The demand for gelatin continues to grow due to the demand for supplements and drugs by the pharmaceutical industry. Equally, the use of gelatin in the additive manufacturing of body tissues and parts has also aided the expansion of the gelatin market.
Gelatin is a product of collagen that has been permanently dissolved and is present in animal body parts. It’s been found in fish, pigs, sheep, and the bovine family. In terms of composition, gelatin is made up of over 85% protein content and around 12% water. Edible gelatins free of preservatives and additives are widely used for various purpose from dietary supplementations to weight loss while the non- edible gelatin had been used in photography and the cosmetics industry.
Gelatin Market Growth Overview
Major industry developments have occurred within the gelatin industry in the last few years. In 2018, Darling Ingredients based in the U.S acquired Kruger Commodities Inc. also US based and where able to expand their market share for collection of edible oils and blending of proteins. Later that year, Rousselot a branch of Darling Ingredients started a collaboration with Baker Perkins a food technology and equipment supplier enterprise based in the US. This working together is aimed at improving the gelation of gummies by reducing the time taken to achieve that result.
Similarly, 2018 saw Nitta Gelatin in Japan came up with DRG gelatin for use in the production of soft gel gelatin capsules. It works to help the reduce cross-linkages and disintegration of components during the production process thus enhancing solubility of the capsules upon ingestion.
In 2017, Germany based Gelita invested in Eberbach factory to put up an ultra -modern facility. This has paid off by allowing the company to enhance their production cycle and produce enough protein and collagen products to meet the needs of their customers.
Though the gelatin market is segmented in terms of the various actors, there exists several opportunities for expansion and introduction new approaches. One way of going about this is through an in-depth evaluation of the market dynamics and providing information regarding the entire market to the stakeholders.
Major market players in the gelatin industry include; Nitta Gelatin Inc., PB Gelatins, Roxlor LLC., Catalent Pharma Solutions, Sterling Gelatin, and Weishardt Group.
The growth of gelatin market has been propelled by its extensive use as a thickener, cleanser and for viscosity controlling. In the food and beverages industry, it’s used as a stabilize, gelling agent and to give stability and consistency to foods such as yoghurt, candies, ice creams, marshmallows, and cakes. Gelatins have been incorporated in the making of beauty products due to their claimed ability to improve the quality and appearance of hair and skin
Regional Analysis of the Gelatin Market
Europe has greatly contributed to this market while also controlling much of the market share. The many pharmaceutical companies based in Belgium, Germany and the UK continue making them market leaders. Equally the ever-increasing need for foods and beverage industries to supplement their products with healthy ingredients has had a positive effect on the growth of the gelatin market.
The Asia Pacific region is tipped to have exponential growth in coming days because of their healthcare industry. Malaysia and Thailand have a growing pharmaceuticals economy whose demand for gelatin will be a driving force for the gelatin market.