Global Dried Processed Food Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2018-2023)

Market Insights

The global dried processed food market is expected to register a CAGR of 5.8%. The market is driven by lifestyles and dietary habits, and demand for convenient food at a low cost and longer shelf life.

Market Dynamics

Dried processed food products, like pasta and noodles are consumed in several countries as staple food. Hectic lifestyles and the need for leisure has propelled the need for convenient food products. Dried ready meals, dried noodles and pastas, and several other dried processed food products require less preparation time. Due to the growing health awareness, food manufacturers are concentrating on using natural food additives that are functional, have high effectiveness, and low toxicity in these dried food products. For example, Kraft Foods has announced that by 2016, its boxed noodles products would be colored with natural ingredients, such as annatto, paprika, and turmeric.
A large number of manufacturers are adding gluten-free offerings to their product portfolio on account of the growing awareness about celiac disease. For example, Alpineaire Foods offers gluten-free Spicy Sausage Pasta (Pork) and Beef Burrito Bowl.

Dried Pasta and Noodles Leading the Market Segment

During 2017, the dried pasta and noodles segment dominated the dried processed food market. It is followed by soups and ready meal. The key reason for the growth of dried noodles and pasta segment is their longer shelf life and convenience they offer while preparation. The products are prepared by spray dried, freeze dried, vacuum dried, sun dried, and hot air dried technologies. Constant innovations will propel the growth of this segment during the forecast period.

Regional Analysis

The global dried processed food market is dominated by North America, with 32% of the market share. North America is the largest consumer of dried processed food, due to high meat consumption habits in this region, the USA and Canada are the largest consumers. Europe is the second largest consumer of dried food products, some parts of Europe, like the UK, France, Germany, and Italy are substantial markets. In the Asia-Pacific region, China is the largest consumer and producer of dried processed food. The consumption of such products is also growing at a good rate in the developing countries of South America.
Most of the developed countries are home to numerous dried processed food products. Globally, there are many big and small players that are involved in the production of dried food products. The overall market is concentrated, as more than 50% the dried processed food market is controlled by top ten players, currently. The small and medium players are dealing in niche markets with private labels, which is a small part of the total dried food market. The market entry for new players is very difficult, due to alternatives available in the market. New product launches, innovative flavors, gluten-free products, and mergers and acquisitions with local players, have been strong business strategies for market growth.

Major players - AJINOMOTO CO. INC., CHINA NATIONAL CEREALS, GENERAL MILLS INC., HOUSE FOODS CORP, IMPULSE AND INDULGENCE PRODUCTS, JINMAILANG FOOD CO. LTD., J.M. SMUCKER CO., KRAFT FOODS INC., NESTLÉ, NISSIN FOOD HOLDINGS CO. LTD., UNILEVER LTD., among others.

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