An analysis of the Xanthan Gum Market Size, Share, and Global Forecast to 2028

Posted by Prabha Mahajan on October 3rd, 2022

The Xanthan Gum Market is projected to reach US$ 576.11 million by 2028 from US$ 827.57 million in 2020; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.7% from 2021 to 2028.

Xanthan gum is a popular food additive that is widely used as a thickening agent or stabilizer. This natural polysaccharide is also used as an industrial biopolymer. It is one of the most adaptive elastic thickeners, and it works well in small quantities. Xanthan gum is highly soluble in hot and cold water, and it can absorb more water than its weight to form a gel. Aqueous solutions of xanthan are viscous at low polymer concentrations. Its unique advantages include greater viscosity at low concentrations; insensitivity to temperature, pH, and electrolyte fluctuations; and exhibition of pseudo plasticity. Xanthan gum is regarded as a non-hazardous ingredient for different brines, drilling, and fracturing fluids.

Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide used as an additive in products such as food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and others. It is synthetized by the bacteria Xanthomonas campestris through the fermentation process. When sugar is fermented, a fluid is produced, which is solidified by adding alcohol. After that, it is rinsed, pressed, and dried. It is generally available in two forms—dry and liquid. Xanthan gum enhances the viscosity of fluids. It is used as a stabilizer and thickening agent in different types of food and beverages, including bakery and confectionary products, beverages, sauces and dressings, dairy products, and ice creams. It is also used as a stabilizer and rheology modifier in personal care and pharmaceutical products. Moreover, it is used as a rheology modifier in the process of oil drilling and extraction. Xanthan gum also has various applications in the paints and pigments industries.

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Xanthan gum is a common food additive that is used as a gluten alternative. Gluten is a protein that gives wheat flour its structure. Xanthan gum is typically used with non-gluten-containing flour to produce gluten-free goods with good structure and texture. FDA and USDA regulatory standards limiting the amount of gluten in food products. For instance, according to the FDA's gluten-free food labeling rule, lower than 20 parts per million is the permissible limit of gluten in products labeled "gluten-free," "no gluten," "free of gluten," or "without gluten." Moreover, xanthan gum is a vital gluten-free baking ingredient that helps baked goods hold posture and develop elasticity. Among its common applications, including cakes and pancakes, cookies, muffins, quick bread, pizza dough, bread, and salad dressings, xanthan gum is often utilized in the making of pizza dough. The nutritional value of xanthan gum, which includes carbs and fiber, also increases its acceptability.  In addition, xanthan gum is used in gluten-free products to improve the texture and shelf life. Like gluten, it also keeps baked goods moist and soft. However, gluten, which accounts for ~75% wheat, barley, and rye protein; it cause significant intestine damage and raise the risk of cardiovascular events in celiac disease patients. Hence, the growing prevalence of gluten-intolerance issues and other health-related problems caused due to gluten are highlighting the demand for gluten-free products.

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