Global Organic Acids Market, By Type (Acetic Acid, Citric Acid, Formic Acid, Propionic Acid, Ascorbi

Published Date: | Report Code : CH1958607


Organic compounds with acidic properties are organic acids. Carboxyl acids are the most common type of organic acids used commercially, carboxyl acids comprise a carboxyl group with a long carbon chain. Organic acids generated in sulfuric acid by substituting one hydroxyl group are sulfonic acids such as toluenesulfonic acid, methanesulfonic acid, etc. Carboxyl acids are weak organic acids whereas sulfonic acids are among the strongest acids available. Some of the commonly used organic acids include acetic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, and uric acid among several others. Certain organic acids are produced by the fermentation process of several microorganisms and are typically used in food and beverages industry. Organic acids are also produced synthetically on a wide scale for several commercial applications including catalysts, surfactants, and dyes among several others. Formaldehyde is used in the production of organic acids as an antimicrobial agent. Glycerin is used in the manufacturing of organic acids as an energy source. Some of the other feedstock used in the production of organic acids includes amino acids, oil, sulfuric acid, enzymes, proteins, salts of acids, etc. Most of the food products are infused with preservatives, in order to increase their shelf life. Organic acids are extensively used for regulating the acidic content of foods, and enhance the food flavor. Most manufacturers prefer using natural preservative, as the consumers have evolved from low to high involvement buyers. Moreover, they are willing to spend more on products with higher natural contents.

Segment Analysis:

Based on the product type, the acetic acid segment accounted for the largest share in the organic acids market. Also citric acid is expected to have a significant share in the market during the forecast period. Acetic acid is used majorly in food & beverage industries attribute to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Bakery and confectionery industries use citric acid and acetic acid to prevent bacterial and fungal growth in their products.

Based on the Application, Food & beverage application segment accounted for the largest share in the organic acids market in 2017. Organic acids are used extensively in food & beverages industries owing to its act as buffers to regulate acidity, antioxidants, preservatives, and flavor enhancers in food-grade products. Although organic acids turned to be used to counteract pathogens in food for many years, there is an important need to evaluate and improve their constant effectiveness and sustainability. High growth in the pharmaceutical industry is also fueling demand for organic acids, due to its functional properties such as lactic acid is commonly used in the pharmaceutical industry.

Asia Pacific accounts for the largest market share and is expected to register the highest CAGR, during the forecast period. The organic acids market growth can be attributed to the increasing consumption of processed food and growing disposable income. Also, to the increase in demand for various organic acid fortified products. Increasing consumer awareness of the consumption of natural organic acid in this region can be ascribed to its biggest market share for this market. Many big players have set up their manufacturing plants in this region.

Key Factors Impacting Market Growth:

  • Widespread use of organic acids in different applications

  • Growth in demand for convenience food

  • R&D and technological innovations

  • Micro-encapsulation

  • Raw material price & availability

  • Production of organic acids from renewable resources

  • Leniency in regulatory policy for organic acids

Key Developments:

  • In March 2015, Corbion (Netherlands) acquired the lactic acid business of Archer Daniels Midland (US). This acquisition strengthens the corbion’s position in the North American lactic acid market

  • In March 2017, BASF SE (Germany) launched a new organic acid Lupro-Mix® NA, it will make animal drinking water safer by improving acidification and suppressing the growth of microorganisms.

Regional Analysis:

On the basis of the region, the organic acids market has been segmented by North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, & Rest of the World. North America and Western Europe being some of the major markets are also traditional suppliers of chemicals such as specialty chemicals, bulk chemicals, and so on. Major companies in this market are headquartered in North America and Western Europe. This region has been witnessing a number of transitions in terms of productions of chemicals and respective applications by end-use industries. The preference towards bio-based feedstock has been instrumental in the development of the green alternatives in these regions. Moreover, regulatory authorities have imposed strict guidelines with regards environmental concerns and potential health hazards due to exposures. This has been more instrumental in the Western Europe region competitively. Some of the major economies in these regions include US, Germany, UK, France, Canada, Italy, Spain, and so on.

Asia Pacific and Middle East are expected to register substantial growth in the organic acids market during the forecast period. This demand is with regards to the growth of major applications such as food & beverages, feed, pharmaceuticals, industrial. Major countries in Asia Pacific region include China, South Korea, Japan, India, Australia, and So on. Middle East includes UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Israel, Egypt, and so on. Eastern Europe has been largely dominated by Russia and Turkey with operations of major chemical giants in the region. Rest the World that includes South America and Africa has a strong potential for organic acids market. There has been an increasing number of investments by global companies in these regions to strengthen their presence and tap the potential market. Major economies in these regions for the organic acid market include Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, Argentina, Colombia, and others.

Companies Covered: Cargill, BASF SE, Dow Chemical Company, Henan Jindan Lactic Acid Technology Co. Ltd, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Eastman Chemical Company, Corbion, Myriant Corporation, Polynt-Reichhold, Tate & Lyle, Koninklijke DSM N.V., and E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company...

Market Segmentation:

By Type:

  • Acetic Acid

  • Citric Acid

  • Formic Acid

  • Propionic Acid

  • Ascorbic Acid

  • Gluconic Acid

  • Fumaric Acid

By Application:

  • Food & Beverages

  • Feed

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Industrial

By Region:

  • North America

    • By Country (US, Canada, Mexico)

    • By Type

    • By Application

  • Western Europe

    • By Country (Germany, UK, France, Spain, Rest of Western Europe)

    • By Type

    • By Application

  • Eastern Europe

    • By Country (Russia, Turkey, Rest of Eastern Europe)

    • By Type

    • By Application

  • Asia Pacific

    • By Country (China, Japan, India, Rest of Asia Pacific)

    • By Type

    • By Application

  • Middle East

    • By Country (UAE, Qatar, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Rest of Middle East)

    • By Type

    • By Application

  • Rest of the World

    • By Region (South America, Africa)

    • By Type

    • By Application

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