Emulsifier, stabilizer, and thickener (EST) are used as food additives, which helps to stabilize emulsify and thicken food products. They are primarily used as food additive agent, which gives consistent texture, taste, and mouthfeel. Many low-fat foods are dependent on stabilizers. Some of the common EST are starches, gums, pectin, agar-agar, lecithin, and others. They are widely used in various industries such as bakery and confectionery, dairy and frozen desserts, beverages, oil and fats, sweet and savory snacks, meat products, and others.
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The major players in the EST Market:
- Archer Daniels Midland Company (U.S.)
- BASF SE (Germany)
- Cargill Incorporated (U.S.)
- DuPont Nutrition & Health (Denmark)
- Kerry Inc. (Ireland)
The Global Emulsifier, Stabilizer and Thickener (EST) Market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and rest of the world (RoW). Europe is dominating the market followed by North America. High inclination towards processed foods in developed countries such as Canada and the U.S. is driving the EST market in North America. Germany, and the U.K. are the major contributors to EST market, in Europe.
Based on the type, EST market is segmented into starches, gums, pectin, agar-agar, lecithin, and others. Among all, the lecithin is dominating the market. It has gained high popularity based on its health beneficial attributes. However, starches are projected to gain substantial growth based on its easy availability, optimum functionality, and relatively low price in the market.
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