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The global vacuum cooling equipment market size was valued at USD 822.0 million in 2022. The market is projected to grow from USD 847.3 million in 2023 to USD 1,071.6 million by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 3.4% during the forecast period.
Vacuum cooling equipment is an absorption technology used by the cold chain industry to maintain the product's nutritional value by lowering its temperature compared to its surroundings. The equipment operates on two media - air-cooled and water-cooled - that rapidly lower the temperature of fresh produce such as vegetables, fruits, and meat temperature and raises shelf life. Pallet pre-cooling vegetables and fruits and inline production units of bakery food products have broadened their use in the industry.
Also, diverse applications for increasing the shelf life of fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meat parlors, and flowering for maintaining bloom and freshness and quality of products are expected to fuel market expansion.
The global market has seen steep, steady growth in the past decade. Substantially, the growing adoption of vacuum cooling equipment in the cold chain industry is expected to steadily grow the market in the forecast period. However, lockdown restrictions and a lack of effective supply chain management during the pandemic caused a slight decline in market value. However, the need for fruits and vegetables, medicines, and the ease of government restrictions on essential commodities fueled the market growth. Furthermore, post-pandemic growing investments and supply chain infrastructure expansion projects in developing countries are expected to boost the market in the forecast period.
Private Player Penetration and Ease of Government Restrictions Stabilized the Market During the Pandemic Period
The global market observed stagnant growth owing to the peak consumption & growth of the food and vegetables during the pandemic. These low-life products need higher preservation and cooling methods that help them raise shelf life and freshness. In the global level of food produced, around 14% is lost or wasted between harvest and retail and a significant amount is wasted between retail and consumption. However, the ease of government restrictions and incentive-based plans by the government has helped the application of equipment. Additionally, the growing penetration of private players in the cold chain industry has propelled the adoption of vacuum cooling equipment in the market.
For instance, In September 2022, Colman Logistics, a private player in the cold chain industry, began the operations of the Coimbatore unit that aimed to add 6,500 pallets in both phases.
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Shift in Market Trends for Wellness Concerns Due to Digital Literacy to Bolster the Market Demand
Today’s inflation and higher cost of food products directly affect the consumer, significantly raising shopping stress and affecting the revenue and profitability of the food industry. In contrast, prices are overwhelmed by other purchase drivers. Also, digital penetration and literacy and the mushrooming of agri-tech startups have revolutionized the quality of the food industry, ensuring food safety and traceability and enabling changes in the fresh food sector.
For instance, in September 2022, fresh food consumer survey data collated responses for fresh food showing that 84% of consumers still consider health and wellness. Also, 55% of consumers are ready to pay a high premium as they contribute largely to health and wellness.
Government Appealing Schemes and Growing Demand for Fresh Produce to Drive the Market Expansion
Nowadays, trends continue to grow when we consider fresh produce due to health concerns. Consumers now put their health first, which comprises making smart food choices and a healthy diet. The trend for gluten-free healthy daily dietary products such as bread, pizza, cookies, and pies is a prime driver for the market growth in western and central countries. While in the Asia Pacific zone, high vegetation and inventive schemes such as the Agro accelerator fund by the Indian government that supplements cold chain players have held a significant share in the pallet vacuum cooling equipment industry. Thus, the international demand for fresh fruits and vegetables and rising government focus on the cold chain infrastructure is driving the demand for vacuum cooling solutions in the market.
For instance, in September 2020, Durrer Spezialmaschinen AG, a leading vacuum pump provider, in collaboration with Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), has developed vacuum cooling systems for bakery products.
Global Power Crisis and Stiff Supply Chain Infrastructure to Impede Product Adoption in the Market
Global awareness about a healthy diet and a stronger immune system has shifted the consumer base to fresh produce in many developing and populated countries, such as fruits and vegetables. But, the prime adoption of vacuum cooling in the pre-cooling operation of the cold chain has put much pressure on the power sector. Also, the challenge the food industry with the cold chain infrastructure in many developing countries such as India, South Africa, and Egypt is in its initial stage and needs strong support from the government. Additionally, weak road networks and stiff supply chain infrastructure are the restraints to equipment adoption and impede the growth of the food industry. One of the major issues is that 71% of freight in the Indian logistics industry relies mostly on road transport.
Increased Capacity and Efficient Cooling Requirement by the End User to Upend the Air Cooled Equipment Use
Manufacturers in the cold chain industry offer coolers of two types: air-cooled and water-cooled. But rough operating conditions and extensive power consumption exempted the use of water-cooled type. In contrast, air-cooled vacuum coolers provide rapid cooling and efficient performance with better moisture control that enables longevity and freshness of the products. Owing to energy efficiency, rapid cooling and optimized cooling rate broadened the use of air-cooled vacuum cooler types, significantly expanding the vacuum cooling equipment market growth.
For instance, In July 2021, The SPRING WEBER COOLING, a vacuum cooling manufacturer in the U.S., installed an efficient vacuum cooler at SQ FLORA, a flower delivery organization in NAALDWIJK. The vacuum cooler offers efficient and fast cooling with temperatures as low as 4-5 degree centigrade.
Changing Consumer Preference for Healthy Fresh Goods to Propel the Demand for Inline Vacuum Coolers
Vacuum coolers are segmented into inline and pallet types based on their cooling type. Vacuum coolers are the lifeline of fresh produce and bakery products. Post COVID, consumer trends have changed a lot from junk foods to healthy fiber-rich bakeries. Furthermore, the increased adoption of inline bakery units is expected to fulfil the product demand. At the same time, the ample growth of fresh fruits and vegetables is expected to hold a substantial vacuum cooling equipment market share during the forecast period.
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Preference for Gluten-Free Bakeries to Propel the Demand for Baked Goods
This market by application is segmented into fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meats, and others.
The rising demand for baked goods product demand in the regions such as North America, Europe and the Middle East is expected to propel industry expansion. As consumers shifted their focus to healthy and gluten-free bread, pizzas gained a prominent market size. Also another trend is the application of vacuum cooling in plant-based bread that contains 60% protein and 28% dietary fiber, pushing exponential growth to the market.
Additionally, substantial rise in product usage in the fruit and vegetables application keeps the produce alive and fresh till it reaches the consumer. This is elevating market expansion over the forecast period. Furthermore, applying a vacuum cooler to keep the meat moist and tender and for flowers and grass to keep fresh and refreshing is helping the market gain substantial growth.
For instance, in December 2020, Dekker vacuum technologies, a leading vacuum solution provider, launched its new Duravane series, engineered to provide a constant and reliable vacuum solution.
Asia Pacific Vacuum Cooling Equipment Market 2022 (USD Million),
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The market report covers a detailed scope and thorough analysis of five main regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America.
Asia Pacific is projected to hold a major share of the global market owing to government industry-focused initiatives and schemes. The exponential growth of road and supply chain infrastructure. Investments in the agro sector have helped public-private partnerships that focus on implementing vacuum solutions in pack houses. The presence of geographical vegetation is expected to help solve the cold chain gap and raise the global market share in the Asia Pacific region in the forthcoming years.
China is set to dominate in the Asia Pacific region as of the high population count and vegetation dominance in the country. The country’s fresh produce is only about 71% in 62% consumed in the same region. In contrast, prime crops such as grains and veggies contribute largely to the vacuum cooling equipment to keep the produce fresh. Additionally, large exports of special fruits such as mangoes and kiwi grow the substantial market share of countries such as India and Australia. Also, the significant use of vacuum coolers in the meat and flowers to keep them fresh and moist holds a substantial share in South Korea, Japan, and the rest of Asia Pacific during the forecast period.
Demand across North America is projected to grow exponentially during the forecast period owing to increased health awareness among the general population. In addition, the preference for gluten-free, and plant-based bakery products for daily consumption will promote the use of vacuum cooling devices in the bakery industry. Furthermore, extensive imports from neighboring countries such as Mexico and Canada and heavy reliance on cold chain logistics in Canada are expected to expand the vacuum cooling application in the bakery, meat industry, and fruits and vegetables in the cold chain industry.
Europe’s vacuum cooling demand is projected to grow steadily due to its prime application in the bakery sector owing to appealing capabilities and enhancement in dough properties through air-cooled vacuum coolers. Also, vacuum cooling solutions enable extra tenderness and moisture in the bread loaves, which has intensified its application in the bakery industry through an inline vacuum cooler. Also, exports of essential commodities such as tomatoes to other countries helped the adoption of vacuum cooling in the region.
South America has a significant presence with ample steady growth in the market. South America, at the global level, contributes largely to America's fresh produce needs for its green leafy vegetables such as spinach, cauliflower, radish, and other fruits. According to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) data, Brazil contributes largely to the fresh fruit needs that amplify the use of air-cooled pallet-type vacuum coolers in the market.
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The Middle East and Africa is expected to showcase a steady growth during the forecast period. This is driven by the sustainable import needs for fresh produce and fruits. Also, exporting essential commodities such as potatoes to the European region intensifies the use of air-cooled vacuum coolers. Furthermore, pallet type is set to grow steadily owing to large exports of fresh seasonal fruits to the neighboring countries and will provide substantial growth to the market.
New Active Products and Smart Efficient Products to Gain Strong Market Footing
Key industry players have adopted product diversification and application through new product offerings. Products in the market are getting more efficient in terms of energy usage and optimal vacuum insulation methods. Also, optimizing the performance of vacuum pumps with air-cooled technology to help prominent players acquire a significant market share. Along with this, healthy competition in the market among Chinese players is estimated to drive industry expansion over the forecast period.
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The research report covers a thorough analysis of the cooling type, type, and application. The companies profiled in this report provide information about leading players in the market and their business overview, product offerings, investments (R&D, expansions, and investments), revenue analysis, types, competition analysis, and leading applications of the product. Besides, the report offers insights into the competitive landscape, SWOT analysis, and current market trends and highlights key drivers and restraints. In addition to the abovementioned factors, the report encompasses several factors contributing to the market growth in recent years.
CAGR of 3.4% from 2023 to 2030
Value (USD Million)
By Cooling Type, By Type, By Application, By Region
By Cooling Type
Fortune Business Insights says that the market was valued at USD 822.0 million in 2022.
According to our insights from report, the market is expected to be valued at USD 1,071.6 million in 2030.
The global market is estimated to have a remarkable CAGR of 3.4% during the forecast period.
Asia Pacific is expected to hold a major market share in the market. The region stood at USD 255.7 million in 2022.
Within the application segment, bakery products are expected to be the leading segment in the market during the forecast period.
Government appealing schemes and the growing demand for fresh produce are expected to drive the market growth.
Atlas Copco (Sweden), Verhoeven Family of Companies (Netherlands), Coldmaxx (China), ULVAC (Japan), Pfeiffer Vacuum (Germany), Focusun Refrigeration Corporation (China), Airtech, Inc. (New Jersey), ProXes Gmbh (Germany), WEC Group (U.K.), and Durrer Spezialmaschinen AG (Switzerland) are the top players in the market.
Bakery product applications is expected to drive the market.
The major players in the market constitute approximately 60%-67% of the market which is majorly owed to their presence in multiple regions and diverse product portfolios.
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