Current & Future Trends in Food Preservatives: Market & Technical Insights is a new report from Leatherhead Food Research providing the latest insights on the technological and market trends in the use of food preservatives. The report discusses the key research drivers and knowledge gaps as well as identifying key challenges faced by the food and drinks industry and analysing the factors affecting demand for food preservatives.
This report contains a matrix of preservatives, their manufacturers and current applications across a wide range of sectors (e.g. meat and meat products, beverages and dairy products), thereby providing an up-to-date understanding of the use of preservatives by the food industry. The factors affecting the activity of the different groups of compounds in the different products are also identified and discussed, using input from Leatherhead’s team of expert food safety advisors. Trends in food preservatives used in New Product Development (NPD) are also discussed and illustrated with specific examples.
In addition this report highlights recent technological advancements and future trends in food preservatives, and covers topics such as use of marine ingredients and use of nanoparticles. The report also identifies the latest developments in the use of bacteriophages and provides evidence of the role of microbial communication systems (quorum sensing) in food spoilage. Suggestions are made regarding how this link could potentially be used to devise and influence food preservation strategies.
The market aspect of the report intends to provide a comprehensive overview of the current market, as well as give an indication of future trends and developments within the industry. A section on market drivers and barriers considers aspects such as the rise in convenience foods demanding a longer shelf life, as well as the removal of preservatives in order to comply with consumer demands and the effect these demands are currently having, and will have, on the growth of the overall market. The future of synthetic preservatives is covered in more detail, owing to the huge potential this has on changing the shape and direction of the preservatives market.
In terms of data, the size of the organic preservatives market is detailed in value terms, with a further breakdown into specific categories e.g. sorbates, benzoates etc. also provided. Furthermore, a discussion of the inorganic (i.e. nitrites and nitrates) and the antimicrobials markets is included; with the latter including detail on the types of antimicrobials commonly used and their applications in the various food categories. Industry structure is provided via identification of the key global suppliers and the types of preservatives which are currently supplied.
A strong indicator of market performance is through the number and type of product launches which contain the preservatives reviewed in this report (i.e. organic, inorganic and antimicrobial). A detailed analysis of launches within several key sectors is provided. These include beverages, dairy, fresh produce and meat products, while the active packaging sector (e.g. plastic films containing preservatives) is also discussed.