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Global Citric Acid Industry Report: by Application; Country Overview; Recent Events; Value Chain Analysis; Trade Analysis; Cost Structure; Price Analysis; Market Dynamics: Drivers & Constraints, Industry Events, Innovations & Trends, SWOT Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces; Market Analysis: Market Overview, Price Analysis; Industry Best Practices; Key Supplier Analysis, 2022-2027

Regional Category Spend, Price Analysis, Key Demand and Price Indicators, and Best Buying Practices by Citric Acid industry report


The global citric acid industry reached the volume of about 2.47 million tonnes in 2021. In the projection period of 2022-2027, the industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 4 percent, producing a volume of around 3.03 million tonnes by 2027.

The Citric Acid industry report broadly studies the industry, together with important segments, movements, drivers, constraints, the competitive landscape, and other critical market features Citric acid is widely used throughout the manufacturing of food and beverage products. In the culinary and non-food industries, it is used as a disinfectant, acidulant, antioxidant, balancing, and synthetic resin, thrusting the industry towards progression. Europe the biggest category spender by region which is impelling the demand for the soybean oil industry.

Industry Definition and Segmentation

Citric acid is an organic, colourless, and odourless acid that occurs naturally in citrus fruits and has a low acidity. It is mostly found in citrus fruits like lemons, and it has a spicy and acidic flavour. In synthetic form, the acid is widely utilised as a cooking ingredient, cleaning product, and nutraceuticals.

The citric acid industry report comprises segments by form (Liquid and Anhydrous), application (Food and Beverages {bakery, dairy beverages, and others}, Pharmaceuticals, Personal care, and Others), and region (North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa, and South America).

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America Regions are Driving the Growth of the Industry

The European region is leading the citric acid industry. The wide range of applications in various food and non-food sectors is propelling, including drinks, confectioneries, convenience foods, dairy, medicines, personal care and cosmetics, detergents and cleansers, animal feed, and other citric acid industry. Furthermore, the growing demand for RTD drinks and RTE food products is furthering the market's expansion. It is used as a pH adjuster in the production of gelatin sweets, jellies, and jams, among other things, which is driving the market. Citric acid is also widely used in cleaning products since there is a prohibition on phosphate, which leads to a surge in demand for citric acid. The acid is better than phosphoric, tartaric, and lactic acids in terms of shelf-life extension, pH buffering, taste, and tartness etc., which influences the market positively.

However, fierce rivalry in procuring raw materials from both inter-and intra-industry counterparts hinders the market growth.

Best Procurement Practices

The global citric acid industry report by Procurement Resource gives an in-depth analysis of the best buying practices followed by major global citric acid regions across the globe, such as engagement models, contract terms, and buyer and supplier negotiation levers, among others.

Category Management Studies

Citric acid was discovered by Carl Wilhelm Scheele, a scientist who crystallised citric acid from lemon juice in 1784. Its large-scale manufacturing began in 1890 when the fluid was treated with hydrated lime (calcium hydroxide) to precipitate calcium citrate, separated, and converted to the acid using diluted sulfuric acid. In the industrial process, cultures of A. niger are given sucrose or glucose-containing medium to create citric acid. Corn steep liquor, molasses, hydrolysed corn starch, or any sugary solution can be used as a source of sugar. After removing the mould from the solution, citric acid is extracted by precipitating it with calcium hydroxide to produce calcium citrate salt, from which citric acid is regenerated by treating it with sulfuric acid, as indirect citrus fruit juice extraction.

Efforts by Manufacturers, Further Propelling the Procurement of Citric Acid

The acid is supporting the manufacturers in providing a clean label for their products while also meeting customer demand for safe and permissible components for cheaper, which is impacting the market positively. The introduction of a wide range of innovative product launches with a wide range of flavours to choose from boosts the market's expansion. Other research and development activities by key players are likely to increase demand in the foreseeable future.

The regional markets for the industry can be divided into North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia Pacific.

Key Industry Players Mentioned in the Citric Acid Industry Report

  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Cargill Incorporated
  • Tate & Lyle 
  • Jungbunzlauer Suisse Ag 
  • Cofco

Market Landscape

The citric acid industry is highly competitive with the dominance of the leading players. The major global players have a broad geographic footprint and strong brand recognition. These leading manufacturers are also renowned for implementing practical manufacturing standards and enhancing operational skills, mainly when designing and developing specific grades of citric acid with medicinal and food uses.

Key Initiatives by Companies

  • Jungbunzlauer announced an intention to expand the current Citric factory in Port Colborne, Canada, in April 2021. The expansion aims to address the continuous and rising worldwide demand for citric acid and citrates as functional and bio-based components.
  • Gadot Biochemical Industries announced in May 2019 that it is extending its magnesium citrate product range for the food and beverage industry.
  • Veolia Water Technologies' Saudi arm signed an agreement with Saudi Bio-Acids Company in September 2018 to design and install wastewater treatment units for the Middle East's first citric acid manufacturing facility in Jeddah.

1.    Executive Summary
2.    Global Citric Acid Market Snapshot

    2.1.    Citric Acid Market Outlook
    2.2.    Citric Acid Industry Analysis by Application
        2.2.1.    Food and Beverages
        2.2.2.    Detergents and Cleaners
        2.2.3.    Pharmaceuticals
    2.3.    Regional Overview
        2.3.1.    North America
        2.3.2.    Europe
        2.3.3.    Asia Pacific 
3.    Impact of Recent Events 
4.    Citric Acid Value Chain Analysis 
5.    Citric Acid Production Process
6.    Trade Analysis 
7.    Major Risk Factors in Sourcing
8.    Citric Acid Cost Structure
9.    Citric Acid Price Analysis 
10.    Key Demand Indicator Analysis
11.    Key Price Indicator Analysis
12.    Citric Acid Market Dynamics

    12.1.    Drivers & Constraints
    12.2.    Industry Events 
    12.3.    Innovations & Trends
    12.4.    SWOT Analysis
    12.5.    Porter’s Five Forces
        12.5.1.    Buyer Power
        12.5.2.    Supplier Power
        12.5.3.    Threat of New entrants
        12.5.4.    Threat of Substitutes
        12.5.5.    Industry Rivalry
13.    Feedstock Market Analysis 
    13.1.    Market Overview
    13.2.    Price Analysis 
14.    Industry Best Practices
    14.1.    Sourcing Strategy
    14.2.    Procurement Model
    14.3.    Contract Structure
    14.4.    Negotiation Levers
    14.5.    Pricing Model
    14.6.    Key Factors Influencing the Quotation
15.    Key Supplier Analysis
    15.1.    COFCO Corporation
    15.2.    Cargill Incorporated
    15.3.    Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG
    15.4.    Weifang Ensign Industry Co., Ltd.
    15.5.    Archer Daniels Midland Company

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Key Questions Answered in the Report

The global citric acid market size was valued at 2.49 million tons in 2021.

As per the applications provided, the food and beverage segment is anticipated to lead the market between the period 2022 - 2027.

The significant demand for citric acid in packaged and ready-to-eat food and beverage products is one of the essential drivers of the market growth.

Archer Daniels Midland Company, Cargill, Incorporated, Tate & Lyle, Jungbunzlauer Suisse Ag, and Cofco are some of the top companies in the market.

The European region of the industry holds a significant share in the market.

Analyst Review

The global citric acid market attained a value of 2.49 million tons in 2021, driven by the rising prevalence of natural preservatives in products. The wide range of applications in several culinary and non-food industries, including beverages, confectioneries, convenience foods, dairy, medications, personal care and cosmetics, detergents and cleansers, animal feed, and others, are driving the market growth. Furthermore, the industry is expanding due to the rising demand for RTD drinks and RTE food items. The acid allows producers to provide a clean label for their goods while also addressing consumer demand for safe and allowable components at a lower cost, which has a beneficial influence on the market. Aided by introducing a wide variety of novel product releases with a wide range of flavour options, the market is likely to witness growth. Other significant businesses' research and development initiatives are projected to enhance demand in the near future. The market is expected to witness further growth in the forecast period of 2022-2027, growing at a CAGR of 4%. The market is projected to reach 3.15 million tons by 2027.

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