Dehydrated vegetables are processed and dried vegetables composed by the dehydration technique to eliminate moisture content to a level where micro-organism will not be able to grow and spoil the vegetables. The dehydrating process of the vegetables helps in reducing the volume and weight of the food, which is necessary for the preservation and storage process. It also helps in retaining minerals and vitamins, without altering the taste and calorie content of the vegetables, as compared to the traditional preservation methods. The dehydrated vegetable such as cabbage, carrot, and okra, are widely consumed by the food processing industry for the manufacturing of instant soups, vegetable noodles, snacks, and salads. The dehydrated onion is used as a condiment and flavoring agent in the production of tomato ketchup, sauces, pickles, ready-to-eat chutneys, and meat sausages. They are easy to use and have a longer shelf life.
The primary factor contributing to the growth of the Global Dehydrated Vegetables Market includes the increasing consumption of packaged food products across the globe. The continuous technological development in the post-harvest technologies such as the introduction of vacuum and air-drying techniques, in the food processing industry, has resulted in the possibility of consuming vegetables for a more extended time when preserved in specified conditions. The growing consumer awareness regarding the improved shelf life of dehydrated food is promoting the adoption of dehydrated vegetables, especially in the emerging economies, including India, China, and Japan. Various manufacturers are striving to provide nutrition-rich dried products through their on-the-go and ready-to-cook meals and snacks product range. Continuous product development will attract a large number of consumers who are looking for healthy, packed food products with several nutritional values. Dehydrated vegetables are easy to store, have a longer shelf life, and are highly cost-effective.
The growing hectic lifestyle, especially among the working-class population and millennials, is encouraging them to opt for easy and convenient food products with no further cooking requirements. This fundamental shift will boost the demand for packed food products, such as vegetable noodles and soups, thereby increasing the demand for dehydrated vegetables all over the world. Moreover, the high pricing of fresh vegetables due to seasonal variations will further propel the demand for dehydrated vegetables with the same nutritional content and year-round availability. On the other hand, the unpredictable weather conditions such as hailstorms, raining, drought, and flood disturbs the production of vegetables, thus hampering the growth of the market over the coming years.
Based on the product type, the Global Dehydrated Vegetables market is segmented into Carrots, Onions, Potatoes, Broccoli, Beans, Peas, Cabbage, Mushrooms, and Tomatoes. Dehydrated onions, peas, and tomatoes are mostly used in the preparation of different cuisines by the households. The dehydrated tomatoes are expected to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period owing to the increasing usage of tomatoes in various salads, sandwiches, sauces, seasoning, and dressings. Moreover, the dehydrated onions are expected to grow at a higher market share due to its remarkable features, such as smooth texture. They are used as a condiment and flavouring agent in the manufacturing of tomato ketchup, sauces, pickles, ready-to-eat chutneys, and meat sausages.
Based on nature, the Global Dehydrated Vegetables market is segmented into Organic and Conventional. Organic Dehydrated Vegetables is anticipated to lead the market during the forecast period owing to the growing consumer awareness about the benefits offered by organic vegetables across the globe. Organic vegetables are cultivated using natural fertilizers such as Farm Yard Manure (FYM), which helps in conserving soil fertility and is highly rich in nutrients.
Based on the form, the Global Dehydrated Vegetables market is segmented into Minced & Chopped, Powder & Granules, Flakes, Slice & Cubes, and Others. The Powder & Granules segment is expected to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period owing to the increasing demand for the powdered form of dehydrated vegetables among the consumer base. The powdered form of dehydrated vegetables is widely used in omelettes, muffins, breakfast cookies, salads, and smoothies. It can be easily blended, adds flavors, color, and texture to the meal.
Based on the technology, the Global Dehydrated Vegetables market is segmented into Air Drying, Spray Drying, Freeze Drying, Drum Drying, Vacuum Drying, and Others. The Vacuum Drying segment is anticipated to lead the market during the forecast period due to its ability to conserve energy along with its cost-effective feature. The vacuum drying tends to work faster than other drying methods and retains the nutritional content of the vegetables without damaging them with heat. Various market players are focusing on technological development, such as the introduction of superheated steam food vacuum drying machine, to meet the rising demand of the end-users. Continuous product development will create new opportunities in the market, thereby accelerate the usage of vacuum technology to dehydrate the vegetables.
Based on the region, the Asia Pacific region is anticipated to lead the market during the forecast period due to the significant rise in the demand for convenience food, followed by changing lifestyles across the Asian countries, especially India, China, and Thailand. China is the biggest exporter of dehydrated vegetables such as mushrooms, bean sprouts, green beans, and watercress, which are used in the manufacturing of packed soups, curries, powdered ingredients, and other fast food products. Moreover, Europe is expected to grow at a higher market share owing to the increasing consumption of packed and processed food across Europe. The expanding urban population and the growing number of working-class professionals in the UK, Germany, and France, will further promote consumers to opt for packed food products to save their time and money.
Various notable players operating in the market include Olam International, Naturex S.A., Symrise, Mercer Foods, LLC, BC Foods, Inc., Harmony House Foods, Inc., Natural Dehydrated Vegetables Pvt. Ltd., Green Rootz, Silva International, Van Drunen Farms, among others.
- In 2019, Symrise acquired International Dehydrated Foods, Inc., American Dehydrated Foods, Inc., and IsoNova Technologies LLC. Symrise planned to invest approximately USD 900 million in the transaction to secure bridge financing.
- In 2019, Van Drunen Farms acquired SouthAm Freeze Dry, with an aim to expand its freeze-dried ingredients and offer unique benefits to the target customers.
- In 2016, Graham Partners acquired Mercer Foods, LLC to deliver organic freeze-dried fruits, vegetables and other food ingredients with USDA certified and cleaned labelled products to the consumer base.
The Global Dehydrated Vegetables market has been segmented based on product type, nature, form, technology, distribution channel, end-user, and region. Based on product type, the market is segmented into Carrots, Onions, Potatoes, Broccoli, Beans, Peas, Cabbage, Mushrooms, and Tomatoes. Based on the End-user, the market is segmented into Food manufacturers, Food Service, and Retail. Based on nature, the market is segmented into Organic and Conventional. Based on the form, the market is segmented into Minced & Chopped, Powder & Granules, Flakes, Slice & Cubes, and Others. Based on the technology, the market is segmented into Air Drying, Spray Drying, Freeze Drying, Drum Drying, Vacuum Drying, and Others. Based on the distribution channel, the market is segmented into Direct and Indirect.
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