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Food Processing and Handling Equipment Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Equipment Type (Processing Equipment, Packaging Equipment, and Service Equipment), By Application (Bakery and Confectionery Products, Meat and Poultry Products, Dairy Products, Beverages, and Others) and Regional Forecasts, 2021-2028

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The global food processing and handling equipment market size was USD 99.68 billion in 2020. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with food processing and handling machinery witnessing a negative impact on demand across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a lower growth of 3.4% in 2020 as compared to the average year-on-year growth during 2017-2019. The market is projected to grow from USD 102.78 billion in 2021 to USD 138.41 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 4.3% in the 2021-2028 period. The rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.

The food processing and handling equipment is primarily utilized for the processing of meat, seafood, bakery, dairy, and confectionery from their raw form into final products. Several companies are focusing on the integration of advanced concepts such as IoT to enhance the user experience. IoT integrated companies to achieve the highest level of food safety, cut down wastage, improve traceability, and reduce cost as well as risks associated with various food processing and packaging processes, subsequently contributing to the growth of the global market.

Rising Food Safety Management Concerns across Food Industry during COVID-19 to Impede Growth

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected the manufacturing and food industry, along with a decline in global trade. It is imperative for the food industry to emphasize personal hygiene rules and offer training to the food industry workers. Governments across the world are promoting hygienic design and engineering of the food equipment through its documents, guidelines, educational programs, laboratory testing methods, and training materials for a clean environment and related topics. Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) have implemented few principles to manage food safety regulations based on the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) analysis.

A recent study by HACCP reported the survival of the COVID-19 virus on different surfaces that remain viable for up to 72 hours on stainless steel and plastic, 24 hours on cardboard, and many more. This creates urgency among these equipment manufacturers and operators to take personal preventive measures. To ensure resilience in the food industry, efficient staff hygienic practices are performed, thus creating moderate ongoing challenges with the COVID-19 situation.


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Rising Investments in Food Processing Industry is a Vital Trend

Growing R&D investments in food processing technologies are likely to drive the market growth. Investments in the integration of IoT and AI and their amalgamation in the food processing & handling equipment would depict lucrative market opportunities. The increasing investment of domestic as well as foreign companies of this industry in Asia Pacific is attributing to the market demand.

According to the National Investment Promotion & Facilitation Agency of India, this industry of the country is expected to attract USD 33 billion investments by the end of 2024. As of 2019, about 40,000 food processing facilities are present in India and are expected to increase significantly over the forecast timeline, providing lucrative opportunities to those companies that are active in the market landscape.


Incorporation of Robotics and Automated Technologies in Manufacturing Plants to Propel Growth

The food processing and handling equipment manufacturers are aiming to track food all over the value chain to improve food safety. In the era of Industry 4.0 and smart products, it has become easy to monitor the potential status of any product. Adoption of Industry 4.0 helps perform seamless operations such as self-diagnosis of tasks and remote maintenance. Thus, creates the installed base platform interconnected and smart for operations to recognize the issues with the processing and packaging equipment.

Equipment manufacturers focus on providing post-purchase smart services to their customers. For instance, I.M.A. Group proposes smart services, such as digital room (data sharing through Industry 4.0), smart service suite (smart app with integrated virtual and augmented reality), technical services 24/7, and many more

Increasing Demand for Hygienic Convenience Food Products to Drive Growth

Convenience meals are expected to exhibit vigorous growth rates in the near future owing to the dual-income households that are opting for the fast urban lifestyle. As per the Food Drink Europe, a Food industry confederation in the European Union, Europe has the highest consumption rate of ready meals (spent up to 6.7 billion in 2017), followed by North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. Therefore, the demand for convenience food products is expected to grow in the emerging economies as well.


Unawareness about the Rules of Food Safety to Hamper Market Growth

Several governments & food organizations across the world are implementing strict laws & regulations about food processing equipment hygiene due to the rising number of foodborne diseases and the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments across the world are offering several safety training facilities for food processing and handling machinery operators to minimize the threat of convenience food. It becomes a challenging task for a few emerging SMEs (small and medium enterprises) to implement the government rules due to minimal capital funding in their business, hence restraining the global food processing and handling equipment market growth.


By Equipment Type Analysis

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 Food Processing Equipment Segment to Grow at a Higher CAGR in the Near Future

Among all types of equipment, the food processing equipment segment is projected to grow exponentially in the near future, owing to their demand across the food and beverage industry. The food processing equipment segment is leading as it is expected to generate a sufficient amount of processed food to cater to customer demand.

The food service equipment segment is projected to have a remarkable Food Processing and Handling Equipment market share owing to the growing demand for refrigerators and ovens. The equipment is used in the food service industry, namely, commercial kitchens, hotels, and restaurants, generating revenues from sales, post-purchase service, and replacement of the equipment.

The food packaging equipment segment is anticipated to have considerable market revenue owing to increasing demand for perishable food products, health awareness, and dietary.

By Application Analysis

Bakery and Confectionery Segment to Hold a Dominant Share during the Forecast Period

The bakery and confectionery products are witnessing growth in several European countries, including the U.K., Germany, and France, such as bread and other related bakery products are consumed as staple food across the region. As per the Federation of Bakers, the average bread consumption in the European Union (EU) is about 50 kg of bread per person every year. Several processing machines are used in commercial bakeries to produce loaves of bread of several types and shapes in large quantities and in less time.

The expanding utilization of dairy products across Asia Pacific is estimated to enhance the market development over the forecast timeline. As per the data revealed by the NIPFA, the dairy industry in India is expected to reach around USD 140 billion by the end of 2020.

The beverage industry across the globe is witnessing significant growth owing to the increasing consumption of alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, and fruit juices. The growing consumption of meat & poultry products across North America is expected to propel the market size. According to the North American Meat Institute, in 2017, meat production in the U.S. totaled 52 billion pounds, while poultry production totaled 48 billion pounds.

The other segment consists of grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables, and it is likely to experience substantial growth, owing to moderate demand and limited requirement of their processing and packaging.


Asia Pacific Food Processing and Handling Equipment Market Size, 2020 (USD Billion)

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Asia Pacific is projected to show dynamic growth in the market value across the globe. The rising disposable income, coupled with the shifting consumer preference towards convenience food & instantly processed food, are the major factors influencing the industry growth in APAC. Additionally, the rapidly developing food products manufacturing industry across India and China is further supporting the increasing market opportunities.

China to Hold the Largest Market Share and Witness Fastest Growth

China covers the highest population rate globally, with rising demand for food products and consecutive equipment in the food industry. With the unprecedented scale of measures, China tackled and reduced the spread of COVID-19, thus minimizing the impact on the food sector. Thus, it is resulting in a stable production process across the food industry and increasing the demand for processed food in China.  

The demand for food processing & handling equipment is expected to have progressive market growth across North America. This was mainly due to the swiftly developing food & beverage industry and changing consumer preference for frozen food products. According to the Institute of Food Technologists, frozen food generated approximately USD 57 billion in U.S. retail sales. The rising numbers of food manufacturing plants in the U.S. are also expected to provide impetus to the regional industry growth. According to the Census Bureau’s County Business Patterns, in 2016, California had about 5,640 food & beverage manufacturing plants.

Europe is anticipated to witness significant cumulative market growth over the forecast period due to the increasing investments in the expansion of production facilities across the region. For instance, in November 2019, Kellogg’s announced an investment of approximately USD 121.5 million to expand its Pringles plant in Poland. The new manufacturing plant will help the company cater to the demand for Pringles across Europe.

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The increasing population and rapid urbanization across Brazil and Mexico may surge the market demand in Latin America. In 2018, the Brazilian food industry accounted for around USD 179 billion, comprising approximately 35,800 food processing companies. Moreover, the Government of U.A.E. announced its new FDI law in 2018, allowing 100 percent foreign ownership in the food industry. Moreover, in August 2019, Mars, a worldwide confectionery food chain, acquired 100% of its Dubai subsidiary, allowing them to expand its presence in the country.


GEA Focus on Forming Strategic Cooperation with Processing and Packaging Solution Providers

Buhler AG, GEA, Alfa Laval, and JBT Corporation are the key players focusing on merging and acquiring small and mid-size processing and packaging solutions providers. For instance, GEA signed an agreement in 2017 to acquire VIPOLL, a manufacturer of filling technologies for beverages and fresh milk products, to strengthen its market position in the beverage processing industry. Similarly, Alfa Laval signed an agreement in 2018 with a Sweden-based innovative technology patented company for asymmetry heat exchangers, useful for boilers and water heaters in the food and beverage industry. Henceforth, the major market players are indulging in acquiring automated equipment providers with low maintenance costs.


  • Buhler Ag (Uzwil, Switzerland)

  • JBT (Chicago, Illinois)


  • Tetra Pak International S.A. (Tetra Laval) (Pully, Switzerland)

  • The Middleby Corporation (Elgin, Illinois)

  • Welbilt (New Port Richey, Florida)

  • Krones AG (Neutraubling, Germany)

  • GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft (Düsseldorf, Germany)

  • ALFA LAVAL (Sweden)

  • Dover Corporation (Downers Grove, Illinois)


  • August 2019: Buhler Group and Premier Tech (a Canadian industrial packaging equipment manufacturer) announced strategic cooperation for offering efficient, accurate, and food safety automated technologies while enabling future industrial flexible packaging solutions in China

  • April 2019: JBT Corporation announced the acquisition of Proseal U.K. Ltd., which deals in tray sealing technology for the food industry while enhancing the flavor and freshness of the food products


An Infographic Representation of Food Processing and Handling Equipment Market

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Additionally, the scope of the study includes three major types of equipment, namely, processing equipment, packaging, and service equipment. This market research report encompasses an in-depth analysis of the global market dynamics and competitive landscape. Additionally, it highlights the recent developments, including mergers and acquisitions, new product launches across countries that would help to gauge the market scenario. The report also includes macro and microeconomic factors, SWOT analysis, and company profiles.

Report Scope & Segmentation



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  By Equipment Type, Application, Region

By Equipment Type

  • Processing Equipment

  • Packaging Equipment

  • Service Equipment

By Application

  • Bakery and Confectionery Products

  • Meat and Poultry Products

  • Dairy Products

  • Beverages

  • Others (Grains, Fruits, Nuts and Vegetables, etc.)

By Region

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

    • The U.S. (By Equipment Type)

    • Canada (By Equipment Type)

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

    • The UK (By Equipment Type)

    • Germany (By Equipment Type)

    • France (By Equipment Type)

    • Italy (By Equipment Type)

    • Rest of Europe

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

    • China (By Equipment Type)

    • Japan (By Equipment Type)

    • India (By Equipment Type)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific

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

    • GCC (By Equipment Type)

    • South Africa (By Equipment Type)

    • Rest of the Middle East & Africa

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

    • Brazil (By Equipment Type)

    • Mexico (By Equipment Type)

    • Rest of Latin America

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the market stood at USD 99.68 billion in 2020.

In 2028, the market is expected to be worth USD 138.41 billion.

Robust growth of 4.3% CAGR will be observed in the forecast period (2021-2028).

Asia Pacific is anticipated to be the dominant region in the market, and it stood at USD 28.84 billion in 2020.

Within the equipment type criterion, the food processing equipment segment is expected to lead the market during the forecast period.

The incorporation of robotics and automated technologies in manufacturing plants and the increasing demand for hygienic convenience food products are expected to drive the markets growth.

Buhler AG, GEA, Alfa Laval, and JBT Corporation are the key industry players in the market.

The bakery and confectionery products segment is expected to hold the highest share of the market.

Rising investments in the food processing industry are the latest market trend.

The major players in the market hold approximately 30% of the market share owing to their well-established brand image and product portfolio.

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