February 3, 2023

The global air-dried food market size is anticipated to grow in a steadfast manner owing to the increasing demand for ready-to-eat processed meals. There has been a substantial increase in the utilization of dried fruits and vegetables from the processed food industry due to its durability and excellent nutritional value, shares Fortune Business Insights™ in its report, titled “Air-Dried Food Market, 2021-2028”. The rise in health awareness among individuals and their evolving lifestyles has also led to the growth of the processed food industry and this market.

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Driving Factor:

Lower Weight and Longer Shelf Life of Air-dried Foods to Fuel Market Growth

Air-dried foods possess good nutritional value and require no refrigeration. Further, these types of foods have low weight, which helps to reduce transport and storage costs. Hence, the demand for processed foods is expected to increase which is an important driving factor responsible for the growth of this market. Moreover, these foods are highly durable and are perfect for leisure cooking applications such as home-made soups. In addition, these foods are rich in antioxidants, which can be considered as another driving factor to boost this market. On the other hand, however, the relatively high or low temperatures used for the air-drying of food can reduce its nutrition content and alter the taste of the final product, which is projected to be a major restrain on the growth of this market.

COVID-19 Impact

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic may inhibit the air-dried food market growth as social distancing rules, trade restrictions, and imminent lockdowns have created massive disruptions in global supply chains. Food companies have had to grapple with reduced access to preservatives and other ingredients required for dried food items, hindering their production and storage activities. On the other hand, with most people confined to their homes, the demand for ready-to-eat snacks and meals has skyrocketed in cities, which is likely to augur well for this market.

Market Segmentation

On the basis of product, the market has been segmented into fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, meat and seafood, and others. Based on technique, this market has been classified into hot-air dried food and freeze-dried food. By form, the market has been clubbed into powder, granules, and flakes. In terms of end-user, the market has been categorized into processed food industry, HoReCa sector, household, and others. Geographically, the market has been analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and the Middle East & Africa.

What Does the Report Offer?

The report offers a comprehensive analysis of the driving factors, trends, and restraints shaping the share and growth trajectory of the market. In addition, this report summarizes the different aspects of the various market segments and provides a detailed study of the regional developments and competitive dynamics of the market.

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Driving Factor

Expanding Urban Populations to Prove Beneficial for Market Growth

Urban areas around the globe are expanding at a prolific pace. According to the UN’s Population Division, at present, approximately 55% of the world population dwells in urban areas. By 2050, the UN estimates that nearly 70% of the global population will be housed in urban agglomerates, indicating an addition of over 2 billion people in cities over the next three decades. This exponential growth in cities and metros, especially in developing countries, is expected to escalate the demand for air-dried foods as the hectic and unhealthy lifestyles of urban areas push working populations to opt ready-to-eat meals. Moreover, these areas also have a widespread presence of small and large departmental stores, where such food products are easily available.

Regional Insights

Rising Demand for Processed Food to Support Asia Pacific Market Growth

The flourishing processed food industry and HoReCa sector are the main factors responsible for the growth of the Asia Pacific region in the air-dried food market share. Furthermore, the increasing production of raw products such as vegetables, legumes, and others within this region is also projected to serve as an opportunity for regional players.

North America is another region where the demand for air-dried foods is expected to surge due to the growing inclination of a large number of consumers processed food instead of frozen foods. Further, the increase in the demand for natural ingredients-based products is also anticipated to propel the regional market during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

Advancements in Processed Foods by Key Players to Intensify Market Competition

The dynamics of this market are being shaped by the sophistication in the processed food industry heralded by research institutions and private companies. The emergence of air-dried foods in the food industry has opened multiple avenues of innovation in this market and key players are tapping these opportunities by stepping up their investments in product development activities, thereby securing their position in the market.

Industry Development

  • January 2019: India-based Ice Make Refrigeration Limited released a novel food dehydration device for air-drying a wide variety of food products as per heat and temperature requirements. The new offering is aimed at carving a place of the company in the burgeoning farm & food processing section in the country. 

List of Key Players Profiled in the Air-dried Food Market Report

  • Saraf Foods Pvt. Ltd.
  • Chelmer Foods Limited
  • Howenia Enterprise
  • Silva International
  • Dehydrates Inc.
  • Colin Ingredients
  • Harmony House
  • Freeze-Dry Foods
  • Nestle

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