Europe Food Inclusions Market Forecast to 2028 - COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis By Type (Chocolates, Fruit and Nuts, Flavored Sugar and Caramels, and Others), by Form (Solid and Semi- Solid), and Application (Dairy and Frozen Desserts, Bakery Products, Breakfast Cereals, Chocolate and Confectionery Products, and Others)
The food inclusions market in Europe is expected to grow from US$ 3,760.95 million in 2021 to US$ 5,364.23 million by 2028; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 5.2% from 2021 to 2028.
Food inclusions are ingredients or variegates incorporated in different food products and beverages to impart unique properties such as color, flavor, and texture. Several food inclusions are also known for their nutritional benefits. They have a wide application scope, including baked products, confectioneries, sweet and savory snacks, frozen desserts, beverages, breakfast cereals, and dairy products. The ingredients are available in various forms, such as freeze-dried, infused, case-frozen, micro-dried, individually quick frozen (IQF), spray-dried, and whole foods, and are selected depending on their application. Consumer buying behavior and consumption pattern, as well as eating experience are highly influenced by the texture and flavor of a food product. Thus, it is necessary to select the most suitable format of a food inclusion for a particular application. For instance, infused blueberries are used to render a complete mouth-feel and chewiness, whereas freeze-dried blueberries are used to achieve crispiness. Further, dehydrated blueberries are used in foodstuffs or beverages requiring standout presence of blueberries. In the bakery segment, food inclusions have been in use for a long period to enhance the sensory properties, texture, aesthetics, and provide indulgence. Further, various food inclusions are rich in proteins, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and fiber. Tree nuts, dried fruits, spices, herbs, exotics fruits, cocoa nibs, and chocolate, among others are majorly used inclusions in bakery products. Further, fruits, nuts, and chocolates are the major food inclusion types used in dairy products and frozen desserts such as ice cream, yogurt, and cheese. For instance, in cultured yogurts, sweet fruits are mainly used as an inclusion to balance the tangy flavor of the cultured yogurt. Food inclusions are mainly added as individually quick-frozen ingredients in dairy products and frozen desserts. The frozen desserts and dairy products application of food inclusions is challenging as they highly influence the overall texture, flavor profile, and shelf life of the final product. Further, beverage manufacturers are highly focusing on food inclusions to cater the rising consumer demand for natural beverages. Exotic fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and chocolate are the majorly consumed inclusions in various beverages. Beverages in which these ingredients are being incorporated include functional water, flavored water, tea, beer, energy drinks, wine, and milk. Such a wide application scope of food inclusions is a major factor driving the market growth.
In Europe, France and Russia are the hardest-hit countries by the COVID-19 outbreak. It is estimated to suffer an economic hit due to a lack of revenue from various industries. Russia has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases followed by France, the UK, Italy, Spain, and Germany. Other member states have implemented drastic measures and travel restrictions, including partially closing their borders. This is anticipated to impact market growth in Europe.
The food inclusions market is segmented based on type, form, and application. Based on form, the market is segmented into solid and semi-solid. In 2020, the solid segment a larger share in the market. The solid form of food inclusions include pieces, chips and nibs, nuts, crunches and flakes. Nuts in the solid forms are extremely popular among customers and are widely used in bakery products, confectioneries, dairy products and frozen desserts, snacks and bars, cereals, and beverages. Inclusions in solid form can provide crunch or an appealing texture to the food preparation.
The Europe food inclusions market size has been derived using both primary and secondary sources. To begin the research process, exhaustive secondary research has been conducted using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and quantitative information related to the market. The process also serves the purpose of obtaining overview and forecast for the Europe food inclusions market with respect to all the market segments. Also, multiple primary interviews have been conducted with industry participants to validate the data as well as to gain more analytical insights into the topic. The participants typically involved in this process include industry experts such as VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers, and national sales managers along with external consultants such as valuation experts, research analysts, and key opinion leaders specializing in the Europe food inclusion market. ADM; AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG; Puratos; Barry Callebaut; Cargill, Incorporated; Kerry Group; Georgia Nut Company; Taura Natural Ingredients Ltd.; Sensient Technologies; and Meadow Foods are among the leading companies in the market.
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