UHT Processing Market Size & Growth Forecast to 2022-2028

Global UHT Processing Market Size, Share & Industry Trends Analysis Report By Operation (Indirect and Direct), By End Product Form, By Application (Milk, Dairy Desserts, Juices, Soups, Dairy Alternatives), By Regional Outlook and Forecast, 2022 - 2028

Published Date: January-2023 | Number of Pages: 193 | Format: PDF | Report ID: KBV-22080

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Market Report Description

The Global UHT Processing Market size is expected to reach $10.1 billion by 2028, rising at a market growth of 13.8% CAGR during the forecast period.

The technology used for food processing that sterilizes liquid food, generally milk, by heating it above 135C for a short time (two to five seconds) to kill the microbial spores is known as Ultra- High-temperature processing (UHT). UHT milk was first developed in the late 1960s and was available for general use in the 1970s.

UHT Processing Market - Global Opportunities and Trends Analysis Report 2018-2028

The process can be enhanced to minimize the change of color or taste of the milk with accordance to the need. Also, the UHT milk can be utilized as the base for the colored or flavored milk products. If left sealed, the UHT milk has a life of around six to nine months, which is a massive gain over pasteurized fresh milk.

UHT milk is usually more popular in countries with higher temperatures where the cost of refrigeration is a more prominent barrier to the consumption of fresh milk. UHT machines can utilize indirect or direct heating to increase the temperature of the product, both of which uses steam as the primary heating element. UHT is generally used for sterilizing milk but nowadays it is also being used for sterilizing yogurt, honey soup, cream, stew, wine, juices, and tomato paste.

COVID-19 Impact Analysis

Sourcing of essential electric components and their small parts became difficult in the early phases of lockdown due to the closure of supply chains. However, the UHT processing industry did not see any noticeable difference in sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the rise in the demand for safe food that is free from bacteria and microorganisms led to many manufacturers' greater adoption of UHT technology. Dairy products were recognized as a part of the healthy diet, which helps enhance the body's immune system and prevent infection. All these elements aided in the expansion of the UHT processing market.

Market Growth Factors

Rise In The Demand For Food & Beverages With Extended Shelf Life

The concept of milk’s extended shelf life, popularly known as ESL milk, was developed in response to consumer demand for products with higher life and a wider distribution of chilled milk products. This concept has now become a significant role in the dairy industry’s dynamics, jointly with the fast development of new packaging and processing concepts. Each food item has a different shelf life, which is highly affects how food is stored, the type of storage containers, oxygen, moisture exposure, and storage temperature.

Elimination Of Microbes

UHT (Ultra High Temperature) processes is well recognized to eliminate most of the microorganisms, including pathogens and inactive spores. In addition, UHT is known to attain a 12-log reduction to control the Clostridium botulinum and allow safe storage of food products at room temperature whereas other food processing methods fail to do so. UHT-processed milk is considered commercially sterile and is always packed aseptically. It is tested under extreme conditions to ensure zero deterioration of the product. Samples usually spend 15 days in a closed container at a temperature of 30 °Celsius, and if felt necessary, a 7-day provision can also be made at a temperature of 55 °Celsius.

Market Restraining Factors

High Capital Requirement

For the installation and procurement of the UHT processing equipment, food & beverages processing enterprises must make significant capital expenditures. The high installation and recurring maintenance costs of specific equipment types impact the operating margins and profits of food & beverage processors and manufacturers. This is why many manufacturers avoid installing UHT processing equipment and utilize other more cost-effective options.

Operation Outlook

Based on the operation, the UHT processing market is segmented into direct and indirect. The direct segment acquired a significant revenue share in the UHT processing market in 2021. This is because of the high product quality attained as the steam is directly injected into the product, which is rapidly followed by flash cooling, and the treatment's brevity. In UHT treatment, the main objective is to minimize the presence of microorganisms while ensuring minimal chemical changes in the product.

UHT Processing Market Share and Industry Analysis Report 2021

End Product Form Outlook

On the basis of end product form, the UHT processing market is divided into liquid and semi-liquid. The liquid segment recorded a prominent revenue share in the UHT processing market in 2021. This is due to the high use of UHT processing for sterilizing liquid foods and beverages like dairy beverages and milk alternatives. The liquid products have low viscosity, which enables them to pass through the heat exchangers. Process control, such as flow rates, can be handled for a liquid product to maintain the product temperature.

Application Outlook

By application, the UHT processing market is classified into milk, dairy desserts, juices, soups, dairy alternatives and others. The juices segment registered a substantial revenue share in the UHT processing market in 2021. This is because the UHT heats the raw materials to 135C to 140C and keeps them for 3-5 seconds. This short time protects the drink from any nutrition loss. In addition, pasteurization can eliminate inhibit enzymes and harmful bacteria which increases the product’s shelf life.

UHT Processing Market Report Coverage
Report Attribute Details
Market size value in 2021 USD 4.1 Billion
Market size forecast in 2028 USD 10.1 Billion
Base Year 2021
Historical Period 2018 to 2020
Forecast Period 2022 to 2028
Revenue Growth Rate CAGR of 13.8% from 2022 to 2028
Number of Pages 193
Number of Tables 360
Report coverage Market Trends, Revenue Estimation and Forecast, Segmentation Analysis, Regional and Country Breakdown, Companies Strategic Developments, Company Profiling
Segments covered Operation, End Product Form, Application, Region
Country scope US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, France, Russia, Spain, Italy, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Malaysia, Brazil, Argentina, UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Nigeria
Growth Drivers
  • Rise In The Demand For Food & Beverages With Extended Shelf Life
  • Elimination Of Microbes
  • High Capital Requirement

Regional Outlook

Region-wise, the UHT processing market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and LAMEA. In 2021, the Europe region dominated the UHT processing market with the maximum revenue share. This is because UHT milk is one of the most preferred choices of processed milk in European countries. Europe also has one of the largest dairy corporations, which provides higher efficiency due to their hi-tech machines. With the presence of prominent market players, high demands, and robust infrastructure, the market in the European segment is expected to grow.

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The market research report covers the analysis of key stake holders of the market. Key companies profiled in the report include Tetra Laval International S.A., GEA Group AG, Alfa Laval AB, SPX Flow, Inc., ProXES Gmbh (Capvis AG), Neologic Engineers Pvt Ltd, Reda SpA, Elecster Oyj, Shanghai Triowin Intelligent Machinery Co., Ltd., and MicroThermics, Inc.

Strategies deployed in UHT Processing Market

  • May-2022: Capsugel introduced titanium dioxide-free (TiO2-free) white hard gelatin capsule under its already existing titanium dioxide-free capsule range. The new titanium dioxide-free capsule is based on crystallized salts to deliver the same masking and whiteness as capsules with TiO2. The product features superb opacity and light protection.
  • Jan-2022: Rousselot, part of Darling Ingredients partnered with Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation (TIBI), a US-based research institute. The partnership involves working together on the advancement of gelatin-based therapies. Moreover, Roussselot’s X-Pure modified gelatin range would be the perfect fit for biomedical research and the following clinical translation.
  • May-2021: Rousselot, a brand under Darling Ingredients introduced X-Pure® GelDAT, the first phenol-functionalized and purified gelatin. The new product expands Rousselot's gelatin product offerings, and further opens up opportunities for innovations.
  • Jan-2021: Nitta introduced international standard gelatin intended for food fanatics. The fine-quality gelatin is based on Japanese technology and caters to the needs of the Hotel/Restaurant/Catering (HoReCa) sector.
  • Dec-2020: GELITA acquired 65% ownership in SelJel, a Turkish producer of gelatine. This acquisition strengthens Gelita's market position and complements Gelita's product portfolio. The acquisition further enables Gelita to serve the growing demand for products with halal status.
  • Oct-2020: Catalent introduced OptiGel® DR technology intended for manufacturing delayed/enteric release soft gels. The OptiGel DR technology allows soft gels to be formed by integrating pectin, and gelatin. The OptiGel DR capsules feature reduced gastric reflux effects and eradicate the processing and performance challenges. Additionally, the innovation of OptiGel DR technology enables innovators to design efficient products and further reduces yield loss and time-related to coated softgels.
  • Sep-2020: Gelita came into partnership with Azelis, a Belgium-based service provider for the food ingredients and specialty chemicals industry. The partnership involves entrusting Azelis with the distribution of all gelatin products in France. Additionally, the partnership benefits Gelita by cashing on Azelis' large customer base.
  • May-2019: Tessenderlo Group launched ClaroBGI600, the first product in the Claro series. ClaroBGI600 is a gelatin intended to use in bio-ink formulations and comes with a verified printing time of up to 2 hours. The new product solves printer clogging issues and reduces the cost of designing 3D-printed tissues.

Scope of the Study

Market Segments Covered in the Report:

By Operation

  • Indirect
  • Direct

By End Product Form

  • Liquid
  • Semi-liquid

By Application

  • Milk
  • Dairy Desserts
  • Juices
  • Soups
  • Dairy Alternatives
  • Others

By Geography

  • North America
    • US
    • Canada
    • Mexico
    • Rest of North America
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Russia
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Malaysia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Nigeria
    • Rest of LAMEA

Key Market Players

List of Companies Profiled in the Report:

  • Tetra Laval International S.A.
  • GEA Group AG
  • Alfa Laval AB
  • SPX Flow, Inc.
  • ProXES Gmbh (Capvis AG)
  • Neologic Engineers Pvt Ltd
  • Reda SpA
  • Elecster Oyj
  • Shanghai Triowin Intelligent Machinery Co., Ltd.
  • MicroThermics, Inc.

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The global UHT Processing Market size is expected to reach $10.1 billion by 2028.

Rise In The Demand For Food & Beverages With Extended Shelf Life are driving the market in coming years, however, High Capital Requirement restraints the growth of the market.

Tetra Laval International S.A., GEA Group AG, Alfa Laval AB, SPX Flow, Inc., ProXES Gmbh (Capvis AG), Neologic Engineers Pvt Ltd, Reda SpA, Elecster Oyj, Shanghai Triowin Intelligent Machinery Co., Ltd., and MicroThermics, Inc.

The Indirect segment acquired maximum revenue share in the Global UHT Processing Market by Operation in 2021 thereby, achieving a market value of $6.8 billion by 2028.

The Milk segment is leading the Global UHT Processing Market by Application in 2021 thereby, achieving a market value of $6.7 billion by 2028.

The Europe market dominated the Global UHT Processing Market by Region in 2021, and would continue to be a dominant market till 2028; thereby, achieving a market value of $3.6 billion by 2028.

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