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Flavors and Fragrances Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Type (Flavors {Natural and Synthetic} and Fragrances {Natural and Synthetic}) By Application (Food & Beverage, Cosmetics & Personal Care, Pharmaceutical, Home & Floor Care, Fine Fragrances, and others) and Regional Forecast, 2021-2028

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The global flavors and fragrances market size was USD 25.19 billion in 2020. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with these products witnessing a negative demand shock across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a huge decline of 9% in 2020. The market is projected to grow from USD 25.89 billion in 2021 to USD 36.30 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 4.9% during the 2021-2028 period. The sudden decline in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.

These taste and smell are made from lactones, acids, esters, ketones, alcohol, and aldehydes. They are substances added to enhance the value of a product by modifying the characteristics of the solute, like providing pleasant odor or imparting sweet, sour, tangy, and other taste profiles. The preparation of these sensory improvement products involves a rigorous process. They are either prepared from natural and synthetic chemicals or essential oils like vanilla pods, citruses, beaver’s castor, and deers’ musk. Natural counterparts of these products are created from plant and animal-based materials.

In contrast, synthetic esters are mixed with alcohol, glycerol, or propylene glycol to formulate synthetic essence or flavorings. Flavors are used as an additive to enhance the taste of food & beverages in bakery, snacks, dairy products, sauces, and confectionery. Similarly, fragrances are important to conceal the bad odor in the environment and thus are mainly used in consumer products, including body care, oral care, home care, etc.

Large-scale companies are focusing on adopting new technologies to stay ahead of the competition in the global market. For instance, in April 2021, Givaudan announced the acquisition of Myrissi, a developer of a patented AI technology capable of rendering fragrances into color palette and imagery to attract the consumer and predict the end consumer’s emotional response. The acquisition shall help the company to expand its AI-based capabilities in the development of novel fragrances. Such activities are creating healthy competition among key leaders and subsequently boosting the growth of the market.

Impact of Covid-19 Virus On Sensory Organs to Reshape the Industry in Upcoming Years

The Impact of Covid-19 pandemic was particularly visible across the entire specialty chemicals sector, also seeping down to the sensory improvement products. The impact of coronavirus on the sensory organs isn’t yet well recorded. However, the loss of smell and taste has been a crucial symptom to identify the infection in patients. How the virus uniquely and suddenly impacts the smell and taste is yet to be fully understood. Both anosmia and parasomia have been observed in the patients. In fact, according to a report by Fifth Sense, an awareness charity set by a professor of the University of East Anglia, about 60% of COVID patients suffer from sensory disturbances, of which 10% show persistent problems beyond four weeks. It is estimated that several million people have been affected by smell and taste loss symptoms. A Facebook group page AbScent, which includes people who have lost their sense of smell and taste for a prolonged period, has expanded from 1,000 members in March last year to over 25,000 members as of April 2021. This impact on the sense of taste and smell has presented a challenge to the flavoring companies to develop solutions and deal with common supply chain challenges .


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Development of Regional and Novel Flavors and Fragrances to Accelerate Market Growth

Strong growth in the food & beverage industry led to the innovation of new flavors. Change in taste and preferences of consumers coupled with the trend of the ready-to-eat product led to an opportunity for the manufacturer to come up with innovations to meet the consumer demand. For instance, recently, the company ‘Ben & Jerry's launched its new ice-cream flavor called 'Netflix & Chill'd,’ a vegan version of traditional peanut butter ice cream. Asia-pacific is the fastest-growing region in terms of consumer spending on eating out. The growth is attributed to the availability of food & beverages in shopping malls, selling foods through an online platform, and similar factors. Furthermore, many companies are researching on development of new flavors based on traditional food products.


Growth in Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics Industries to Drive the Market

The driving factor for the growth of the market is the rapidly growing cosmetic industry. Growing modernization in developing economies augmented the demand for perfumes, cosmetics, toiletries, soaps, and detergents. Further, a rising preference for organic ingredients in the personal care sector leads to an increase in demand for natural fragrances. As these are perceived to be healthier, safe, and therapeutic while consuming. The need for synthetic fragrances is also rising owing to their properties, such as long-lasting and strong aroma. The manufacturers of fragrances are innovating to meet consumer demand for differentiating aromas in cosmetics. For instance, in 2019, Givaudan launched Sensityl, an active cosmetic ingredient that offers beauty and health benefits for the consumer. Hence, innovation in fragrances will further help in the market growth.

The increasing use of flavors in the pharmaceutical industry is also an attributing factor for the market growth. These are used as inactive ingredients in the syrups, suspensions, chewable tablets, gums, etc. The added flavor overcomes the bitter taste of medicine and makes it more edible, and transmits a beneficial therapeutic effect. Hence the growth in demand from the pharmaceutical industry shall further lead to an expansion of this market.


Pricing Irregularity in Many Products Impedes the Market Growth

With growing competitive rivalry amongst the companies, key players focus on developing novel flavoring mixes and investing heavily in R&D activities. Also, no proper regulations have led to serious irregularity in the pricing of the majority of products. Some grades of these products can range from a few dollars per liter to even hundreds of dollars per liter, depending on the company. This factor critically affects the market's growth and prevents potential end-consumers from adopting quality products in their manufacturing processes.


By Type Analysis

Flavors Segment is Expected to Account for Major Share As they Satisfy Both the Senses, Smell, and Taste

This market is bifurcated into flavors and fragrances on the basis of type, both of which are further segmented into natural and synthetic. Among the two segments, flavors hold a dominant market share due to their significant application in the food & beverage industry.

 Flavors can please both the senses of smell and taste, which is the crucial reason for the larger market share compared to the fragrances segment. They are used to elevate the taste of various foods & beverages such as dairy products, sodas, savories & snacks, and desserts. They are compounds that mask the characteristic flavor of the product and provide them with a more striking and adored taste. For instance, milk has a very bland taste. Still, dairy products manufacturers add flavors such as rose, saffron, and cardamom, which provides milk and milk products with a modified smell and taste of these ingredients.

Additionally, flavors are also used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Many pharmaceutical products are bitter due to the components used in the formulation. These bitter syrups and powders are difficult to sell, especially for juvenile consumers. Thus, pharmaceutical companies are increasingly using flavors to alter the taste of their products to make them more acceptable, resulting in growth opportunities for the stakeholders operating in the market

Fragrances, on the other hand, are used to alter the foul smell in the environment by replacing or absorbing the odor molecules in air with fragrant compounds such as esters, which smells similar to fruits and flowers. These are used in cosmetics, personal care products, home & floor care solutions, and others. In cosmetics, fragrances give the products a mesmerizing smell, which makes them attractive for consumers. The social convention for a good smelling personality is the key reason for the usage of fragrances in cosmetics. On similar grounds, middle and low notes of fragrances are used to manufacture fine fragrances, which provide the user with a long-lasting, attractive smell.

Both the segments are further divided into natural and synthetic subtypes. Some of the commonly used natural flavors and fragrances include rose, citrus, and chocolate (cocoa). The demand for naturally sourced food & beverages has seen a considerable rise from the young generation, which is expected to create a substantial shift in favor of the natural flavors segment during the forecast period. Fine fragrance manufacturers use naturally sourced fragrance ingredients to develop better quality products, which is the key reason for the considerable growth of the natural fragrances segment. On the other hand, synthetic products are manufactured in a controlled environment, thus having superior control over quality compared to natural sources, which are affected by various factors of nature. The cost of production of synthetics is also lower than via extraction from natural sources, which further results in their adoption, especially for low-cost applications of home & floor care, consumer goods, and air care products.

By Application Analysis

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Food & Beverage Segment is Anticipated to Exhibit a Significant CAGR on the Back of Increasing Food Demand for Rising Population

The global market is segmented into food & beverages, cosmetics & personal care, pharmaceutical, home & floor care, fine fragrances, and others, based on application. Amongst these applications, food & beverage is expected to remain the major application during the forecast period. Flavors are used dominantly in food & beverage manufacturing to provide the food materials with attractive taste and smell. Further, the span of usage of flavors has also expanded from just sweets and savories to niche applications like hot beverages, soups, and tobacco products. The large-scale consumption of flavors from the food & beverage industry shall be the crucial reason for the growth of this market.

Many home & floor care products are manufactured using phenol and its derivatives, which have a characteristic pungent smell, making their indoor use unacceptable. Thus, the manufacturers of such products add fragrances to make them acceptable for the consumer. The demand for home care products has increased in recent times owing to the drive for cleanliness gaining momentum during the corona pandemic. These used in these products replace these odorants present in the product by masking them, making the premises inhabitable. The usage of pest control products has also increased in past years, which is expected to surge the demand for fragrances to minimize the pungent smell of these insecticides.


Europe Flavors and Fragrances Market Size, 2020 (USD Billion)

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Europe occupied a significant flavors and fragrances market share and accounted for USD 7.96 billion in 2020. The key reason behind the lead is the large demand from food & beverage manufacturers and uptake in considerable quantities for the manufacture of fine fragrances and cosmetics in the region. Furthermore, the majority of the multinational manufacturers have their base in Europe, which results in ease of trade. The demand for usage in liquor-based drinks has also increased significantly in the recent past, which is expected to drive the market in Europe.

China dominates the market in Asia-Pacific. But, India and Southeast Asia are expected to witness rapid growth, owing to the surge in demand for flavored products in these countries. China accounts for a large share because of the need for these sensory improvement products to manufacture food and cosmetics in the country. Additionally, the development of the pharmaceutical industry in the region is expected to provide traction for the market.

North America, on the other hand, is expected to witness median growth in the market. The market has reached the maturity phase in the region. Still, demand for the manufacture of products such as sodas and canned cocktails is expected to provide growth potential in the near future. The U.S. is a key consumer for these products in North America, owing to the increasing demand for flavored desserts.

In Latin America, the demand for flavors for the manufacture of local beverages has surged in the last few years. Furthermore, home & floor care products are also in need in the region due to the rising health concerns. The market in the Middle East & Africa, on the other hand, is expected to grow at a considerable rate due to the heavy demand for cosmetics and fine fragrances applications in the region.


Key Market Players to Strengthen their Position through Acquisition and Expansion Strategies

The market is controlled by very few large enterprises, making the market a consolidated one. Some of the key market players are Givaudan, International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF), Symrise AG, and Firmenich SA. These four stakeholders hold about 50% of the global marketplace. The key companies in the market have employed a mix of organic and inorganic growth strategies. Givaudan has acquired over five companies since 2018, while Firmenich has started building a new plant in China in 2019.

The flavors and fragrances market players have increased their focus on product development to create multiple formulations to match their clients' requirements. IFF offers over 90,000 individual products to their customers present in over 190 countries. On the other hand, Givaudan has set up 64 production sites across the globe to satisfy the needs of the consumers in over 145 countries. The small stakeholders employ their experience and expertise to capture the smallest white space in the market. Companies have also started to manufacture individual products for specific clients as per their requirements. The contents of these formulations are kept secret so that the competitors cannot match the specifications, helping the client keep their product unique in the market.


  • Givaudan (Switzerland)

  • International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) (U.S.)

  • Symrise AG (Germany)

  • Robertet Group (France)

  • Kerry Group plc (Ireland)

  • Sensient Technologies (U.S.)

  • Firmenich SA (Switzerland)

  • Takasago International Corp (Japan)

  • T. Hasegawa Co., Ltd. (Japan)

  • Mane (France)

  • Archer Daniel Midland Company (U.S.)

  • Solvay S.A. (Belgium)

  • BASF (Germany)

  • Other Key Players


  • October 2020: Givaudan inaugurated its new state-of-the-art fragrance production facility in Changzhou, China, in line with its 2025-targeted growth strategy. The company invested around USD 100 Mn in building the new facility across a 76,000 sq.m. area and is expected to substantially increase the company’s manufacturing output for personal and home care segments in Asia Pacific

  • August 2020: IFF announced a merger with DuPont’s Nutrition and Biosciences business. The new entity is expected to continue to work under the brand name of IFF. It shall deal in high-value ingredients and solutions for the Food & Beverage, Home & Personal Care, and Health & Wellness markets, with estimated 2020 revenue of more than $11 billion.


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A growing trend is observed in the market for various applications such as food & beverages, cosmetics, personal care, pharmaceutical, fine fragrances, and others. The report provides qualitative and quantitative insights on this market and a detailed analysis of market size & growth rate for all possible segments in the market. Along with this, the report provides an elaborative analysis of the market dynamics and competitive landscape. Various key insights presented in the report are Porter’s five forces, recent industry developments in the market, the regulatory scenario in crucial countries, macro, and microeconomic factors, SWOT analysis, and key market trends, competitive landscape, and company profiles.

Report Scope & Segmentation



Study Period


Base Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period



  Value (USD Billion)


  By Type, By Application, and By Geography

By Type


  • Flavors

    • Natural

    • Synthetic

  • Fragrances

    • Natural

    • Synthetic

By Application


  • Food & Beverages

  • Cosmetics & Personal Care

  • Pharmaceutical

  • Home & Floor Care

  • Fine Fragrances

  • Others

By Geography


  • North America (By Type, By Application, By Country)

    • The U.S.

    • Canada

  • Europe (By Type, By Application, By Country)

    • UK

    • France

    • Spain

    • Germany

    • Italy

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia Pacific (By Type, By Application, By Country)

    • China

    • India

    • Japan

    • Southeast Asia

    • Australia & New Zealand

    • Rest of Asia Pacific

  • Latin America (By Type, By Application, By Country)

    • Brazil

    • Mexico

    • Argentina

    • Rest of South America

  • The Middle East & Africa (By Type, By Application, By Country)

    • South Africa

    • GCC

    • Turkey

    • Rest of the Middle East & Africa

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the market size stood at USD 25.19 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 36.30 billion by 2028.

Growing at a CAGR of 4.9%, the market will exhibit considerable growth in the forecast period.

The food & beverage application segment is expected to be leading for this market during the forecast period.

Increasing consumption from pharmaceuticals and cosmetics industries shall drive the growth of the market

Europe currently holds the highest market share in terms of revenue of the market. However, Asia Pacific is projected to topple the lead during the study period.

Givaudan, Firmenich SA, Symrise AG, and International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) are the key players in the market. They have adopted strategies such as acquisition and capacity expansion for their growth in the market.

The rising need to mask bad odors and tastes in pharmaceuticals, personal care, and home care products will boost the adoption of these products.

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