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Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Market Size - By Form (Powder, Granule), By Application (Noodles, soups, and broths, Meat Products, Seasonings & dressings), By Distribution Channel (B2B, B2C) & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI7418
  • Published Date: Nov 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Monosodium Glutamate Market Size

Monosodium Glutamate Market was valued at USD 4.95 billion in 2022 and is s poised to witness over 5.7% CAGR between 2023 and 2032. Driven by the rising demand for flavor enhancers in the food and beverage industry. MSG, a sodium salt of glutamic acid, is widely utilized to enhance the taste of various dishes, contributing a savory umami flavor. As consumer preferences continue to evolve, the demand for convenient and flavorful food options has surged, propelling the market forward.

Monosodium Glutamate Market

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The Asia-Pacific region, particularly countries like China and Japan, has traditionally been a major consumer of MSG, and the market is expanding globally with increasing adoption in Western cuisines. The food processing sector, including snacks, soups, sauces, and ready-to-eat meals, has become a key driver for MSG consumption. Additionally, the growing popularity of processed and convenience foods, along with the rising trend of eating out, has further fueled the demand for monosodium glutamate.



One significant challenge is the persistent negative perception surrounding the health effects of MSG consumption. Misinformation linking MSG to symptoms like headaches and nausea, has led to consumer skepticism and regulatory scrutiny. Addressing and dispelling these misconceptions poses a considerable challenge for the monosodium glutamate market. Additionally, the increasing demand for clean label and natural food products has shifted consumer preferences towards ingredients perceived as more natural and wholesome, putting pressure on MSG as an additive. Regulatory restrictions and labeling requirements related to the use of MSG in food products also present hurdles for manufacturers.

COVID-19 Impact

The global disruptions in supply chains, restrictions on movement, and economic downturns have collectively influenced the market dynamics. The food and beverage industry, a key consumer of MSG, faced challenges due to lockdowns, reduced restaurant operations, and shifts in consumer behavior towards home-cooked meals. These factors initially led to a decline in demand for monosodium glutamate, particularly in the foodservice sector. Additionally, supply chain interruptions and logistical constraints affected the production and distribution of MSG, further contributing to market uncertainties.

Monosodium Glutamate Market Trends

One prominent trend is the increasing demand for clean label and natural food products. Consumers are becoming more conscious of the ingredients in their food, leading to a shift away from artificial additives, including MSG. In response, manufacturers are exploring and promoting MSG alternatives or developing cleaner labeling practices to address these preferences. Another significant trend is the globalization of MSG consumption, with a growing acceptance of umami flavors in Western cuisines. As international food trends continue to influence culinary preferences, MSG is finding its way into a broader range of dishes beyond traditional Asian cuisines.

Monosodium Glutamate Market Analysis

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Market Size, By Form, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

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Based on form, the powder form accounted for USD 3.18 billion in 2022. Powdered MSG is preferred for its ability to quickly dissolve in liquids and evenly distribute throughout recipes, making it a popular choice in the culinary industry. Its widespread use in seasoning mixes, soups, sauces, and snacks has contributed significantly to its dominance in the market.


Global Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Market Revenue Share (%), By Application, (2022)

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The soups and broths application held about 35.26% of market share in 2022. The umami-enhancing properties of MSG make it a favored ingredient in the production of instant noodles, canned soups, and savory broths, meeting the demand for convenient and flavorful meal options. Meat products represent another significant application segment, with MSG playing a crucial role in enhancing the taste of processed meats, sausages, and meat-based snacks. Its ability to intensify savory flavors complements the savory profile of meat, contributing to the overall palatability of these products.

Based on distribution channel, the B2B channel captured the dominant market share in 2022 and is anticipated to grow through 2032. B2B transactions hold a significant share, as manufacturers and suppliers engage in bulk sales to food processors, restaurants, and other businesses within the food industry. This segment is driven by the demand for MSG as a key ingredient in large-scale food production, where it is integrated into various processed food items, seasoning blends, and culinary applications.

North America Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Market Size, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

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North America monosodium glutamate market revenue crossed USD 2.41 billion in 2022, driven by the widespread consumption of processed and convenience foods, reflecting changing consumer lifestyles and preferences. As the market responds to the evolving culinary landscape, the United States and Canada emerge as key contributors. In the North American market, the B2B segment dominates, with MSG being a crucial ingredient in the food processing industry. Large-scale manufacturers and food processors integrate monosodium glutamate into a myriad of products, including snacks, soups, and ready-to-eat meals, contributing significantly to the overall market share.

Monosodium Glutamate Market Share

Some of the major market players operating in the monosodium glutamate industry are:

  • Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
  • Fufeng Group
  • Puramate
  • Meihua Holdings Group
  • Ningxia Eppen Biotech Co., Ltd
  • Meihua Holdings Group Co., Ltd
  • Linghua Group
  • Vedan International (Holdings) Limited
  • Foodchem International
  • Great American Spice Company
  • Prinova
  • Arshine Food Additives

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.

Global Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Market Company Share (%), (2022)

Ajinomoto Group Inc. is in the production and sale of monosodium glutamate. The company was founded in Japan in 1909 and has since expanded its operations to over 130 countries around the world. Ajinomoto Group is the world's largest producer of MSG, with a market share of over 30%.

Monosodium Glutamate Market News

During the year 2020, Ajinomoto, a Japanese food processing and seasoning company, aimed to increase its market share of monosodium glutamate in India. Ajinomoto's objective was to strengthen its market presence and cater to the growing demand for monosodium glutamate in these specific geographical areas. To achieve this, the company planned to establish a more extensive and efficient distribution network, ensuring wider accessibility of its MSG products to consumers in the targeted regions. This expansion initiative reflected Ajinomoto's commitment to meeting the evolving culinary preferences of Indian consumers and capitalizing on the opportunities presented by the burgeoning food industry in India.

This monosodium glutamate 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

  • Powder
  • Granules

Market, By Application

  • Noodles, soups, and broths
  • Meat Products
  • Seasonings & dressings
  • Other

Market, By Distribution Channel

  • B2B
  • B2C
    • Supermarkets and Hypermarkets
    • Convenience Stores
    • Specialty Stores
    • Online Retail
    • Others

The above information is 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, Kunal Ahuja

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of monosodium glutamate was worth USD 4.95 billion in 2022 and is estimated to reach USD 8.54 billion by 2032, driven by the rising demand for flavor enhancers in the food & beverage sector.
Powder form MSG market segment value was exceeded USD 3.18 billion in 2022 and will grow significantly through 2032 as it is preferred for its ability to quickly dissolve in liquids and evenly distribute throughout recipes.
North America market for monosodium glutamate crossed USD 2.41 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to expand at a significant pace over 2023-2032, driven by the widespread consumption of processed and convenience foods, reflecting changing consumer lifestyles and preferences.
Ajinomoto Co., Inc., Fufeng Group, Puramate, Meihua Holdings Group, Ningxia Eppen Biotech Co., Ltd, Meihua Holdings Group Co., Ltd., Linghua Group, Vedan International (Holdings) Limited, Foodchem International, Great American Spice Company, Prinova, and Arshine Food Additives.

Monosodium Glutamate Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 12
  • Tables & Figures: 191
  • Countries covered: 21
  • Pages: 210
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