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Algal Ingredients: A Sustainable Solution ?

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About this Report

There is growing pressure on the world’s ingredients industry to deliver more sustainable products for their customers. Ingredients derived from seaweed and algae are widely considered to offer multiple benefits in this regard, and could well deliver solutions in many areas if commercialisation of the algaculture industry continues to evolve. This report assesses usage of existing algal ingredients and highlights opportunities for future development.

Many analysts believe that algae are key to sustainable supply of ingredients in the future. They deliver greater yields from smaller areas, are readily renewable, exploit land unsuitable for other agriculture and can be carbon neutral/negative.

The algaculture industry remains underdeveloped compared with other agricultural categories and requires investment at all levels, from general infrastructure to R&D and ingredient extraction.

Algal ingredients satisfy many of the needs of FMCG markets at present, impacting on multiple market drivers, including sustainability, naturalness, health and wellness and anti-ageing.

There are many different types of ingredients sourced from algae. Although some of these are suitable for several roles and applications, each ingredient type should be considered individually to maximise its existing and potential uses.

Virtually all of the categories that support algal ingredients are performing well. Even some of the more mature hydrocolloid categories are set to show forecast CAGRs of more than 4% over 2012-2017.

In food and beverage applications, the key drivers for algal ingredients will be their natural positioning and the health and wellness benefits they can offer. Omega-3s and colouring foodstuffs (such as spirulina) are expected to perform best.

In personal care, seaweed extracts are often used to give a more natural feel to products, but more advanced bioactives are now targeting anti-ageing. This could be a springboard for other bioactives in hair care and other applications.

What this report includes

  • Top-level strategic analysis of how major consumer trends will influence global markets
  • Consumer insight
  • Impact across all relevant consumer markets
  • Unique graphics and case studies
  • Key market snapshots
  • Accompanying presentation to synthesise main findings

Why buy this report

  • Identify factors driving change now and in the future
  • Understand motivation
  • Forward-looking outlook
  • Briefings and presentation should provoke lively discussion at senior level
  • Take a step back from micro trends
  • Get up to date estimates and comment

Table of Contents



Key findings

SWOT: Algal Ingredients


What do algal ingredients offer?

Global supply of aquatic plants

Supply and Demand Drivers

Supply: A sustainable solution?

Supply: Range of investments required

Case study: Heliae

Investments in R&D and commercial-scale production

Case study: Indonesia

Indonesia targets more value-added ingredient output

Supply: where should future efforts be targeted?

Supply: Vast pool of suppliers

Supply: Acquisitions and alliances are very much on the cards

Demand: Diversity in ingredients leads to diversity in applications

Demand: Strong growth in products with a natural positioning

Demand: Health and wellness opportunities abound

Demand: Strong anti-ageing drive continues

Demand: Market trends should drive development of algal proteins

Category Analysis

Carrageenans: Fully refined ingredients show good growth

Carrageenans: Meat, snacks and dairy are key applications

Carrageenans: Milk drinks deliver strong growth markets

Agar: Growth driven largely by yoghurt and sweet fillings

Agar: Brazil and China are key targets for yoghurt agars

Alginates: Overall growth is driven by ice cream category

Alginates: Great diversity in niche growth opportunities

Natural colours: Three key algal varieties

Natural colours: Competition from colouring foodstuffs

Natural colours: Soft drinks represent the dominant application

Natural colours: Best growth opportunities for spirulina

Omega-3 fatty acids: The pros and cons of algal sourcing

Omega-3 fatty acids: Expansion and diversification continue

Omega-3 fatty acids: Milk formulas and yoghurt should be targeted

Omega-3 fatty acids: Beverage “explosion” due in North America?

Omega-3 fatty acids: Competition in algal omega-3s will develop

Personal care: Algal ingredients appear in various guises

Personal care: Algal ingredients inhabit dynamic categories

Personal care: Differing focus for extracts and skin benefit agents

Personal care: Active benefits move beyond anti-ageing

What Next?

Algal protein could be a lucrative proposition in the long term

Functional bioactives: From supplements to finished food and drink?

Recommendations: All the trends suggest it is time to invest

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