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Lecithin Market

Global Lecithin Market Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Forecast: By Source: Soy, Sunflower, Rapeseed, Others; By Form: Liquid, Powder, Granules; By End Use: Food and Beverages, Animal Feed, Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care and Cosmetics, Others; Regional Analysis; Market Dynamics; Competitive Landscape; 2024-2032

Global Lecithin Market Outlook

The global lecithin market reached a volume of 418.9 KMT in 2023. The market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 3.8% during 2024-2032 to reach a volume of 584.6 KMT by 2032.

 

Key Takeaways

  • With the growing demand for label-friendly functional ingredients, food and beverage manufacturers are utilising lecithin sourced from sunflower, rapeseed, and soy as alternatives to synthetic emulsifiers like mono and di-glycerides.
  • Lecithin sourced from sunflower is allergen-free and inherently non-GMO.
  • The stabilising properties of lecithin have increased its adoption in cosmetic products.

 

Lecithin enhances the blending and moisture retention in bakery products as well as improves the mouthfeel in dairy alternatives. Non-GMO liquid and powdered lecithin as well as organic and speciality lecithin solutions have found applications in confectioneries, bakery products, and infant nutrition.

 

In the pharmaceutical sector, lecithin finds application as an excipient. It acts as an emulsifier to stabilise combinations of liquids that are not soluble in one another. It also improves the bioavailability of lipid-soluble components. While powdered lecithin acts as a releasing agent in capsules and dispersing agent in oral tablets, liquid lecithin finds increased application in stabilising medicated creams, skin lotions, and ointments.

 

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Key Trends and Developments

Growing use of non-GMO lecithin; increasing demand from the cosmetic sector, and use in food applications are positively impacting the lecithin market growth

 

Date Company Event
Mar 2023 Caldic Caldic and Connell completed their merger, creating a new global growth platform in ingredients and speciality chemicals distribution.
Nov 2022 Novastell Novastell announced the launch of a range of lecithin granules for use in food and beverage applications.
Nov 2022 Lactalis Lactalis Ingredients launched a range of instant whey protein concentrates (IWPC) that feature sunflower lecithin.
Aug 2022 Louis Dreyfus Company Agricultural Industries Louis Dreyfus Company Agricultural Industries (LDC), a global agribusiness, expanded its operations in Claypool, Indiana, with a new lecithin plant.

 

 

Trends Impact
Growing demand for non-GMO lecithin The growing demand for clean-label food products is compelling manufacturers to substitute synthetic stabilisers and emulsifying agents with organic, natural, and non-GMO lecithin.
Expansion of the cosmetics sector Changing beauty standards and health awareness as well as the expansion of social media have shifted consumers' concerns towards self-care, increasing the adoption of lecithin as an ingredient in cosmetic products.
Lecithin use in food applications Due to its health-promoting, and emulsifying properties, lecithin is extensively used as a natural emulsifier, preservative, and fatty acid in food.

 

Global Lecithin Market Trends

Crude lecithin can be sourced as a by-product of vegetable oil production, reducing waste by utilising more of the original plant, and is increasingly being used in a variety of food products to improve shelf-stability while serving as a sustainable ingredient.

 

With the increasing inclination towards organic products, clean-label and traceable ingredients, the usage of non-GMO lecithin is surging, especially in Asia.

 

Moreover, manufacturers are attempting to develop lecithin with improved properties to ensure a better control over its physicochemical or organoleptic parameters during its production, which is likely to expand its usage in pharmaceuticals and animal feed applications, among others.

 

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Market Segmentation

“Global Lecithin Market Report and Forecast 2024-2032” offers a detailed analysis of the market based on the following segments:

 

Market Breakup Categories
Source Soy, Sunflower, Rapeseed, Others
Form Liquid, Powder, Granules
End Use Food and Beverages, Animal Feed, Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care and Cosmetics, Others
Region North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa

 

Powdered form dominates the global lecithin market share

Powdered form acts as a releasing agent in capsules and a dispersing agent in oral tablets. In bakeries, powdered lecithin stabilises bread formation while in restaurants it enhances the texture of dressings and sauces. Easily miscible natural sunflower lecithin powder is an ideal substitute for artificial emulsifiers or chemically modified lecithin in oil-in-water emulsions.

 

Liquid lecithin is consumed to stabilise or emulsify mixtures with high-fat contents, especially in the cosmetics and confectionery sectors.

 

Granulated lecithin has a low-calorie count and is majorly added to low-carb items or instant food products. Lecithin granules are produced using special machinery so that they are high quality and can be easily incorporated into recipes.

 

Competitive Landscape

The key market players are increasingly transitioning to non-GMO lecithin, aided by the rising demand for clean label food products

 

Company Founded Headquarters Services
Archer Daniels Midland Company 1902 United States Provides lecithin products including Yelkin, Ultralec, Beakin, Performix, and Thermolec
Bunge Limited 1818 United States Specialises in sunflower lecithins, soybean lecithins, and canola lecithin
Cargill, Incorporated 1865 United States Offers canola lecithin, deoiled lecithin, fluid lecithin, fractionated deoiled and fluid lecithin, among others.
Caldic B.V. 1970 Netherlands The company offers lecithin sourced from soy, sunflower, and canola

 

Other notable players operating in the global lecithin market include Fismer Lecithin GmbH, Lecilite Ingredients Pvt Ltd, Lipoid GmbH, and Sternchemie GmbH & Co. KG, among others. The manufacturers are upgrading their product portfolios and incorporating the latest capabilities to innovate their offerings and meet the evolving demands of consumers.

 

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Global Lecithin Market Analysis by Region

In the Asia Pacific, the popularity of ready-to-eat foods, due to changing consumer lifestyles in countries like China and India, combined with rising consumer disposable income, fuel lecithin demand.  According to USDA, China, Japan, and India are witnessing a rise in consumption of baked goods, further increasing the demand for emulsifiers such as lecithin. Some of the key manufacturers of lecithin in the region include Bunge, Sonic Biochem, and GIIAVA.

 

In North America, the need for non-transgenic foods is raising the demand for non-GMO lecithin in natural ingredient-based food products. Large supermarket chains such as Walmart Inc, and The Kroger Co. offer organic lecithin products. The trend towards a cleaner food label drives the demand for natural speciality functional lecithin in bakery and confections.

 

Further, Latin America accounts for about 55% of the world’s soybean supply. The rising production of soybean due to favourable climatic conditions and rapid expansion of farmland is supporting the market for soy lecithin.

 

Key Highlights of the Report

REPORT FEATURES DETAILS
Base Year 2023
Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Scope of the Report

Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Drivers and Constraints, Historical and Forecast Market Analysis by Segment:

  • Source
  • Form
  • End Use
  • Region
Breakup by Source
  • Soy
  • Sunflower
  • Rapeseed
  • Others
Breakup by Form
  • Liquid
  • Powder
  • Granules
Breakup by End Use
  • Food and Beverages
  • Animal Feed
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Personal Care and Cosmetics
  • Others
Breakup by Region
  • North America
    • United States of America 
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • United Kingdom
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Others
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Australia
    • Others
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Mexico
    • Others
  • Middle East and Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Nigeria
    • South Africa
    • Others
Market Dynamics
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Porter's Five Forces Analysis
  • Key Indicators for Demand
  • Key Indicators for Price
Trade Data Analysis
  • Major Exporting Countries
    • By Value
    • By Volume
  • Major Importing Countries
    • By Value
    • By Volume
Competitive Landscape
  • Market Structure
  • Company Profiles
    • Company Overview
    • Product Portfolio
    • Demographic Reach and Achievements
    • Certifications
Companies Covered
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Bunge Limited
  • Cargill, Incorporated
  • Caldic B.V.
  • Fismer Lecithin GmbH
  • Lecilite Ingredients Pvt Ltd
  • Lipoid GmbH
  • Sternchemie GmbH & Co. KG
  • Others

 

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1    Preface
2    Report Coverage – Key Segmentation and Scope
3    Report Description

    3.1    Market Definition and Outlook
    3.2    Properties and Applications
    3.3    Market Analysis
    3.4    Key Players
4    Key Assumptions
5    Executive Summary

    5.1    Overview
    5.2    Key Drivers
    5.3    Key Developments
    5.4    Competitive Structure
    5.5    Key Industrial Trends
6    Market Snapshot
    6.1    Global
    6.2    Regional
7    Opportunities and Challenges in the Market
8    Global Lecithin Market Analysis

    8.1    Key Industry Highlights
    8.2    Global Lecithin Historical Market (2018-2023) 
    8.3    Global Lecithin Market Forecast (2024-2032)
    8.4    Global Lecithin Market by Source
        8.4.1    Soy
            8.4.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            8.4.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.4.2    Sunflower
            8.4.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            8.4.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.4.3    Rapeseed
            8.4.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            8.4.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.4.4    Others
    8.5    Global Lecithin Market by Form
        8.5.1    Liquid
            8.5.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            8.5.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.5.2    Powder
            8.5.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            8.5.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.5.3    Granules
            8.5.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            8.5.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    8.6    Global Lecithin Market by End Use
        8.6.1    Food and Beverages
            8.6.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            8.6.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.6.2    Animal Feed
            8.6.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            8.6.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.6.3    Pharmaceuticals
            8.6.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            8.6.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.6.4    Personal Care and Cosmetics
            8.6.4.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            8.6.4.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.6.5    Others
    8.7    Global Lecithin Market by Region
        8.7.1    North America
            8.7.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
            8.7.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.7.2    Europe
            8.7.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
            8.7.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.7.3    Asia Pacific
            8.7.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
            8.7.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.7.4    Latin America
            8.7.4.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
            8.7.4.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        8.7.5    Middle East and Africa
            8.7.5.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
            8.7.5.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
9    North America Market Analysis
    9.1    United States of America 
        9.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        9.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    9.2    Canada
        9.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        9.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
10    Europe Market Analysis
    10.1    United Kingdom
        10.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        10.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.2    Germany
        10.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        10.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.3    France
        10.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        10.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.4    Italy
        10.4.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        10.4.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.5    Others
11    Asia Pacific Market Analysis
    11.1    China
        11.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        11.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    11.2    Japan
        11.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        11.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    11.3    India
        11.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        11.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    11.4    ASEAN
        11.4.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        11.4.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    11.5    Australia
        11.5.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        11.5.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    11.6    Others
12    Latin America Market Analysis
    12.1    Brazil
        12.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        12.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    12.2    Argentina
        12.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        12.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    12.3    Mexico
        12.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        12.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    12.4    Others
13    Middle East and Africa Market Analysis
    13.1    Saudi Arabia
        13.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        13.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    13.2    United Arab Emirates
        13.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        13.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    13.3    Nigeria
        13.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        13.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    13.4    South Africa
        13.4.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023) 
        13.4.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    13.5    Others
14    Market Dynamics
    14.1    SWOT Analysis
        14.1.1    Strengths
        14.1.2    Weaknesses
        14.1.3    Opportunities
        14.1.4    Threats
    14.2    Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
        14.2.1    Supplier’s Power
        14.2.2    Buyer’s Power
        14.2.3    Threat of New Entrants
        14.2.4    Degree of Rivalry
        14.2.5    Threat of Substitutes
    14.3    Key Indicators for Demand
    14.4    Key Indicators for Price
15    Value Chain Analysis
16    Trade Data Analysis (HS Code- 292320)

    16.1    Major Exporting Countries
        16.1.1    By Value
    16.2    Major Importing Countries
        16.2.1    By Value
17    Price Analysis
18    Competitive Landscape
    18.1    Market Structure
    18.2    Company Profiles
        18.2.1    Archer Daniels Midland Company
            18.2.1.1    Company Overview
            18.2.1.2    Product Portfolio
            18.2.1.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            18.2.1.4    Certifications
        18.2.2    Bunge Limited
            18.2.2.1    Company Overview
            18.2.2.2    Product Portfolio
            18.2.2.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            18.2.2.4    Certifications
        18.2.3    Cargill, Incorporated
            18.2.3.1    Company Overview
            18.2.3.2    Product Portfolio
            18.2.3.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            18.2.3.4    Certifications
        18.2.4    Caldic B.V.
            18.2.4.1    Company Overview
            18.2.4.2    Product Portfolio
            18.2.4.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            18.2.4.4    Certifications
        18.2.5    Fismer Lecithin GmbH
            18.2.5.1    Company Overview
            18.2.5.2    Product Portfolio
            18.2.5.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            18.2.5.4    Certifications
        18.2.6    Lecilite Ingredients Pvt Ltd
            18.2.6.1    Company Overview
            18.2.6.2    Product Portfolio
            18.2.6.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            18.2.6.4    Certifications
        18.2.7    Lipoid GmbH
            18.2.7.1    Company Overview
            18.2.7.2    Product Portfolio
            18.2.7.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            18.2.7.4    Certifications
        18.2.8    Sternchemie GmbH & Co. KG
            18.2.8.1    Company Overview
            18.2.8.2    Product Portfolio
            18.2.8.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            18.2.8.4    Certifications
        18.2.9    Others
19    Key Trends and Developments in the Market

 

List of Key Figures and Tables

1.    Global Lecithin Market: Key Industry Highlights, 2018 and 2032
2.    Global Lecithin Historical Market: Breakup by Source (KMT), 2018-2023
3.    Global Lecithin Market Forecast: Breakup by Source (KMT), 2024-2032
4.    Global Lecithin Historical Market: Breakup by Form (KMT), 2018-2023
5.    Global Lecithin Market Forecast: Breakup by Form (KMT), 2024-2032
6.    Global Lecithin Historical Market: Breakup by End Use (KMT), 2018-2023
7.    Global Lecithin Market Forecast: Breakup by End Use (KMT), 2024-2032
8.    Global Lecithin Historical Market: Breakup by Region (KMT), 2018-2023
9.    Global Lecithin Market Forecast: Breakup by Region (KMT), 2024-2032
10.    North America Lecithin Historical Market: Breakup by Country (KMT), 2018-2023
11.    North America Lecithin Market Forecast: Breakup by Country (KMT), 2024-2032
12.    Europe Lecithin Historical Market: Breakup by Country (KMT), 2018-2023
13.    Europe Lecithin Market Forecast: Breakup by Country (KMT), 2024-2032
14.    Asia Pacific Lecithin Historical Market: Breakup by Country (KMT), 2018-2023
15.    Asia Pacific Lecithin Market Forecast: Breakup by Country (KMT), 2024-2032
16.    Latin America Lecithin Historical Market: Breakup by Country (KMT), 2018-2023
17.    Latin America Lecithin Market Forecast: Breakup by Country (KMT), 2024-2032
18.    Middle East and Africa Lecithin Historical Market: Breakup by Country (KMT), 2018-2023
19.    Middle East and Africa Lecithin Market Forecast: Breakup by Country (KMT), 2024-2032
20.    Major Exporting Countries by Value
21.    Major Importing Countries by Value
22.    Global Lecithin Market Structure

Key Questions Answered in the Report

The market attained a volume of 418.9 KMT in 2023.

The market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 3.8% during 2024-2032

The market is estimated to witness a healthy growth in the forecast period of 2024-2032 to reach a volume of 584.6 KMT by 2032.

The key market drivers are increasing application of lecithin in foods and pharmaceuticals, and regulations supporting the use of lecithin.

The key market trends are growing demand for non-GMO lecithin and rising innovations around lecithin applications.

The key markets are North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.

The various end uses of lecithin include food and beverages, animal feed, personal care and cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals, among others.

The key players in the market include Archer Daniels Midland Company, Bunge Limited, Cargill, Incorporated, Caldic B.V., Fismer Lecithin GmbH, Lecilite Ingredients Pvt Ltd, Lipoid GmbH, and Sternchemie GmbH & Co. KG, among others.

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