Citric Acid Market

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>Citric Acid Market Expected to reach a high CAGR 4.2% during the forecast period 2022-2029:

Citric Acid Market is segmented By Form (Powder Citric Acid, Liquid Citric Acid), By Function (Acidulant, Preservative, Antioxidant, Sequestrant), By Application (Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics, Reagent, Others), By Grade (Food Grade, Pharmaceutical Grade, Industrial Grade), and By Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa) – Share, Size, Outlook, and Opportunity Analysis, 2022-2029.

Citric Acid Market is expected to grow at a high CAGR 4.2% during the forecasting period (2022-2029).

Citric acid is the white or colourless, odourless, crystalline solid that is highly soluble in water, freely soluble in ethanol, and slightly soluble in ether. Its structure is comprised of three carboxyl groups. It is a good buffer for pH control. It is the weak organic acid that is found naturally in citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, pomelos and limes. It is manufactured by fungal fermentation. Several treatments with chemical reagents are required for the purification of citric acid. Every year, more than two million tons of citric acid are manufactured across the globe.

Citric acid is widely used as an acidifier, flavouring, preservative and chelating agent. Various pharmaceutical companies are using citric acid for pharmaceutical preparations due to its antioxidant properties. It is also used for preparing jams, confectioneries, candy, cheeses, juices, wine, canned vegetables, and sauces.

Citric Acid Market



Market CAGR


Segments Covered

By Form, By Function, By Application, By Grade, and By Region

Report Insights Covered

Competitive Landscape Analysis, Company Profile Analysis, Market Size, Share, Growth, Demand, Recent Developments, Mergers and acquisitions, New Product Launches, Growth Strategies, Revenue Analysis, and Other key insights.

Fastest Growing Region

Asia Pacific

Largest Market Share 

North America

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Citric Acid Market Dynamics

Growing Consumption of Convenience Food & Beverage Products is Driving the Growth of the Market

The market is driven by the increasing demand for citric acid with the increasing consumption of the consumption of convenience food & beverage products with the rising working population and hectic urban lifestyles across the globe. Convenience food & beverages are effective in saving the time and effort to cook the food. These foods are the best alternatives to cooking the food as these foods require a minimum of preparation and are ready to eat. The market is dominated by the availability of several convenience food & beverages such as ready-to-eat dry products, frozen foods, shelf-stable foods, prepared mixes such as cake mix, snack foods, soft drinks, milk, and juices, processed meats, canned products such as soups and pasta dishes. There is a growing demand for convenience food & beverages in various hotels and restaurants from fast-food chains. Convenience food & beverages are easily available at stores, supermarkets, independent retailers’ shops, and hypermarkets.

Advancement in technology is Expected to Boost the Market Growth over the Forecast Period

Several companies are focussing on increasing their production capacities to meet the increasing demand for citric acid. The market players are raising the investment and funding for building the citric acid plants to increase their market penetration. For instance, in December 2017, Jungbunzlauer had planned to initiate the construction of a new citric acid plant in Austria. The plant would deploy state-of-the-art technology with corn as carbohydrate feedstock for the fermentation process based on natural, non-genetically modified microorganisms. The citric acid would be extracted and purified without waste streams. Gadot Biochemical Industries Ltd had also planned for building the building and operating a new citric acid and citrate salts production plant in China.

Availability of Substitutes for Citric Acid is Hampering the Market Growth

There are several substitutes for citric acid is available in the market. Ascorbic acid, vinegar, tartaric acid, and others are the substitutes for citric acid. Tartaric acid is used as the souring agent for providing a sour taste to food. It is widely used in wines as the source of acidity. It is comprised of a stronger acidic taste in comparison to citric acid. Vinegar is acetic acid that is diluted with water. It comprised 4% to 7% of acetic acid with 93% to 96% water. It provides a sour flavour similar to the citric acid in the foods. It is less acidic in comparison to citric acid. Ascorbic acid is also found in citrus fruits. It can be used as a preservative and flavouring agent.

COVID-19 Impact Analysis

The global citric acid market has received immense impetus from the COVID-19 pandemic, as there is increasing demand for citric acid with the increase in the number of people being affected by COVID-19. There is a growing usage of citric acid for the production of food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products. There is an increase in the usage of citric acid for the development the disinfected products due to its microbicidal properties. The production of citric acid-based disinfected products has increased. The market is dominated by the availability of several citric acids based disinfected products such as Lysol bathroom cleaner, comet disinfecting bathroom cleaner, cleancide ready-to-use germicidal detergent wipes, and other products for the prevention of the COVID-19 infection. There is increasing consumption of food & beverages comprising the citric acid to strengthen the immunity to fight against the COVID-19 infection.

Citric Acid Market Segment Analysis

Liquid Citric Acid Segment is Expected to Hold the Largest Share in the Citric Acid Market

The citric acid market is segmented based on the form of powder citric acid, and liquid citric acid. The liquid citric acid segment is anticipated to hold the largest share of XX% in the citric acid market due to higher usage of the liquid citric acid in detergents and food & beverage industries because of its properties such as acidifying agents, texture modification, and flavour enhancement. There is growing usage of the liquid citric acid in the oil industry as an iron control additive for chelating and maintaining the pH of acidizing fluids. Liquid citric acid is effective in reducing the precipitation of iron in the oil industry. The powder citric acid segment is expected to have positive market growth over the forecasted period. Powder citric acid is widely used for the preservation and flavouring the food & beverages. Powder citric acid is added to the ice creams as an emulsifying agent for the prevention of fat separation. It is useful for culinary applications as an alternative to lemon juice or vinegar. It is beneficial for preventing and reducing the buildup of limescale in evaporators and boilers.

By Applications, Blood Test Segment is Expected to Hold the Largest Share Over the Forecast Period

The market is classified based on the application as the food & beverages, pharmaceuticals & cosmetics, reagent, and others. The food & beverages segment accounts for the highest market share due to the wide usage of citric acid in food & beverages to prolong the shelf-life, pH buffering, flavour and tartness in gelatin desserts, jellies, jams, ice creams and dietary supplements. Several foods & beverages manufacturers are using citric acid due to its various properties such as appealing effects on food flavour, and its potent metal-chelating action. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Health Organization, citric acid is used as an acidity regulator, antioxidant, colour retention agent and sequestrant. It is widely used for manufacturing candies as flavour enhancers for fruits, berries, and other ingredients. It provides acidic foods, fruit juice, and soft drinks. There is growing usage of citric acid to preserve the foods such as tomato juice, ice cream, sherbets, beverages, salad dressings, jams and jellies. It is an effective nitrite-saving agent in meat products. Several

Citric Acid Market Geographical Analysis

Europe Region Holds the Largest Market Share Global Citric Acid Market

Europe region is dominating the global citric acid market accounted for the largest market share in 2019 due to the high consumption of citric acid as an acidulant, preservative, antioxidant, and buffering and binding agent in various industries such as pharmaceutical, food & beverages, personal care, and others. There is high usage of natural food additives and preservatives including citric acid. The growing vegan population shall have a positive impact on the market. There is high demand for citric acid in various European countries such as Germany, United Kingdom. Spain and Italy. A large number of food and pharmaceutical manufacturers are using citric acid due to its low toxicity in comparison to other acidulants. There is a growing number of craft brewers using citric acid to increase the acidity of some low-alcohol and non-alcoholic beers in which incomplete fermentation is not able to increase acidity to an appropriate level. There is increasing awareness regarding the use of citric acid among consumers. According to the German Nutrition Society (DGE), the awareness regarding the use of citric acid for maintaining digestive health has increased from 44% in 2015 to 49% in 2016.

Europe Region is Expected to Grow at the Fastest CAGR During the Forecast Period

Europe region is estimated to be the fastest-growing region in the global citric acid market owing to the increasing usage of citric acid in nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, nutricosmetics, and dietary supplements. The high prevalence of the lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, mental health problems, and gut health-related issues shall have a positive impact on the market. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 65 to 70 million people are suffering from digestive system problems in North America. The United States accounts for the highest market share due to the rising launch of citric acids based products such as confectionery, baked products, low-calorie sugar, ice creams, low-calorie jellies, dietary beverages & food, and low-fat dairy products. There is the presence of a large number of market players manufacturing citric acid. The market players are entering into a long-term agreement with distributors for a consistent supply of citric acid. Companies are using advanced technologies for manufacturing citric acid. Advanced machinery is being used to scale up the production of citric acid. There is increasing research and development activities for citric acid-based products in various industries such as detergents, food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics.

Citric Acid Market Competitive Landscape

The citric acid market studied is a fragmented market with the presence of a large number of market players. Some of the market players are Archer Daniels Midland Company, Cargill, Incorporated, Tate & Lyle PLC, Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG, Cofco Biochemical (Anhui) Co., Ltd., Weifang Ensign Industry Co., Ltd., Gadot Biochemical Industries Ltd., S.A. Citrique Belge N.V, Metagenics, Danisco A/S, Pfizer, Inc, and Merck KGaA are the market players with the significant market share. The major players are adopting several growth strategies such as product launches, mergers, licensing, acquisitions, and collaborations, which are contributing to the growth of the citric acid market globally. For instance,

Mergers & Collaborations:

  • In November 2020, Gadot Biochemical Industries Ltd. had established a joint venture with Jiangsu Nuobei Biochemical Co. Ltd, China, for building and operating a new citric acid and citrate salts production plant in China. The citric acid plant would be built in Chenjiagang Chemical Industry Park in Jiangsu Province. This plant would have a capacity of 60,000 tons. It would produce powder citric acid, citric acid monohydrate and tri-sodium citrate.
  • In September 2018, Veolia Water Technologies had entered into collaboration with the Saudi Bio-Acids Company to design and build wastewater treatment plants for the Middle East’s first citric acid production facility in Jeddah. Under the terms of the agreement, the plants would integrate several of Veolia’s technologies as the facility targets a production output of 72,574t of critic acid anhydrous, critic acid monohydrate, and tri-sodium citrate within three years of becoming operational.

Product Launch & Approvals:

  • In July 2020, West Coast Pharmaceuticals had launched the SteriAll Vegetables and Fruits Wash with 100% natural ingredients that ensure washing away 99.9% germs, harmful pesticides, chemicals, wax, dirt and dust from the surface of fruits and vegetables. SteriAll Vegetables and Fruits Wash is made with a unique mix of purified water, citric acid, sodium citrate sea salt, vegetable glycerine, calcium ascorbate, soda bicarb, and vinegar.
  • In May 2020, Evofem Biosciences, Inc. had received the approval for the Phexxi (lactic acid, citric acid and potassium bitartrate) vaginal gel from the United States for the prevention of pregnancy in females of reproductive potential for use as an on-demand method of contraception. Phexxi is the non-hormonal, on-demand, vaginal pH regulator contraceptive designed to maintain vaginal pH within the normal range of 3.5 to 4.5 – an acidic environment that is inhospitable to sperm.
  • In April 2020, CR Brands had launched the ARM & HAMMER Essentials Disinfecting Wipes. These wipes are powdered with baking soda and citric acid, the wipes disinfect without harsh chemicals for a pure and simple approach to cleaning.


  • In November 2019, Archer Daniels Midland Company had agreed to acquire Florida Chemical Company (FCC), a division of Flotek Industries specializing in citrus-based flavours and fragrances, and one of the world’s largest providers of citrus oils and ingredients.
  • In September 2010, ADCURAM Group AG had acquired the S.A. Citrique Belge N.V. from Koninklijke DSM N.V, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company.


  • In June 2020, Gelesis had entered into a partnership with the China Medical System Holdings Limited (CMS) for the commercialization of Plenity in China. Plenity is made by cross-linking two naturally derived building blocks, modified cellulose and citric acid, that create a three-dimensional matrix.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Projected CAGR value of the Citric Acid Market?

Citric Acid Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% during the forecasting period 2022-2029.

Which region controlled the global market during 2022-2029?

North America region Controls the Citric Acid Market during 2022-2029

Which is the fastest growing region in the Citric Acid Market?

Among all regions, Asia Pacific is the fastest growing market share during the forecast period 

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