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Dried Herbs Market

Dried Herbs Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product Type (Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Mint, Thyme, Bay Leaves), By Form (Powdered Herb, Whole Herb), By Nature (Organic, Conventional), By Drying Method (Air Drying, Vacuum Drying, Microwave Drying) and By Region(North America, Europe, APAC, Middle East and Africa, LATAM) Forecasts, 2023-2031

Report Code: SRFB1314DR
Study Period 2019-2031 CAGR 5.1%
Historical Period 2019-2021 Forecast Period 2023-2031
Base Year 2022 Base Year Market Size USD 1.86 Billion
Forecast Year 2031 Forecast Year Market Size USD 2.91 Billion
Largest Market Europe Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
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Market Overview

The global dried herbs market size was valued at USD 1.86 billion in 2022. It is projected to reach USD 2.91 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 5.10% during the forecast period (2023–2031)

Dried herbs are gaining momentum in recent times, owing to their several benefits over fresh herbs. They can be stored and used anytime and have no risk of fungus and bacterial diseases. The demand for dried herbs is increasing in numerous industries, including food, beverages, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and others. Moreover, the demand for dried herbs is increasing in processed foods and convenience foods, owing to their longer shelf-life.


Market Dynamics

Growing Demand for Dried Herbs in Food Processing Industry

The use of dried herbs is increasing in the food processing industry on account of the surging demand for ready-to-eat meals and other ready-to-eat food items. The dried herbs give a tasty and flavourful touch to the food. Moreover, the usage of dried herbs is increasing in culinary for salad making and dressing. Several herbs are used in making different types of drinks, such as infused drinks, herbal drinks, and other beverages. The increasing demand for processed foods, such as pickles, snacks, beverages, and others, has surged the demand for dried herbs as these herbs are exceptional at enhancing flavor and aroma.

Fig 1: European Imports of Bay Leaves, 2015–2017 (Metric Tons)


Source: CBI (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Growing Demand for Natural Flavourings

HoReCa and the food processing industry are gradually inclining towards natural flavoring and avoiding the use of synthetic flavors. The growing health-conscious population is demanding healthy food with natural flavorings and clean label products. By considering this, food manufacturers are incorporating dried herbs as natural flavors in their food products and cuisines. Moreover, the increasing consumption of processed pre-cooked meals and foods provides an impetus to the market growth. Processed food manufacturers are adding a variety of herbs to their food products to give the food a distinct flavor.

Regional Analysis

Europe dominates the dried herbs market on account of the increasing demand for dried herbs in the culinary and food processing industry. Europe has the largest food industry in the world. This industry employs a significant percentage of the population in the region. The key application of dried herbs is in the food and beverage industry.

Europe imports various types of dried herbs from developing and developed countries. As per the data published by the CBI (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Poland and Germany are the top importers of bay leaves in Europe. In 2017, Germany and Poland together represented around 36% of the European bay leaves market.

Apart from this, the presence of a large health-conscious population is another factor driving the regional market growth. The herbs based medicines and dietary supplement are in high demand in the European region. People in Europe mostly opt for natural and healthy products.

India and China to Bolster Asia-Pacific’s Market Growth

Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing market for dried herbs on account of the increasing manufacturing facilities, growing pharmaceutical industry, and rising demand for processed food. India and China are expected to drive the market growth in the region. India has a strong Ayurveda medicines market, which uses dried herbs for different medicines formulations. Pakistan and China are the largest users of Unani medicines, which also uses more than 90% herbal medicines. In addition, the increasing organic market in the region is expected to drive the market. In 2016, according to FiBL, India had the largest number of organic producers in the world.

Fig 5: Key European Importers of Bay Leaves


Source: Eurostat

Fig 6: European Imports of Thyme 2015–2017 (Metric Tons)


Source: Eurostat

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
By Product Type
  1. Oregano
  2. Rosemary
  3. Sage
  4. Mint
  5. Thyme
  6. Bay Leaves
By Form
  1. Powdered Herb
  2. Whole Herb
By Nature
  1. Organic
  2. Conventional
By Drying Method
  1. Air Drying
  2. Vacuum Drying
  3. Microwave Drying
Company Profiles Archer Daniels Midland Company Firmenich SA McCormick & Company, Inc. Dohler GmbH Kraft Heinz Company Mountain Rose Herbs Pacific Botanicals Van Drunen Farms Catz International B.V, British Pepper & Spice Company Robertet SA Synthite Industries Ltd International Taste Solutions Ltd Cherry Valley Organics
Geographies Covered
North America U.S. Canada
Europe U.K. Germany France Spain Italy Russia Nordic Benelux Rest of Europe
APAC China Korea Japan India Australia Taiwan South East Asia Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa UAE Turkey Saudi Arabia South Africa Egypt Nigeria Rest of MEA
LATAM Brazil Mexico Argentina Chile Colombia Rest of LATAM
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
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Segmental Analysis

The U.K., Germany, and Italy: Largest Importers of Thyme

The demand for thyme and bay leaves is high in the European food industry. According to CBI (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the imports of thyme are increasing significantly from developing countries. Among the EU, Germany is the top importer of thyme followed by the U.K. and Italy. The U.K., Germany, and Italy together accounted for approximately 50% of the European imports of thyme. Other important European markets for thyme include France, Spain, and the Netherlands, which held a market share of 8%, 7%, and 8%, respectively.

Fig 2: Key Importers of Thyme in Europe (2017)


Source: Eurostat

Similarly, imports of bay leaves are steadily growing in Europe as bay leaves are extensively used in European countries in the culinary and food processing industries. The prime importers of bay leaves in Europe include the U.K., Spain, Belgium, and France. As per the Eurostat, these four countries together accounted for around 34% of the total European bay leaves the market in 2017.

Shifting Consumer Inclination Towards Organic Products Drives the Segment Growth

Organic herbs are expected to be the fastest-growing segment, owing to the consumers increasing demand for organic products. According to Eurostat, in Europe, the share of the organic area in total agriculture area is 7.5%. The total organic area in Europe continues to increase. In 2018 over 13.4 million hectares of land was organic land. Also, according to “The World Counts”, the global sales of organic food products have reached USD 95 billion.

Fig 3: Growth of Global Organic Agricultural Land from 2013–2017


Source: FiBL

The above chart represents the growth of agricultural land globally. The organic land area in 2013 was only 43.1 million hectares, in 2017 the organic agricultural land area increased to 69.8 million hectares globally. This growth in the organic industry fuels the demand for organic dried herbs. The conventional dried herbs account for a significant share of the market. The conventional segment holds more than 90% of the global dried herbs market in 2019.

Fig 4: Global Dried Herbs Market Share (%), By Nature, 2019


Source: RM Analysis

Market Size By Product Type

Market Size By Product Type
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Mint
  • Thyme
  • Bay Leaves
  • Top Key Players

    Dried Herbs Market Share of Key Players

    Dried Herbs Market Share of Key Players
    Archer Daniels Midland Company Firmenich SA McCormick & Company, Inc. Dohler GmbH Kraft Heinz Company Mountain Rose Herbs Pacific Botanicals Van Drunen Farms Catz International B.V, British Pepper & Spice Company Robertet SA Synthite Industries Ltd International Taste Solutions Ltd Cherry Valley Organics Others

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What is the estimated growth rate (CAGR) of the Dried Herbs Market?
    Dried Herbs Market size will grow at approx. CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period.
    Some of the top prominent players in Dried Herbs Market are, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Firmenich SA, McCormick & Company, Inc., Dohler GmbH, Kraft Heinz Company, Mountain Rose Herbs, Pacific Botanicals, Van Drunen Farms, Pacific Botanicals, Catz International B.V, British Pepper & Spice Company, Robertet SA, Synthite Industries Ltd, International Taste Solutions Ltd, Cherry Valley Organics, etc.
    In the Dried Herbs Market, Europe has established itself as the market leader with a significant market share.
    The region with the most rapid expansion in the Dried Herbs Market is Asia Pacific.
    The global Dried Herbs Market report is segmented as follows: By Product Type, By Form, By Nature, By Drying Method

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