Encapsulated Citric Acid Market Outlook
Encapsulated citric acid is citric acid being encapsulated in a matrix such as cellulose, maltodextrin, hydrogenated vegetable oil, non-hydrogenated vegetable oil, etc. This is used in the food products to enhance and extend the flavour in the food products. The encapsulated citric acid is released in the food product only after heating and reaching a certain temperature. This is so that the flavor does not get released during mixing. Also, the encapsulated citric acid is used as a starter culture for the meat products.
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The encapsulated citric acid with polymer coating is being used in hydraulic fracturing and is only used in this industry. The encapsulated citric acid that is coated with other matrices is being used in the food and beverage industry. It is also being used in the foodservice industry and is also available for sale in the retail market.
Various Advantages Offered by the Encapsulated Citric Acid in F&B Industry Has Resulted in its Increased Usage the Food Products
The encapsulated citric acid is being used in various types of food products and beverages. The food products that the encapsulated citric acid is being used in are bakery products, meat products, snacks, confectioneries, instant food premixes, etc. This vast use of the encapsulated citric acid is due to the various benefits it offers to the food products. It controls undesired reactions, protects against sugar inversion and increases the shelf stability of the product it is being used in and an extended flavour release. These benefits have resulted in the food processing manufacturers trying to incorporate the encapsulated citric acid in food products that they can find application in. Thus, the demand of the encapsulated food products is expected to increase.
Encapsulated Citric Acid Market: Segmentation
The encapsulated citric acid market can be segmented on the basis of product type, application, end user and distribution channel.
On the basis of product type, the encapsulated citric acid market can be segmented as –
- Polymer Coated
- Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil Palm Oil Cottonseed Oil Others
- Others (Maltodextrine, celluloses, etc.)
On the basis of application, the encapsulated citric acid can be segmented as –
- Food and Beverages Meat Products Snacks and Savouries Bakery Products Beverages Confectionery Convenience Foods Others
- Dietary Supplements
- Chemical Industry
On the basis of end user, the encapsulated citric acid can be segmented as –
- Household/ Retail
On the basis of distribution channel, the encapsulated citric acid can be segmented as –
- Indirect/ B2C Hypermarkets/ Supermarkets Modern Grocery Retailers Specialty Stores Online Retail
Encapsulated Citric Acid Market: Regional Analysis
The use of encapsulated citric acid in most of the food products has increased its overall demand in the F&B sector. The demand for the encapsulated citric acid in the U.S. is higher as it is being used mostly in meat products in the industries as well as in the households and HoReCa. The demand for encapsulated citric acid will increase in South Asia as the food and beverage industry is developing in these countries. Also, the Middle East and Africa are expected to have a high growth rate due to the increasing consumption of convenience food in these countries.
The recent technology that is being more the manufacturing of the encapsulated food products is the Fluid Bed Technology that is being used by the VEDEQSA, a part of Lamirsa Group, that manufactures encapsulated products under the brand name Mircap. Also, a variety of coatings can be used for the manufacturing of various encapsulated products.
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Encapsulated Citric Acid Market: Key Participants
The key participants in the encapsulated citric acid market are:
- Balchem Corporation
- Lamirsa Group (VEDEQSA)
- Watson Inc.
- Gadot Biochem Europe BV
- Pittsburgh Spice & Seasoning Company