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Gluten free Food Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Type (Baby Food, Pastas & Pizzas, Snacks & RTE Products, Bakery Products, Condiments & Dressings), By Distribution Channel (Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Convenience Stores, Specialty Stores, Drugstores & Pharmacies, Online Retails), and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Last Updated: July 01, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI100188

 

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The global gluten free food market size was USD 6.74 billion in 2023 and is projected to grow from USD 7.28 billion in 2024 to USD 13.81 billion by 2032 at a CAGR of 8.33% during the 2024-2032 period. North America dominated the gluten free food market with a market share of 51.63% in 2023.


Gluten-free food is primarily designed for people who have celiac disease and gluten allergies, as consuming gluten can lead to several damages, such as swelling in the intestine. However, its popularity is significantly rising even among people not suffering from gluten allergies due to the health benefits offered by gluten-free diet. It is mostly found in baked items, as it gives texture and shape to the products, but the protein offers no nutritional benefit. Hence, consumers are looking to avoid gluten in their diets as it helps in promoting healthy weight loss, improves digestion, and increases energy. Additionally, increasing consumer demand for functional foods and rising product innovation in “free-from” food segments are projected to fuel the Gluten free Food Market growth over the forecast period.


The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had considerably affected the global economy and industries. Restrictions in public mobility and governments lockdown forced people to stay at home. However, their growing health consciousness spiked the demand for guilt-free snacks. According to a survey by Mondelez International in 2020, nearly 64% of the consumers in the U.S. preferred consuming snacks as nourishment food while 56% of them seek healthful snacking options.


Gluten free Food Market Trends


Increasing Consumer Inclination Toward “Free-from” Foods to Aid Market Performance


The global “free-from” food category is witnessing a robust increase in demand across the globe. In recent years, the growing consumers’ knowledge about eating healthy has transformed the clean-label and “free-from” categories from niche to mainstream. Consumers turn toward food that helps them manage and maintain their overall health. They seek alternative food and beverage formulations that aid in avoiding food allergies and align with their diets.


Manufacturers are also adapting to the shifting consumer preferences by introducing products to cater to the rising demand. For instance, in February 2024, Base Culture, one of the leading frozen bread brands in the U.S., introduced their latest shelf stable and gluten-free breads through Simply brand. This simply bread line is composed of clean flour which includes tapioca, flax, hemp, chickpea, and coconut. The product has also been made available in different varieties such as super seed, classic sandwich, and hint of honey. Furthermore, the growing research and technological advances allow the scope of improvement in the “free-from” foods category, which is expected to augment the market growth in the following years.


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Gluten free Food Market Growth Factors


Rising Incidences of Celiac Disease and Gluten-Intolerance to Spur Product Demand


The global prevalence of celiac disease and gluten intolerance has observed a significant increase, which has propelled the demand for these type of food products. According to a research published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology journal, approximately 1.4% of the global population is diagnosed with celiac disease. Improvement in diagnostic systems and development in medical science have allowed techniques for easier diagnosis of the disease among people from different regions. Since avoiding gluten is currently the only way to avoid gluten allergies and celiac disease, it helps in boosting the demand for gluten-free food. Researchers have found that celiac disease incidence is higher among children and women, with 21 children out of 100,000 and 17 women per 100,000 being detected with celiac disease. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation report 2020, the rate of celiac disease is increasing by 7.5% per year over the last decades. Furthermore, various government initiatives to increase awareness regarding gluten sensitivity and the growing promotion of free from foods among people in developing countries are anticipated to increase market sales.


Growing Consumer Reliability on Convenience Foods to Augment Growth


Consumers’ demonstrating surge in demand for convenience and ready-to-eat meals due to their ease of consumption and preparation has positively impacted the product demand. They seek ready meals that have high nutritional value, are natural, and align with their dietary requirements without compromising the taste and flavor. The most important aspect of consumers’ reliability on this type of food is the ability to help maintain their overall health amidst the fast-paced lifestyle. The rise in the working women population has increased their dependency on such ready-to-cook & eat meals as they save time and offer the required nutrition. As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the labor force rate of women reached 77.8% which is the peak rate in June 2023. Furthermore, the rise in health on-the-go trend, especially among the millennials, has influenced convenience food manufacturers to come up with premium convenience foods such as deli-style snacks and ready meals inspired by world cuisines. This factor indicates consumers’ willingness to experiment with various foods, which offers ample opportunities for market growth in the forthcoming years.


RESTRAINING FACTORS


Higher Price of Products Along with Low Market Penetration to Lead to Sluggish Growth


Though gluten-free products are widely becoming popular, awareness about the product is still low among various developing countries. Along with this, low availability of this type of food, inefficient value chain, and formulation challenges inhibit market performance. Another hurdle in the growth of the gluten-free market is the high price of gluten-free items, such as bread, cookies, and pasta, which are mainly attributed to the complex production techniques of these food products. In price-sensitive economies, such as Malaysia, gluten-free bread loaves range between USD 2.83 to USD 4.25, whereas regular bread costs around USD 1.65 to USD 2.12.


Gluten free Food Market Segmentation Analysis


By Type Analysis


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Bakery Segment to Account for the Major Share Owing to its Rising Popularity


Based on type, the market is segmented into baby food, pastas & pizzas, snacks & RTE products, bakery products, and condiments & dressings. Bakery products emerged as the leading segment in the market due to growing popularity. They offered health benefits of gluten-free baked goods such as cookies, pastries, breads, baking mixes, and others. As bakery products are among the staple foods in Europe and North America, their demand has spurred among the gluten-intolerant population and health-conscious people. Thus, the manufacturers in these regions are launching new gluten free baked items which can fuel the market’s growth. For instance, in December 2023, Oreo, a brand of Mondelez, launched gluten-free golden cookies which is their latest addition to the product range. These cookies are available in two main flavors - chocolate soft snack cakes sandwiched between peanut butter filling and peanut butter cakesters. Further, the growing innovation in the bakery sector in developing economies such as India, China, and others is likely to aid the segment growth.


The gluten-free snacks and ready-to-eat meals segment is witnessing significant traction among consumers due to their convenience and nutritional benefits. Due to the constrained time limit, people turn toward these convenience food as they save food preparation and clean-up time. The introduction of various innovative and attractive foods by companies to suit hectic consumer lifestyles may contribute to drive the segment’s growth in the coming years.


By Distribution Channel Analysis


Convenience Stores to be the Leading Sales Channel due to their Wide Range of Offerings


On the basis of distribution channel, the convenience stores segment accounted for a major share. Retail sales channel offers products of various brands and price ranges for consumers to choose from. Additionally, convenience stores offer most of the essential household and grocery products, which allow the consumers ease of purchase. Further, easier accessibility and presence of numerous convenience stores are likely to propel the segment’s performance.


Supermarkets/hypermarkets are gaining popularity due to their one-stop shopping benefits. These mass merchandisers offer various lucrative schemes to draw consumer's attention such as a discount on product prices, bulk purchasing schemes, and others. Mass merchandisers stock up their shelves with free-from foods and dedicated product aisles, thereby driving the market growth.


REGIONAL INSIGHTS


North America Gluten Free Food Market Size, 2023 (USD Billion)

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North America to Dominate Market Owing to High Awareness of Gluten-free Products


North America accounts for lion’s share in the global marketplace and was valued at USD 3.48 billion in 2023. The comparatively higher awareness about celiac disease among consumers in the region and their growing inclination toward maintaining a healthier diet have positively impacted the regional market. According to Beyond Celiac, a research-driven celiac disease organization’s report in 2020, approximately 1% of the U.S. population will be diagnosed with celiac disease. This factor has influenced people to switch to alternatives of gluten-based foods to avoid gluten-related health complications. As bread is one of the majorly consumed products in the region, consumers are shifting toward baking their bread using gluten-free flours such as amaranth, tapioca, sorghum, and others. For instance, in January 2021, Little Northern Bakehouse, a Canadian plant-based producer, launched gluten-free breads such as organic oatmeal, organic ancient grain, and organic original. Further, the gluten-free bakery category transiting into a mainstream segment and evolving consumers’ sentiments regarding the free-from category are projected to benefit the regional market growth.


Europe accounted for a significant share in the market, attributable to the increase in demand for free-from foods. The U.K., Italy, and Germany have emerged as potential markets for gluten-free products as the consumers seek healthy nutrition. Various food manufacturers are coming up with products such as gluten-free pasta. For instance, in January 2024, Dell’Ugo, a well-known producer of pasta in the U.K., strengthened their portfolio by launching a new gluten free range of pasta and gnocchi dishes which will cater to the rising gluten free consumer demands. Products launched include Gluten Free Four Cheese Sauce, Gluten Free Ricotta & Spinach Cannelloni, and Gluten Free Fresh Potato Gnocchi. They are also investing in technologies to mass-produce these products quickly. Further, the fast-paced lifestyle of consumers along with the rise in the meal snacking trend is likely to boost the regional market growth.


Asia Pacific will witness substantial market growth due to rapid adoption of westernized culture and increasing digitalization trends. An increase in incidences of celiac disease in the region is also a major factor in driving the market growth. India and Australia are among the potential markets in the region due to the rise in health consciousness and awareness about the disease. Furthermore, the growth in the artisanal bakery sector and manufacturers pondering upon delivering innovative and affordable gluten-free food products augment the market growth.


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List of Key Companies in Gluten free Food Market


Focus on Innovative Product Development and Launches by Prominent Players to Aid Market Growth


Earlier, the availability of gluten-free food was scarce and could be found only in selective retail stores. However, changing time and increasing demand have nudged the manufacturers to ponder upon product innovations. The consortium of various large and small regional key players results in a fragmented market structure. Kellogg’s Company, Kraft Heinz Company, Conagra Brands, Inc., and others are capitalizing on expanding their product portfolio along with expanding their geographical outreach. For instance, in March 2024, The Kraft Heinz Not Company announced their entry into gluten-free line and launched KD MacandCheese, their first plant-based offering across Canada.


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KEY INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS



  • February 2024 – GOODLES, a food manufacturing firm in the U.S., debuted the range of gluten-free products and launched gluten free Cheddy Mac and gluten free Vegan Be Heroes pasta. Likewise, other pastas, this gluten free pasta is also enriched with prebiotics, fiber, and 21 essential plant-based nutrients.

  • May 2023 - Crosta & Mollica, a food and beverage services in London, announced their brand’s latest innovation which is a gluten free margherita pizza. The dough of this pizza is made via pure wheat flour and can be a suitable option for individuals following a coeliac diet. 

  • February 2023 – Beech-Nut Nutrition Company, a U.S.-based infant food company, founded by the Hero Group, introduced a new gluten-free corn infant cereal for around 4-6 months of age. This gluten free product can be mixed with water or breast milk and can be fed to babies.

  • July 2021 – BFree Foods announced the launch of its website for online shopping of gluten-free and allergy-free bakery products in the U.S. The website's launch allows consumers to easily purchase their preferred products and offer various bundling schemes and doorstep delivery services.

  • June 2021 – Ulrick & Short Limited launched a new gluten-free, functional flour called fazenda Nutrigel, which aims to improve the overall texture, viscosity, and other properties of gluten-free bakery products.


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The research report provides qualitative and quantitative insights into the market. It also offers a detailed analysis of its types distribution channels, market size, and 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 an overview of related markets, research methodology, and recent industry developments such as mergers & acquisitions, regulatory scenario in critical countries, and key industry trends.


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Report Scope & Segmentation










































ATTRIBUTE



DETAILS



Study Period



2019-2032



Base Year



2023



Estimated Year



2024



Forecast Period



2024-2032



Historical Period



2019-2022



Unit



Value (USD Billion)



Growth Rate



CAGR of 8.33% from 2024 to 2032



Segmentation



By Type



  • Baby Food

  • Pastas & Pizzas

  • Snacks & RTE Products

  • Bakery Products

  • Condiments & Dressings


By Distribution Channel



  • Supermarkets/Hypermarkets

  • Convenience Stores

  • Specialty Stores

  • Drugstores & Pharmacies

  • Online Retails


By Geography



  • North America (By Type, Distribution Channel, and By Country)

    • U.S. (By Type)

    • Canada (By Type)

    • Mexico (By Type)



  • Europe (By Type, Distribution Channel, and By Country)

    • Germany (By Type)

    • France (By Type)

    • U.K. (By Type)

    • Italy (By Type)

    • Spain (By Type

    • Rest of Europe (By Type)



  • Asia Pacific (By Type, Distribution Channel, and By Country)

    • China (By Type)

    • Japan (By Type)

    • India (By Type)

    • Australia (By Type)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Type)



  • South America (By Type, Distribution Channel, and By Country)

    • Brazil (By Type)

    • Argentina (By Type)

    • Rest of South America (By Type)



  • Middle East & Africa (By Type, Distribution Channel, and By Country)

    • Saudi Arabia (By Type)

    • Egypt (By Type)

    • Rest of MEA (By Type)








Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market value stood at USD 6.74 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 13.81 billion by 2032.

The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.33% during the forecast period (2024-2032).

The bakery products segment is expected to be the leading segment among types in the global market during the forecast period.

Growing incidences of celiac disease and gluten intolerance are expected to propel market growth.

Kellogg’s Company, Kraft Heinz Company, and Conagra Brands, Inc. are a few of the key players in the market.

North America is expected to hold the highest market share.

The convenience stores segment is expected to grow at the fastest pace during the forecast period.

The rising inclination of consumers toward clean snacking is a prominent trend.

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