Food anti-foaming agents, also known as air release agents, are surface-active materials. Prevention of foam formation or removal of foam from manufacturing, commercial, and industrial processes can be accomplished through the use of anti-foaming agents. Foam formation during blending or mixing, reflux and distillation steps in manufacturing, and filling and filtration processes results in reduced equipment capacity and increases processing time and expense. Several types of anti-foaming agents such as oil-based, silicone-based, water-based, and others are available in the market to tackle the problems associated with foam formation.
Increasing demand for anti-foaming agents from several food product manufacturers & other end-use sectors and growing prominence of these additives among developing regions around the globe, due to marketing campaigns, are some of the factors driving market growth. Moreover, growing support from governments and ever-growing environmental concerns are other factors expected to bolster market growth during the forecast period, 2019–2026. Some of the other factors anticipated to propel demand include the restriction of VOC emissions. Technological advancements in terms of composition and performance of anti-foaming agents are anticipated to cater numerous opportunities for market growth in the next few years.
On the flip side, negative marketing of anti-foaming agents, lack of awareness, and reverse trend are some of the factors expected to restrain market growth in the coming years.
The global food anti-foaming agents market can be segmented by type, application, and region.
Based on type, the global food anti-foaming agents market can be segmented into water-based, silicone-based, oil-based, and others. Amongst the segments by type, the water-based food anti-foaming agents segment is expected to account for a significant market share, owing to the low possibility of adverse reactions related to different biological systems.
Based on application, the market can be segmented into bakery & confectionery, dairy & frozen, oil & fats, beverages, and others. By application, the oils & fats segment is anticipated to register significant growth with a noteworthy CAGR during the forecast period, 2019–2026.
In terms of region, the global food anti-foaming agents market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America.
Asia Pacific dominates the global food anti-foaming agents market, owing to the region’s flourishing food & beverage industry. Demand for anti-foaming agents is high in the region, due to the increasing population and subsequent rise in food and beverage demand over the last 3 decades.
Latin America is expected to exhibit the highest growth with the highest CAGR during the forecast period, 2019–2026. The Middle East & Africa region is also expected to register healthy growth in the next few years.
Some of the key players in the global food anti-foaming agents market are BASF SE (Germany), Ashland LLC (U.S.), Dow Corning Corporation (U.S.), Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (U.S.), HiMedia Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. (India), Ecolab Inc. (U.S.), Wacker Chemie AG (Germany), Kemira OYJ (Finland), Evonik Industries AG (Germany) and Elementis Plc. (U.K.).