Global Food Allergen Testing Market - 2021-2028
Food allergen analysis is the testing of a material or surface to identify and/or quantify the presence of a food allergen. The analytical test results are a useful tool for allergen management in food processing and is used to improve the allergen management plan. The food allergen analysis is used to build the allergen status of ingredients, identify the equipment that is difficult to clean, and inform about the risk assessment. The major factors driving the global food allergen testing market include the growing awareness among the consumers related to the safety of food products, along with the strong demand for fresh and suitable products that have resulted in increased adoption of food safety practices. Additionally, the rising prevalence of food allergies at the global level is another factor that is contributing to the growing demand of the market. The global food allergen testing market is likely to reach USD xx million in 2028, from its recorded value of USD xx million in 2020, growing with a CAGR of XX% during the forecast period.
Market Dynamics: Increasing prevalence of food allergies
Food allergy has become a major public health problem. Adults with food allergies account for 2-4 percent of the population, while children account for 6-8 percent. The most vulnerable population group to food allergies are children. They're also two to four times more likely to develop other allergic diseases like asthma or eczema. The growing number of food allergies reported to medical facilities is driving the global food allergen testing market.
Food allergies are more common in children and youth, but at least 15% of food allergies are diagnosed for the first time in adulthood. Furthermore, food allergies are becoming more common as a result of adverse non-toxic reactions (hypersensitivity). The growing number of food allergy cases has prompted governments all over the world to take significant steps to reduce allergic reactions and their effects. According to the World Allergen Organization (WAO), food allergies affect 220 - 250 million people worldwide. Before purchasing a product, allergic patients absolutely rely on the ingredient labeling to obtain information that will help them avoid any allergens. The Food Allergen Labelling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) needs food labels to list eight major allergens. Labeling mandates like these is accelerating the market's growth.
Numerous leading multi-retail players are introducing their own name brands selling gluten-free foods. Supermarkets have begun to advertise intolerance food products through the internet to capture a new customer base. With the growing awareness and popularity of intolerance foods, various restaurants are featuring allergen-free food items on their menus. All these factors will have a positive influence on the surging demand of the market.
However, on the other hand, the lack of awareness related to labeling regulations and the lack of food control infrastructure & resources, particularly in the developing economies, are the two major factors that are hampering the growth of the market in the coming years.
Market Segmentation: PCR based technology is expected to hold highest market revenue share of XX% in the year 2020
PCR food testing is the engagement of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technologies for the testing of food for the presence or absence of human pathogens, such as E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, etc. PCR testing of pathogens has gained widespread use in quality control laboratories throughout the food industry. Recent advances in closed-tube and automated PCR and the availability of relatively low-cost kits and equipment have made it possible for almost any food producer to set up a PCR laboratory, virtually next to the production line, and use the same food production personnel to do the testing.
PCR testing provides fast results which are more accurate than traditional microbiological culture methodology and can deliver real benefits to manufacturers when time matters. While positive results are relatively uncommon for manufacturers, getting results quickly is critical and hence the market for polymerase chain reaction for food allergen testing is likely to reach USD XX million in 2028 from its recorded value of USD XX million in 2020.
Aside from providing quick results for food pathogen testing, PCR technology has other advantages, particularly for manufacturers in the rapidly growing ready-to-eat category. This is an area of manufacturing where speed is critical, and a quick testing turnaround time will help these products reach the market far faster than conventional testing methods.
Geographical Penetration: Europe region contributed for highest market revenue share of XX% in the year 2020.
Europe is projected to be one of the fastest-growing regions in the food allergen testing market, due to stringent policies that were established to achieve high levels of food safety in the region. Peanuts, tree nuts, and fish are some of the common allergenic foods that caused frequent allergies in the European population. The prevalence of food allergy in Europe is uncertain. The prevalence of food allergy in Europe was estimated to be between 3% and 4 %, in children and adults, respectively. More than 17 million Europeans have a food allergy, and hospital admissions for severe reactions in children rose by seven-fold during the past decade, according to the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. One of the main objectives of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission is to minimize the occurrence of food allergic reactions triggered by the consumption of undeclared allergens. The food allergen testing market in Europe is driven by the rising awareness among Europeans regarding their sensitivities to certain foods, coupled with the strictest compliance enforced by regulatory authorities.
The market is highly competitive, with key players adopting strategies such as product innovation, strategic acquisitions, and expansions to expand their geographical presence and customer base. Key players such as SGS SA, Intertek Group plc, TUV SUD, ALS Limited, and Eurofins Scientific are looking for greater market penetration, especially in the developed markets, where the regulatory compliance is the strictest and the public awareness regarding food allergens is also high. In January 2019, AsureQuality partnered with Bureau Veritas to form new venture in South East Asia. Based in Singapore, this new partnership will bring their combined expertise and extensive capabilities to the fast-growing South East Asian food industry, as well as provide on the ground support for New Zealand food and primary exporters to this region.
COVID-19 Impact: Global food allergen testing market has witnessed a negative impact in recent months owing to the lockdowns imposed globally
Growing concerns among consumers for processed food due to the outbreak of COVID-19 across the globe will increase the security and safety of food products, thus driving the global food safety testing and certification industry growth. The food testing laboratories have been declared as essential services as it is essential to facilitate trade and ensure smoother food chain operations across the country and international borders.
However, import and export restrictions on food products due to COVID-19 is expected to have a negative impact on the market. Experts believe that the outbreak, may be connected to frozen food imports. This has led to strict restriction of imports and exports of food products. The spread of the pandemic in countries such as China, United States, European Union and Japan led to considerable decline in exports of food products. Due to restriction of exports and imports, there will be no scope of testing of the products which is expected to slightly hinder the global food allergen testing market growth.