What is Emulsifiers?
An emulsifier is a substance that stabilizes an emulsion by reducing the oil-water interface tension. Emulsifiers are a part of a broader group of compounds known as surfactants, or surface-active agents. Emulsifiers are obtained from plant, animal, and synthetic sources. Emulsifier demand is increasing in the food industry as emulsifiers improve product thickness and volume, prolong shelf life, maintain freshness, reduce overcooking, and soften food items. For the topical administration of hydrophilic and lipophilic active ingredients, emulsifiers are widely used in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical fields. Emulsifiers in cosmetics act as a stabilizer to improve emulsion stability. In the paint and coating industry, the emulsifiers bind pigments to the water and help keep it dispersed evenly throughout the mixture. Hence, increasing demand from various end-use industries drives the Emulsifiers Market. BASF SE, Solvay S.A., Koninklijke DSM N.V., AkzoNobel N.V., Dow DuPont, Evonik Industries AG, Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill Incorporated, Kerry Group, and Clariant AG are key market players of the Emulsifiers Market.
Here are some of the driving factors that are increasing opportunities for the Emulsifiers market growth:
Increasing demand for cosmetic products:
Emulsifiers in cosmetics act as emollients to lock in skin’s oils and water. They are used for moisturizing the skin. Also, emulsifiers are forming gel-like consistencies that are used in hair or body products. The disposable income of consumers is rising, which makes consumers purchase premium cosmetic products. Even cosmetic product advertisements make consumers more aware of brands and conscious about their appearance. Growing demand for cosmetic products boosts the Emulsifiers Market.
Increasing demand for processed or packaged food:
About 51% of the global population lives in urban cities. Like rural areas, urban populations do not get fresh food. Also, the changing lifestyle, hectic work, and urbanization are changing the consumer’s eating habits. Hence the need for packaged food is increasing. Various packaged food items such as margarine, processed meats, soups, salad dressing, fiber supplements, ice-creams, peanut butter, frostings, cakes, bread, cookies, chocolate, and others use emulsifiers to make food thick, creamy, foaming and avoid stickiness, crystallization and restrict water and oil from separating. Hence, the increasing demand for processed or packaged food drives the Emulsifiers Market growth.
Here are some of the restraining factors of Emulsifiers market:
The harmful effect of emulsifiers on health:
According to the National Library of Medicine in 2021, emulsifiers are contributing to the increased prevalence of diseases associated with intestinal inflammation, including inflammatory bowel diseases and metabolic syndrome. Carboxymethylcellulose and polysorbate 80, affect intestinal microbiota and promotes gut inflammation and corresponding diseases. The increasing harmful effects of emulsifiers on health are likely to hinder Emulsifiers Market growth.
The use of natural emulsifiers rather than synthetic emulsifiers can minimize that harmful effect on human health.
Emulsifiers have various applications in different end-use industries. Increasing demand for cosmetic products and increasing demand for processed or packaged food boost market growth. The use of natural emulsifiers rather than synthetic emulsifiers that cause harmful effects on human health can boost the market.
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