The global food certification market is driven by rules, standards, and regulations in different food application segments. Increase in consumer health consciousness and change in eating patterns are primarily boosting the popularity of certified food products globally. However, rising awareness about improving food quality coupled with increasing government regulations are stimulating the food certification market globally. Furthermore, improved standard of living is driving consumers to opt for certified food products as they perceive them to be safe for consumption.
Food certification is a process that can be applied to any stage of the food supply chain, right from primary production level to sales. Rising incidences of foodborne illness due to ingestion of contaminated food products is one of the key factors responsible for growing popularity of food certification. Food manufacturers are keen to obtain certification in order to attract consumers toward their products. Manufacturers also emphasize on certification to cope with rising competition globally. Furthermore, certified food products are perceived to be safe and secure as they pass through various verification processes. Consumers prefer to opt for certified food products to avoid unwanted health hazards caused due to consumption of contaminated food products.
Rise in number of food trade practices and food export is fueling the food certification market. Food products without proper certification are not considered for sale in certain countries. Food manufacturers aggressively focus on proper certification through audit and quality check to aid business expansion. Furthermore, audit and follow-up processes through various certification bodies ensure that the company has proper safety management systems.
By geography, the global food certification market is categorized into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW). The scope of the report offers an insight into food certifications in these regions based on revenue (USD billion). In addition, current and future trends in the food certification market are covered in the report.
Currently, Germany is dominating the market for food certification in Europe followed by the U.K. Furthermore, the U.S. dominates the market for food certification in North America. Increasing health consciousness coupled with consumer awareness regarding side effects of contaminated food products is driving the food certification market. China dominates the food certification market in Asia Pacific followed by India. Factors such as increased standard of living and rising preference for quality food products are positively influencing the food certification market.
Key global certification bodies include ISO 22000, International Food Standard, British Retail Consortium, Safe Quality Food Standard, Kosher certification, Halal certification and Food Safety and Standard Authority of India, China Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture among others. These certification bodies through audit and follow-up ensure that companies who are involved in food production have proper food safety management systems in place. Furthermore, they ensure that food products are safe for consumption.
Based on application, the market is segmented into processed meat and poultry products, dairy products, infant food products, organic food, beverages, and other packaged food products. Consumers prefer certified food products due to growing awareness about food safety. Organic food products are gaining momentum due to rising health concern among consumers.
Demand for safe food products is increasing considerably. Furthermore, food safety management authorities along with consumers are increasingly concerned about the quality and safety of food products. Demand for certified food products is expected to significantly increase as these products are certified after meeting required standards of any authorized certification body. Changing consumer perception about safety and quality of food products coupled with growing preference for convenience food products are fueling demand for food certification globally.
Key players in the food certification market in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and RoW include Dekra SE, Bureau Veritas, AsureQuality Limited, Underwriters Laboratories Inc, SGS SA, Intertek Group plc, Lloyd's Register Group Limited, TÜV SÜD AG, DNV GL Group AS, and ALS Limited.
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