Natural Emulsifying Properties Make Gum Arabic Ideal for Food and Pharmaceutical Applications
Gum arabic, famously known as acacia gum, is extracted acacia senegal and acacia seyal trees grown specially in African region of Sahe in Sudan. It has several industrial applications such as in food, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and paint. Best known for being non-toxic, water-soluble, colorless, odorless, tasteless, and plant-derived ingredient it functions as a natural stabilizer and thickener. With these capabilities it is extensively applied in various frozen products, soft drinks, and beer.
Expanding number of health-conscious consumers opting for plant-derived natural ingredients are driving the global gum arabic market. The growing awareness about clean labels is expected to boost the gum arabic demand in the food industry between 2021 and 2025.
Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical industry uses it as an emulsifying and stabilizing agent in the formulation of pills and tablets. Gum arabic is also used in dermatological products as it has no side effects. It acts as a as natural emulsifier skin care products such as lotions and creams. Thus, as a natural ingredient, its wide applications in the food & non-food industries is expected fuel gum arabic market in the near future.
Government Support to Push Boundaries for Gum Arabic Market
Gum arabic has recently received official backing, giving its global market an additional impetus. For instance, in February 2021, The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) started working with African countries to promote gum arabic. Additionally, gum arabic Producers, Processors and Exporters of Nigeria (NAGAPPEN) called on the Ministry of Agriculture to collaborate.
Similarly, in December 2020, South Sudan Government in partnership with B-Yor General Trading Limited launched country's first export of gum arabic to the international market in Europe. Gum arabic manufacturers are also taking efforts in clinical trials to get an approval from U.S. FDA. for the natural ingredient as natural dietary fiber.
In December 2020 Nexira, Alland & Robert and Importers Service Corporation filed a new patent, pending study with the US FDA, presenting a case that gum arabic can reduce postprandial insulin and glucose levels. Thus, government initiatives and expanding application of gum arabic in different product categories is expected to boos the market demand over the forecast period.
Functional Properties is to Create Growth Opportunities in Food and Beverages Industry
Global gum arabic market is segmented on the basis of type, application, and region. Based on type the market is segmented into acacia senegal and acacia seyal. Out of these, the acacia senegal is estimated to hold a sizeable share in the market as these trees have wider plantations.
By application, the market is segmented into food and beverages, pharmaceutical and dietary supplements, cosmetics, paints, and textiles. Fairfield Market Research predicts that the food and beverages segment is likely to show tremendous potential for growth in the coming years. New patents funding, ongoing research, and new product formulation using gum arabic in the food and beverages industry is expected to escalate the segment growth over the forecast period.
Demand for Functional and Natural Food Products Bodes Well for Europe and Asia Pacific
Globally, there are three key producers and exporters of crude gum arabic, name Sudan, Chad, Nigeria. These countries collectively contribute to about 80% of total global export. Meanwhile, France, U.K., and Germany are the largest re-exporters of gum arabic across the globe.
In terms of volume consumption, the European region is the largest. EU5 countries have been identified as the potential markets for gum arabic. The ongoing ‘natural’ trend and surging demand for ethical products are expected to boost the market in the region.
In addition, Asia Pacific is expected to register a favorable growth over the forecast period as consumer preference towards consumption of functional food and beverages is expected to create growth opportunities in the region.
Gum Arabic Market: Competitive Landscape
Some of the major players studied in the global gum arabic market research report are Nexira International, KERRY Group Public Ltd, AEP Colloids Inc., TIC Gums, Alland ET Robert S.A, Norevo GmbH, POLYGAL AG, ISC Europe Ltd., CARAGUM International S.A, and Kapadia Gum Industries Pvt. Ltd.
Please Note: The above mentioned segmentation/companies/countries are likely to differ in the actual report as they are based on preliminary research.
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