The global food ultrasound market is poised to expand positively, reaching over US$ 160 million prior to the end of the forecast period. By 2020-end, it is expected to surpass US$ 100 million, driven by rising concerns regarding healthy food consumption.
Food ultrasound technologies have especially acquired importance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the pandemic’s onset, the US FDA has encouraged greater availability of advanced imaging systems, providing significant traction to food ultrasound systems.
Moreover, in recent history, various steps have been taken to elevate food safety standards. For instance, in 2016, FDA updated its strategy for the implementation and training of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), outlining Preventative Controls for Human and Animal Food, Produce Safety and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs.
Market Witnessing Technological Innovations
Like other industries, food ultrasound solutions are also embracing advanced technological approaches to enhance testing procedures. Prominent manufacturers are actively collaborating in order to develop the latest and most advanced ultrasound detection systems for the food industry.
A case in point, in 2015, Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation collaborated with QIAGEN N.V., involving initiatives to deliver important advances in molecular testing. This collaboration aimed to develop new automation based PCR and NGS systems.
In a similar vein, Siemens Healthcare has launched the ACUSON X700TM Ultrasound System, comprising a 20” LED widescreen display, 180o articulating arm, one-touch image optimization and customizable measurements & presets. Such precision is highly likely to enhance food ultrasound detection in the future.
Meat Products Remain Preferred
According to FAO, global meat production decreased to 325 million metric tons in 2019, majorly attributed to the African swine fever epidemic in China. Thus, its domestic meat output declined by 10%. Further deceleration is anticipated due to COVID-19.
In spite of these recessionary trends, ultrasound testing for meat products is expected to remain positive. Global annual meat consumption will still reach 35.3 kilogram retail weight equivalence (FAO), bulk of it being poultry.
In 2017, researchers at University of British Columbia developed a laser-equipped spectrometer, complete with statistical analysis to ascertain possible adulteration of ground beef samples, with 99% accuracy.
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Growing Preference for High Intensity Detection
By frequency range, high intensity detection is expected to tower over the market, registering a substantial increase throughout the forecast period. High intensity ultrasound offers high tenderization in case of meat products, generates emulsions and disrupts pathogenic cells.
Fujifilm, for instance, manufactures the Vevo MD ultra-high frequency machine series, equipped with a Power Doppler, which is capable of visualizing the minutest anatomy which a conventional ultrasound cannot achieve. Such ground breaking technologies are expected to open new frontiers in food processing.
Asia-Pacific Key Revenue Stimulator
The East & South Asian markets are expected to offer lucrative growth opportunities, owing to rising per capita food consumption. India is expected to emerge as a key growth market for prospective food ultrasound manufacturers.
As of 2018-19, 26,000 food samples were found to be adulterated in India, with collected fines measuring up to Rs. 32 crores (US$ 4.3 million). Out of the 94,228 samples analyzed, ~28% were either adulterated or misbranded. Such disturbing trends are encouraging manufacturers to establish their base in the country.
Food Ultrasound Market- Prominent Manufacturers
The global food ultrasound market is characterized by the presence of numerous global level players and manufacturers. Some of them profiled in this report include*:
- Hitachi Corporation,
- Siemens Healthcare
- Analogic Corporation
- FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation
- Koninklijke Philips N.V
- Esaote S.p.A
- Mindray Medical International Ltd.
- Robert Bosch GmbH
- Emerson Electric Co.
- Buehler’s Fresh Foods
- Dukane IAS
- Hielscher Ultrasonics GmbH
- Denny’s Franchisee Association
- Rinco Ultrasonics
*This list is indicative- full details about food ultrasound vendors is available upon request.
Prominent strategies relied upon by the aforementioned players include technological innovations, partnerships, collaborations with research organizations and smaller players, acquisitions and new product launches. Additionally, companies are targeting developing regions as they represent credible growth opportunities, owing to a large population base and consequent increase in food demand.
Food Ultrasound Market- Report Scope
Historical Data Available for
US$ Mn for Value and Tons for Volume
Key Regions Covered
North America, Latin America, Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Oceania and Middle East & Africa
Key Countries Covered
US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Italy, France, UK, Spain, Russia, BENELUX, China, Japan, South Korea, India, ASEAN, Australia & New Zealand, GCC, Turkey, Northern Africa and South Africa
Key Segments Covered
Food Product & Frequency Range
Key Companies Profiled
Hitachi Corporation, Siemens Healthcare, Analogic Corporation, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Koninklijke Philips N.V, Esaote S.p.A, Mindray Medical International Ltd., Robert Bosch GmbH, Emerson Electric Co., Buehler’s Fresh Foods, Dukane IAS, Hielscher Ultrasonics GmbH, Newtech, Denny’s Franchisee Association, Rinco Ultrasonics and others.
Market Overview, COVID-19 Impact Assessment, Key Market Trends, Key Success Factors, Market Background, Policy & Regulatory Landscape, Demand Analysis, Segmental Overview, Regional Profiling, Market Structure Analysis and Competition Analysis
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Key questions answered in the report
- What is the food ultrasound market size?
Future Market Insights’ (FMI) analysis concludes that the global food ultrasound market is likely to surpass US$ 160 million before the end of the forecast decade. Growth is majorly attributed to growing concerns over food adulteration and mislabeling
- Which is the largest food ultrasound market?
Asia-Pacific is touted to emerge as the most lucrative food ultrasound market. India is likely to emerge as the most opportunistic country for manufacturers, owing to rising incidences of food fraud
- What drivers underpin market growth?
Stringent government regulations in the wake of rising food safety demands combined with mushrooming technological innovations are anticipated to propel the food ultrasound market to new heights
- Which is the most tested food type?
Meat products are likely to be the most extensively tested, although domestic production across various countries is diminishing. Simultaneously, the fruits and vegetables category is likely to generate lucrative growth opportunities
- How will COVID-19 impact the projected forecast?
As food manufacturers attempt to secure supply chains to ensure consistent availability, the market for food ultrasound is expected to remain sustained. Moreover, producers are highly cautious about avoiding a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis, thus securing the global market from major price shocks
- Which are the prominent food ultrasound market players?
Prominent players in the food ultrasound market include Philips N.V, Esaote S.p.A, Mindray Medical International Ltd., Robert Bosch GmbH, Emerson Electric Co., Buehler’s Fresh Foods, Dukane IAS, Hielscher Ultrasonics GmbH, Newtech, Denny’s Franchisee Association, Rinco Ultrasonics and others
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- Fruits & Vegetables
- Other Food Products
- Low Intensity
- High Intensity
- North America (U.S & Canada)
- Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Chile & Rest of LATAM)
- Europe (Germany, Italy, France, U.K, Spain, BENELUX, Russia & Rest of Europe)
- South Asia (India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore & Rest of South Asia)
- East Asia (China, Japan & South Korea)
- Oceania (Australia & New Zealand)
- Middle East & Africa (GCC, South Africa, Turkey, Iran, Israel & Rest of MEA)