Food Grade Butyric Acid Market Size & Share, by Type (Synthetic Butyric Acid, Renewable end-user User (Dairy Products, Animals Feed); End-User (Dairy Products, Animals Feed) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

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  • Published Date: Jan 25, 2024
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024-2036

Food Grade Butyric Acid Market size is anticipated to reach USD 1.12 Billion by the end of 2036, growing at a CAGR of 15% during the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of food grade butyric acid was over USD 210 Million. Growing urbanization and population growth have increased the demand for processed food products. The global consumption of processed foods accounted for 30 to 60 % of a person's daily energy intake, as analyzed by Research Nester analysts. In the food processing business, food-grade butyric acid is frequently used as an acidulant, flavoring, and preservative. It is well-recognized that butyric acid helps with weight management and enhances intestinal health, among other health benefits. The demand for food products containing butyric acid is expected to rise as consumers get more health-conscious. Animal feed frequently contains butyric acid because it aids in better digestion and development. It is anticipated that as the market for meat products grows, so will the need for butyric acid as an ingredient in animal feed. The total production of compound feed reached around 1.1 billion tonnes in 2018, as indicated by an analyst from Research Nester.

Furthermore, laws have been enacted by governments everywhere to raise the standard and safety of food goods. The fact that most nations have allowed food additives such as food grade butyric acid has led to an increase in its use in the food business.

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Food Grade Butyric Acid Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year



~ 15%

Base Year Market Size (2023)

~ USD 210 Million

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

~ USD 1.12 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Food Grade Butyric Acid Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges


Growth Drivers

  • Growing emphasis on Clean Label Ingredients- As consumers become more health-conscious and concerned about the ingredients in their food, there is a rising demand for clean label ingredients. Food grade butyric acid, derived from natural sources, aligns with the trend. Its application as a food preservative and flavor enhancer in various processed foods supports the demand for clean and natural ingredients, acting as a significant driver for food grade butyric acid market growth.  For instance, in an Asia-Pacific, North America, and European consumer survey with 1,300 participants, 52% of respondents stated they would pay more than 10% extra for a food or drink product made with ingredients they knew and trusted. Conversely, 18% of respondents claimed they would spend an additional 75% or more. In all, 76% of participants expressed that they would be inclined to purchase a product that had ingredients they were familiar with and trusted.
  • Expanding Food Preservation Industry- Food grade butyric acid serves as an effective preservative, inhibiting the growth of harmful microorganisms and extending the shelf life of food products. With the growing global demand for preserved and convenience foods, food preservation applications is expected to rise, contributing to the overall growth of the food grade butyric acid market.
  • Increasing Demand for Flavors and Fragrances- Food grade butyric acid is utilized in the production of organic flavors and fragrances, contributing to the overall taste and aroma of food products. Consumer preferences for diverse and enhanced sensory experiences in food and fragrance applications is expected to grow, driving market expansion.
  • Rising demand for Organic Products- The increasing demand for natural and organic food products is driving the food grade butyric acid market growth. Consumers are becoming more aware of the health benefits of consuming organic foods, which has led to a rise in demand for food products that are free from synthetic additives and preservatives. Butyric acid, being a natural compound, is the preferred ingredient for use in organic food products.


  • High Cost of Production- The production of food grade butyric acid, especially through natural fermentation processes, can be cost-intensive. Competitive pricing becomes crucial for market penetration, and fluctuations in raw material costs or production processes may impact the overall cost-effectiveness.
  • Limited awareness and consumer perception restrict the market’s growth.
  • The market faces competition from alternative food additives and preservatives that serve similar purposes.

Food Grade Butyric Acid Segmentation

Type (Synthetic Butyric Acid, Renewable Butyric Acid)

The renewable butyric acid segment in the food grade butyric acid market is estimated to hold 52% of the revenue share by 2036. The demand for renewable butyric acid has been growing due to increasing emphasis on sustainability and environmental concerns. Renewable butyric acid is often derived from bio-based feedstocks, providing an eco-friendly alternative compared to synthetic sources, which are typically derived from petrochemicals. Also, consumers’ and industries’ growing preference for sustainable and bio-based products is to drive the renewable butyric acid segment’s share within the market.

Purity (Less than 99%, 99%)

The 99% segment in the food grade butyric acid market is expected to garner the majority of revenue share over the forecast period. High purity levels are often sought after in food applications to ensure product quality, safety, and compliance with regulatory standards. Industries, such as food and pharmaceuticals, prioritize the use of higher-purity butyric acid for its reliability and consistency in meeting stringent quality requirements. The demand for premium-grade products in these sectors is a key factor driving the dominance of the 99% purity segment in the food grade butyric acid market.

Our in-depth analysis of the global food grade butyric acid market includes the following segments:


  • Synthetic Butyric Acid
  •  Renewable Butyric Acid


  • Less than 99%
  •  99%


  • Dairy products
  • Animals Feed

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Food Grade Butyric Acid Industry - Regional Synopsis

APAC Market Forecast

Asia Pacific food grade butyric acid market is estimated to hold the largest revenue share over the forecast period, accounting for 42% of the global market. The region’s burgeoning population and rising disposable incomes contribute to increased demand for processed and packaged food products, where food-grade butyric acid serves as a crucial preservative and flavor enhancer. As per estimates, by the end of 2024, convenience food in the region is estimated to garner  around USD 387 billion. The growing awareness of health and wellness, particularly in countries like India and China, fuels the demand for functional foods and supplements containing butyric acid, known for its positive effects on gut health. Also, the expanding animal feed industry in the region, driven by rising demand for quality meat and dairy products, boosts the utilization of butyric acid as an additive to enhance animal nutrition, Moreover, the increasing investments in food technology and production processes in countries across the Asia Pacific further stimulate the market’s growth, creating a favorable landscape for the food Grade Butyric Acid Market in the region.

North American Market Statistics

North America food grade butyric acid market is set to attain significant revenue figure. The rising consumer inclination towards natural and clean-label ingredients in food products fosters the demand for food-grade butyric acid as a natural preservative and flavor enhancer. The expanding processed food industry in the region, driven by busy lifestyles and the demand for convenience, increases the use of butyric acid for food preservation purposes. Additionally, the growing awareness of gut health and the positive impact of butyric acid on the digestive system contributes its inclusion in functional foods and supplements. Furthermore, advancements in production technologies, ensuring cost-effectiveness and scalability, are driving market growth. The robust regulatory framework emphasizing food safety and quality standards also supports the steady expansion of the North American food grade butyric acid market.                                    

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Companies Dominating the Food Grade Butyric Acid Landscape

    • Perstorp Holding AB
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      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • OQ Chemicals GmbH
    •  Kemin Industries, Inc.
    • Blue Marble BioChemical
    •  Eastman Chemical Company
    • Yufeng International Group Co., Ltd.
    • Spectrum Chemical
    • Merck KGaA
    • Palital Feed Additives B.V.
    • Hefei TNJ Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.


In The News

  • ButiShield, a new ingredient for digestive health, has been introduced by Kemin Industries. ButiShield is an encapsulated form of calcium butyrate, which slowly releases butyric acid into the gastrointestinal tract. The ingredients are described by the company as a new generation.
  • Perstorp launched GastrivixTM Avi, a unique solution for digestive problems combining valeric and butyric acid benefits. Since the launch of Gastrivix AviTM in late March 2022, Perstorp has expanded its innovation range for broiler feedingstuffs.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 5577
  • Published Date: Jan 25, 2024
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Expanding food preservation industry, growing emphasis on clean label ingredients, rising demand for organic products are some the major growth drivers for the food grade butyric acid market.

The market size of food grade butyric acid is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 15% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036.

The major players in the market are OQ Chemicals GmbH, Kemin Industries, Inc., Blue Marble BioChemical, Eastman Chemical Company, Yufeng International Group Co., Ltd., Spectrum Chemical, Merck KGaA, Palital Feed Additives B.V., Hefei TNJ Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., Tokyo Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. and others.

The Renewable Butyric acid segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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