Middle East and Africa Dried Processed Food Market was worth USD 17.87 billion in 2021 and estimated to be growing at a CAGR of 4.51%, to reach USD 22.66 billion by 2026. Food preservation by drying of food inhibits the growth of bacteria since water is removed from it, and this method has been used for many centuries for preserving food. This market is primarily driven by busy lifestyles which primarily solves the purpose of convenience of food preparation.
Dried processed foods like noodles and pasta are staple foods in many countries around the globe. Need for leisure and busy lifestyles of consumers has driven the use of such convenience foods like dried pasta and noodles, dried ready meals and several other dried processed foods which require less time for preparation. These dried foods have unique flavour and taste, good nutritional value, and high convenience which makes them an important diet.
Drivers and Restraints:
The driving factors of Middle East and Africa dried processed food market are longer shelf-life, rising popularity of ready-to-cook foods, demand for high-quality convenience foods, changing lifestyles and dietary habits and low price. The key restraints faced by this market are high manufacturing and production cost involvement and loss of nutrients as well the lost original taste of products.
Middle East and Africa Dried Processed Food Market Segmentation Analysis:
The dried processed food market is divided on the basis of drying technology into freeze dried, spray dried, sun dried, Vacuum dried, hot air dried and others. On the basis of product types, the market is segmented into dried soup, pasta and noodles, dried ready meals, dessert mixes and others. In the Middle East and Africa market, pasta and noodles segment has the largest market share which is followed by dried soup.
The market in the region is divided based on geography broadly into Middle East and Africa regions. Factors such as need for leisure and busy lifestyles of consumers is expected to propel the market growth in the region.
Key Players in the Market:
Some of the major players in the market include Ajinomoto, Kraft, Heinz, Nestlé, Nissin Foods, Unilever, Acecook Vietnam, B&G Foods, Campbell, CJ Group and ConAgra Foods among others.
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