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Hydrocolloids Market

Hydrocolloids Market: By Product Type (Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Gelatin, Others), By Source (Microbial, Animal, Seaweed, Others), By Application (Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics & Personal Care) And Region - Global Analysis of Market Size, Share & Trends For 2019-2021 And Forecasts To 2031

Published on: May-2023
Report Code: FG CHM 01493
No. of Pages: 170-350
Report Format: PDF

Product Overview

Hydrocolloids Market to surpass USD 17.3 billion by 2031 from USD 9.8 billion in 2021 at a CAGR of 5.8% in the coming years, i.e., 2021-2031.

Hydrocolloids are a type of food ingredient that consists primarily of polysaccharides and a few proteins, frequently used in a variety of food products. In the food and beverage industry, they are widely employed as thickeners, water retention agents, stabilizers, gel-forming agents, emulsifiers, and dietary fibers. Water solubility, viscosity, and gelation are the three most important functions of hydrocolloids as food structure contributors, and their structure-function origins in terms of molecular weight, functional groups, branched structure, and conformations are striking, owing to which they are highly demanded.

Market Highlights

The global Hydrocolloids Market is expected to project a notable CAGR of 5.8% by 2031

Global Hydrocolloids Market to surpass USD 17.3 billion by 2031 from USD 9.8 billion in 2021 at a CAGR of 5.8% in the coming years, i.e., 2021-2031. Increased research and development, hydrocolloid advancements, and high application in salad dressings, confectionaries, and toppings are all driving the industry forward. Furthermore, increasing global consumption of premium food and beverage items is another important factor driving market expansion.

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Global Hydrocolloids Market: Segments

Gelatin segment is predicted to lead the market with the highest CAGR during 2021-31

On the basis of Product Type, the Global Hydrocolloids Market is segmented into Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Gelatin, and Others. During the projection period, the gelatin segment dominated the market. People are gradually migrating toward plant-derived hydrocolloids as they become more concerned about their health and the environment. A large increase in the global obese and overweight population has been a major influencing factor, and the hydrocolloids market size is expected to grow significantly during the projection period.

Food & beverages segment is expected to grow substantially during the forecasted period 2021-31

By application, the Global Hydrocolloids Market is divided into Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics & Personal Care. Hydrocolloids improve the cooking yield, texture, and slice qualities of beef and poultry products. Carrageenan is used in meat and poultry products to help them retain moisture and natural textural qualities while also increasing viscosity. Agar, on the other hand, aids in the lowering of fat content in meat. In processed hams, gelatin is used to improve the appearance of the product and to gel the juices, whilst xanthan gum is utilized as a thickening and stabilizer.

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Market Dynamics


Increasing demand for convenience food is boosting the demand for Hydrocolloids

The increased use of hydrocolloids in these items to improve shelf-life, quality, and other variables is directly influenced by the expanding consumption and demand for convenience foods. It improves the viscosity and textural qualities of a variety of foods, including gravies, processed meat, gravies, and sauces. Because of consumers' proactive lifestyles, the processed food business is influenced by the need for ready-to-eat items.

Rising disposable income of consumers is impacting the market growth

Consumers are willing to spend money on such items because they are readily available and take less time. As a result of these factors, producers have begun to include the substance in processed foods in order to meet rising demand.


Strict government regulations

The use of hydrocolloids in various food products is being rigorously monitored by several government regulatory agencies. Food safety is strictly regulated by regulatory authorities including the European Parliament and Council, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Food and Agriculture Organization Expert Committee on Food Additives, the World Health Organization (WHO), and others. They have control over and set rules for the quantity of it that can be used directly or indirectly in food and beverages.

Global Hydrocolloids Market:

Key Players

  • Kelco

Company Overview, Business Strategy, Key Product Offerings, Financial Performance, Key Performance Indicators, Risk Analysis, Recent Development, Regional Presence, SWOT Analysis

  • Hispanagar
  • S.A.
  • Koninklijke DSM N.V.
  • Ingredion Incorporated
  • Ashland Inc.
  • Kerry Group
  • Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG
  • FMC Corporation
  • IDD Nutrition & Biosciences
  • Other Prominent Players

Global Hydrocolloids Market: Regions

Regionally, the Global Hydrocolloids Market is segmented as North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East, and Africa. In North America, the United States has the largest market for hydrocolloids. Given the country's food habits and eating behaviors, there is a specific demand for the substance for oil and fat reduction. It works as a barrier for oil and fat in breaded/fried foods, which are popular in the United States. Calorie-dense fat and oil can be replaced with hydrocolloids, which are simply structured water. As a result, consumers choose products that are low in oil and fat, which can be achieved with the right usage of hydrocolloids.

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Impact of COVID-19 on Global Hydrocolloids Market

Due to the adoption of lockdown in various countries to control the spread of the virus during the global COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, several processing plants across countries were forced to close. Various supply chain disruptions were seen during the pandemic when transportation and logistics were rendered inoperable due to a manpower shortage and border closures. The travel limitations that have resulted in cattle movement restrictions and abattoir closures have had a negative impact on hydrocolloid output.

Global Hydrocolloids Market is further segmented by region into:

  • North America Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, Y-o-Y Growth, CAGR – United States and Canada
  • Latin America Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, Y-o-Y Growth, CAGR – Mexico, Brazil, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, Y-o-Y Growth, CAGR – United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, Y-o-Y Growth, CAGR – India, China, Japan, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, Y-o-Y Growth, CAGR – North Africa, South Africa, and Rest of Middle East and Africa.

Global Hydrocolloids Market report also contains analysis on:

Global Hydrocolloids Market Segments:

  • By Product Type
    • Xanthan Gum
    • Carrageenan
    • Guar Gum
    • Gelatin
    • Others
  • By Source
    • Microbial
    • Animal
    • Seaweed
    • Others
  • By Application
    • Food & Beverages
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Cosmetics & Personal Care
  • Global Hydrocolloids Market Dynamics
  • Global Hydrocolloids Market Size
  • Supply & Demand
  • Current Trends/Issues/Challenges
  • Competition & Companies Involved in the Market
  • Value Chain of the Market
  • Market Drivers and Restraints

Global Hydrocolloids Market Report Scope and Segmentation

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD  9.8 billion

Revenue forecast in 2031

USD  17.3 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.8% from 2021 to 2031

Base year for estimation


Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2021 to 2031

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product Type, Source, Application, and  Region

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa (MEA)

Key companies profiled

Kelco; Hispanagar; S.A.; Koninklijke DSM N.V.; Ingredion Incorporated; Ashland Inc.; Kerry Group; Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG; FMC Corporation and  Other Prominent Players.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

The global Hydrocolloids Market size was estimated at USD 9.8 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach USD 17.3 billion in 2031

Hydrocolloids in food give a higher viscosity, thus making the system less prone to crystallization or fine crystallization. It is mostly used on candy, dairy products, and frozen foods, which can improve the expansion rate, reduce ice crystal precipitation and make the product taste fine.

The gelatin segment accounted for the largest Global Hydrocolloids Market share.

Key players in the Global Hydrocolloids Market are Kelco; Hispanagar; S.A.; Koninklijke DSM N.V.; Ingredion Incorporated; Ashland Inc.; Kerry Group; Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG; FMC Corporation

Growing demand for thickeners and gelling agents from pharmaceutical, personal care, cosmetics, and food and beverage industries, in most emerging economies, is driving the market growth.

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