According to the report “Food Encapsulation Market by Shell Material (Polysaccharides, Emulsifiers, Lipids, Proteins), Technology (Microencapsulation, Nanoencapsulation, Hybrid Encapsulation), Application, Method, Core Phase, and Region – Global Forecast to 2026“, published by MarketsandMarkets™, the global Food Encapsulation Market is estimated to be valued at USD 10.6 billion in 2021. It is projected to reach USD 15.6 billion by 2026, recording a CAGR of 8.0% during the forecast period. Encapsulation is majorly done to produce particles that can control mass transport behavior. The diffusion of the material is prevented by the shell material used in encapsulation. Encapsulants act as the wall material and protect the core that consists of a sensitive bioactive agent, from water, oxygen, and light, to avoid any reaction on the core phase. The materials used for the encapsulation of food bioactive agents must be of food-grade because they are incorporated into foods.
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Polysaccharides are considered appropriate shell material because of their enormous molecular structure.
Polysaccharides are easily chemically modifiable and provide numerous textures and viscosities. Because of their enormous molecular structure and ability to entrap bioactives, polysaccharides are considered the appropriate building blocks for delivery systems. Owing to this, they are widely used as inexpensive and safe shell materials for encapsulation. There are numerous types of polysaccharides available in the market for the encapsulation process.
Atomization is preferred over other physical methods because of its large-scale production ability
The atomization process of encapsulation is the suspension of small droplets of the core phase and shell material in the gas phase with the help of spray chillers, spray dryers, spinning disks, and many similar equipment types. The atomization process is a widely used process for the encapsulation of food ingredients. The atomization process is preferred over other processes because of some major advantages offered, which include the possibility of employing a wide variety of encapsulating agents; availability of large equipment; simplicity of equipment; the ability of large-scale production; larger efficiency; and lower transport, storage, and process costs. The major disadvantage of this process is that the materials produced are non-uniform in size.
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Hybrid encapsulation is projected to record the highest CAGR during the forecast period
Hybrid encapsulation technology of bioactive agents is a developing field capable of developing functional food products. Health-promoting food ingredients, such as vitamins, essential oils, antioxidants, antimicrobials, and flavors, can be delivered successfully in functional food products by doing hybrid encapsulation, which helps in enhancing the stability and bioactivity for targeting health benefits. Hybrid encapsulation is used in numerous applications, such as hybrid encapsulation of essential oils & nutrients, antimicrobials, probiotics, and antioxidants. Hybrid encapsulates are formed by emulsification of an aqueous solution of starch, an oil phase containing the active core. The emulsion is obtained and mixed with a core-shell capsule suspension. The spray drying process is performed on the resulting mixture, and hybrid encapsulates are obtained.
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Key players in this market include Cargill, Incorporated (US), BASF SE (Germany), DuPont (US), DSM (Netherlands), FrieslandCampina (Netherlands), Kerry (Ireland), Ingredion (Switzerland), International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. IFF (US), Symrise (Germany), Sensient Technologies Corporation (US), Blachem Inc. (US), Firmenich SA (Switzerland), Vitablend (Netherlands), Advanced Bionutrition Corp (US), Encpasys LLC (US), Clextral (France), Sphera Encapsulation (Italy), Aveka (US), Lycored (Israel), and Tastetech (US).