Liquid Smoke Market By Product (Hickory, Mesquite, Applewood, Others), By Application (Seafood & Meat, Sauces, Diary, Pet Foods & Treats, Others) - Growth, Future Prospects & Competitive Analysis, 2017 – 2025

Smoke ingredients are available in three forms: oil, powder, and aqueous. Liquid smoke refers to an artificial smoke ingredient that is used across several cuisines to impart a smoky flavor and fragrance to the food. It is generally available in yellow and red. It is widely utilized to enhance the shelf life of food products without roasting or grilling the food. Liquid smoke is primarily produced by the method of pyrolysis. Wood smoke is condensed by igniting the wood chips under conditions of limited oxygen content, which is then further purified and subsequently fractionated to form oil and dry powder.

The refining involved in liquid smoke eliminates the formation of unwanted polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which might act as a barrier in imparting the flavor and color of liquid smoke. Refined liquid smokes offer multiple advantages over wood smoke, such as inhibition of PAH emissions, superior product homogeneity, ease of storage, and minimum environmental pollution. The commercial production of liquid smoke is also beneficial for controlling the growth of pathogenic microorganisms.

The market is witnessing significant growth owing to rising consumer preference for smoked food products such as salmon and smoked sausages. The rising preference for liquid smoke as browning agents, color preservatives, and antimicrobial additives is a key trend adopted by manufacturers for product differentiation. Liquid smoke with a higher composition of carbonyl-containing compounds is witnessing rapid adoption among food industries as a browning agent.

However, refined liquid smoke with reduced levels of flavor and color is applied as a preservative in raw tuna and salmon. The acidic and phenolic content of liquid smoke imparts flavor, color, microbial stability, and texture to food, which is a major factor in its increasing market prominence. The rise in pet ownership and processed food plants are some other factors boosting the market growth. Growing applications of liquid smoke to impart flavors to hard-boiled candy is a recent trend, posing lucrative opportunities for market growth.

In 2016, North America dominated the market due to the massive adoption of liquid smoke among seafood and processed meat applications in this region. Growing consumer preference for barbecue flavors and sauces is also driving the market for pet food and treats, which in turn is expected to augment the market. In addition to it, multinational North American companies are keen on strengthening partnerships with food manufacturers and distributors across the globe, thus acting as one of the prime factors for market growth. Apart from this, the growing consumption of dairy products in Asian countries such as India is also escalating market demand.

Some of the key players profiled in the market include Red Arrow International LLC, Bespoke Ltd., Redbrook Ingredient Services Ltd., MSK Ingredients Ltd., Kerry Group Plc., Ruitenberg Ingredients B.V., B&G Foods Inc., Baumer Food Inc., Frutarom Savory Solutions Gmbh, Colgin, and Azelis SA.

Based on product type, the global liquid smoke market is categorized into the following segments:

  • Hickory
  • Mesquite
  • Applewood
  • Others (Maple, Oak, etc.)

In 2016, hickory-flavored liquid smoke dominated the market and was projected to remain dominant throughout the forecast period of 2017 to 2025. Chips and sawdust from hardwoods such as hickory and mesquite are obtained as waste products in the furniture industry. These aforementioned hardwoods are ignited at high temperatures to produce smoke, which is further condensed into liquid form. Such liquid smoke is free of additives, salt, and carcinogenic compounds with a strong flavor.

The increasing use of hickory-flavored liquid smoke to impart texture, flavor, and color in the processed food industry is expected to be a major driving factor for market growth. In addition to it, hickory liquid smoke, owing to its zero carcinogenic properties, is increasingly used to enhance the shelf life of the food product as well as prevent spoilage. Furthermore, the easy burning of hickory wood, along with the significant amount of smoke obtained from it, results in a higher yield of liquid smoke and is projected to drive the use of hickory products, which in turn spurs market growth.

Based on application, the global liquid smoke market is categorized into the following segments:

  • Seafood and meat
  • Sauces
  • Dairy
  • Pet Foods & Treats
  • Others (snacks, bakery, and confectionery)

In 2016, the seafood and meat segment dominated the market and was projected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period of 2017 to 2025. The rise in demand for liquid smoke in the seafood and meat industries to deliver flavor and color through various methods is catapulting market growth. In countries such as the U.S., where processed and cured meat products such as hot dogs, pastrami, hams, and hot dogs are highly consumed, liquid smoke is used to add flavor as well as enhance the shelf life of the products.

Moreover, liquid smoke's antimicrobial effectiveness, antioxidant capabilities, and quality-enhancing properties are bound to spur market growth. Liquid smoke is also widely utilized in barbeque-flavored products such as bacon, marinades, cheeses, and sausages to add smoky flavor to them. Growth of pet ownership and rising consumer preference for liquid smoke sauces to deliver barbeque flavor, especially in the North American and Western Europe regions, are expected to drive the growth of the pet food and treat and sauces segments in the coming years. Other segments pose major potential for market growth during the forecasted years. This is due to the widespread adoption of liquid smoke in bakery and confectionery products, such as hard-boiled candy, to impart a unique aroma to the final product.

Based on geographical distribution, the global liquid smoke market is segmented into the following regions and countries:

  • North America
  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • China
  • India
  • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Brazil
  • rest of Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa
  • GCC
  • Rest of the Middle East and Africa

In 2016, North America held the largest value share of the global liquid cigarette market and was expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period from 2017 to 2025. The maximum number of processed food plants is mainly attributable to regional market growth, where liquid smoke aids in improving the smoky characteristics of products and avoiding batch-to-batch variation of foods. Apart from this, Asia-Pacific is projected to witness the highest growth over the forecast period owing to rapid technological advancements in food processing industries and increasing consumption of smoke-flavored food products in this region. Moreover, developing nations across Asia-Pacific, which are increasingly reliant on the agriculture sector as their main occupation, are witnessing increased demand for liquid smoke.

This demand is primarily due to the anti-bacterial effect of liquid smoke as an additive to animal feedstock, along with fertilizers and pesticides. Moreover, the growing trend of organic farming has further increased the demand for liquid smoke ingredients since they are increasingly utilized in the production of organic aquaculture products. Currently, the market is witnessing average growth in the Latin American and Middle Eastern regions; however, these regions are projected to grow significantly in the coming years. Increasing consumption as well as exports of seafood, especially from West Africa to the U.K., along with the major presence of a fish-eating population in African nations, are some factors supplementing the market's growth in this region.

Frequently Asked Questions:

The market for Liquid Smoke Market is expected to reach US$ XX Mn by 2025.

The Liquid Smoke Market is expected to see significant CAGR growth over the coming years, at 6.3%.

The report is forecasted from 2017-2025.

The base year of this report is 2016.

Red Arrow International LLC, Bespoke Ltd., Redbrook Ingredient Services Ltd., MSK Ingredients Ltd., Kerry Group Plc., Ruitenberg Ingredients B.V., B&G Foods Inc., Baumer Food Inc., Frutarom Savory Solutions Gmbh, Colgin, and Azelis SA. are some of the major players in the global market.

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Published Date:  Jan 2018
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