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Salt Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Type (Rock Salt, Salt in Brine, Solar Salt, and Vacuum Pan Salt), By Source (Brine and Salt Mines), By Application (Chemical Processing, De-icing, Water Treatment, Oil & Gas, Agriculture, Flavoring Agent, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Last Updated: June 24, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI103011



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The global salt market size was valued at USD 34.07 billion in 2023 and is projected to grow from USD 35.84 billion in 2024 to USD 54.02 billion by 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.3% during the forecast period. Asia Pacific dominated the salt market with a market share of 41.77% in 2023.

Salt is one of the inorganic compounds which is applied in various industries. It is one of the world's most valuable minerals and an essential element of food consumption. The product is a mixture of chlorine and sodium that undergoes a number of processing activities involving seawater evaporation, brine extraction, rock salt, and mining.

The market is driven by the rise in product demand from the chemical manufacturing industry, especially in chlorine-alkali chemicals production. In the chemical industry, chlorine-alkali is a major user of the product due to a lack of any economic alternative for the commodity. However, the process of extracting the substance from mines includes additional approvals and licenses from mining officials around the globe, which are supposed to curb production. Additionally, mine facility operating levels vary significantly with increasing demand for the de-icing product, which is projected to delay the salt market growth over the forecast period.

The global market has been hit by logistical restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of many small businesses, especially in the food sector. France and Italy were the hardest-hit European countries, so lockdown measures have led to temporary or mass closures of fine dining, especially in Europe. Additionally, the trend toward healthier eating had gripped the market before the pandemic.  High levels of sodium, especially from fast food, are the least consumed. Consumption of meat and poultry products declined, especially in the Asia Pacific region.

Salt Market Trends

Increasing Adoption of Industrial Salt in the Chemical Industry to Fuel Market Size

The chemical industry is the largest consumer of industrial salt, using it as a raw material for the production of various chemicals, such as caustic soda, soda ash, and chlorine. The increasing demand for these chemicals is expected to drive the growth of the market in the coming years.  The adoption of industrial salt in the chemical industry is increasing due to its versatile properties and applications. Additionally, it serves as a catalyst, drying agent, and in the purification process, making it indispensable in chemical production. The growth of industries such as textiles, paper, and pharmaceuticals further drives the demand for industrial salt. Further, the use of advanced technologies in production, such as solar evaporation, is anticipated to increase the efficiency and sustainability of production. This is expected to reduce the environmental impact of the industry.

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Salt Market Growth Factors

Growing Demand in Industrial Applications to Aid Market Growth

The extensive array of industrial uses for salt highlights its significance across multiple economic sectors, fueling product demand and bolstering the salt market expansion. From chemical production to food processing, and water treatment to pharmaceuticals, salt serves as a fundamental ingredient, essential for processes ranging from manufacturing to preservation.

Salt is used in various industrial applications, such as chemical processing, water treatment, and de-icing. The growing demand for chemicals, along with increasing concerns over water pollution and scarcity, is expected to drive product demand in industrial applications.  

The global population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, and the majority of this growth is expected to occur in urban areas. The increasing population and urbanization are expected to surge product adoption in various industries.

Governments around the world are also implementing various initiatives and regulations to ensure the safety and quality of products. For instance, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has implemented various regulations to ensure the safety and quality of salt used in food products. These factors are expected to boost the market's growth.


Environmental Concerns Related to Production is Likely to Restrain Market Growth

Salt production can have a significant impact on the environment, particularly in regions where it involves material extraction from underground deposits or evaporation of seawater. This could lead to concerns over the depletion of natural resources, water pollution, and other environmental issues.

The production process can be an energy-intensive activity that can lead to greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to climate change. The production of salt generates significant amounts of waste, including brine and other chemicals, which require appropriate management and disposal to prevent environmental contamination. These factors are expected to hinder the market growth.

To address these environmental concerns, producers are increasingly adopting sustainable practices, such as using renewable energy sources, reducing water consumption, and improving waste management. In addition, governments are implementing regulations and policies to ensure sustainable production and minimize its environmental impact.

Salt Market Segmentation Analysis

By Type Analysis

Rock Salt Segment to Gain Momentum Due to Increasing Applications from Various End-Use Industries

Based on type, the market is segmented into rock salt, salt in brine, solar salt, and vacuum pan salt.

Rock salt accounted for the largest market share in 2023 and is expected to continue its dominance until 2032. Rock salt is extracted from underground mines, typically through drilling and blasting techniques. This segment is driven by growing demand for de-icing and road salt applications, particularly in regions with cold and snowy winters, as it helps to melt snow and ice on roads and highways. It is also used in other industrial applications, such as chemical processing, water treatment, and oil drilling. In the food industry, rock salt is used for curing meat and fish.

Solar salt is likely to show significant gains during the forecast period owing to the growing demand for high-quality products across various industries. The food industry is one of the largest consumers of solar salt, as it is used in the production of processed foods, snacks, and baked goods. Increasing demand for organic and natural products, as well as the growing awareness about the health benefits of consuming high-quality salt, is driving the growth of the segment.

One of the key driving factors of the vacuum pan salt segment is its efficiency in producing high-quality salt at a relatively lower cost compared to other methods. Moreover, the ability of vacuum pan salt to meet stringent quality standards and regulatory requirements makes it a preferred choice for many consumers.

By Source Analysis

Salt Mines Segment to Dominate the Market Due to Availability of Underground Deposits

Based on the source, the market is segmented into brine and salt mines.

The salt mines segment accounted for the largest salt market share in 2023. The dominance is associated with the availability of underground deposits. The production from mines involves a series of processes that extract and refine salt from underground deposits. Specific methods and processes used in material production can vary depending on the type of deposit and the location of the mine.

Another production process is the extraction of salt from saline solutions, also known as brines. Brines are typically found in natural saltwater sources such as salt lakes, salt pans, and underground deposits.

By Application Analysis

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Chemical Processing Segment holds a Significant Share owing to Extensive Product Adoption

In terms of applications, the market is classified into chemical processing, de-icing, water treatment, oil & gas, agriculture, flavoring agent, and others.

Salt plays a crucial role in the chemical processing industry as it is widely used as a raw material and chemical reagent in various processes. The product demand from the chemical processing industry is associated with the production of key chemical compounds, industrial applications, and regional market dynamics.

The product is extensively used in water treatment processes, particularly in the regeneration of ion exchange resins in water softening systems. The product used in water treatment is influenced by factors such as population growth, urbanization, and industrial water requirements.


The global market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.

Asia Pacific Salt Market Size, 2023 (USD Billion)

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Asia Pacific is poised to expand rapidly over the foreseeable period due to rapid developments in emerging economies and increasing development in the industries in the region. A number of developed countries centered in Asia Pacific regions have weather that is specifically tailored for solar salt production, moreover supporting an increase in performance. The vacuum evaporation system will also report progress, backed by growth and development in China, where high standards of quality are becoming increasingly necessary in both the chemical and food processing businesses.

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North America is predicted to experience exponential growth during the forecast period owing to the benefit of the region's wide street de-icing sector. Europe accounts for a significant market share. The market growth in Europe is attributed to the growing demand from the industry of chemical manufacturing. The Middle East and Africa region is expected to experience a moderate growth rate during the forecast period. The region is expected to rank among the rapid developments, driven by the region-wide industrial growth, particularly the advancement of chemical and food engineering and other manufacturing operations. Latin America also suffers from political turmoil and economic instability, which hampers market growth.

List of Key Companies in Salt Market

Key Players are Adopting Business Expansion Strategy to Maintain Their Position in Market

The global market share is fragmented, with key players operating in the industry being Akzo Nobel,  Cargill Salt, Compass Minerals International, Inc., INEOS Enterprises Salt, and Solvay. The manufacturers are expanding their business to gain competency in the industry and alleviate new entrants’ threats.  

Market participants are fiercely competing with international and regional players with extensive distribution networks, regulatory know-how, and suppliers. In addition, companies sign contracts, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships with other market leaders to expand their existing markets.


  • Akzo Nobel (Netherlands)

  • Cargill Salt (U.S.)

  • Compass Minerals International, Inc. (U.S.)

  • INEOS Enterprises Salt (U.K.)

  • Solvay (Belgium)

  • K+S (Germany)

  • China National Salt Industry (China)

  • CIECH GROUP (Poland)

  • Hunan Salt Industry Co., Ltd. (China)

  • Salins Group (France)


  • May 2023- Cargill’s salt business signed an agreement with CIECH Group, a leading supplier of evaporated salt products. Through this agreement, Cargill extended its range of specialty and evaporated food salt solutions for European food manufacturers.

  • December 2022- CIECH Soda Polska signed a supply agreement with Inowrocław Salt Mines "Solino” to provide brine to its production plant up until 2035.

  • April 2022- Tata Salt, one of India's most trusted brands and pioneers of the salt iodization movement, launched Tata Salt Immuno. This new product is a category-first innovation in the edible salt segment in India. Along with mandated iodization, the product has added zinc, which is known to support a healthy immune system.

  • May 2021- Tanteo Tequila launched Jalapeño, Chipotle, Habanero, and Citrus flavored margarita salts that will be included with 750ml of their Jalapeño, Chipotle, Habanero, and Blanco expressions. Tanteo Tequilas are made from fair trade and 100% Blue Weber agave, and these new salts will elevate everyone’s margarita game and enhance the flavors of the iconic cocktails.

  • September 2019- Solvay confirms that it will expand its manufacturing capacity for soda ash by 600-kilo tonnes to fulfill long-term global market progress in various implementations and raise its capacity for sodium bicarbonate by 200-kilo tonnes, resolving global demands for flue gas initiatives to improve air quality.


An Infographic Representation of Salt Market

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The market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on crucial aspects such as leading companies, products, and end-use industries. Also, the report offers insights into salt market trends and highlights vital industry developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the report encompasses various factors contributing to the market's growth in recent years.

This report includes historical data & forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels, and analyzes the industry's latest market dynamics and opportunities.

Report Scope & Segmentation



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Value (USD Billion)

CAGR (2024-2032)

CAGR of 5.3% from 2024 to 2032


By Type

  • Rock Salt

  • Salt in Brine

  • Solar Salt

  • Vacuum Pan Salt

By Source

  • Brine

  • Salt Mines

By Application

  • Chemical Processing

  • De-icing

  • Water Treatment

  • Oil & Gas

  • Agriculture

  • Flavoring Agent

  • Others

By Region

  • North America (By Type; By Source; By Application; By Country)

    • U.S. (By Application)

    • Canada (By Application)

  • Europe (By Type; By Source; By Application; By Country)

    • Germany (By Application)

    • U.K. (By Application)

    • France (By Application)

    • Italy (By Application)

    • Rest of Europe (By Application)

  • Asia Pacific (By Type; By Source; By Application; By Country)

    • China (By Application)

    • Japan (By Application)

    • India (By Application)

    • South Korea (By Application)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Application)

  • Latin America (By Type; By Source; By Application; By Country)

    • Brazil (By Application)

    • Mexico (By Application)

    • Colombia (By Application)

    • Rest of Latin America (By Application)

  • Middle East & Africa (By Type; By Source; By Application; By Country)

    • GCC (By Application)

    • South Africa (By Application)

    • Rest of the Middle East & Africa (By Application)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 34.07 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 54.02 billion by 2032.

In 2023, the Asia Pacific market size stood at USD 14.23 billion.

Growing at a CAGR of 5.3%, the market will exhibit steady growth during the forecast period (2024-2032).

The chemical processing segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.

The growing product demand from industrial applications will aid market growth.

Akzo Nobel, Cargill Salt, Compass Minerals International, Inc., INEOS Enterprises Salt, and Solvay are major players in the global market.

Asia Pacific dominated the market share in 2023.

A rise in product demand in the chemical manufacturing industry, especially in chlorine-alkali chemicals production, is expected to foster the growth of the market.

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