The global population is growing at a rate of 1.14% and the increasing calorie intake per capita is leading to substantial increase in the global food production. Growing urbanization and changing lifestyles are driving demand for convenience and packaged foods. In the processed and packaged foods, ensuring food safety and quality; from transportation to storage throughout farm to fork value chain is a major concern. To meet this demand, food additives are used. Food additives which are used to enhance the taste, color, texture of food, same time maintaining the freshness and nutritional content. Mexico accounts for ~% share in the North American market and is projected to reach US$ ~ million by 2020.
Mexico is an emerging market and is seeing a rapid growth in the processed food industry. The food additives market is driven largely due to increased consumer's exposure to packaged food and beverages. Another driver in the food additives market is the growing supply chain complexities/inefficiencies in the food and beverage industry - transportation costs, last mile reach for food products, storage facilities, as a part of companies' expansion strategies are growing, which is increasing the complexities in the farm to fork value chain. This emphasized on the use of food additives to reduce the spoilage and wastage costs. A key restrain in the market is rising awareness on the ill effects of synthetic additives and the stringent regulatory environment.
The food additives market is segmented by type viz. Preservatives, Food flavors and Flavor enhancers, Antioxidants, Sweeteners, Emulsifiers, Anti Caking agents, Enzymes, Fat replacers, Acidulants and others (texturizer, shelf life stabilizers, etc). Food Additives find major applications in Bakery & Confectionary, Dairy & Frozen products, Oils & Fats, Savory snacks, Meat poultry & Sea food products, Beverages and others. Growing demand for dairy, confectionery and beverages segment is driving market for food additives in the Mexican market.
The major players in the market are Cargill, Tate & Lyle, Palsgaard, DuPont, DSM, Givaudan, Brenntag, Novozymes, International Flavors and Fragrances, etc. The strategies being adopted in the Food additives industry is in the Innovation category under the development of natural food additives and functional food ingredients to meet the customer demand. Companies need to undertake 'clean label' solutions to meet the safety standards to cater to the health conscious consumer. The FAO/WHO committee along with CODEX determines the acceptable standards of food additives to be used. NAFTA has increased imports of food additives, to meet the growing requirements of food safety.