Summary of our market study

The French market for freeze-dried foods can be estimated at over $2 billion.

In 2020, the global market for freeze-dried foods experienced strong growth. It is expected to reach a value of $58 billion in 2021, with an annual growth rate of around 7%.

Europe holds the largest market share, at around 30%, while the Asia-Pacific region is experiencing the fastest growth, driven by changing lifestyles in emerging economies.

The French market, calculated on the basis of the value of the global market and France's proportion of Europe's GDP, was valued at just over $2 billion.

Demand drivers include the superior quality and extended shelf life of freeze-dried products, as well as growing consumer interest in healthy snacks and convenient meal solutions. Outdoor activities, in particular hiking - one of the most popular sports in France - and the rise of survivalism are also fuelling demand.

The market is competitive, with a few major players such as OFD Foods and Nestlé, alongside specialist companies like Lyophilisé & Co.

Despite the advantages of the nutritional quality preserved after rehydration, the high energy requirements of freeze-drying represent a cost constraint compared to rehydration.despite the advantages of retaining nutritional quality after rehydration, the high energy requirements of freeze-drying represent a cost constraint compared with other drying technologies such as spray drying or simple dehydration.

The dynamics of the freeze-dried food market in France

The French market for freeze-dried foods is experiencing strong demand, fuelled mainly by consumer segments looking for high-quality preserved foods. These demanding consumers show a preference for freeze-dried products because of their long shelf life and preservation of original food qualities.

A significant proportion of demand comes from people who take part in outdoor activities such as trekking and hiking - sports that are among the most popular in France, along with swimming. The 15 and 20 million people who take part in these activities every year are looking for portable, convenient food options such as freeze-dried products.

The freeze-dried food market in France is benefiting from the growth of the survivalist movement in the country. Between 100,000 and 150,000 people in France adhere to the survivalist ideology, which emphasizes self-sufficiency and emergency preparedness, which involves stocking up on long-life foods.

The space sector has a unique demand for freeze-dried foods due to the specific conditions and limitations of space travel. The freeze-drying technique is the main sustenance option during space missions. This very specific use has contributed to the popularization of freeze-dried foods.

This market comes up against constraints such as high energy consumption and costs associated with the freeze-drying process, making the products generally more expensive than other products.generally more expensive than other preservation methods such as spray drying or conventional dehydration.

However, the superior quality of freeze-dried products in terms of nutrient and flavor retention makes them a preferred option.

Freeze-dried foods are distributed by supermarkets, sporting goods distributors and manufacturers' or specialist distributors' online sales platforms. Smaller specialist manufacturers prefer direct online sales or retailers specializing in outdoor sports.

Key companies shaping the freeze-dried foods market

Key players in the freeze-dried foods market

The giants of the global food industry

  • Nestlé and Unilever lead the way. Nestlé supplies an assortment of freeze-dried products, from coffee to culinary ingredients. Unilever follows suit, offering branded freeze-dried options.

The specialists

  • European Freeze Dry and Heat Freeze Dried bring a touch of expertise to the market. These companies have carved out a niche for themselves by focusing primarily on the production of a variety of high-quality freeze-dried foods.

The vanguard of outdoor adventure and specialty foods

  • OFD Foods and smaller niche players such as Lyophilisés & Co and Falières Nutrition. OFD Foods, with its impressive range, has become a staple for hikers and military personnel. Lyophilisés & Co and Falières Nutrition address a demanding market that favors tailor-made freeze-dried products, adapted to the needs of hikers and survivalists.

Innovators in freeze-dried culinary delights

  • Chaucer Freeze Dried adds a gastronomic touch by focusing on preserving the flavor and nutritional integrity of its freeze-dried fruits and ingredients.

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1.1 Presentation

Freeze-drying is a process for preserving substances, in particular food and pharmaceutical products, involving rapid freezing and almost complete dehydration of the product concerned. shydration of the product concerned, which is then preserved under vacuum at room temperature and regains its original qualities and properties simply by adding water.

It is therefore a food preservation technology that reduces the product's moisture load while retaining its original structure and maximum nutrients. Freeze-dried foods are the best dehydrated foods available, thanks to their superior texture compared with other drying technologies, and the nutritional quality retained after rehydration.

The markets, both worldwide and in France, have been dynamic and growing in recent years. The global market is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 7.6% between 2022 and 2030. [Grand View Research] The dynamics of demand and its sustainability over time can be explained by the continued presence of certain groups of individuals on the market, such as outdoor sports enthusiasts (trekking, hiking...), the space sector or the emergence of survivalists, who make up a large group of individuals seeking food autonomy.

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Nestlé sells its Natur baby food products to FNB - 06/02/2024
  • nestlé is the world's leading food company.
  • FNB is a French investment fund specialized in SMEs in the food sector.
  • Nestlé is in exclusive negotiations with FNB for the sale of its baby food business in France.
  • The products concerned are NaturNes baby foods, Babicao and Babivanille baby powders and the P'tit yogurt range.
  • These products are manufactured at the Arches plant.
  • Worldwide sales of Nestlé infant formulas have increased by more than 10%.
Nestlé France sells its baby food products to Mousline - 02/02/2024
  • Nestlé is negotiating exclusively with the French investment fund FnB the sale of its baby food business.
  • These include the ranges of soups, purees, desserts and breakfast powders under the NaturNes, Babicao and Babivanille brands, as well as the P'tit franchise.
  • Infant milks, the bulk of the portfolio - with Laboratoires Guigoz and Nestlé Nidal - remain in the Nestlé France fold.
  • The infant nutrition products that are the subject of this sale are produced in a factory in the Vosges region of France that employs 230 people.
  • FnB, the potential buyer, specializes in supporting French SMEs in the food industry.
  • The baby food market fell by 6% in volume last year in France due to the falling birth rate, with a sharper decline in milks than in diversification foods.
  • Nestlé has 14 factories in France.
Nestlé wants to conquer the vitamin market. - 19/04/2023
  • Nestlé has made more than 60 acquisitions since Mark Schneider took the helm in 2017.
  • Nestlé Health Science sales have nearly tripled in five years, from 2.6 billion Swiss francs to 6.6 billion in 2022.
  • The global vitamins and minerals market is worth 140 billion Swiss francs (142 billion euros).
  • Between 2018 and 2021, Nestlé increased its market share in vitamins from 1 percent to 4 percent, while in the same period it increased from 18 percent to 19 percent in medical nutrition.
  • In 2021, Nestlé acquired The Bountiful Company for 5 billion Swiss francs.
  • Nestlé controls 14% of the U.S. market for vitamins and dietary supplements.
  • The French vitamins and dietary supplements market reached 2.6 billion in 2022, an increase of 3 percent.
  • Nestlé is the leader in clinical nutrition in France, with a 30% market share.
Lyophilise & Co sets up shop in Lorient to double production - 02/01/2023
  • Sales of 5 million euros by 2022
  • Specializing in the sale of freeze-dried food products, Lyophilise & Co is to expand
  • Annual sales growth of 20 to 40%
  • The Brittany-based company currently employs around fifteen people
Nestlé is in exclusive negotiations with the FnB fund for the sale of Mousline purees. - 29/03/2022
  • 150 employees at the plant in Rosières-en-Santerre (Somme).
  • FnB is a fund dedicated exclusively to supporting French and European SMEs in the food industry.
  • 72% of the dehydrated puree market.
  • Nestlé assures that this sale will have "no impact" on the 150 employees at the site.
Nestlé earns more than 16 billion euros - 17/02/2022
  • Nestlé targets 7.5 percent growth in 2021
  • Recurring operating profit up 1.4 percent to 15.1 billion Swiss francs
  • Net income up 38.2 percent to 16.9 billion Swiss francs
  • Leading category is hot and powdered beverages
  • The Group pursued its premiumization and value creation strategy: premium products accounted for 35% of Group sales and grew by 12% in 2021

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

OFD Foods
Chaucer Freeze Dried
European Freeze-Dry
Aptonia (Decathlon)
Simpert Reiter-Travellunch
Adventure Food
Lyophilise & Co (Saveurs & Logistique)
Katadyn Group
Falières Nutrition
Nestlé Groupe

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