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Bulk Food Ingredients Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, By Type (Primary Processed, Secondary Processed); By Application; By Distribution Channel; By Region; Segment Forecast, 2022 - 2030

  • Published Date: Jun 2022
  • Pages: 112
  • Format: PDF
  • Report ID: PM2469
  • Base Year: 2021
  • Historical Data: 2018-2020

Report Summary

The global bulk food ingredients market was valued at USD 290.07 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period. Bulk items are components used in packaged, processed, and ready-to-eat items such as beverages, confectionery items, and chocolates.

Bulk Food Ingredients Market Size
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These food categories mainly consist of dry fruits and nuts, sugar, spices, wheat, rice, herbs, and other eatables. The market for bulk ingredients is growing immensely due to increased spending on packaged and processed consumables. Additionally, drastic lifestyle changes in developing economies have resulted in enhanced demand for ready-to-eat and processed food items.

Further, the change in customers' preference from synthetic and pre-packaged consumables to organic, raw, and clean food items, specifically in developed nations, is estimated to impact the market positively. These consumables are also final products, including flours and oils. They are acquired bulk from the wholesalers and sold to various retail shops, supermarkets, hypermarkets, and others.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted the growth of the market for bulk ingredients. Due to the lockdown worldwide, there was a significant surge in the prices of such raw materials due to trade barriers, inadequate distribution channels, and interruptions in the supply of raw materials. The increased fees, non-accessibility of bulk ingredients items, and manufacturing costs are restraining the growth of the global bulk ingredients market.

Moreover, supply chain security has become a priority worldwide, owing to the shutdown of factories mainly in vegetable oil production in Malaysia and Indonesia, causing a limited availability of palm oil. Likewise, European manufacturers cannot import pepper from India due to the lockdown during COVID-19.

Industry Dynamics

Growth Drivers
The market is propelled due to the increasing adoption of packaged food & beverage items. This is due to the improved lifestyles and increasing standard of living. Moreover, the increase in urbanization, disposable income, and enhanced lifestyles encouraged the growth of the packaged bulk items market worldwide.

Moreover, due to hectic lifestyles, people are shifting their preference from negligible cooking to consuming packed eatables, which are convenient to prepare and satisfy the consumer's taste buds. The companies manufacturing such packaged items are gaining equal revenues worldwide, both from developing and developed economies.

For instance, based on a recent survey conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), the purchasing power for packaged items has increased drastically due to the increase in prices of vegetables, leading to the rise in sales of such products by to 20%–25%.

Moreover, the demand for junk consumables or ready-to-eat items has increased steadily over the years due to the changing lifestyle of people, resulting in the consumption of bakery items, junk food, and desserts. The demand for convenience meals is more noticeable in developing countries, where per capita eatable expenditure rises with income.

Report Segmentation

The market is primarily segmented based on type, application, distribution channel, and region.

By Type

By Application

By Distribution Channel

By Region

  • Primary processed, by type
    • Grains, Pulses, and Cereals
    • Tea, Coffee, and Cocoa
    • Herbs and Spices
    • Oilseeds
    • Sugar & Salt
    • Others
  • Secondary Processed, by type
    • Processed Grains, Pulses, and Cereals
    • Processed herbs and spices
    • Dry Fruit & nuts
    • Sugar & Sweetener
    • Others
  • Bakery & Confectionery
  • Snacks & Spreads
  • Ready Meals
  • Beverages
  • Others
  • Online
  • Offline
  • North America (U.S., Canada)
  • Europe (France, Germany, UK, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Russia)
  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia. South Korea)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina)
  • Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel, South Africa)

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Herbs and Spices is projected as the most lucrative segment

Herbs and spices include ginger, pepper, cloves, cinnamon, basil, and many more. Herbs and spices are used in both the food & beverage industry. Such processed food items have increased for preparing sauces, salad dressings, and condiments, resulting in the demand for herbs and spices. The processed consumables industry has observed a steady growth over the last few years.

Bakery and confectionery segment accounted for the largest market share in 2021

Based on application, the bulk food ingredient market is categorized into bakery and confectionery, snacks & spreads, ready-to-eat meals, beverages, and others. Increasing consumer consciousness about health and nutrition-related food items has encouraged bakery and confectionery manufacturers to produce goods such as probiotics, oats, quinoa, cereals, and other healthy food products.

Thereby resulting in the procuring highest market share in the application segment. Moreover, the market for bakery & confectionery in Asia is mainly driven by the growing demand for processed bakery products, along with increasing awareness for clean labels and healthy bulk ingredients.

Offline distribution channel segment accounted for the largest market share in 2021

The factors leading to the growth of this distribution channel are fluctuation in raw material prices, competitive pricing, product substitutes, and innovative sales strategies, among others. Moreover, various research and development for innovative products and solutions by manufacturers are projected to drive market growth for bulk ingredients.

The Asia Pacific region lead the global bulk food ingredients market by 2030

Asia Pacific led the market for bulk food ingredients in 2021. There is an increased demand in the food & beverages industry in countries such as China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and other Asian countries, resulting in the market growth of bulk ingredients. Growing disposable income and improving living standards have resulted in greater demand for these bulk ingredients in the Asia Pacific.

The economic growth in countries such as China, Japan, and India has strengthened the food & beverage industry, resulting in increased demand for bulk food ingredients. Global players are expanding into emerging countries to tap the market potential.

Technological advancements and rising investments in R&D further support the market growth. Moreover, processed and packaged food consumption is the highest in the Asia-Pacific region due to its rising population and growing exposure to western lifestyles. Therefore, leading the global bulk food ingredients market.

Competitive Insight

Some of the major players operating in the global market for bulk ingredients include Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, Associated British Foods plc, Bunge Limited, Cargill, Incorporated, Corbion, DuPont de Nemours, Inc., EHL Ingredients, Essex Food Ingredients, GCL Food Ingredients, Ingredients Inc, McCormick & Company, Inc, Olam International, Pure Ingredients, Tate & Lyle, and The Green Labs LLC.

These players are expanding their presence across various geographies and entering new markets in developing regions to expand their customer base and strengthen their presence in the market. The companies are also introducing new innovative products to cater to the growing consumer demands for bulk ingredients.

Recent Developments

In July 2021, Tate & Lyle PLC unveiled a sustainable program to encourage stevia production in China. In January 2020, Archer-Daniels-Midland Company acquired Yerbalatina Phytoactives to expand its product offering of plant-based ingredients and initiated a manufacturing plant for organic food colors, organic powdered fruits, and functional health and nutrition ingredients.

Bulk Food Ingredients Market Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market size value in 2021

USD 290.07 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 439.7 billion


4.7% from 2022 - 2030

Base year


Historical data

2018 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Segments covered

By Type, By Application, By Distribution Channel, By Region

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Key companies

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, Associated British Foods plc, Bunge Limited, Cargill, Incorporated, Corbion, DuPont de Nemours, Inc., EHL Ingredients, Essex Food Ingredients, GCL Food Ingredients, Ingredients Inc, McCormick & Company, Inc, Olam International, Pure Ingredients, Tate & Lyle, and The Green Labs LLC

Key Take-Away
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Global Bulk Food Ingredients Market Size Report, 2022 - 2030