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Citric Acid Anhydrous Market

Citric Acid Anhydrous Market: Information by Function (Antioxidant, Acidulant, Emulsifier, Preservative), Application (Food and Beverages, Pharmaceuticals), and Region — Forecast till 2031

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Market Overview

The global citric acid anhydrous market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.6% during the forecast period, 2023–2031.

Citric acid anhydrous is an odorless and colorless crystalline powder mined from citrus fruits, such as lemons, pineapples, berries, limes, and some varieties of peppers. It is an anhydrous form of citric acid. Citric acid is a weak organic acid with the molecular formula of C6 H8 O7, which occurs naturally. It is widely used as a preservative, acidulant, emulsifier, sequestrant, flavorant, and buffering agent across several industries, including pharmaceutical, food and beverage, nutraceuticals, and cosmetics, and personal care. The first citric acid anhydrous was extracted from lemon in 1784. Its production has multiplied by four times during the last two decades, owing to its exceptional physio-chemical characteristics and environmentally-friendly nature.

Market Snapshot

market snapshot
Base Year
: 2022
Study Period
: 2021-2031
: 2.6 %
Fastest Growing Market
: North America
Largest Market
: Japan
Market Size
: USD Billion by 2031
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Market Dynamics

Rising Adoption of Citric Acid Anhydrous as Flavorant and Preservative in the Food and Beverages Industry

Citric acid anhydrous is added in the different packaged and processed foods, such as sodas, ice-creams, and other canned food as a flavorant, preservative, and emulsifying agent. The huge global packaged food industry is likely to create significant demand for citric acid anhydrous each year. Growing urban population, continuously rising gross disposable income, a huge number of SMEs in the food and beverage sector, and ease of availability are some of the factors cumulatively stimulating the demand for the packaged food industry, which further supports the growth of the citric acid anhydrous market.

Value-adding ingredients, including citric acid anhydrous, are changing the dynamics of the packaged food industry across the globe. In addition to this, changing consumer preferences creates more opportunities for food companies for product innovation with an increased focus on the premiumization. Emerging economies such as China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Brazil are expected to witness immense growth in the packaged food industry, while developed economies such as the U.S., U.K., and Japan are likely to witness slightly sluggish growth for the packaged food industry during the forecast period.  

Burgeoning Demand for Citric Acid Anhydrous in Personal Care Industry is likely to Fuel the Growth of the Global Market

Citric acid anhydrous is used as an ingredient in various cosmetics and personal care products as it helps to brighten and nourish the skin. In addition to this, it can be formulated and used for products related to eyes, mouth, lips, and even for kid's cosmetics and personal care products. Due to its physical and chemical properties, it is a preferred choice of personal care and cosmetics producers. Cosmetics and personal care products are an inevitable part of routine life and are the primary driver for the rising consumption of citric acid anhydrous in the industry.

Some of the other factors, including rising disposable income, especially in emerging economies, easy availability, and booming e-commerce, are thriving cosmetics and the personal care market. In addition to this, rising trends towards organic and more natural products are fueling the demand for citric acid anhydrous in the cosmetic and personal care products. Below mentioned are some of the popular product categories with the most citric acid usages in the cosmetics and personal care industry.

Reduced Prices to Hamper Market Growth up to Some Extent 

Initially, citric acid anhydrous was extracted from lemon juice; however, it started declining after the commencement of commercial production of citric acid anhydrous from sugar fermentation. With the rising adoption of the sugar fermentation process, prices of citric acid anhydrous have reduced, which initially benefited the market with a rapid increase in demand. To cater to increased global demand, citric acid anhydrous producers adopted low-cost molasses as raw materials, particularly in China. In addition to this, excess production in China is likely to decelerate the price, which is projected to hamper the market.

Regional Analysis

Japan to Hold Lion's Share in Asia-Pacific's Anhydrous Market

The presence of prominent cosmetics manufacturers, rising middle-class population, and the positive demographic dividend in the emerging economies are affecting the regional cosmetics and personal care market positively. Asia-Pacific is one of the leading contributors to the beauty and personal care industry. Free trade agreements and diversity in cultural and social norms have paved the way for the entry of many small scale manufacturers in the cosmetics and personal care market.

Several ingredients manufacturers are partnering with cosmetic manufacturers for a profitable relationship. Japan is home to over 2,500 cosmetics manufacturers, of which two companies, Shiseido and Kao Group, rank in the top 10 global cosmetics manufacturers. Low labor costs and a rapidly growing manufacturing sector are potential tailwinds for the cosmetics and personal care market in China. In 2019, China market earned over USD 56 billion from the beauty and personal care industry, which further adds to the potential growth of the citric acid anhydrous market.

North America, on the other hand, is projected to hold a significant share in the citric acid anhydrous market during the forecast period on account of the rising demand for citric acid anhydrous from pharmaceutical and biochemical companies in the region. The U.S. is the second-largest market for citric acid anhydrous after China and is likely to continue the same trend during the forecast period. Mexico is the fastest-growing market for citric acid anhydrous in the region, while Canada is likely to witness noteworthy growth during the same period.  

Citric Acid Anhydrous Market Regional Analysis
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Top Key Players of Citric Acid Anhydrous Market

  1. Archer Daniels Midland
  2. Gadot Biochemical Industries
  3. Citrique Belge
  4. Foodchem International Corporation
  5. American Tartaric Products
  6. Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG
  7. Huangshi Xinghua Biochemical
  8. COFCO Biochemical
  9. Thai Anhydrous Citric Acid
  10. Cargill, Weifang Ensign Industry Co., Ltd.
  11. RZBC Group
  12. Rizhao Jinsui Trade Co., Ltd.
  13. Laiwu Taihe Biochemistry Co., Ltd.
  14. Rizhao Ruisite International Trade Co., Ltd.
  15. Shanghai Billion Chemical Chemical Co. Ltd.
  16. Jiangsu Guoxin Xielian Energy Co., Ltd.
  17. Gansu Jinbao Industry Co., Ltd.
  18. Alfa Aesar
  19. Cater Chemicals Corp.
  20. Barker Industries
  21. Wintersun Chemical
  22. Bruchem, Inc.
  23. Gojira Fine Chemicals, TTCA Co., Ltd
  24. FoodChem Corporation‎
  25. Penta Manufacturing Company
  26. Univar Chemicals (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
CAGR 2.6%
Forecast Period 2023-2031
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
Segments Covered
  1. By Function
    1. Antioxidant
    2. Acidulant
    3. Emulsifier
    4. Preservative
    5. Sequestrant
  2. By Application
    1. Food and Beverage
    2. Pharmaceuticals
    3. Nutraceutical
    4. Cosmetics and Personal Care
Geographies Covered
  • North America
  • Europe
  • APAC
  • Middle East and Africa

Citric Acid Anhydrous Market Segmentation

By Function

  • Antioxidant
  • Acidulant
  • Emulsifier
  • Preservative
  • Sequestrant

By Application

  • Food and Beverage
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Nutraceutical
  • Cosmetics and Personal Care

By Region

North America

  • The U.S.
  • Canada
  • Mexico


  • Germany
  • France
  • The U.K.
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • The Netherlands
  • Russia
  • The Rest of Europe


  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam
  • The Rest of Europe

Central and South America and the Caribbean

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • The Rest of Central and South America and the Caribbean

The Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia
  • The UAE
  • Oman
  • Bahrain
  • The Rest of the Middle East


  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Ghana
  • Tanzania
  • The Rest of Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the growth rate for the Citric Acid Anhydrous Market?
Citric Acid Anhydrous Market size will grow at approx. CAGR of 2.6% during the forecast period.
Some of the top industry players in Citric Acid Anhydrous Market are, Archer Daniels Midland, Gadot Biochemical Industries, Citrique Belge, Foodchem International Corporation, American Tartaric Products, Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG, Huangshi Xinghua Biochemical, COFCO Biochemical, Thai Anhydrous Citric Acid, Cargill, Weifang Ensign Industry Co., Ltd., RZBC Group, Rizhao Jinsui Trade Co., Ltd., Laiwu Taihe Biochemistry Co., Ltd., Rizhao Ruisite International Trade Co., Ltd., Shanghai Billion Chemical Chemical Co. Ltd., Jiangsu Guoxin Xielian Energy Co., Ltd., Gansu Jinbao Industry Co., Ltd., Alfa Aesar, Cater Chemicals Corp., Barker Industries, Wintersun Chemical, Bruchem, Inc., Gojira Fine Chemicals, TTCA Co., Ltd, FoodChem Corporation‎, Penta Manufacturing Company, Univar Chemicals (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., etc.
Japan has been dominating the Citric Acid Anhydrous Market, accounting for the largest share of the market.
The Citric Acid Anhydrous Market has seen the most substantial growth rate in North America.
The global Citric Acid Anhydrous Market report is segmented as follows: By Function, By Application
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