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Citric Acid Price Trend

About: Citric acid (citrate) is basically a weak acid, which is formed in the tricarboxylic acid cycle. Citric acid is utilised as an excipient in pharmaceutical preparations simply because of its antioxidant properties. It is found in citrus fruits. It is known for stability of its active ingredients, and thus, is widely utilised as a preservative.

Citric Acid Regional Price Trend & Analysis

Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of Citric Acid in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).

Citric Acid Price Trend for the Second Quarter of 2022


The Asia Pacific region's citric acid market experienced no growth in Q2 2022. Due to the covid outbreak in the second week of April, delivery of goods were delayed. This worsened the nation's supply shortages and port backlogs. The zero-covid policy caused transportation and logistical networks to fail, severely obstructing the movement of commodities across the nation and to important international shipping ports. Because suppliers and customers in the Chinese and Indian markets had enough stocks, offtakes from the downstream food and beverage sectors remained consistent throughout the quarter.

North America

The second quarter of 2022 saw conflicting market sentiments in the North American citric acid market as citric acid prices dropped in the first half of the quarter before rising in the second. Citric acid imports into the US, which were already experiencing significant port congestion, were drastically made worse by the reappearance of COVID in China's commercial areas. The downstream food and confectionary industries in the area continued to experience strong demand over time.


The market for citric acid in the European region showed a positive trend during the second quarter of 2022. Demand-wise, offtakes in the end-user food and beverage industries remained constant throughout the course of the quarter. To satisfy the entire downstream demand in the European market, local retailers had a plentiful supply of goods. The situation between Russia and Ukraine increased transportation costs and the flow of commodities into Europe, but it also made it more difficult for exporting nations to conduct business. Due to a lack of empty cargo containers and the impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on global trade, the cost of shipping goods from China to Europe soared.

Citric Acid Price Trend For the Fourth Quarter of 2021

Corn prices in China continued to stay extremely high. As a result, the cost of producing citric acid rose. In addition to rising resource prices, ocean freight rates were also increasing. The average citric acid price in Australia in Q4 was noted to be 2035 USD/MT. Because of the prolonged supply shortage, warehouses in Europe were empty, and any price increase was immediately accepted by the market. Germany recorded a mean price of 2093.5 USD/MT. Citric acid prices in the United States increased, owing to inflation and supply chain issues. As a result, they were hovering  around 2610 USD/MT in the country. The average price of the acid in Brazil was 1430 USD/MT.

Citrate Price Trend For First, Second and Third Quarters of 2021


In 2021, the mean price in China in the first three quarters was 867.5 USD/MT, which started from 710 USD/MT and rose to 980 USD/MT. The export demand rose by the end of the second quarter. The price in India was recorded at 1316.66 USD/MT. The average price in Australia in the first three quarters was 1672.5 USD/MT.


Germany recorded the average price of 1721.55 USD/MT in the first three quarters. In Europe, the chemical’s market experienced a high demand as consumer requirements shifted to more natural products for skincare. As demand increased, the supply from China was limited, which drove up citric acid prices in Europe.

North America

Citric acid prices surged high in the North American region, as they witnessed a supply shortage and shipment delays. The mean price in the US in the first three quarters was 2444.44 USD/MT. Citric acid prices were soaring in the US due to supply shortages as production suffered owing to unfavourable weather conditions. The imports from China were also delayed and high freight costs drove up the prices even more.

Latin America

Brazil recorded a mean price of 1436.66 USD/MT in the first three quarters of the year.

Citrate Price Trend For the Year 2020


In China, the average price of citric acid was 605.83 USD/MT in 2020. China was its third largest consumer in 2020. India is among the major consumers of citric acid. In India, the average price was 1176.66 USD/MT while it was 1839.16 USD/MT in Australia.


In Germany, the average price of the chemical was 1434.33 USD/MT while in the Netherlands, it was 1690 USD/MT.

North America

The average price was 2236.66 USD/MT in the US and the country was its second largest consumer in 2020.

Latin America

Brazil is one of the major consumers of the chemical. In Brazil, the average price was 1393.33 USD/MT.

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Procurement Resource provides prices of Citric Acid for several regions around the globe, which are as follows:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • Africa

Chemical Formula of Citric Acid:

  • C6H8O7    


  • 77-92-9
  • 2-hydroxypropane-1,2,3-tricarboxylic acid
  • Citric acid, anhydrous
  • Citrate
  • Anhydrous citric acid

Molecular Weight:

  • 192.12g/mol

Industrial Uses:

  • Food and beverage industry
  • Acidifier
  • Flavouring agent
  • Chelating agent
  • Antioxidant
  • Cosmetics and personal care industry
  • Fragrance and air fresheners
  • Pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements
  • Plating agents and surface treating agent
  • Oxidising/reducing agent

Production Process:

  • Production of Citric Acid via Surface Fermentation; via Submerged Fermentation; and via Solid State Fermentation

Surface fermentation is the process that is utilised for producing citric acid, with aspergillus along with rice bran or wet corn grains.

Supplier Database:

  • Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)
  • Moellhausen S.P.A.
  • Cargill, Incorporated
  • Tate & Lyle PLC
  • Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG
  • COFCO Biochemical (Anhui) Co., Ltd.
  • S.A. Citrique Belge N.V.
  • Acros Organics
  • Ing. Petr Švec - PENTA s.r.o.
  • Hemadri Chemicals

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