Food processing equipment is an umbrella term referring to the components, processing machines, and systems used to handle, prepare, cook, store, and package food and food products. Although this equipment is primarily aimed toward the transformation i.e., increasing the palatability, consumability, and digestibility or preservation i.e., extending the shelf life of food, some pieces of equipment are also employed to perform preliminary or auxiliary functions, such as handling, preparation, and packaging.
Employed for food and food product applications ranging from bakery goods to beverages and dairy to produce, a wide range of food processing machine is available to execute the various unit operations necessary during a complete production cycle, such as washing, separating, mixing, baking, freezing, and sealing. Each of these characteristics can influence the performance and efficiency of the equipment, but choosing the optimal design and construction is dependent on the specifications and requirements of the particular food processing application.
Some of the most common functions by which food processing machines are grouped include:
Global food processing machines market size in 2019
The global food processing machines market size was valued at USD 57.46 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6% from 2020 to 2027. The increasing demand for poultry, meat, and seafood products along with packaged food products, such as ready-to-eat foods and frozen meals, is expected to drive the market growth. The market growth is also driven by heavy investments in R&D of efficient and clean food processing equipment as a result of the rising population and demand for processed foods. In addition, the presence of regulatory associations, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, is expected to drive the market growth.
The food packaging machinery driven by increasing consumers preferences toward hygienic, healthy, and safe foods that has given rise to aesthetic packaging solutions that are durable and strong enough to withstand rigors of processing and transportation.There has been an increasing demand for integrated packaging solutions, in order to achieve multifunctional operations, such as bagging, filling, wrapping, cartooning, lidding, labeling, decorating, palletizing, conveying, sealing, etc. on a single platform. The marketplace has also witnessed a surge in the demand for shelf-stable food products that has led to the rising popularity of aseptic packaging equipment, as well as forming machineries. The categories, such as form, fill, and seal machines, bottle capping, and tray forming have also witnessed considerable growth.
The rapid expansion of the food & beverage industry, particularly in Asia Pacific, Middle East, and South America, is anticipated to augment the demand for food processing equipment over the forecast period. Moreover, the rising consumption of packaged foods owing to new product launches, the development of new retail networks, and population growth are expected to complement growth.
The domestic consumption of various processed food, such as pizza crusts, ready-to-eat foods, potato chips, sausages, and bread witnessed growth in the emerging markets of China, India, and the Middle Eastern economies. This growth is attributed to the rising number of processed and semi-processed retail food outlets and new product launches.
The penetration of semi-automatic food processing equipment was high on account of the low-cost associated with the machinery. However, increasing competition in the food processing industry has resulted in shifting the focus of the manufacturers to fully automated machinery, thereby augmenting the machinery demand.
The global food processing machinery market is driven by rising in demand for processed food due to the preference of consumers for nutritious, hygienic, and safe food products. Moreover, the developed economies have a mature market but the demand is fueled by the replacement of conventional tools over the advanced technology. In addition, an increase in disposable income in various nations boosts the market growth.
The penetration of automatically operated machines is anticipated to witness growth at a CAGR of 6.3% over the forecast period on account of the high demand for automation, technological development, and strong research & development capabilities of market players. With the growing demand for processed food and high-speed equipment, food manufacturers prefer automated processing systems.
Processing machines manufacturing companies are investing heavily in collaboration with research centres and end-use customers to develop fully automated machines. These systems are capable of carrying out all the sub-processes involved in food processing, such as mixing, killing, filleting, breaking, and baking, to optimize labour and transfer costs.