Global Lactic Acid Market by Source (Synthetic and Natural); by Application (Food & Beverages, Biodegradable polymers, Personal care products, Chemical, Textile, Pharmaceutical products, and Other lactic acid applications); by Functionality (Flavouring Agent, Emulsifier, ph Regulator, Anti-forming agent, and Anti-microbial agent; by Region (Asia-Pacific, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, and Europe); - Global Forecasts 2021 to 2027

Date: Dec 2021 Report Id: 144 Category: Food & Beverages Report Format: pdf-img excel-img ppt-img word-img

The Global Lactic Acid Market was valued at USD 3.10 Bn in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 6.40 Bn by 2027, with a growing CAGR of 10.9% during the forecast period.

The Global Lactic Acid Market Definition:

Lactic acid is a colorless, water-soluble, naturally occurring organic acid which has a wide range of applications such as food & beverages, personal care products, biodegradable polymers, chemical, pharmaceutical products, and textile among others. It can be obtained naturally in microorganisms, plants, and animals or can be produced by chemical synthesis or fermentation from petroleum products, coal, and natural gas.

Lactic Acid Market

The Global Lactic Acid Market Dynamics:

The lactic acid market is majorly experiencing traction owing to the growing product application in several end-use industries. For instance, the pharmaceuticals industry utilizes lactic acid for several applications such as implants, dialysis, pills, controlled drug release systems, and surgical sutures. The cosmetic industry uses lactic acid to manufacture several aesthetic and hygiene products due to its antimicrobial, rejuvenating, and moisturizing effects on the skin. Moreover, the development of new product applications such as the production of biocompatible and biodegradable PLA polymers, oxygenated chemicals, and solvents are also contributing to driving the lactic acid industry demand.

Furthermore, rising investment for expansion of the production capacity by key market players is also offering growth opportunities in the lactic acid market. For instance, in March 2021, Corbion, a Dutch food, and biochemicals company announced a multi-faceted initiative to improve its capacity to produce lactic acid & lactic-acid derivatives through concurrent expansion projects. This expansion is supposed to happen in its four production sites including Rayong (Thailand), Gorinchem (Netherlands), Montmeló (Spain), and Campos (Brazil) having combined production output equivalent to a new production site. Such investments are expected to be instrumental in driving the lactic acid industry growth.

The Global Lactic Acid Market Segmentation:

By Source

  • Synthetic
  • Natural

By Application

  • Food & Beverages
    • Bakery & confectionery products
    • Beverages
    • Dairy products
    • Meat products
    • Other food products (sauces, savouries, snacks, and jams)
  • Biodegradable polymers
  • Personal care products
  • Chemical
  • Textile
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Other lactic acid applications

By Functionality

  • Flavouring Agent
  • Emulsifier
  • ph Regulator
  • Anti-forming agent
  • Anti-microbial agent

By Region

  • Asia-Pacific
  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Europe

The unique insights provided by this report also include the following:

  • In-Depth Value Chain Analysis
  • Market Opportunity Mapping
  • Sector Snapshot
  • Key Players Positioning Matrix
  • Regulatory Scenario
  • Strategies Adopted-Benchmarking Heat Map
  • Market Trends
  • Covid-19 Impact Analysis
  • Product Comparison
  • Pre & Post Covid 19 Impact on Lactic Acid Market
  • Competitive Landscape

Based on source, natural source held a major share in the lactic acid market in terms of the global revenue owing to the advantages offered by obtaining lactic acid through natural method over synthetic method

Based on the source, the lactic acid market is fragmented as synthetic and natural. Among these, the natural source segment held a major share in the lactic acid market in terms of global revenue. This high share is mainly attributed to the advantages offered by obtaining lactic acid through natural methods over synthetic methods such as the production of pure isomers, low energy consumption, use of low cost and renewable raw materials, and mild conditions needed for operation. Another major factor driving the demand for this segment is rising incidences of health disorders that have resulted in the growing inclination of consumers towards organic and natural products.

Based on application, the food & beverage industry accounted for the largest share in the lactic acid market owing to the broad spectrum of product applicability in the food industry

Based on application, the lactic acid market is fragmented into food & beverages, biodegradable polymers, personal care products, chemical, textile, pharmaceutical products, and other lactic acid applications. Among these segments, the food & beverages industry accounted for the largest share in the lactic acid market across the globe. This high share is owing to the broad spectrum of product applicability in the food industry. Lactic acid is used as a preservative in pickled vegetables & olive, and as an acidulant in beverages, fruit wine, meat, sourdough, dressings, confectionery, and salads due to its mild acidic taste in comparison to other acids used in food. It is also used as an inhibitor, and flavoring agent, pH regulator in food processing, such as bread, sweets, beer, soft drinks, and other products. Owing to such wide application in the food & beverage industry, the lactic acid market is pegged to garner significant demand in the lactic acid industry over the forecast period.

Based on region, the North America region led the lactic acid industry across the globe due to growing product demand from food and non-food applications

Based on region, the lactic acid industry is divided into Asia-Pacific, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, and Europe. Among these, the North American region led the lactic acid industry across the globe and is anticipated to show a significant growth trend during the forecast period. This share is majorly attributed to the rapidly growing product demand from food and non-food applications including the cosmetic industry, and textile industry among others along with increasing demand for functional & processed food in the region. Moreover, the growing popularity of bio-based beauty products in the region is also increasing the need for lactic acid due to the antimicrobial properties offered by the product. Further, the US has the largest lactic acid plant across the globe named “NatureWorks” which is jointly owned by Cargill and PTT Public Company. All these factors collectively are contributing in driving the lactic acid industry in the region.

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of the market dynamics such as drivers, restraints opportunities, and challenges


  • Increasing demand from several end-use industries
  • New product applications 
  • Increasing investment for expanding production capacity by key market players


  • High initial investment
  • Volatile raw material cost 


  • Growing demand for healthcare and food and beverage items from the developing countries
  • Rising waste management issues and environmental concerns

Note: Challenges along with in-depth Lactic Acid market dynamics analysis is mentioned in the report.

COVID-19 impact on the Lactic Acid market analysis

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted economies and industries around the world and in particular the food & beverage industry. The pandemic has made consumers more concerned regarding maintaining their immunity, contactless activities, and social distancing for protecting themselves from getting exposed to the current pandemic. This has highly influenced and shifted consumers’ choice on several packaged and functional food products that are seeking to offer protective benefits. Additionally, due to the restrictions imposed on public movement by several economies, the bulk purchase stockpiling of food products has become a common phenomenon. Owing to the advantages offered by lactic acid in packaging applications, the growing demand for packaged and functional food is expected to garner significant growth in the coming years.

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of key trends in the Lactic Acid market

  • Favorable government support is helping in positively driving the product demand. For instance, U.S. Food and Drug Administration has regarded the use of lactic acid as GRAS (generally regarded as safe).
  • Rising waste management issues and environmental concerns are majorly driving the demand for packaging applications. Owing to these rising concerns, regulatory authority such as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing guidelines for improving consumer awareness regarding using bio-degradable products.

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of recent news developments and investments in the Lactic Acid market

  • In November 2021, LG Chem, a global chemical leading company, and ADM, a leading global company in biosolutions and nutrition announced the extension of their relationship through MoU to explore the production of lactic acid in the U.S. for meeting the increasing demand for a range of plant-based products inclusive of bioplastics
  • In November 2020, Sulzer, a Swiss industrial engineering & manufacturing firm, announced its merger with B&F PLA. This merger is for the development and expansion of its first fully integrated polylactic acid plant which is in China. The facility makes use of Sulzer’s crystallization, polymerization, and distillation technologies to manufacture 30,000 tons of PLA per year. Additionally, this move is expected to enhance the presence of the company in the Asia Pacific market.

Company Profiles and Competitive Intelligence

The key players operating in the lactic acid industry are:

  • DuPont
  • Corbion
  • Cargill
  • DOW
  • Galactic
  • Unitika
  • Sulzer
  • Henan Jindan Lacic Acid Technology
  • Vigon International
  • Mushashino Chemical
  • Henan Xinghan Biology Technology
  • COFCO BioChemical
  • Danimer Scientific
  • FoodChem International
  • Jungbunzlauer
  • Spectrum Chemicals
  • Vaishnavi Biotech
  • Godavari Bio-refineries
  • Qingdao Abel Technology
  • ProAgro GmbH
  • Teijin Ltd.
  • CSM N.V.
  • NatureWorks LLC
  • Henan Jindan Lactic Acid Co., Ltd.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Global Lactic Acid Market was valued at USD 3.10 Bn in 2020 and is anticipated to reach USD 6.40 Bn by 2027.
The Lactic Acid Market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.9% during forecast period.
The North America regional segment has dominated the Lactic Acid Market.
A few key players include, but not limited to: DuPont, Corbion, Cargill, DOW, Galactic, Unitika, Sulzer, Vigon International and Mushashino Chemical among others
Yes, the report contains detailed COVID-19 analysis for Lactic Acid Market.
Author Credentials

Priyanka has been writing chemicals & material market research reports for the last 12 years. A post-graduate, her specialization is in the chemicals sector. Preparing end-to-end reports covering minute details for market insights, competitive intelligence and trend analysis in the CMFE sector.

  1. Introduction
    1. Product Outline
    2. Lactic Acid Overview
    3. Different Types Of Lactic Acid 
    4. Analysis Of Lactic Acid Ecosystem
    5. Supply Chain Analysis
    6. Covid -19 Impact
    7. Market Dynamics
      1. Drivers
      2. Restraints
      3. Opportunities
      4. Threats
    8. Technology Overview
  2. Technology and Regulatory Landscape for Lactic Acid    
    1. Regulations and Standards
  3. Lactic Acid Market Pricing Analysis
    1. Prices of Lactic Acid   
  4. Lactic Acid Market by Source
    1. Synthetic
    2. Natural
  5. Lactic Acid Market by Application
    1. Food & Beverages
      1. Bakery & confectionery products
      2. Beverages
      3. Dairy products
      4. Meat products
      5. Other food products (sauces, savouries, snacks, and jams)
    2. Biodegradable polymers
    3. Personal care products
    4. Chemical
    5. Textile
    6. Pharmaceutical products
    7. Other lactic acid applications
  6. Lactic Acid Market by Functionality
    1. Flavouring Agent
    2. Emulsifier
    3. ph Regulator
    4. Anti-forming agent
    5. Anti-microbial agent
  7. Regional Analysis
    1. North America
      1. US
      2. Canada
      3. Mexico
    2. Europe
      1. Germany
      2. UK
      3. France
      4. Norway
      5. Italy
      6. Spain
      7. Netherlands
      8. Rest Of Europe
    3. Asia Pacific
      1. China
      2. India
      3. Japan
      4. Australia
      5. New Zealand
      6. Rest Of Asia Pacific
    4. Middle East and Africa
    5. South America
  8. Key Strategic Insights
    1. New Raw Material Sources
    2. New Applications
    3. Emerging Technologies
    4. Opportunity mapping
    5. Critical Success Factors
    6. Environmental Impact and sustainability issues
    7. Consumer preferences
  9. Key Market Trends / Recent Developments
  10. Competitive Scenario
    1. Competitive Strategies of Key Players
      1. Mergers and Acquisitions
      2. Investments
      3. Joint Ventures
      4. New Product launches
    2. Strength of product portfolio
    3. Ranking of Key Players
    4. Presence of players by Geographies
  11. Key Global Players
    1. DuPont
    2. Corbion
    3. Cargill
    4. DOW
    5. Galactic
    6. Unitika
    7. Sulzer
    8. Henan Jindan Lacic Acid Technology
    9. Vigon International
    10. Mushashino Chemical
    11. Henan Xinghan Biology Technology
    12. COFCO BioChemical
    13. Danimer Scientific
    14. FoodChem International
    15. Jungbunzlauer

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