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Food Additives: The U.S. Market

Changes abound within the food additives industry. Consumer distaste for artificial additives, long ingredient lists, and unpronounceable food ingredients continues to grow. Well-performing synthetic and artificial ingredients, which entered during the 1950s/postwar era, have sharply fallen into disfavor. Although distaste for artificial additives continues to strengthen, consumer expectations regarding color, mouth feel, shelf stability, flavor, and a host of other additive-enhanced characteristics have not changed. Enter natural and nature-equivalent food additives. With recognizable (or at least pronounceable) names, the new natural, clean list paradigm for processed foods is driving a rapid and ongoing transition from artificial to natural additives across a wide array of center store foods and beverages. Key trends include:

  • Slack or in some cases even falling markets across several artificial food additive categories;
  • Proliferation of new natural color additives and other categories of natural additives are driving growth in the overall market;
  • Rapid research and development (R&D) within the natural food additives industry; R&D will drive development of new natural additives, which will support market growth through the close of the decade;
  • Recent NGO publications on what are being billed as loopholes in the FDA’s additive approval process are stirring public concern and political will to revise FDA policies and regulations for food additives. This could produce notable near to mid-term change in the U.S. food additives industry.
The U.S. Food Additives Market Overview evaluates the existing size and anticipated future growth of the U.S. food additives market, with breakdowns for the following categories of food additives: color additives; emulsifiers; fat replacers; flavor enhancers; humectants; pH controllers; preservatives; and stabilizers, thickeners, binders, and texturizers. Markets and market growth potential are evaluated for 16 categories of common center store food categories based on SymphonyIRI data for mass-market channels, corporate earnings reports, and other available data, combined with market trends and growth factors discussed above and within the report.

This report will help:
  • Food additives manufacturers to identify key areas of market growth, stagnancy, and even contraction through 2018;
  • Marketing managers to strategize new product introduction, and transition toward clean labels, noting that labels that are “too clean” can sometimes produce adverse and unexpected consumer reactions;
  • Research and development professionals to identify major industry trends and also competitor initiatives in order to stay up to date in their field;
  • Advertising agencies within the food industry to better understand consumers and develop messages and images that support consumer purchase;
  • Business development executives to understand the changing food additives market and anticipated future market developments, and to identify new competitors and potential partnerships;
  • Food industry managers and execs to understand potential for regulatory change in order to adapt to an uncertain regulatory future and stay ahead of competition in addressing likely regulatory changes.


  • Executive Summary
    • Trends and Opportunities
    • Defining Food Additives
    • Food Additives Markets
      • Table U.S. Market for Food Additives: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 and 2012 Through 2018
      • Table U.S. Market for Food Additives: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 and 2012 Through 2018
      • Table U.S. Market for Food Additives: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 and 2012 Through 2018
    • Regulations and Regulatory Influence on Markets
    • Market Trends and Dynamics
  • Trends and Opportunities
    • Key Points
    • Trends
      • Fresh, Fast, Healthy
      • Ingredients Consumers Can Recognize
      • Can Clean Labels Go Too Far?
        • Table Some Common Food Additives That Can Contain Gluten
      • Gluten Free Overlaps with Additives
      • New Additive Products
      • Additives Clean-Up
  • Food Additives Overview
    • Key Points
    • Definition and Scope
    • Categories of Additives
      • Color Additives
        • Table Common Artificial and Natural Food Color Additives
      • Emulsifiers
        • Table Common Artificial and Natural Emulsifiers
      • Fat Replacers
        • Table Common Fat Replacers
      • Flavor Enhancers
        • Table Common Artificial and Natural Flavor Enhancers
      • Humectants
        • Table Common Artificial and Natural Humectants
      • pH Controllers
        • Table Common Artificial and Natural pH Control Additives
      • Preservatives
        • Table Common Food Preservatives
      • Stabilizers and Thickeners, Binders and Texturizers
        • Table Common Stabilizers, Thickeners, Binders, and Texturizers
      • Categories Not Included in This Report
  • Market Size and Growth
    • Key Points
      • Methods
      • Market Composition and Outlook
      • Color Additives
        • Table U.S. Market for Color Additives: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Color Additives: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 and 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Color Additives: By Tons of Food Colorant, 2007 and 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Color Additives: By Tons of Food Colorant, 2007 and 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Color Additives: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 and 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Color Additives: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 and 2012 Through 2018
      • Emulsifiers
        • Table U.S. Market for Emulsifiers: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Emulsifiers: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Emulsifiers: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Emulsifiers: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Emulsifiers: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Emulsifiers: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
      • Fat Replacers
        • Table U.S. Market for Fat Replacers: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Fat Replacers: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 and 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Fat Replacers: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Fat Replacers: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Fat Replacers: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Fat Replacers: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
      • Flavor Enhancers
        • Table U.S. Market for Flavor Enhancers: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Flavor Enhancers: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 and 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Flavor Enhancers: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Flavor Enhancers: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Flavor Enhancers: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 and 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Flavor Enhancers: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 and 2012 Through 2018
      • Humectants
        • Table U.S. Market for Humectants: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Humectants: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Humectants: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Humectants: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Humectants: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Humectants: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
      • pH Controllers
        • Table U.S. Market for pH Controllers: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for pH Controllers: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 and 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for pH Controllers: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for pH Controller: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for pH Controllers: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 and 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for pH Controllers: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 and 2012 Through 2018
      • Preservatives
        • Table U.S. Market for Preservatives: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Preservatives: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Preservatives: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Preservatives: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Preservatives: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Preservatives: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
      • Stabilizers and Thickeners, Binders and Texturizers
        • Table U.S. Market for Stabilizers, Thickeners, Binders, and Texturizers: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Stabilizers, Thickeners, Binders, and Texturizers: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Stabilizers, Thickeners, Binders, and Texturizers: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Stabilizers, Thickeners, Binders, and Texturizers: In Tons, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Stabilizers, Thickeners, Binders, and Texturizers: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Stabilizers, Thickeners, Binders, and Texturizers: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
      • Market Summary
        • Table U.S. Market for Food Additives: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Food Additives: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 and 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Food Additives: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
        • Table U.S. Market for Food Additives: In Millions of Dollars, 2007 & 2012 Through 2018
  • Regulatory Trends and Influence on Markets
    • Key Points
    • Regulations and Regulatory Trends
      • Terminology
      • Generally Recognized as Safe
      • Everything Added to Food in the United States
      • Regulations Overview
      • Generally Applicable Food Additive Regulations
      • Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938
      • Food Additives Amendment of 1958
      • 21 CFR 321(s)
      • FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011
      • Color Additive Specific Regulations
      • Color Additives Amendments
      • 21 CFR 80
      • FDA Color Additive Certifications
      • 21 CFR 74
        • Table Color Additives Approved for Use in Human Food, Subject to Batch Certification
        • Table Color Additives Approved for Use in Human Food, Subject to Batch Certification
      • Labeling Regulations
      • Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1966
      • Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990
      • Driving Factors for New Regulations
      • Adequacy of Existing Food Regulations
      • Scientific and Institutional Concern over Food Additive Safety
      • Industry's Position
      • Consumer Concerns over Food Additives
      • Are New Food Additive Regulations Likely?
      • What Types of Food Additive Regulations Could Be Coming?
      • Anticipated Effect of New Regulations on Industry and Markets
  • Market Dynamics and Critical Trends
    • Key Points
      • Fat Consciousness and Low Fat Diets
      • Importance of Color
      • Convenience Foods
      • Consumer Concern over Food Additives
      • Avoidance of Food Additives
        • Table Percentage of Shoppers Who Looked for Labels Indicating Reduced Additives
      • Potential Effects on Health
        • Table Food Additives Safety Guide Excerpt by the Center for Science in the Public Interest
      • Internet News and the Blogosphere
      • Consumer Activism
      • NGO Involvement
      • Industry Response to Consumer Concerns over Food Additives
      • Natural Ingredients Boom: Artificial→Natural
      • Run Interference on Concerns over Additives
      • Overall Effects on Food Industry and Markets

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