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The growth of the hydrocolloids market is driven by factors such as the expansion of the processed food industry due to the increasing demand for convenience foods in regions such as the Asia Pacific, South America, and the Middle East & African. Apart from this, manufacturers are engaged in R&D to offer high-quality hydrocolloids due to its multi-functionality in the food industry. The global hydrocolloids market was valued at USD 9.7 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 12.6 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 5.3%.

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On the basis of by type, guar gum is projected to be the fastest growing segment in the hydrocolloids market. Derived from the guar plant, it finds applications in the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries. In the food industry, it is used as a thickening and binding agent. It is used in a wide variety of food products such as ice cream, baked goods, cheese, soups, gravies, noodles, and meat. In addition, it is used in cosmetics products such as lotions, creams, and shampoos. In the pharmaceutical industry, it is used as a binder in tablets. Expansion of the food processing industry in the developing countries is projected to boost the sales of guar gum in the coming years.

On the basis ofsource, the botanical segment is projected to be one of the fastest growing segments for the hydrocolloids market due to the increased demand for natural products and ingredients. Some of the popular hydrocolloids of botanical origin used by manufacturers of the food & beverage industry include gum arabic, gum tragacanth, gum karaya, and gum ghatti.

On the basis of function, the stabilizers segment is considered to be one of the fastest-growing segment in the hydrocolloids market. Hydrocolloids used as stabilizers include locust bean gum, guar gum, carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), xanthan gum, alginate, and carrageenan. The increasing demand for convenience foods in emerging countries is projected to drive the demand for hydrocolloids in the coming years.

North America is the fastest-growing market for hydrocolloids and is projected to record the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The North American market is completely driven by the US, which accounted for nearly 84.0% of the market share in 2019. The US has a large market for bakery, confectionery, convenience food, and packaged food products; hence, it constitutes a major share in the market. Consumers in the US are calorie-conscious, due to which low-calorie and low-fat foods are popular in the country. The increasing prevalence of obesity and cardiac diseases have led to an increasing demand for natural and low-calorie food products among consumers. Food manufacturers are therefore concentrating on the application of natural hydrocolloids and their functions as fat replacers.

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The hydrocolloids market is a developing one;they are widely used in applications such as bakery, confectionery, meat & poultry, beverages, dairy & frozen products, and others such as baby food and prepared food. The growth of the hydrocolloids market is driven by the rising demand for healthier and natural food ingredients from the food industry.