by on November 8, 2023

Market Overview The global post-harvest treatment market, which was valued at USD 1.25 billion in 2018, is projected to reach USD 2.22 billion by 2026, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.4%. Post-harvest treatment plays a vital role in protecting and enhancing the quality of products such as fruits, vegetables, and tubers. Key post-harvest technologies include edible coatings, chemical treatments, and temperature control methods, including heat and irradiation, which aid in preserving antimicrobials, antioxidants, and preventing darkening. Edible coatings not only improve the taste and texture of products but also safeguard them during storage and transportation.

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According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, worldwide food loss and waste are significant, with approximately 30% for cereals, 40 to 50% for root vegetables, fruits, and leafy vegetables, 20% for oilseeds, meat, dairy products, and 35% for fish. This scenario is expected to boost the demand for post-harvest treatments as people increasingly aim to reduce these losses. Preparing produce for the market is a critical process that can take place in the field or at packing houses. It involves activities like cleaning, sanitizing, sorting by quality and size, waxing, and, when necessary, applying an approved fungicide before packing into shipping containers. Proper packaging safeguards produce from physical damage and contamination during distribution. Corrugated fiberboard containers are commonly used for packaging, though reusable plastic containers can also serve this purpose. Among the different types of treatments, edible coatings are anticipated to be a crucial part of the global market in the foreseeable future. Coatings help extend the shelf life of vegetables and fruits, delay sweetening and ripening, and maintain their color, firmness, and taste.

Key Report Highlights

  • Thorough analysis of the global post-harvest treatment industry, focusing on key segments such as type, application, and geography.
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis with market estimates covering the period from 2018 to 2026, including the CAGR.
  • Exhaustive regional analysis of the global post-harvest treatment market.
  • Examination of market potential, trends, opportunities, challenges, and risks at both global and regional levels.
  • Country-level analysis, assessing the current market size and future prospects.
  • Strategic analysis of each submarket, considering individual growth trends and contributions.
  • Detailed mapping of the competitive landscape and the behavior of industry participants.
  • Company profiles, product analyses, marketing strategies, emerging market segments, and comprehensive analysis.

Prominent Trends in the Post-harvest Treatment Market

  • The coatings sector led the industry in 2018, primarily due to its ability to extend the shelf life of products and enhance their appearance to delay ripening.
  • Various advancements have been made in non-destructive segregation systems, novel packaging, storage and transport systems, pest and disease control for market access, senescence control, supply chain optimization, and track and trace systems to deliver high-quality products to discerning markets.
  • Asia, particularly China, played a significant role in the export of vegetables worth USD 18.4 billion in 2017.
  • Market players are focusing on both organic and inorganic growth strategies, such as product launches, approvals, patents, and events, as well as acquisitions, partnerships, and collaborations.
  • The use of ethyl formate with CO2 in Australia and New Zealand has substantially reduced parasite populations (e.g., Western Flower Thrips and Red Spider) without compromising fruit quality.
  • The cost chain plays a vital role in preserving the quality of food and other perishable products, enabling sellers to avoid losses due to premature deterioration.
  • Innovative cultivation systems have been implemented to optimize the productivity of attractive, tasty, and nutritious fruits and vegetables, encompassing crop management, optimal maturity, integrated pest and disease management.
  • Key contributors to the market include raw material suppliers, research and development institutions, processing companies like Decco, Pace International, government agencies, and commodity associations.
  • In India, daily crop losses of about USD 19.4 million result from farm rejection and distribution delays, primarily due to poor infrastructure, limited agricultural knowledge, imperfect market awareness, and restricted market access.
  • The increasing adoption of farm mechanization is expected to enhance the efficiency of primary harvesting and processing phases. Innovative equipment rental models aim to make agricultural mechanization more accessible and affordable for farmers.

Companies Analyzed in this Market Study

  • Decco
  • Pace International
  • Xeda International
  • JBT
  • Agrofresh
  • Syngenta
  • Nufarm
  • DOW Chemicals
  • Dupont
  • Bayer

Market Insights

  • The coating segment is anticipated to maintain its position as the leading product segment in the industry, with a projected CAGR of 7.7% in 2018.
  • The ethylene blocker segment, valued at USD 270 million in 2018, is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.6%. This growth is attributed to the segment's ability to reduce pest populations without harming fruit quality.
  • The fungicides and sprout inhibitors segment is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 7.1% during the 2018-2026 period, driven by increasing adoption among farmers.
  • North America and the Middle East are anticipated to have the second-largest CAGR of 7.2% during the forecast period, with Asia-Pacific expected to hold the highest industry share of around USD 921 million by the end of 2026.
  • The fruit industry is projected to reach an industry share of USD 892 million by the end of 2026, reflecting the increasing demand for fresh and exotic fruits.

Segments Covered in the Report This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and analyzes industry trends within each sub-segment from 2018 to 2026. For the study, the market is segmented based on type, application, and region.

  • Type (Revenue, USD Million; 2018–2026)
    • Coating
    • Ethylene Blockers
    • Cleaners
    • Fungicides
    • Sprout Inhibitors
    • Sanitizers
  • Application (Revenue, USD Million; 2018–2026)
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
  • Regional Outlook (Revenue in USD Million; 2018

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