North America is the strongest market for food & beverages sterilizing agents generating a total revenue of USD 114.2 million in 2018. As the region is facing regulatory burden in food & beverage industry regarding health, safety and quality of food by FDA, American food processors are now adopting strategies to serve consumers with more healthy and long shelf life food products. The new advancements in food processing is making the way for sterilizing operations due to its ability to provide freshness to ready to eat meals.
With the growing demand for food safety and hygiene, food & beverage sterilization is applicable in several food segments such as cereal & pulses, meat & poultry, beverages, dairy ingredients, dried fruits & vegetables etc. The maximum utility is concentrated in dairy products segment accounting a share of around 25% in the overall application. The market is anticipated to follow an uplifting trend in this segment as a result of rising demand from foreign economies due to high consumption of milk-based products in North American countries. Meat & poultry segment stood second largest in the application segment holding as share of 19.8% in the application segment. This sector makes uses of sterilization techniques in order to preserve some sensory characteristics like texture, taste and appearance of raw meat.
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Hydrogen peroxide is widely accepted as the most popular sterilant in food & beverage industry holding almost half of the overall market share in product segment owing to is unique properties like it leaves no toxic residue, instant effectiveness and ease of handling which makes it ideal to be used in food processing. Food grade hydrogen peroxide of 30-35% composition is generally preferred in food processing operations. Chemical compounds like peracetic acid, propylene oxide and ethylene oxide are some other sterilant in the food market.
Food & beverage sterilizing agent market is quite fragmented due to presence of number of players in food processing industry. Some of the major market companies are Evonik Industries, Solvay, Steris, Peroxy Chem, Mitsubishi gas etc. Scaling up of key players in the market through merger and acquisition is driving the demand of sterilizing agents in the sector. Introduction of marketing strategies with focus on shifting from similar benefits and same taste to clean ingredients and clear packaging will drive growth. For instance, Evonik has introduced a new disinfectant named active Hyprox AS in order to act as a food sterilizing agent with the aim to promote food safety.
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On the other hand, there are some factors hindering the market growth due to health issues associated with the chemical compounds used in sterilization process, such as excessive consumption of hydrogen peroxide can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, irritation in skin, and many other health problems when consumed in large oral doses. Strict government regulations for its utility in food industry is also a pitfall for the sterilizing agent market.
Sterilizing agents are used by the name of different products in the food industry. Majorly used sterilant is hydrogen peroxide followed by peracetic acid. The reason for the compound being widely accepted as a sterilizing agent is its strong oxidizing ability which makes it ideal to be used in sterilizing operations. Its chemistry is dominated by the nature of its unstable peroxide bond.
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Sterilizing agent are chemical compounds used in eliminating contamination of food items. These chemical compounds can be found in any company’s product portfolio which in turn is making the overall market quite competitive. The major players in the industry are Solvay, Steris, Peroxy Chem, Evonik Industries, Mitsubishi gas etc. These companies are adopting various techniques to differentiated them from others and establish themselves as market leader. For instance, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. has announced to establish new plant for producing and distributing super-pure hydrogen peroxide to be used for sterilizing and other applications.
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