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Food Processing Equipment Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Equipment Type (Pre-processing Equipment, and Processing Equipment), By Automation Type (Automatic, and Semi-automatic), By Application (Bakery and Confectionery Products, Meat and Poultry Products, Dairy Products, Beverages, and Others) and Regional Forecast, 2020-2032

Last Updated: June 07, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI101768



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The global food processing equipment market size was valued at USD 45.01 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 79.70 billion in 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.2% during the forecast period. Asia Pacific dominated the food processing equipment market with a share of 29.99% in 2019.

A food processing machine is used for processing raw food materials into consumable food products. This equipment is used for various applications in the food and beverage industry. Bakery, meat and poultry, dairy, and several other sectors opt for bespoke food processing machines for better conditioning of food products. Food processing machine offers convenient, attractive, safe, and hygienic consumable food products, maximizing the sales of the machine.

COVID-19 to Minimize the Ongoing Equipment Manufacturing Process

The rapid spread of the COVID-19 has led to severe market ambiguity in the equipment manufacturing sector worldwide. Despite the shutdown of major businesses, preventive measures such as distancing of the civilians and workers are taken by the governments to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, thus minimizing the threat of getting affected. Manufacturing of food processing equipment has declined owing to an impulsive step of lockdown all over the globe. This led to the halt of machine production and the food processing methodologies.

However, after the sudden spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the disrupted international trade has severely affected food processing technology and equipment market, especially in Germany, UK, France, China, India, etc. These countries constitute of the major market share and the presence of leading market players, thus hampering the production of the food processing machine. Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) initiated in the Middle East and Africa, and Latin American countries are highly affected, as the GDP of these countries have dropped down than usual (the GDP of Saudi Arabia is -2.3 and of Brazil is -5.3).


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Adoption of Advanced Technology in Processing Equipment

Besides raising awareness about food safety, demand for processed food products have led to the adoption of advanced technology-based processing equipment, which is expected to ultimately boost the global food processing market in the near future. For instance, BAADER rebranded its food processing machines into modern digital solutions providing automated food value chain. Concepts such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, and Industry 4.0 aid companies to reach the highest level of food safety, improve traceability, henceforth reducing risks associated with food processing techniques.


Increasing Demand for Safe and Hygienic Processed Convenience Food Products to Drive Growth

Emerging health concerns and dietary plans of customers in developing as well as developed regions is expected to surge the market growth in the coming years. Governments and various food associations are encouraging the food processing machine manufacturers to invest in R&D, thus increasing the food processing technology and equipment market revenue. For instance, a U.K. based food standards agency offers several training sessions to the food processing equipment manufacturers to maintain food hygiene, hence enhancing the dietary benefits of the food product. Food standards target the value chain participants, to make them follow stringent government regulations for maintaining the safety of ready to eat meals. In 2017, Europe accounted for the highest consumption rate of convenience meals, with a total spending of USD 31 billion. Hence, demand for safe and hygienic processed food products is expected to increase in developing countries.


Lack of Skilled/trained Labors Hinders the Market

Skilled and hygienic labor is an essential requirement in the food processing industry. Lack of qualified workers is becoming the most critical thing to keep the production lines operating with higher efficiency. As per the secondary study, food processing machine producers are citing the lack of skilled technicians and operators across the U.S., hampering the market growth.


By Equipment Type Analysis

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

Processing equipment is projected to grow exponentially in the near future, due to their demand across the food and beverage industry. These food processing machines maintain hygiene, safety, and quality, providing accuracy in controlling the pressure and temperature of food products.

Food pre-processing equipment is estimated to have considerable market revenue owing to the increasing demand for ready to use food products. The equipment is used in the food industry, specifically for fruit and vegetable, meat and poultry processing. Increasing demand for perishable food products providing health benefits is leading to the adoption of new market trends.

By Automation Type Analysis

Automatic Food Processing Equipment is Expected to Dwell in the Dominant Market Position

Automatic food processing equipment segment is projected to grow exponentially in the near future, owing to their increasing demand across the food and beverage industry. Deployment of automated processing equipment in the food and beverage industry over a decade has reduced the enslavement on manual workforce. Robotic machines are availing new market opportunities for automatic food processing machines globally. Semi-automatic food processing equipment is expected to witness steady growth, as they are operated by the labor force with a lack of knowledge, and partial integration of technology.

By Application Analysis

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 Bakery and Confectionery Products to Dominate the Food Processing Equipment Market Share During the Forecast Period

According to the multiple secondary sources, the total market size of the bakery and confectionery sector is estimated to reach USD 530 billion at a CAGR of 4.5% by 2021. Increasing consumption of baked products is observed in several countries across Europe, owing to the customer preferences and change in their custom dietary patterns. Commercial bakeries opt for cost-effective bakery processing machines to produce a variety of bread in bulk.

Meat and poultry food products are projected to illustrate remarkable growth owing to the increasing need for clean and hygienic meat products from commercial restaurants, hotels and foodservice sectors. The dairy sector is witnessing significant growth across all the regions due to the daily consumption of several dairy products by the customers. The beverage sector processes water, carbonated drinks, alcoholic drinks, and fruit juices by using several ingredients, henceforth increasing the adoption of processing machines in the beverage sector.

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


Asia Pacific Food Processing Equipment Market Size, 2019 (USD Billion)

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Asia Pacific holds the highest market share and is expected to witness exponential growth over the forecast period due to the emerging food processing industry in India and China. As per the statistics shared by the National Investment Promotion & Facilitation Agency of India (NIPFA), India’s food processing industry is expected to reach around USD 543 billion by the end of 2020, providing several growth opportunities. Moreover, the growing demand for frozen food in China and Australia is driving the market growth in Asia Pacific.

The rising demand for ready-to-eat and convenience food in the U.K., Germany, and France will increase the demand in Europe over the forecasted period. The increasing numbers of food processing facilities in the region are further expected to provide opportunities to the key players operating in this market. Food manufacturing companies are making large investments for expanding their production capabilities to cater the fastest growing consumer demands. For instance, in November 2019, Kellogg’s announced the investment of approximately USD 121.5 million to expand its Pringles plant in Poland. The plant is expected to start the operation in 2021.

The number of food & beverage processing plants is increasing rapidly in North American countries. According to the Census Bureau’s County Business Patterns, in 2016, California had about 5,640 food & beverage manufacturing plants, providing impetus to the regional market expansion. Additionally, the changing consumer preference towards healthy food in the U.S. is adding up to the food processing technology and equipment market size. These machines are used in food processing facilities to process food in large quantities, in less time.

The consumers in urban areas of Brazil and Mexico are more inclined towards packaged food due to their improved lifestyle and rising income levels. In 2018, the Brazilian food industry reached around USD 179 billion, comprising of approximately 35,800 food processing companies. Moreover, in 2018, the UAE government has announced the new Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) law, allowing 100 percent foreign ownership in the food industry. Several global food processing companies are making large investments in the UAE food industry as a result of new FDI law, providing ample growth opportunities in this market.


Buhler AG Revolutionized the Processing Machinery to Expand their Product Portfolio

Buhler AG, Marel, Tetra Pak, and JBT Corporation are the prominent market players increased focusing on expanding their business portfolio, by setting up new manufacturing units worldwide. In August 2019, Buhler AG revolutionized a new approach to the processing and machinery milling plant. With Mill E3, Buhler AG has set new standards for the cost-effective milling industry. Therefore, the major market players are indulging in expanding their manufacturing plants with low maintenance costs.


  • Buhler Ag (Uzwil, Switzerland)

  • JBT (Chicago, Illinois)

  • Marel (Gardabaer, Iceland)

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

  • The Middleby Corporation (Elgin, Illinois)

  • Hobart (Troy, Ohio)

  • Krones AG (Neutraubling,Germany)

  • GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft (Düsseldorf, Germany)

  • ALFA LAVAL (Sweden)

  • BAADER (Lübeck/Germany)


  • June 2019- Hobart introduced a new cost-effective and standard heavy-duty mixer, Centerline HMM20 for multiple kitchen applications such as blending and mixing of heavy dough

  • July 2018:  BAADER invested in Norvelita’s (fish and surimi processing machine manufacturer) new salmon processing machine line, to expand its product portfolio


An Infographic Representation of Food Processing Equipment Market

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The report provides a detailed analysis of this market of food processing equipment and focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, product/service types, and leading applications of the product. Besides, the report offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the aforementioned factors, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of this market over recent years.

Report Scope & Segmentation



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  Value (USD Billion)


By Equipment Type

  • Pre-processing Equipment

  • Processing Equipment

By Automation Type

  • Automatic

  • Semi-automatic

By Application

  • Bakery and Confectionery Products

  • Meat and Poultry Products

  • Dairy Products

  • Beverages

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

By Region

  • North America (U.S. and Canada)

  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, and Rest of Asia Pacific)

  • Middle East & Africa (South Africa, GCC and Rest of Middle East & Africa)

  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the market was valued at USD 45.01 billion in 2019

In 2027, the market is expected to be worth USD 62.98 billion

Asia Pacific is anticipated to be the dominant region and it was valued at USD 13.50 billion in 2019

Within the equipment type criterion, the processing equipment segment is expected to be the leading segment during the forecast period

Increasing demand for safe and hygienic processed convenience food products to drive market growth

Buhler AG, Marel, Tetra Pak, and JBT Corporation are the key market players

The bakery and confectionery food products segment is expected to hold the highest share in the market

Automatic food processing equipment is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period

Adoption of advance technology based processing equipment is the latest market trend

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