3D food printing is an additive manufacturing technology that provides a 3D effect on food. The technology is still in its development stage, with key players investing considerable efforts to commercialize their products in the global market. Due to rising interest from the commercial sector, 3D food printing technology is expected to emerge as a promising segment of the overall 3D printing market. The capability of producing customized and nutritional food is one of the major factors influencing the overall 3D food printing market positively.
Growing demand for customized food, as well as increased adoption of 3D food printers in healthcare applications, make the market globally promising. Printed food is believed to emerge as a boon for people suffering from swallowing disorders. The technology is designed for manufacturing softer versions of a variety of food products, making them edible for such people. 3D food manufacturing is on the verge of the 4th industrial revolution through digital manufacturing and smart production. Artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and advanced robotics are driving a new revolution that is accelerating a shift toward digitization. With an overall shift toward 3D printing, the food printing industry is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years.
The 3D food printing market is segmented by ingredients into protein, carbohydrates, and sauces, among others. The 3D food printing market for carbohydrates is expected to witness incremental growth during the forecast period of 2018–2026. Further, based on application, the 3D food printing market is segmented into commercial and residential verticals. Due to the rising demand for food customization, the commercial 3D food printing vertical is expected to dominate the market.3D food printing is also considered a promising technology for making food more aesthetic. 3D food printing makes cooking easier than traditional cooking methods. Thus, the residential segment is expected to witness higher market growth in the coming years.
The presence of major 3D food printing companies and rising government investment in the healthcare sector make North America the largest regional 3D food printing market. North America accounts for over 1/3 of the total market value generated worldwide, with the U.S. being the pioneer in the technology. Europe holds the second-largest share in 3D food printing, with Germany being the largest country-level market in the region.
Major drivers of the 3D food printing market:
- Incremental demand for food personalization and customization
- Growing investments in the healthcare sector
- Positive impact on the food industry
Major restraints of the 3D food printing market:
- High costs and expensive maintenance
The global 3D food printing market is segmented on the following basis:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Dairy Products
- Retail Stores
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- Rest of Asia-Pacific
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Middle East and Africa
- GCC Countries
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East and Africa
Key players identified for the 3D food printing market include but are not limited to:
Stratasys, Ltd. (one of the global leaders in 3D food printer manufacturing), 3D Systems, Inc., Natural Machines, Inc. (makers of the first 3D food printing machine, Foodini), Print2Taste GmbH, Beehex, LLC, Choc Edge Ltd. (the world leader in 3D chocolate printer design), and Aniwaa Pte. Ltd., among others.
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