The objective of the study was to provide information to a client about the market dynamic of citric acid to assist the company in determining its strategy with respect to the potential acquisition of the market leader in this field. Citric acid is a commonly used food acidulant the price of which was under pressure from low cost commodity producers.

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Table of Contents



Principal findings


Introduction to Citric Acid



Uses and specifications

8 Companies

  • Asian producers
  • South Africa
  • Other producers

World-wide production capacity

US domestic capacity

Technical aspects

  • Summary
  • Metabolic, biochemical and chemical considerations
  • Raw material production
  • Raw material processing to fermentation/chemical substrates
  • Conversion of raw materials to crude product
  • Product separation and purification
  • End products and technical aspects of use
  • The technical requirements for food grade materials
  • Citric acid
  • Costs

9 Contact reports

Going into fermentation

  • The characteristics of the industry
    • In manufacturing
    • Technical competence
  • Low cost raw materials
    • Large scale
    • To sell fermentation products
    • World markets
  • Favourable legislation

9 Figures

18 Tables

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