Wide-ranging application in the food & beverage sector is driving the food thickeners market growth. A thickening agent or thickener is a substance that is used to enhance the viscosity of a solution or liquid without significantly altering its other properties.
Thickening agents can also be useful in medical conditions like dysphagia that causes difficulty in swallowing. Starch and gum-based thickening products are commonly used for the nutritional management of dysphagia patients which facilitate them with improved bolus control, ease of swallowing, and reduced risk of aspiration.
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The global food thickeners market size is slated to surpass US$12.5 billion by 2025, according to a report by Global Market Insights, Inc.
Protein-based food thickeners are generally used in the preparation of bakery products. Collagen, gelatin, and egg whites are considered the most prominent protein thickeners used in baking applications. Increased consumption of packaged processed foods and bakery products owing to the rising hygiene concerns amid the COVID-19 situation has augmented the product consumption in bakery and confectionery applications.
Edible thickeners are generally used to thicken soups, sauces, and puddings without changing their taste. Restaurants, fast food outlets, and bakeries extensively utilize thickeners in a variety of foods.
Growing consumer expenditure on processed foods and the rising trend of dining out in developed as well as developed countries is likely to boost the consumption of thickeners.
During the same year in September, the company launched more new varieties for its products including the Puree vegetable, Puree Protein, and Ready-to-Drink thickeners. Thick-it products are created to improve the quality of life for patients with swallowing disorders.
As per the National Institute of Health (NIH), dysphagia affects nearly 300,000–600,000 Americans yearly, which is almost 15% of the entire elderly population in the country. Growing dysphagia prevalence is likely to trigger the ingredient adoption rate in nutritional supplements.
There is a significant demand for plant-based food thickeners owing to their low-fat and calorie-free offerings as compared to other edible thickeners. Starches are commonly used thickeners that are extracted from grains such as wheat, corn, or rice and root vegetables such as cassava, potato, and arrowroot.
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Europe food thickeners market is predicted to witness considerable expansion owing to the rising health consciousness among people. High adoption of sedentary lifestyles, erratic food habits, and increased consumption of alcohol are some major factors propelling the prevalence of obesity. Growing inclination towards processed foods and fast foods is a prominent reason complementing the food thickeners industry outlook.
As food additives, a thickening agent helps in stabilizing food products by improving the suspension of ingredients and emulsions. Along with these beneficial properties, its enhanced viscosity improves the quality and shelf life of products like cakes, pastries, biscuits, and others.
In April 2020, Thick-It, an American thickener manufacturer, had launched new mildly thick and moderately thick varieties of its Thick-it Original Food & Beverage Thickener products made for people with dysphagia.
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