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Fried Onion Market Size - By Distribution Channel (Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Convenience Stores, Online Retail, Foodservice), Application (Toppings & Garnishes, Snacks & Ready Meals, Salad & Sandwiches, Soup/Stews), Form & Global Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI7084
  • Published Date: Oct 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Fried Onion Market Size

Fried Onion Market size was valued at USD 5.23 billion in 2022 and is estimated to grow at over 4.9% CAGR from 2023 to 2032. The market has emerged as a dynamic and thriving sector in the culinary industry, driven by the escalating demand for convenience foods and the growing trend of ready-to-eat snacks. A staple in many cuisines globally, fried onions have transcended their traditional usage as a garnish, evolving into a standalone snack and an essential ingredient in various dishes.

Fried Onion Market

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With the rise of quick-service restaurants and street food vendors, the demand for pre-prepared fried onions has witnessed a significant upsurge. This surge has led to an expansion in the fried onion market, prompting manufacturers to explore innovative production techniques and flavors to cater to the diverse palate preferences of consumers.

The fried onion market faces a series of formidable challenges that pose significant obstacles to its sustained growth and stability. Foremost among these is the persistent volatility in the prices of raw onions, which directly impacts production costs and can lead to pricing fluctuations, consequently affecting profit margins. Moreover, complying with stringent food safety regulations across various regions and countries presents a complex hurdle for manufacturers and exporters, requiring substantial investments in quality control measures and certifications.

Additionally, the persistent competition from alternative snack options and substitutes can undermine the market's expansion, compelling industry players to continually innovate and differentiate their products. Despite efforts to introduce healthier variants, concerns about the potential health implications of fried foods, particularly with regard to their high oil content and associated cardiovascular risks, continue to challenge the market's growth trajectory.

COVID-19 Impact

Initially, the global disruption in supply chains and logistical operations significantly affected the production and distribution of fried onions, leading to shortages and delayed deliveries. The stringent lockdown measures and restrictions imposed by various countries dampened the demand for non-essential food items, including fried onions, particularly in the foodservice sector, which faced substantial closures and reduced operations. The shift in consumer behavior towards more essential and shelf-stable products further contributed to a temporary decline in the consumption of fried onions. However, the increased inclination towards home cooking and the demand for easy-to-use, pre-prepared ingredients during the lockdown period provided a partial offset to the overall downturn.

Fried Onion Market Trends

The prominent trend is the growing consumer inclination towards healthier snacking options, which has prompted manufacturers to introduce baked or air-fried variants of fried onions, catering to the health-conscious segment without compromising on taste. Additionally, the increasing popularity of international cuisines and the incorporation of fried onions as a key ingredient in various global dishes have bolstered the market's expansion, driving the demand for diverse flavors and variants. Moreover, the surge in online retail platforms and e-commerce channels has facilitated greater market accessibility, enabling manufacturers to reach a wider consumer base and streamline their distribution networks.

Fried Onion Market Analysis

Fried Onion Market Size, By Form, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

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Based on form, the strings form segment dominated around USD 2.07 billion revenue in 2022. Strings, characterized by their elongated, slender structure, have garnered a substantial portion of the market share owing to their versatility in garnishing various delicacies, particularly in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Additionally, their appeal as a standalone snack has significantly contributed to their widespread popularity, securing them a dominant position in the market.

Fried Onion Market Revenue Share, By Application, (2022)

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Based on application, the toppings & garnishes segment accounted for 46% of the fried onion market in 2022, with fried onions serving as a popular choice for adding a flavorful and crunchy touch to an assortment of dishes, ranging from pizzas and burgers to traditional rice and noodle-based meals, thus solidifying their position as an essential ingredient in the global food industry.

The domain of snacks and ready meals also accounts for a significant share, owing to the convenience and instant gratification they offer. Fried onions, often seasoned with an array of spices, serve as a delectable standalone snack, catering to the evolving snacking habits and preferences of consumers, particularly in the realm of on-the-go consumption and leisure time indulgence.

Based on distribution channel, the market is segmented as Supermarkets / Hypermarkets, Convenience Stores, Online Retail, Foodservice. Supermarkets and hypermarkets emerge as a dominant force, capturing a significant portion of the market share. With their extensive product offerings and broad consumer reach, these retail giants serve as primary hubs for consumers to procure fried onions, capitalizing on the convenience and variety they offer to shoppers seeking culinary essentials alongside their routine grocery purchases.

North America Fried Onion Market Size, 2020- 2032 (USD Billion)

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North American fried onion market size held over USD 1.97 billion in 2022. North America's market for fried onions is primarily characterized by a robust presence in the supermarket and hypermarket chains, which serve as primary distribution hubs for these products. The convenience, extensive product range, and the ability to cater to a diverse consumer base contribute to the dominance of this segment within the region, securing a significant portion of the market share.

Furthermore, the rise of online retail platforms has facilitated increased accessibility to a broader selection of fried onion products, catering to the convenience-oriented shopping habits of consumers in this region. The ease of online shopping and the availability of various product variants contribute to the steady growth of this segment, reflecting the evolving retail landscape in North America.

Fried Onion Market Share

Some of the major companies operating in the fried onion industry are:

  • Olam International
  • Mccormick & Company
  • Ajinomoto Co. Inc
  • B&G Foods Inc.
  • Roland Foods
  • Kissan International
  • Lion Foods B.V.
  • Fresh Gourmet Company
  • Pereg Gourmet Spices
  • Verstegen Spices & Sauces Uk Ltd.
  • The Onion Group
  • Sadaf
  • Beevis
  • Kings Crispy Onion
  • Pik-Nik Foods

McCormick & Company and Roland Foods are both major companies in the global fried onion industry. They offer a variety of fried onion products, including flakes, strings, and powder, which are used in a wide range of food applications, such as soups, stews, salads, sandwiches, instant noodles, ramen, meal toppings, and flavoring powders and stocks.

These players focus on strategic partnerships, new product launch & commercialization for market expansion. Furthermore, these players are heavily investing in research that allows them to introduce innovative products and garner maximum revenue in the market.

Fried Onion Industry News

  • In September of 2022, McCain Foods completed the acquisition of Scelta Products in Kruiningen, Netherlands. The purchase price remains undisclosed. This transaction marked the culmination of a 13-year-long partnership between the two companies. As a result of the acquisition, their product lines have been fully integrated, and production capacity has been expanded to support growth in both European and international markets.

The fried onion market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million & Units from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Form

  • String
  • Flakes
  • Powder
  • Other

Market, By Application

  • Toppings & Garnishes
  • Snacks & Ready Meals
  • Salad & Sandwiches
  • Soups / Stews
  • Other

Market, By Distribution Channel

  • Supermarkets / Hypermarkets
  • Convenience Stores
  • Online Retail
  • Foodservice

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

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


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Manish Mohanan

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of fried onion reached USD 5.23 billion in 2022 and is estimated to surpass USD 8.47 billion by 2032, says this GMI report.

Toppings & Garnishes held a dominant market share of around 46% in 2022, as it is a popular choice for adding a flavorful and crunchy touch to an assortment of dishes, ranging from pizzas and burgers to traditional rice and noodle-based meals.

North America market was valued at USD 1.97 billion in 2022, owing to a robust product presence in the supermarket and hypermarket chains, which serve as primary distribution hubs.

Olam International, Mccormick & Company, Ajinomoto Co. Inc, B&G Foods Inc., Roland Foods, Kissan International, Lion Foods B.V., Fresh Gourmet Company, Pereg Gourmet Spices, Verstegen Spices & Sauces Uk Ltd., The Onion Group, Sadaf, Beevis, Kings Crispy Onion, and Pik-Nik Foods.

Fried Onion Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 191
  • Countries covered: 19
  • Pages: 210
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