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Agar Market To Reach USD 473.57 Million By Year 2032

Agar market was worth USD 295 Million in 2023. As such, the forecast is that the market is expected to reach USD 473.57 Million by 2032 with a CAGR of 5.4% over the period from 2024 to 2032.

Vishal Panchmukh
Food and Beverages
Pristine Intelligence LLP

According to a new report published by Pristine Intelligence, titled, “Agar Market by Form, and Application: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2024–2032,” The global Agar Market Size Was Valued at USD 295 Million in 2023 and is Projected to Reach USD 473.57 Million by 2032, Growing at a CAGR of 5.4 % From 2024-2032. Agar, derived from seaweed, is a versatile hydrocolloid widely used across industries. Originally utilized in food, it now spans pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and biotechnology. In food, agar serves as a vegetarian substitute for gelatin, offering superior gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties in confectionery, dairy, desserts, and microbiological cultures. Its popularity in vegetarian and vegan diets fuels its adoption. In pharmaceuticals, agar's stability at higher temperatures supports bacterial and fungal culture media, crucial for diagnostics and research.

Cosmetically, agar's gelling capabilities enhance stability in skincare and hair care products, appealing for natural and hypoallergenic formulations. Biotechnologically, agar's inertness and gel-forming ability at low concentrations facilitate applications like gel electrophoresis and DNA separation. The market thrives on demand for natural ingredients, advancements in production, and expanding uses. Asia-Pacific, led by Japan, China, and Indonesia, dominates agar production, leveraging extensive seaweed cultivation and extraction capabilities.

According to the global Agar market analysis, the market is segmented into Form, Application, and region. Form the market is categorized into Strip and powder. Application The market is categorized into Food and Beverage, Pharmaceuticals, Microbiology, and Cosmetics. By region, it is analyzed across North America (U.S.; Canada; Mexico), Eastern Europe (Bulgaria; The Czech Republic; Hungary; Poland; Romania; Rest of Eastern Europe), Western Europe (Germany; UK; France; Netherlands; Italy; Russia; Spain; Rest of Western Europe), Asia-Pacific (China; India; Japan; Southeast Asia, etc.), South America (Brazil; Argentina, etc.), Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia; South Africa, etc.).

The Agar market is witnessing robust growth fueled by its versatile applications in the food industry. Derived from seaweed, Agar is valued for its gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties, enhancing texture and shelf life in confectionery, bakery, dairy, and meat products. As consumer demand shifts towards natural ingredients, Agar's appeal as a clean-label additive grows. Technological advancements in extraction have bolstered yield and quality, making it economically viable. Its ability to form clear gels at lower concentrations expands its utility in desserts and jellies, catering to health-conscious consumers favoring plant-based alternatives.

Advancements in biotechnology and medical research have also broadened Agar's prospects. In microbiological culture media, it supports the growth of microorganisms crucial for pharmaceutical research, aiding in drug development. Its biocompatible properties make it indispensable in clinical diagnostics and medical applications, including tissue engineering. The market benefits from increased healthcare investments globally, highlighting Agar's pivotal role in advancing scientific research and enhancing healthcare outcomes.

Global Agar Market, Segmentation

The Agar market is segmented based on Form, Application, and region


The Powder segment is set to lead the Agar Market, driven by its diverse applications across industries. Derived from seaweed, agar powder is widely used in food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, microbiology, and cosmetics. In the food sector, it is valued for its ease in solid media preparation, gelling properties, and as a stabilizer in confectionery. Its ability to create strong gels at low concentrations makes it popular in vegan and vegetarian products like desserts, dairy alternatives, and meat substitutes. In pharmaceuticals, agar powder serves as a stabilizer in tablets and capsules, and in microbiology, it supports bacterial culture media even at high temperatures. Cosmetic formulations benefit from agar powder's role as a thickener and stabilizer in creams, lotions, and hair care products.


The agar market is set for significant growth, driven by its vital role in the food and beverage industry. Derived from seaweed, agar serves as a natural gelling agent with key properties like stabilizing and thickening. Widely used in confectionery, bakery, and dairy products, agar is favored as a vegetarian alternative to gelatin, forming stable gels across various temperatures and pH levels. In beverages such as fruit juices and dairy drinks, agar enhances texture and stability while preserving natural flavors. Its natural origin aligns with consumer preferences for clean label products, driving demand. Advancements in processing and formulation are further enhancing agar's versatility and expanding its applications, underscoring its role in driving innovation and growth in food formulations globally.


Asia Pacific is poised to lead the global agar market, driven by several key factors. Derived from seaweed, agar is highly valued for its versatility in food, pharmaceuticals, and microbiology. The region's dominance is fueled by its deep-rooted use in traditional Asian cuisines and expanding applications in biotechnology. Japan and China stand out as major players, with Japan historically leading in production and consumption. Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia and Malaysia contribute significantly as key suppliers of raw agar, supported by advancements in extraction and processing technologies. The region is witnessing increased adoption of agar in desserts, confectioneries, and dairy alternatives, responding to rising consumer demand for natural and plant-based ingredients. Agar's pivotal roles in microbiology and pharmaceuticals further bolster its market presence in Asia Pacific and beyond.

Key Players in the Global Agar Market

Some of the leading sports optics market players are

  • Merck KGaA (Germany)
  • Neoagar (Brazil)
  • Agar Corporation Ltd. (Japan)
  • Hispanagar (Spain)
  • Acros Organics (Belgium)
  • Myeong Shin Agar Co., Ltd. (South Korea)
  • Marine Science Co., Ltd. (China)
  • Fufeng Group (China)
  • Setexam Agar (Iran)
  • New Zealand Extracts Ltd. (New Zealand)
  • Agarmex S.A. de C.V. (Mexico), and Other Major Players.

Key Industry Developments:

  • In February 2023, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., a global leader in providing scientific services, announced the release of Brilliance GBS Agar for the detection of Group B streptococci (GBS) during pregnancy. With the use of its own InhibigenTM technology, the new agar is made to simplify the testing process for clinical technicians, provide more accurate findings, and speed up patient treatment.

Key Findings of the Study

  • The Agar market was valued at USD 295 million in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 473.57 million by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 5.4% from 2024 to 2032.
  • Agar is widely used in confectionery, bakery, dairy, and meat products as a vegetarian alternative to gelatin, offering superior gelling and stabilizing properties.
  • Asia-Pacific region Leads in agar production, driven by countries like Japan, China, and Indonesia, leveraging extensive seaweed cultivation and extraction capabilities.
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