Lactic Acid Market Size Report | Growth & Analysis 2027

Lactic Acid Market Forecast to 2027 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis By Form (Dry and Liquid) and Application (Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care, and Others)

  • Report Code : TIPRE00012110
  • Category : Chemicals and Materials
  • Status : Published
  • No. of Pages : 133
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The  lactic acid market was valued at US$ 1,069.84 million in 2019 and it is projected to reach US$ 2,217.88 million by 2027; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.6% from 2020 to 2027.

MARKET ANALYSIS

Lactic acid is an organic acid produced during the process of fermentation. It is used in various industries including food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, personal care, and biodegradable polymers. The multi-functionalities of lactic acid render its use in various industries. In the food & beverages industry, lactic acid is used as a preservative, curing agent, and a flavoring agent. Surging global demand for processed food is boosting the application of lactic acid in the food industry. In meat, poultry, & seafood products, it is majorly used as a decontaminant. In the personal care industry, lactic acid is mainly used in anti-ageing and skin lightening products as it treats hyperpigmentation and age spots.

GROWTH DRIVERS AND CHALLENGES

Lactic acid market comprise of wide application scope across various end-use industries and multi-functionality of lactic acid has aided the market growth of lactic acid. Lactic acid, an essential organic acid produced by lactic acid bacteria, finds application in various industries such as food & beverages, textile, personal care & cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. It is naturally present in several foodstuffs and is used in an extensive range of food applications, including bakery & confectionery products, dairy products, meat products, and beverages. Lactic acid is also used in the dairy industry in making cheese and yogurt. Lactic acid is used in food products primarily as a pH regulator, preservative, and flavoring agent. Polylactic acid, an aliphatic polyester-based thermoplastic biopolymer, is majorly used for textile applications, including household as well as industrial wipes, diapers, and disposable garments. Furthermore, lactic acid is used to formulate cleansing products, shampoos, moisturizers, hair dyes, and other skin care and hair care products in the personal care & cosmetics industry. Lactic acid is also used in the pharmaceutical sector. Nowadays, more attention is given to lactic acid based on its use to produce polylactic acid. The fluctuating raw material prices pose a challenge to the lactic acid market.  Volatility in prices of raw material, including tapioca starch and sugar, have increased lactic acid prices, which are expected to hinder the lactic acid market growth during the forecast period. A notable increase in costs for the raw materials used for lactic acid production, including cassava, corn, sugarcane, and sugar beet, has created a significant barrier for the market growth.

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Lactic Acid Market: Strategic Insights

Lactic Acid Market

  • CAGR (2019 - 2027)
    9.6%
  • Market Size 2019
    US$ 1.07 Billion
  • Market Size 2027
    US$ 2.22 Billion

Market Dynamics

GROWTH DRIVERS
  • Wide Application Scope of Lactic Acid
  • Multi-functionality of Lactic Acid
FUTURE TRENDS
OPPORTUNITIES

Key Players

  • Corbion
  • Cargill Inc .
  • Foodchem International Corporation
  • Galactic
  • Henan Xinghan Biotechnology
  • Musashino Chemical Laboratory,Ltd.
  • Shandong Baisheng Biotechnology Co., Ltd.
  • Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG
  • Henan Jindan Lactic Acid Technology Co., Ltd.

Regional Overview

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • South and Central America
  • Middle East and Africa

Market Segmentation

Form
  • Dry and Liquid
Application
  • Food & Beverages
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Personal Care
  • Others
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REPORT SEGMENTATION AND SCOPE

The "Global Lactic Acid Market Analysis to 2028" is a specialized and in-depth study with a major focus on the global market trends and growth opportunities. The report aims to provide an overview of the global market with detailed market segmentation by form, application, and geography. The global lactic acid market has been witnessing high growth over the recent past and is expected to continue this trend during the forecast period. The report provides key statistics on the consumption of lactic acid worldwide along with their demand in major regions and countries. In addition, the report provides the qualitative assessment of various factors affecting the market performance in major regions and countries. The report also includes a comprehensive analysis of the leading players in the lactic acid market and their key strategic developments. Several analyses on the market dynamics are also included to help identify the key driving factors, market trends, and lucrative opportunities that would, in turn, aid in identifying the major revenue pockets.

Further, ecosystem analysis and Porter’s five forces analysis provide a 360-degree view of the global lactic acid market, which helps understand the entire supply chain and various factors affecting the market growth.

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SEGMENTAL ANALYSIS

The global lactic acid market is segmented on the basis of form, and application. Based on form, the lactic acid market is segmented as, dry, and liquid. On the basis of application, the lactic acid market is classified as, food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, personal care, and others. Based on form, the dry segment accounted for a significant share which can be attributed to its excellent pH value control and bacteriostasis capability, prolonging the shelf life of food. In food and beverages, lactic acid acts as a curing or gelling agent, flavoring, solvent and preservative, and food carrier, as it is easy to mix in a liquid form. Based on application, food & beverages segment accounted for significant lactic acid market share. Lactic acid is used in a wide variety of food industries, such as baking products, beverages, fermented meat, confectionery, dairy products, salads, dressings, and ready-to-eat meals. Moreover, in the food & beverage industry, lactic acid is preferred over synthetic chemicals because they change the taste, texture, or characteristics of products to improve their shelf life. The pharmaceutical industry uses lactic acid for the preparation of various medicines and medicinal creams due to its antimicrobial properties, which are also expected to fuel demand for lactic acid throughout the pharmaceutical industry. Lactic acid plays an important role as a catalyst in the manufacturing of a variety of industrial goods. Generally, these acids have been used as bulk industrial applications in the personal care industry. The others segment for lactic acid market includes biodegradable polymers, humectants, lactate solvents, chiral intermediaries, descaling agents, neutralizers, and cleaning agents.

SEGMENT ANALYSIS – BY FORM

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REGIONAL ANALYSIS

The report provides a detailed overview of the global lactic acid market with respect to five major regions, namely; North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA) and South & Central America. North America accounted for a significant share of the market and valued at more than US$ 300 million in 2019. The demand for lactic acid from food & beverages sector across the region has witnessed consistent growth, due to which the market is expected to flourish during the forecast period. With the rising trend of confectionery products, the consumption of lactic acid is increasing at a rapid pace, particularly in the US and Canada. Asia Pacific is also expected to witness considerable growth valued at approximately US$ 280 million in 2019. The rising usage of lactic acid in various applications such as food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, personal care, and others have resulted in increasing demand for lactic acid, which has anticipated to boost the growth of the market in Asia Pacific. European market for lactic acid is mainly driven by factors such as increased use of shampoos, creams, and body care products, growing pharmaceutical industry, increasing demand for petrochemical products, and surging applications of bioplastics among others.

INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS AND FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

The report provides a detailed overview of the global lactic acid market with respect to five major regions, namely; North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA) and South & Central America.

In August, 2022, LG Chem and ADM announced two joint ventures for the US production of lactic acid and polylactic acid, in order to cater growing demand for a wide variety of plant-based products, including bioplastics. The targeted annual production by two joint ventures was 150 thousand tons of lactic acid and 75 thousand tons of polylactic acid.

In January, 2021, Corbion increased its production capacity for lactic acid production by 40% in North America. The expansion strategy aimed at catering the growing demand for natural ingredients in several end-use industries such as food & beverages, and personal care.

IMPACT OF COVID/IMPACT OF GEOPOLITICAL SCENARIO/IMPACT OF RECESSION

The report provides a detailed overview of the global lactic acid market with respect to five major regions, namely; North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA) and South & Central America. The coronavirus outbreak has affected economies and industries in various countries due to lockdowns, travel bans, and business shutdowns. The food & beverage industry was negatively impacted by supply chain disruptions, and shutdown of production facility shutdowns. The production halts and shutdown of many factories in the North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and the Middle East, and Africa affected the manufacturing, delivery schedules, thereby resulting in demand-supply gap. Industries such as food & beverages, pharmaceuticals and personal care have been the major contributors to the demand of lactic acid. In 2020, these industries slowed down their operations due to disruptions in value chains caused by trade restrictions and government regulations. The shortage of manpower resulted in the deceleration of lactic acid production and distribution operations.

Moreover, sanitary measures and precautions pertaining spread of COVID-19 reduced the production capacity significantly, thereby creating a shortage of raw materials for the production of lactic acid. However, lactic acid suppliers began reviving their operations in late 2020 due to significant measures initiated by governments. The government funds and support programs for several industries is expected to provide the impetus to the lactic acid suppliers, thereby aiding in revival of lactic acid market in the coming year.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE AND KEY COMPANIES

Some of the key players operating in the lactic acid market include, Corbion, Cargill Inc, Foodchem International Corporation, Galactic, Henan Xinghan Biotechnology, Musashino Chemical Laboratory, Ltd, Shandong Baisheng Biotechnology Co Ltd, Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG, Henan Jindan Lactic Acid Technology Co Ltd and Vigon International Inc, among others.

Lactic Acid Market Report Scope

Report Attribute Details
Market size in 2019 US$ 1.07 Billion
Market Size by 2027 US$ 2.22 Billion
Global CAGR (2019 - 2027) 9.6%
Historical Data 2017-2018
Forecast period 2020-2027
Segments Covered By Form
  • Dry and Liquid
By Application
  • Food & Beverages
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Personal Care
  • Others
Regions and Countries Covered North America
  • US
  • Canada
  • Mexico
Europe
  • UK
  • Germany
  • France
  • Russia
  • Italy
  • Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Rest of Asia-Pacific
South and Central America
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Rest of South and Central America
Middle East and Africa
  • South Africa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Rest of Middle East and Africa
Market leaders and key company profiles
  • Corbion
  • Cargill Inc .
  • Foodchem International Corporation
  • Galactic
  • Henan Xinghan Biotechnology
  • Musashino Chemical Laboratory,Ltd.
  • Shandong Baisheng Biotechnology Co., Ltd.
  • Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG
  • Henan Jindan Lactic Acid Technology Co., Ltd.
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    Report Coverage
    Report Coverage

    Revenue forecast, Company Analysis, Industry landscape, Growth factors, and Trends

    Segment Covered
    Segment Covered

    Form and Application

    Regional Scope
    Regional Scope

    North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

    Country Scope
    Country Scope

    Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Which region held the largest share of the global lactic acid market?

    In 2019, the lactic acid market was predominant by North America at the global level. The primary factor driving the growth of the lactic acid market is the increasing application of lactic acid in food & beverages, personal care, industrial, polylactic acid, and others. Moreover, the high dispensable income of consumers and increasing consumer awareness regarding bio-based products has also accelerated the demand for lactic acid. With the rising trend of confectionery products, the consumption of lactic acid is increasing at a rapid pace, particularly in the US and Canada. Further, natural lactic acid is the most in-demand form of lactic acid on the market that has further led to rising demand for lactic acid in the North America market.

    Can you list some of the major players operating in the global lactic acid market?

    The major players operating in the global lactic acid market are Corbion, Cargill Inc., Foodchem International Corporation, Galactic, Henan Xinghan Biotechnology, Musashino Chemical Laboratory, Ltd., Shandong Baisheng Biotechnology Co., Ltd., Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG, Henan Jindan Lactic Acid Technology Co., Ltd., and Vigon International, Inc., and many others.

    Based on application, which segment is leading the global lactic acid market during the forecast period?

    Among the four segments of function, food & beverages segment has led the market in 2019. Lactic acid is used in a wide variety of food industries, such as baking products, beverages, fermented meat, confectionery, dairy products, salads, dressings, and ready-to-eat meals. Moreover, in the food & beverage industry, lactic acid is preferred over synthetic chemicals because they change the taste, texture, or characteristics of products to improve their shelf life. In the dairy industry, lactic acids are used to coagulate milk and create cheese flavors. Whereas in the brewing industry, lactic acid increases the conversion of starch in beer, thus increasing the yield. In the baking industry, lactic acid helps regulate the acidity of the dough and increases the shelf life of the baked goods.

    The List of Companies - Lactic Acid Market

    1. Corbion
    2. Cargill Inc .
    3. Foodchem International Corporation
    4. Galactic
    5. Henan Xinghan Biotechnology
    6. Musashino Chemical Laboratory,Ltd.
    7. Shandong Baisheng Biotechnology Co., Ltd.
    8. Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG
    9. Henan Jindan Lactic Acid Technology Co., Ltd.
    10. Vigon International, Inc.

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