The crucial step for all food and beverage industries is to maintain proper hygiene and sterile condition in all stages of production. This includes sanitization, disinfection, and sterilization. If it is not properly executed, they result in an extreme or severe effect on a large scale. The disinfection process involves the elimination of all infectious pathogens at a slower rate. Disinfectants constitute strong chemicals that should be used only on the preference enlisted by U.S. environmental protection agency and the federal insecticide, fungicide, and rodenticide act.
The disinfectant used in the food and beverage industries should have the label intended to use in food products or compatible to use in food products. The improper disinfectant has harmful constituents which might contaminate and adulterate food products. The commonly used disinfectants are peracetic acid which is used in the disinfection of surfaces in production, ozone oxidation system, and ultraviolet systems, carboxylic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and peroxy acid (PAA), quaternary ammonium compounds and chlorine compounds which have the capability to quickly remove bacteria and other pathogens in water.
Foodborne diseases are growing at an alarming rate. It is caused by having food from unhealthy places and majorly by improper disinfection pertaining to the food industry. Since the food materials might possess pathogenic microbes that spoil the food and spread foodborne illnesses. Further, the consumption of these non-sterilized food products allows people to come in contact with harmful pathogens such as bacteria, parasites, and viruses. Based on the survey done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculated 48 million people got affected by foodborne pathogens. According to the report of WHO, African and Southeast regions are more prevalent deaths due to foodborne diseases. This led to the utilization of disinfection products majorly in the food and beverage industries in large-scale production. It has shown promising growth in the food and beverage disinfection market in the current and forthcoming years.
There is a need to use disinfectants that are listed as food-safe or food-grade components and strict regulations and guidelines provided by the government across different areas. This established the proper test and disinfection methods for food industries.
The food and beverage disinfection market has reached a market size of $12.5 billion in 2022. The purchase or utilization of disinfection increases and is predicted to rise the market for food and beverage disinfection from $12.9 billion in 2023 to $18.15 billion in 2030 with CARG 9.8% during the forecast period. The disinfectant market was segmented based on the constituent type, end-use, and country.
Major players in food and beverage disinfection are Solvay, Neogen Corporation, Evonik Industries, Ecolab (US), BASF SE, Aqua Bond Inc., Diversey, Inc, Kersia Group, Thatcher Company, CCL Pentasol, Rentokil, Entaco N.V., Sanosil Ltd., Stepan Company, Acuro Organics Limited, Deluxe Chemicals, Finktech GmbH, Pilot Chemical Corp., and Spartan Chemical Company.
Among a number of disinfected compounds available in the market, quaternary ammonium compounds are subjected to a huge rise with this CARG due to its properties including positively charged, productively acting against bacteria, yeast, mold, and viruses, non-corrosive, stable compound, and kills L. monocytogenes and vegetative bacteria expect bacterial spores.
With respect to the end-user segment, the food processing industries hold a high share in the food and beverage disinfection industry. Since the food industries focused mainly on maintaining the quality of the final manufactured product and reducing the incidence of carrying foodborne disease-causing pathogens in the packed foods. This increases the utilization of disinfectants by food processing industries frequently. These chemical components enable the industry to check on food products devoid of foodborne disease-causing pathogens. Processed food undergoes strict quality checks based on the process guidelines which are considered major steps to meet the quality standard.
The United States has covered a major portion of the revenue generated by selling food and beverage disinfectants worldwide. This is due to the well-developed food-processing industries, stringent laws implemented on the usage of food-grade disinfectants, development in food science, and large food consumption. As follow, European countries imparted a large part in the disinfection of the food and beverage market with a focus on food safety guidelines. The increase in the consumption of imported foods including fish and other seafood generate a huge market for food and beverage disinfection products in the United Kingdom. Whereas, India and China in the Asia Pacific region are predicted to expand that is because of the rise in population and further increased necessity for clean-label foodstuffs.
The upsurge in the utilization of disinfectants in various sectors prevents contamination or eliminates disease-causing pathogens from manufactured products to avoid the spreading of disease. Strict regulations and guidelines proposed by the governments of various countries should be followed by the Industries to prevent the incidence of deaths or damage due to improper disinfection methods. This has increased the market of food-grade or food-compatible disinfectant market relevant to food and beverage processing industries.
There is a need in developing advanced chemicals or technology in the packaging and to improve the food’s shelf-life by preventing the growth of microorganisms. The industries put effort into research and development in creating a novel component that plays a major role in the field of food science by collaborating with prominent research institutes. Furthermore, increases in purchasing power influence consumers’ conscious choice of high-quality packed food products, and attention to safety has improved the future prospects on the market of food and beverage disinfectants.