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The global food amino acids market is expected to be driven by rising global population and demand for nutritional products; growing urbanization, rising incomes and ageing populations are expected stimulate the market. Multiple applications (including pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, food and beverages, etc.) and discovery of novel uses of amino acids are expected to contribute to market growth. North America, Europe and Asia are likely to be key markets.
Several amino acids are employed in food supplements to help with particular disorders and conditions. For example, tryptophan is used to help in sleep disorders, depression, ADHD, phenylketonuria, narcolepsy, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Arginine is generally used in toothpastes and other dental products to offer relief from sensitive teeth.
In foods, several amino acids or their derivatives are employed as flavour enhancers. For example, glycine and alanine are employed to enhance flavour and taste. Monosodium glutamate (MSG), a derivative of glutamic acid, is used extensively to strengthen flavour. Amino acids are also commonly employed as preservatives in food and drink. Cysteine is generally employed as antioxidant in fruit juices. Tryptophan is used with histidine as antioxidant to preserve milk powder.
Amino acids are often employed in some products to enhance nutritional value. For example, lysine is used to enrich bread, and methionine is employed in soy products. Lysine, methionine, and glutamic acid are commonly used in animal feed.
Amino acids such as leucine, valine, proline, alanine, cysteine, and isoleucine are employed in health supplements to enhance muscle growth.
In 2020, Amino successfully registered a drug master file with the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the production of L-aspartic acid. L-aspartic acid (a proteinogenic amino acid) is employed in several pharmaceutical and nutritional products. Amino further sought to register more amino acids with the FDA as part of the company’s internationalization strategy. Through the construction of new plant and registration of products, the company intends to serve growing demand from existing and new customers.
In 2020, Amino announced plans to enhance production capacity by setting up a new facility at its headquarters in Frellstedt, Germany. The company would invest nearly $35 million to fulfill rising demand of current customers and improve supply and availability for the worldwide pharmaceutical and nutritional market.
In 2020, Ajinomoto entered into a share purchase agreement through its consolidated subsidiary Ajinomoto Cambrooke, Inc. (“ACI”) with Nualtra Limited (“Nualtra”), a supplements company in Ireland, to make Nualtra a consolidated subsidiary of Ajinomoto Co. The acquisition facilitated Ajinomoto Co.’s entry into Europe’s rapidly growing oral nutritional supplements market and would help to further expand ACI’s business.
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