MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

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

Monosodium Glutamate Price Trend for the Second Half of 2023


The Asian countries enjoyed support from the downstream food and beverage industry in the third quarter of 2023. The manufacturing sector also revamped its production rates as the downstream demand dried up the inventories, further leading to an uptick in the market prices of monosodium glutamate. Additionally, the inclining prices of crude oil and natural gas, along with raw materials, increased the overall cost of production and, in turn, the prices of monosodium glutamate in Q3 of 2023.

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The fourth quarter, however, failed to continue this momentum as the engraved economic challenges and weak nature of downstream industries pushed the monosodium glutamate price trend towards a southward trajectory.


During the third and fourth quarter of 2023, the market for monosodium glutamate experienced rising demand from the downstream industries and reflected the rise in the cost of feedstock materials. The uproar in the market was also influenced by the influx of expensive imports from the overseas players as the dependency of the customer base relies majorly on these imports, thereby contributing to the northward movement of the monosodium glutamate price trend. However, in the later months of the year, the cost of feedstock materials began to decline, reducing the overall cost of production and the monosodium glutamate prices.

North America

The variations in the prices of monosodium glutamate during the third and fourth quarter of 2023 were much more prominent as compared to the first half of the year. During the third and initial phase of the fourth quarter, the prices remained on the higher end, as indicated by the rising demand from the downstream industries and limited rates of production.

The escalation was also supported by the rising interest of Asian and European regions in North American produce and, thus, the export of expensive shipments. However, the degrading condition of the North American economy and destocking activities in the later months of the year suggested a downturn in the monosodium glutamate price trend.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price trend of Monosodium Glutamate is estimated to oscillate on the upper end of the pricing spectra as the downstream demand is likely to roll out in favor of the monosodium glutamate price trend.

Monosodium Glutamate Price Trend for First Half of 2023


The prices of monosodium glutamate (MSG) were influenced by the market activities of its feedstock glutamic acid. The first quarter proved to be in favor of the rise in prices of monosodium glutamate as the pharmaceutical sector in China witnessed a strong incline in their market activities, and the number of offtakes from domestic and international buyers also escalated at a great pace.

The revival of China’s market after a long stretch of stagnancy due to COVID-19 and the holiday season resulted in high rates of production that were balanced out by the growing demand for monosodium glutamate. However, from the middle of the second quarter, the trend began its southward journey due to a lack of support from feedstock prices, a reduction in demand, and high economic uncertainties in the region.


The European traders witnessed a gradual incline in the price trend of monosodium glutamate in the first quarter of 2023 as the rates of procurement from the downstream industries increased several folds and trading activities also moved positively.

The price trend inclined in the initial months of the second quarter, too, as the domestic demand, high cost of raw materials, and rising prices of energy production led to the upward movement of monosodium glutamate prices. However, the slow movement of the European economy, large-scale production of products, and fall in demand affected the monosodium glutamate negatively in the end months of the second quarter of 2023.

North America

A steady trend in the prices of monosodium glutamate was observed in the first quarter of 2023 as the market was supported by enhanced trade flow and low cost of logistics along with high demand from the downstream pharmaceuticals sector. The cost of raw materials also led to a positive inclination in the prices of monosodium glutamate.

However, the market dynamics in the second quarter were not that favorable for the price trend of monosodium glutamate as its demand slid in both domestic and international markets. And with improvement in trade with Asian countries, the high rates of influx boosted the level of inventories. In addition to this, rising inflation and interest rates by banks amid concerning economic conditions proved to be consistent problems for the monosodium glutamate price trend.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price trend of Monosodium Glutamate is expected to decline in the upcoming quarter as the downstream industries are showing low rates of procurement, and heavy fluctuations in the economic sector will likely have a negative impact on the monosodium glutamate market.

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MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) is basically known as the sodium salt of glutamic acid. This compound is a white, odourless, crystalline powder, which is available as the monohydrate. It is one of the most abundant non-essential amino acids found in nature. Further, glutamic acid is also found to be naturally available in tomatoes, cheese, mushrooms, and other foods. MSG is utilised as a flavour enhancer to intensify the meaty, savoury flavour of the food items.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
Industrial Uses Flavour enhancer, Medical and pharmaceutical products, Meat products, Seasonal blends, Cheeses
Chemical Formula C5H8NNaO4
Synonyms 142-47-2, Sodium 2-aminopentanedioate, Glutamic acid monosodium salt 
Molecular Weight 169.11 g/mol
Supplier Database Ajinomoto Co., Inc., COFCO International, Fufeng Group Company Limited, Bio-Chem Technology Group Company Limited, Meihua Holdings Group Co., Ltd, Cargill, Incorporated
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery

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Production Process

  • Production of MSG via Bacterial Fermentation

The natural products such as sugarcane and tapioca are utilised in the production of MSG through bacterial fermentation. Such products, upon bacterial fermentation form glutamic acid, which is followed by sodium neutralisation, converting the acid into MSG solution. The obtained solution is further purified to finally obtain the desired product.


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