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Gelatin Substitute Market Size - By Type (Agar Agar, Pectin, Corn starch, Xanthan gum, Guar gum, Arrowroot), By Function (Stabilizers, Emulsifying, Binding), By Form (Thickening & Gelling, Stabilizers, Emulsifying, Binding), Application & Forecast, 2023 - 2032

  • Report ID: GMI7017
  • Published Date: Oct 2023
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Gelatin Substitute Market Size

Gelatin Substitute Market was valued at USD 2.7billion in 2022 and is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 6% between 2023 and 2032. As more consumers embrace plant-based diets for health, environmental, and ethical reasons, there is a growing need for gelatin substitutes derived from non-animal sources. Products like agar-agar, pectin, carrageenan, and various starches are gaining popularity as they offer similar gelling properties without the need for animal-derived ingredients.

Gelatin Substitute Market

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The significant challenge for gelatin substitutes is replicating the taste and texture of gelatin, especially in applications like desserts and confectionery. Some consumers may find the substitutes less appealing in terms of taste and mouthfeel. In addition, Gelatin is known for its versatility in various applications, including food, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. Some gelatin substitutes may not be as versatile or may require formulation adjustments, making them less attractive to manufacturers.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic had a moderate impact on the global gelatin substitutes market, the manufacturing of gelatin substitutes was halted due to lockdowns and trade restrictions, and the supply chain was disrupted. On the other hand, the demand for gelatin substitute products remained relatively stable, driven by the rising demand for plant-based and vegan food products, increasing health consciousness, and stockpiling of healthy and essential food products.

Gelatin Substitute Market Trends

Health-conscious consumers are looking for gelatin substitutes that offer health benefits. Ingredients like pectin and konjac are known for their dietary fiber content and are being used to create gel-like textures in food products. In addition, Consumers are becoming more conscious of the ingredients in their food products. Gelatin substitutes that are made from natural and clean label ingredients are gaining popularity. Products with minimal additives and preservatives are preferred.

Gelatin Substitute Market Analysis

Global Gelatin Substitute Market Revenue, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

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Based on the type agar agar segment was worth USD 0.96 billion in 2022, owing to the increasing demand for plant-based and vegetarian products. Agar agar, derived from seaweed, is a natural, vegan alternative to traditional animal-based gelatin. As consumers increasingly adopt plant-based diets for health, environmental, and ethical reasons, the demand for agar agar has surged.Another contributing factor is the rise of clean label and natural ingredients in the food industry. Agar agar aligns with these trends as it is free from animal-derived components and often used without artificial additives, making it an attractive choice for manufacturers and consumers alike.

Global Gelatin Substitute Market Revenue Share(%), By Application, 2021 - 2032

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Based on application food and beverage segment dominated the market and accounted for the highest revenue share of 69.4% in 2022, attributed to consumers which are increasingly scrutinizing product labels for clean and natural ingredients. Gelatin substitutes are often perceived as cleaner and more natural options compared to animal-derived gelatin, as they are typically free from animal by-products and may contain fewer additives and preservatives.

Based on function thickening & gelling segment held around 59.3% of the gelatin substitute market share in 2022, due to the dietary preferences which are shifting towards healthier options. As consumers seek products with fewer artificial additives and preservatives, food manufacturers are turning to natural thickening and gelling agents like pectin, agar-agar, and carrageenan as alternatives to synthetic additives. These natural agents align with the clean label trend, meeting consumer demands for more transparent and minimally processed ingredients.

Global Gelatin Substitute Market Revenue Share (%), By Form, (2022)

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Based on form the capsule segment captured 48.7% of the total market share market share in 2022, on account of the increasing demand for drug delivery systems that offer precise dosing, ease of administration, and improved patient compliance. Capsules provide an effective solution in this regard, allowing for the encapsulation of various pharmaceutical formulations, including powders, liquids, and even personalized medications. The convenience and accuracy of capsules have made them a preferred choice for both over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Asia Pacifc Gelatin Substitute Market Revenue, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

Asia Pacific gelatin substitute industry crossed USD 0.99 Billion in 2022 . Concerns related to health, animal welfare, and environmental sustainability are driving consumers to seek plant-based alternatives to traditional animal-derived gelatin. This trend has boosted the demand for gelatin substitutes made from plant-based sources such as agar-agar and konjac, which are readily available in the region.

Gelatin Substitute Market Share

Major companies operating in the gelatin substitute industry includes:

  • Cargill, Incorporated
  • B&V srl.
  • Java Biocolloid
  • NOW Foods
  • Great American Spice Company
  • Special Ingredients Ltd.
  • Brova Limited
  • AF Suter
  • Niblack Foods, Inc.

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. 

GELITA's core focus is on providing high-quality, natural ingredients derived from animal collagen for various applications. These applications include food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, cosmetics, and technical solutions. GELITA's gelatin and collagen products find their way into a diverse array of products, ranging from gummy vitamins and confectionery to medical capsules and wound care products.

Gelatin Substitute Industry News

In March, 2020. Gelita AG acquired 65% of shares in the Turkish gelatin producer SelJel. This aided to boost Gelita’s strong global network, now with 23 locations worldwide.

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

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By Type

  • Agar Agar
  • carrageen
  • Pectin
  • corn starch
  • Xanthan gum
  • Guar gum
  • Arrowroot
  • Instant clear gel
  • Others

By Application

  • Food and beverage
  • Pharmaceutical and nutraceutical
  • Cosmetics and personal care
  • Other (e.g., industrial applications)

By Function

  • Thickening & Gelling
  • Stabilizers
  • Emulsifying
  • Binding
  • Others

By Form

  • Capsules
  • Gummies
  • Powders
  • Soft gels
  • Others

The above information is 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


Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Himanshu Kabra

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of gelatin substitute was worth USD 2.7 billion in 2022 and is predicted to surpass USD 5 billion by 2032, due to the rising number of the health-conscious consumers embracing plant-based diets for health, environmental, and ethical reasons.

Gelatin substitute market size from the agar agar type segment reached USD 0.96 billion in 2022 and is expected register commendable CAGR from 2023 to 2032, on account of the increasing demand for plant-based and vegetarian products.

Asia-Pacific gelatin substitute market exceeded USD 0.99 billion in 2022 and is expected to register appreciable CAGR from 2023 to 2032, owing to the rising concerns related to health, animal welfare, and environmental sustainability in the region.

GELITA AG, Cargill, Incorporated, B&V srl., AGARMEX, S.A. DE C.V., Java Biocolloid, NOW Foods, Great American Spice Company, and Special Ingredients Ltd. are some of the major gelatin substitute companies worldwide.

Gelatin Substitute Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 11
  • Tables & Figures: 348
  • Countries covered: 21
  • Pages: 180
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