Global Market for Specialty Ingredients Gains Traction as Demand from Food and Beverages Market Rises

Published Date : May 05, 2016

Specialty ingredients are a variety of products that are used to add a specific benefit or some quality to the core recipe of a product, making it more interesting for consumers as well as manufacturers. A variety of specialty ingredients are used in the foods and beverages sector, in health and nutrition-related products, as well as in personal care products and cosmetics. Among the many benefits provided by specialty ingredients, the key ones include improved flavor, taste, enhanced texture, added nutritional value, better visual appearance, and longer shelf life. 

Some of the most commonly used specialty ingredients used in the food and beverages industry include: 

  • Enzymes
  • Citric acid
  • Corn sweetener
  • pH controlling salts
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Bioactives
  • Colorless fiber
  • Preservatives and antioxidants
  • Emulsifiers
  • Starches 
  • Fats and oils
  • Vegetable proteins
  • Soy proteins
  • Flavor enhancers
  • Vitamins and minerals

The Use of Specialty Ingredients to Avoid Food Wastage
Specialty chemicals such as a variety of acids, salts, flavors, antioxidants, starch, vinegar, flavor enhancers, and corn syrups have found widespread uses in the food and beverages industry for the past many years for the purposes of enhance the taste and texture of food and beverages. However, the use of specialty chemicals has also played a significant role in increasing the shelf life of a variety of foods and beverages and preserving their nutrients, flavors, and freshness.

The use of specialty ingredients in foods and beverages thus helps in limiting the scope of wastage of food due to souring of dairy products, bacterial growth, and the overall deterioration of food in general. Food and beverages are prone to perishing and rotting owing to conditions such as humidity and high temperature, which are conducive to the growth of microbes. Thus the use of specialty ingredients in the foods and beverages industry saves a vast quantity and variety of food products from being discarded. Several foods and beverages use two or more specialty products to enhance quality and protect them from early expiration.

As the global food and beverage industry continues to expand across newer territories and developing markets, the use of specialty ingredients is also expected to see heightened demand over the years to come.