of various diseases has steered the higher focus on health and wellness, pushing the need for healthier and lower-calorie alternatives, such as food thickeners, including modified starches and hydrocolloids.
To cite an instance, in January 2023, Nestlé India introduced ThickenUp Clear, its new food and beverage thickener to help patients with swallowing difficulties particularly in oropharyngeal dysphagia. Robust growth of the supermarket & e-commerce sectors along with the increasing utilization of thickeners in dietary products will also prove beneficial for the regional market expansion.