Demand for food safety products in the United States is forecast to rise 6.7 percent per year to $2.9 billion in 2014, according to a report by the Freedonia Group. Recent high-profile foodborne illness outbreaks, in addition to large product recalls due to food safety concerns, will continue to fuel demand. Freedonia predicts demand for food safety products will also be boosted by the adoption of more stringent food safety regulations.


FOOD SAFETY PRODUCT DEMAND

(million dollars)

% Annual Growth

Item

2004

2009

2014

2004-

2009

2009-

2014

Food Safety Product Demand

1531

2115

2920

6.7

6.7

Disinfection Products

781

1060

1445

6.3

6.4

Diagnostic Products

528

730

1000

6.7

6.5

Smart Labels & Tags

119

180

280

8.6

9.2

Software & Tracking Systems

71

95

125

6.0

5.6

Other

32

50

70

9.3

7.0


The food processing segment, which accounted for 70 percent of total demand for food safety products in 2009, will continue to dominate the overall market. Among the various food and beverage processing industries, the largest share of food safety product demand will stem from the meat industry. Freedonia says advances in meat output will support demand for diagnostic testing products (such as those used to detect Salmonella and E. coli) and disinfectants and sanitizers, as well as disinfection equipment.

Demand for food safety products in foodservice establishments will be supported by growth in the foodservice industry, as consumers seek convenient, ready-to-eat offerings that provide alternatives to what is typically made at home. Freedonia predicts food safety product demand in the foodservice sector will also be boosted by efforts on the part of restaurant operators to avoid the devastating impacts of a foodborne illness outbreak on their image. In particular, such efforts will include the use of more effective disinfection products, which will fuel demand for disinfectants and sanitizers used in restaurants and other eating and drinking establishments.

Disinfection and diagnostic products will remain the largest product segments by far. These products tend to go hand-in-hand, as diagnostic products are often used to verify that disinfection products are being utilized appropriately. Sales of smart labels and tags will experience the fastest gains among product types, driven by the rapid adoption of new smart label technology in food packaging and by their use in providing traceability throughout the food supply chain. Freedonia says gains in RFID tags are expected to be strong, as their use for inventory tracking and management continues to grow. On the other hand, demand for bar code labels and tags will be restrained due to market maturity, as well as continued loss of market share to RFID tags.