Consumer Demand for Natural Drives Growth of Biological Tools for Food Safety and Preservation

March 13, 2017 | State of the Market Report

Biological tools – organisms that can modify food products and their environments – offer a natural food safety and preservation solution to the food industry’s clean label challenge. As pressure to remove additives from products heightens and food manufacturers seek ways to protect their products and developers improve their efficacy, the biological tools market for food safety and preservation will grow to $183 million by 2026, corresponding to a 9.8% CAGR from $72 million in 2016 and included as additives in $140 billion worth of food products. While dairy is currently the main application for biological tools, meat and poultry are set to dominate the space in the next 10 years.

Coverage Areas

  • Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness
  • Food and Nutrition

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    Biological tools – viruses, bacteria, and fungi – have potential in food safety as a natural alternative to chemical preservatives, but each has a unique set of tradeoffs.
  • Analysis
    Biological tools for food safety and preservation grow into a 2026 market of $183 million, and incorporate into $140 billion worth of finished food products.
  • Outlook

Lead Analyst

Joice Pranata
Research Associate
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Camilla Stice
Jonathan Melnick, Ph.D.

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