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Glutamic Acid Market

Glutamic Acid Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by End Use Industry : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2030

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Author's: Sushant Moon| Amit Narune | Eswara Prasad
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Glutamic Acid Market Statistics – 2030

The glutamic acid market was valued at $9.9 billion in 2020, and is projected to reach $16.6 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 5.4% from 2021 to 2030.

Glutamic acid is one of the most important amino acids for the synthesis of proteins. The key raw materials used to produce glutamic acid include sugarcane molasses, coryneform bacteria and glucose. Glutamic acid is produced by fermentation process using this raw material. The fermentation process involves various stages that include fermentation, centrifugation, carbon adsorption, evaporation, crystallization, and ion exchange. The manufacturing process is very popular among manufacturers owing to the high quality and purity of glutamic acid obtained through the process. However, the fermentation process is requiring high capital investment and requires high amount of water and energy.


Glutamic acid is present in the highest concentrations in muscle, spinal fluid, brain and blood plasma as well as in all protein-rich foods such as meats, soy proteins, eggs, and cereals. It is essential for the digestive system, immunological system, neurological system, and the synthesis of energy in the body. In addition, glutamic acid aids muscular growth and is hence commonly found in supplements used by sportsmen and bodybuilders. Furthermore, it also helps with detoxifying and controlling acid balance. Moreover, it is necessary for skin tightening and the production of new skin cells. 

Glutamic acid is also used as a flavor enhancer in the food industry. Increased demand for packaged food as well as increased use of food additives and enhancers in the food and beverage industry, are raising glutamic acid demand. The demand for glutamic acid in the food sector has increased as people become more aware of the importance of eating healthy foods. Furthermore, glutamic acid consumption will be boosted by rising demand from the pharmaceutical industry. Glutamic acid is commonly used to treat disorders such as muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, neurotransmission abnormalities, and cognitive and behavioral issues in people. Favorable government policies to assist the pharmaceutical business, together with increased government investment in the industry, are expected to propel the pharmaceutical industry, which in turn is expected to boost the glutamic acid demand in coming years.

End-use industry demand has a significant impact on glutamic acid production and consumption; as a result, any changes in end-use industry demand are predicted to have a direct impact on glutamic acid demand.

The negative effects of glutamic acid, such as nausea and headache, will limit glutamic acid demand. Headaches and nausea are caused by excessive glutamic acid consumption.  The risk of stroke mortality associated with high consumption of glutamic acid is expected to restrict the glutamic acid demand. Furthermore, increasing preference of natural food additives over synthetic food additives and suppliers are actively tracking evolving consumer food preferences is going to provide new opportunities for the market.

The market is segmented on the basis of end use industry and region. By end use industry, the market is categorized into pharmaceutical, cosmetics & personal care, food industry and others. The report further outlines the details about revenue generated through the sale of glutamic acid across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. North America had a significant share in the glutamic acid market in 2020. Increased awareness about natural food additives in emerging markets is expected to boost the demand for glutamic acids in Asia-Pacific. Furthermore, the glutamic acid market share is analyzed across all significant regions and countries.

The glutamic acid market analysis covers in-depth information of the major industry participants. Some of the major players in the glutamic acid market include Amino GmbH, Ajinomoto co, Evonik industries, Fufeng group, Haihang industry, Hefei TNJ chemicals, Kyowa hakko, Medinex, Sichuan Tongsheng amino acid, and Wuhan amino acid.

Other player operating in the glutamic acid market are Avenit AG, Suzhou Yuanfang Chemical Co. Ltd., Luojiang Chenming Biological Products Co., Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc., IRIS BIOTECH GMBH, Global Bio-chem Technology Group Company Limited, and Akzo Nobel N.V.

Glutamic acid Market, by End Use Industry

The food industry accounted for the largest share i.e., 65.4% and pharmaceutical industry is expected to be the fastest growing segment at 5.8% CAGR during the forecast period, in terms of revenue. This is attributed to increase in use of glutamic acids as food additives in food industry. In addition, the rise in pharmaceutical industry and increased demand for glutamic acid for the treatment of epilepsy, ulcers, mental retardation, and muscular dystrophy, is expected to boost the glutamic acid market growth during the forecast period.

Glutamic Acid Market
By End Use Industry
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Food Industry holds a dominant position in 2020 and pharmaceutical industry is projected as the most lucrative segment.

Glutamic acid Market, by region

North America contributed 30.8% market share in 2020 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.9% during the forecast period in terms of revenue. Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region, growing at around 5.9% CAGR during the forecast period in terms of revenue. This is attributed to rise in demand from numerous end-use industries such as food & beverage, cosmetic & personal care, pharmaceutical, and others.

Glutamic Acid Market
By Region
North America

Asia-Pacific holds a dominant position in 2020 and is expected to grow at fastest growth rate during the forecast period.

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • The report provides in-depth analysis of the market along with the current glutamic acid market trends and future estimations. 
  • The glutamic acid market size is provided in terms of volume and revenue.
  • This report highlights the key drivers, market opportunities, and restraints of the market along with the impact analysis during the forecast period.
  • Porter’s five forces analysis helps to analyze the potential of the buyers & suppliers and the competitive scenario of the market for strategy building.
  • A comprehensive market analysis covers the factors that drive and restrain the market growth.
  • The qualitative data about market dynamics, market trends, and developments is provided in the report.

Impact Of Covid-19 On The Glutamic Acid Market

  • The outbreak of COVID-19 in China and its spread across numerous countries around the world halted the manufacturing activities of industrial sectors, which correspondingly hampered glutamic acid manufacturing as well.
  • The raw material procurement was also challenged owing to outbreak of COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have significant impacts on industrial operations, indirectly and directly with respect to customer behaviors, labor shortages or stoppages, inventory, sales, business and manufacturing operations, and others. 
  • As per the companies operating in the market, there are numerous uncertainties about the COVID-19 pandemic, comprising the scope of scientific and health problems, the expected period of the pandemic, and the political, and economic disturbance it might cause. 
  • Manufacturing as well as the supply regions witnessed economic slowdown owing to lockdown. 
  • However, there was increase in demand for pharmaceutical, food and beverage industry owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in increased demand for glutamic acid in these industries.

Glutamic Acid Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Cosmetic and Personal Care
  • Food Industry
  • Others
By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Rest of LAMEA)
Key Market Players

Wuhan Amino Acid Bio-Chemical Co., Ltd, FUFENG GROUP, Hefei TNJ Chemical Industry Co., Ltd, Medinex, Haihang Industry, KYOWA HAKKO BIO CO.,LTD ., Sichuan Tongsheng Amino acid Co., Ltd, Evonik Industries AG, Ajinomoto Co., Inc., AMINO GmbH

Analyst Review

According to the perspective of the CXOs of leading companies, increased demand from end-use industries, continuous growth in demand for healthy and nutritional food, and extensive investments in R&D in the pharmaceutical industry leads to the development of new pharmaceutical products, which are expected to propel the glutamic acid market forward during the forecast period. Glutamic acid is primarily utilized as a flavor enhancer and food additive in the food industry. Over the forecast period, the total demand for glutamic acid is expected to be driven by a shift in the use of processed food and a growing customer desire for healthier food products. Glutamic acid is also employed in a variety of end-use industries, including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, agriculture, and chemicals. The glutamic acid market is being driven by increased demand from these above mentioned end-use industries.

However, harmful effect associated with the usage of glutamic acid can have a restraining effect on the growth of the market.  Furthermore, the growth of the worldwide glutamic acid market may be impeded by fluctuating raw material prices and the government's harsh laws against chemical firms. Furthermore, during the forecast period from 2021 to 2030, shifting consumer preferences for natural food additives, as well as rising health concerns, are projected to create new opportunities for the glutamic acid market


Author Name(s) : Sushant Moon| Amit Narune | Eswara Prasad
Frequently Asked Questions?

Increased demand from pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry in the primary factor boosting the glutamic acid market growth.

The glutamic acid market was valued at $9.8 billion in 2020, and is projected to reach $16.6 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 5.4% from 2021 to 2030.

AMINO GmbH Ajinomoto Co., Inc. Evonik industries Fufeng group

Pharmaceutical industry is projected to increased demand for glutamic acid market owing to high government spending on pharmaceutical industry and increased demand during COVID-19 pandemic.

By end-use industry Pharmaceutical Cosmetic and Personal Care Food industry Other

Increasing usage of natural food additives in the food industry is the main driver of glutamic acid market.

Application of glutamic acid like food additive and flavor enhancer is expected to drive the adoption of glutamic acid.

COVID-19 pandemic is going to positively impact glutamic acid market in 2021 owing to the increased demand for pharmaceuticals and packaged food due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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Glutamic Acid Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2030