The Middle East Bio-chemicals Market is Driven by Increasing Food Processing Industry


Middle East bio-chemicals are essential components in various industrial and agricultural processes. Bio-chemicals include organic compounds such as enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, organic acids and biopolymers that are derived from living organisms. They find wide usage in food processing applications to improve texture, flavor and shelf life. Additionally, bio-chemicals are abundantly used in the chemical industry as building blocks for producing resins, plasticizers, solvents and biodegradable polymers. The global Middle East Bio-chemicals Market is estimated to be valued at US$1,998.5 KT in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 6.5% over the forecast period 2023 to 2030, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.

Market key trends:

Growth in the food and chemical industries is fueling demand for bio-chemicals in the Middle East region. Rapid urbanization and rising population has led to growth in food processing industries in countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt. Bio-chemicals allow manufacturers to produce food products with improved sensory qualities and longer shelf life. They offer natural solutions for taste and texture modification. Additionally, stringent environmental regulations regarding usage of synthetic chemicals is propelling the bio-chemicals market. Major chemical manufacturers are investing in R&D to develop bio-based polymers and chemicals using bio-chemicals as raw materials or building blocks. This helps reduce dependency on fossil fuels and offers sustainable alternatives.

SWOT Analysis

  • Strengths: The Middle East region has favorable climatic conditions and natural resources suitable for bio-chemical production. Countries in the region are also making large investments in renewable energy industries.
  • Weaknesses: Lack of local expertise and research capabilities in certain bio-chemical domains. Dependence on importing specialized equipment and technologies from other regions.
  • Opportunities: Growing international demand for sustainable and green products provides an opportunity to scale up exports. Regional governments are offering incentives to build domestic bio-chemical industries and import substitution.
  • Threats: Political instability and policy uncertainties in some markets can delay or cancel planned projects. Intense global competition from major bio-chemical producers especially in pricing for commodity chemicals.

Key Takeaways

The global Middle East bio-chemicals market is expected to witness high growth.

Regional analysis: Middle East market is dominated by Saudi Arabia which accounts for over 35% share due to the country’s large biodiesel and bioethanol production capacities. Other major markets include United Arab Emirates and Iran.

Key players operating in the Middle East bio-chemicals market include BASF SE, Clariant A.G., Evonik Industries A.G., Total S.A., Cargill Inc., Biolive, Saudi Biodiesel, Saudi Bio-Acid Company, Sain Bag, and Neutral Fuels. Total S.A. is a prominent player in the Middle Eastern region with production facilities located in United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Biodiesel and Saudi Bio-Acid Company are leading domestic producers based out of Saudi Arabia. The market is expected to further consolidate as large international and regional players expand through mergers and acquisitions.