Post-harvest handling encompasses operations at harvest, transport to a packing facility, storage, and transportation technologies to preserve horticultural products until delivery to a customer, whether they be local, national, or international. The final consequence of inadequate post-harvest care is the loss or waste of that fruit or vegetable. Post-harvest treatments are applied to citrus fruits before storage to delay senescence, minimize spoilage, and improve appearance and marketability. Post-harvest for fresh fruit, vegetables are a science created for reducing the level of weight loss after harvesting fruits and vegetables and maintaining fruit and vegetable quality for the final consumer.
The global post-harvest treatment market size was stood at USD 1.61 billion in 2019 and anticipated to generate USD 3.27 billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 8.13%. The factors attributed are rising demand for tropical fruits across the globe, along with the growing trade of such perishable products. Further, the increasing demand for various organic fruits & vegetables across the globe is anticipated to fuel the growth of the market. Additionally, growing awareness about the post-harvest treatment for fruits and vegetables among the consumers and shareholders is positively impacting the demand. Improving income levels and rapid urbanization across the globe will enable peoples to afford expensive import products is also fueling the demand for post-harvest treatment.
Moreover, the surge in demand for exotic fruits and vegetables and growing awareness about it is driving the global post-harvest treatment market for fruits & vegetables in the future periods. Moreover, the upsurge in applications of the post-harvest treatment market in reducing chilling injury in refrigerated storage is propelling the growth of the post-harvest treatment market across the globe. Furthermore, the growing demand for post-harvest treatment to slow down all physiological processes and minimizes the risk of contamination or microbial growth is expected to promulgate the global market growth. These Post-harvest treatments with minerals, primary calcium, are used to improve the storage life and quality of different fruits and vegetables.
According to FAO, by 2050, the world’s population will reach 9.1 billion. It also stated that urbanization would continue at an accelerated pace, and about 70% of the world’s population will be urban. With the increase in the world’s population, global food demand has steadily increased, food production has reached a record high, people’s income has increased, and diets have also become diversified. The sharp rise in food prices in global and national markets in recent years have resulted in rising in the number of hungry and malnourished people and also impacted the policy makers and of the general public to think about the fragility of the global food system.
The demand for exotic fruits such as Pitahaya, tamarillo, and naranjilla is growing in the international market, and these fruits are growing in Ecuador, especially in the central region of the globe. These fruits are exported to the United States and Asia, and the European market is also proliferating. Pitahaya has become one of the most coveted fruits in Europe due to its pleasant taste, good nutrition, additional medicinal properties, vitamins, minerals, high fiber content (especially seeds), and other advantages. Captina, a substance that helps to regulate the heart and calm nerves; ascorbic acid can regulate blood pressure; Thiamine can promote diabetes control thiamine, Riboflavin is Riboflavin that is good for the eyes.
Recently outbreak pandemic, COVID-19, has affected the global fresh produce industry via demand, labor availability, logistics, and the general state of the economy. The global lockdown has impacted the restaurant closures and event cancellations, which have impacted economies. The demand for fresh produce has virtually stopped in Europe, North America, and the rest of the world. Fresh produce businesses exporting the fruits & vegetables have to deal with challenges caused by border closures, port lockdowns, flight cancellations, and other hiccups.
Based on type, the global post-harvest treatment market classified into coatings, cleaners, fungicides, ethylene blockers, sanitizers, and sprout Inhibitors. The coatings are expected to hold the leading position in the post-harvest treatment market for fruits & vegetables. The growth of the segment can be attributed to the use for maintaining their softness, color, odor, and flavor to fruits & vegetables during the packaging process. It increases the shelf life of products and decreases the quality and quantity losses.
The cleaner segment will grow with a significant rate during the forecast period due to it is used for removing dust particles from the product to treat fruits and vegetables.
Based on crop type, the global post-harvest treatment market bifurcates into Fruits and Vegetables. The fruits segment held a lucrative share in 2019 and projected to dominate the global post-harvest treatment market for fruits & vegetables by 2027. It is due to fruits that are highly perishable and are required to be treated with post-harvest solutions to raise their shelf life for longer storage duration and easy transport of these products.
The vegetable segment will grow with a significant rate during the forecast period owing to the growing focus of the population towards a healthy lifestyle coupled with the mounting geriatric population in developed countries is expected to escalate the market.
Based on geography, the global post-harvest treatment market segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. The Asia Pacific is projected to grow at the highest CAGR, in terms of value, during the forecast period. It is owing to developing countries like India and China that are the key producers of fruits and vegetables along with the post-harvest losses of fruits and vegetables that are witnessed on a large scale in these countries which need efficient post-harvest treatment mechanisms in the future periods.
North America will occupy a prominent share of the post-harvest treatment market for fruits & vegetables by 2027. It is due to the increasing demand for post-harvest treatment for fruits and vegetables among the consumers in these regions, coupled with the surge in awareness about the benefits of organic foods and vegetables.
Companies such as Decco, JBT, Pace International LLC, Xeda International France, Agrofresh, Syngenta, FMC Corporation, Nufarm, Bayer, Citrosol, Fomesa Fruitech, Future Bioscience, Corteva Agriscience, BASF, Sensitech Inc, Post-Harvest Solutions, Janssen PMP, Colin Campbell Pty Ltd, Valent Biosciences, and RPM International, are the key players in the global post-harvest treatment market.
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