WORLD – Extensive scientific research and studies have elevated the position of citrus fiber as a healthy food additive that can improve the product quality and texture.

 Citrus fiber is a natural and clean label ingredient providing high water holding and natural emulsification properties that benefit a variety of foods and beverages.

To appeal to the world’s rising health-conscious consumer base, food manufacturers are proactively working on adding citrus fiber ingredients in the production of fat-free edibles.

The fiber can be obtained from citrus fruits such as orange, grapefruit, lemon and tangerine which have a well-balanced proportion of soluble and insoluble fibers.

In most applications, less than 1% is needed to reap full benefits from its stabilizing and texturizing properties.

It’s produced from upcycled material or byproduct of citrus juice processing, created using a patented process free from chemicals, is clean label, non-GMO, allergen-free and natural.

Consumption of vital nutrients, which is important for body metabolism and digestion, has bolstered the consumption of citrus fiber, since consumer awareness in terms of food safety has increased in recent years.

Citrus fiber is often regarded as a neutral-tasting food additive that can extend the shelf life of food products.

Under FDA regulations, prohibited food additives like hydrocolloids, phosphates and carrageenan can be successfully replaced by citrus fiber components.

Market outlook

In recent years, the demand for dietary fiber has significantly grown and citrus fruits have received increasing attention from several dietary fiber manufacturers from fruit source.

A market study has indicated that food grade citrus fiber will account for 59.6% of the market in 2021, largely driven by applications as an additive in the processed food industry.

The US will hold over 90% of the North America market in 2021, reinforced by the presence of a matured food processing sector.

China, driven by a large consumer base, will account for over 55% of the East Asia market through the end of 2031.

According to fnb news, the citrus fiber market is set to surpass USD$ 184 million in 2031, rising at a healthy Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of over 5%.

“Rising demand for natural functional ingredients is spurring citrus fiber application across industries such as food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. Further, niche applications in animal feed and pet food formulations will positively affect growth in the market through the end of the upcoming decade,” said a research analyst.

Dominant players in the market are focusing on capacity and geographical expansion strategies in addition to collaborations with local players to aid production and distribution operations in untapped markets.