World Market

The world market for encapsulation of food ingredients is projected to exceed $40 billion by 2015 with Asia-Pacific representing the fastest growing market and North America projected to reach almost $15 billion by 2015. While cell protection remains a traditional function for encapsulation, new encapsulation technologies, devised by academics and industrialists alike, have broadened the boundaries of encapsulation. However, food manufacturers need to concentrate on important issues such as cost-in-use and ease of scale-up in order to generate commercially viable encapsulation techniques with broad-spectrum product applications.