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Fermentation is a natural metabolic process of controlling yeast, bacteria, and mould to modify food, and produce the required product. It is a process through which, the bacteria convert carbohydrate (such as sugar or starch) into an acid or alcohol; for example, yeast performs fermentation to gain energy by transforming sugar into alcohol. Beer, yogurt, wine, and other food products, such as dosa, cheese, beer, bread, miso, olives, yoghurt, idli and others are produced through the process of fermentation. Fermentation ingredients are required for the process of fermentation of food products.
On the basis of type of ingredients, the global fermentation ingredients market can be broadly classified, as water (all types of water), salt (such as kosher, canning and sea salt), and artificial sweeteners (such as agave syrup, sugar, and honey). A combination of salt and water is called brine. Brine is often used to ferment recipes. Sugar helps in feeding microbes, when they start to ferment the food. Salt helps in restricting the unwanted mould and bacteria, by drawing juices out of foods.
Fermentation ingredients are added to the food, so that it stays for longer period of time. Fermentation process can change the quality and acceptability of the end product. This results in improving the quality of food, so that it becomes easier to digest, more nutritious, and better in taste. Fermentation products find its application in industries, such as food and beverages, pharmaceutical, and alcohol. Better outputs, low cost, and natural structure of the ingredients allow the fermentation ingredients to be consistently used at large scale in numerous industries across the world.
North America represents the most significant and largest market for the fermentation ingredients. The upsurge of the North America fermentation ingredients market is primarily driven by high growth of the pharmaceutical industry, mainly in the U.S. Some of the major factors driving the fermentation ingredients market, are increasing environmental concerns, and striving for the eco-friendly production system. The advantage of convenient and easy production of bioactive biomolecules, which has various industrial applications in the food and beverage industry, is another factor driving the market.
Moreover, the increasing demand for alcohol is one of the major growth drivers for the fermentation ingredients market. Fermentation chemicals or substances, especially alcohols are widely used for various applications in the food & beverage industry, in form of liquors, spirits, and cooking wines. Fermented liquors and alcohols are an essential part of various production processes in the chemical industry, which has led to the increased demand for fermentation ingredients.
The health benefits of fermentation are also responsible for driving the growth of the global fermentation ingredients market. Fermented fibers and starch in the lower gastrointestinal tract produce chemicals that feed probiotic bacteria and create various healthful advantages. Fermentation also helps in the removal of anti-nutrients, such as phytic acid, and the increased production or creation of phytonutrients. The arrangement of increased technical precision in the fermentation process and increased awareness about the advantages of fermented foods, has led to an upsurge in the demand of the fermentation ingredients, which in turn is likely to upsurge the growth of the fermentation ingredient market..
RFI Ingredients Inc. offers a product line of fermented ingredients through a process called FermaPro. Cargill Incorporated, Lonza Group Ltd., GNOSIS S.P.A, Dyadic International Inc., Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Manufacturing, are some of the competitors in the global fermentation ingredients market.