The demand for air-dried food components will gain significant momentum with rising incorporation of healthy eating habits and growing conscious levels towards fitness and well-being. The climatic and agricultural concerns have also stirred the need to preserve food. Air-drying involves the process of eradicating water from food through the circulation of hot air.

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It not only restricts the growth of enzymes and bacteria in food but also makes it lightweight, nutritious, as well as easy to store and use. It is witnessing higher preference over traditional methods. Besides, air-dried food products are tasty and make use of minimal storage space in comparison to canning jars or freezer containers. They are also found to be rich in nutritive constituents.

As per a recent research report, the global air-dried food market size could record a substantial revenue share in the next few years, across both B2B and B2C applications. The industry share from B2B products, in fact, is anticipated to hit USD 114 billon by 2026 and includes customers like processed food companies, pet food providers, restaurants, and many others.

Heath benefits of air-dried vegetables and fruits:

The preference for air-dried vegetables is pegged to rise significantly owing to their health advantages and lower fat content. These components are rich in fiber and carbohydrates. Moreover, air drying of yellow as well as dark green vegetables like peppers, carrots, winter squash, and sweet potatoes helps in retaining the high amount of Vitamin A present in them.

The consumption of air-dried fruits will also grow commendably due to their higher concentration of carbohydrates in comparison to fresh fruit. To cite the same with an instance, the MyPlate and the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans had revealed that half a cup of dried fruit is equivalent to one cup of fresh fruit.

Preference for powdered and granular components:

The demand for air-dried food powder & granules will record considerable gains in the next few years. This can be attributed to their ease of use and consumption in various applications like dietary supplements, cooking, nutritional supplements, and natural cosmetics. They are consumed to curb the instances of numerous disorders as they comprise valuable nutrients and antioxidants.

Owing to this, air-dried powder & granules of vegetables and fruits like banana, apple, onion, mango, orange, tamarind, carrot, spinach, and beetroot among many others are garnering higher popularity among consumers.

Strong potential in the bakery industry:
Uses of air-dried food products across bakery chains will achieve significant traction on account of the expanding demand for bread-based consumables across the world. Air-dried food flour components are easy to use. They are observing higher penetration in bakery items like bagels, cakes, cookies, pastries, and pasta.

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The increasing preference and intake of junk food and the noticeable surge in the number of bakery and fast-food restaurants that serve confectionaries will also add positive impetus to the industry.

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