Food Robotics Market Overview:
Food Robotics Market Size is expected to reach USD 5.4 Billion by 2030. From its valuation of USD 2.71 Billion in 2023 and is expected to showcase CAGR of 10.6% during the forecast period (2023-2030).
Food robots are machines or automated systems designed to assist with various tasks related to food manufacturing. Food robots can perform vast range of functions including slicing, dicing, packing, sorting, grading, measuring, and others. At present the demand for processed food is at considerable levels. Food processing industry has to endure endless struggle in-between raising its production and maintain best possible quality that too at minimum cost. According to Statista the global food processing industry is growing at CAGR of 6.2%. Recently labor cost is rising all over the world especially in developed economies. Furthermore, the labor supply is also diminishing with each passing day. For instance, according to the labor market statistics USA in the year 2022 shows that the number of job openings in the non-durable goods manufacturing sector in the USA increased by 53% from 227,000 in January 2021 to 349,000 in January 2022. Such circumstances have propelled the demand for automation in food industry. A positive trend in adoption rate of food robots could be clearly observed. Following are few proving statistics survey by the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies found that 95% of food packaging companies were using robotics in their operations back in the year 2021. Moreover, according to international federation of robotics, food and beverage industry in United States installed 25% more robots than previous year in the year 2021, reaching a new peak level of 3,402 units.
Strict governmental regulations and rising awareness about GMP’s (Good manufacturing practices): –
Major quality regulatory bodies including British Retail Consortium Global Standards (BARCG), International Featured Standard (IFS), Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) have stringent their quality standards in recent years to ensure best manufacturing practices. Complying with such extreme standards through manual labor is extremely difficult and cost ineffective. Manual labor presents elevated risk of human errors and biological contamination. Thus, large number of food processing businesses are investing into automation by integrating robots in their manufacturing procedures.
High level of complexity in integration of robots into existing food processing lines is one of the major restraints hindering the expansion of this market. Robotics as a technology is extremely complicated and perquisites specialized production lines to function efficiently. Additionally, high cost of robot integration is also a major challenge hindering the adoption of food robots in small scale industries. Small scale unorganized sector has the largest market share in food processing. Unorganized sector is generally reluctant to adopt robots into their operations mainly owing to high-cost integration.
Positive growth trend in development of industry 4.0: –
Major industries globally are investing into development of industry 4.0 featuring interconnected machines which could exchange information to perform complex functions efficiently with minimum human intervention. Food industry is also anticipated to invest into adoption of robots to benefit from next industrial revolution. According to Association for Advancing Automation demand for food robots in food and consumer goods was up by 29% in the year 2021. Robots are being integrated with technologies like IOT (internet of things) in food industry so the process could be made automated and streamlined.
Food Robotics Market:
|Report Attributes||Report Details|
|Market Size in 2030 (USD Billion)||5.4 billion|
|By Type||Articulated Robots (SCARA, Six-Axis Robots, and Other Articulated Robots) Delta & Parallel Robots, Collaborative Robots, Cartesian Robots, Portal Robots, and Others|
|By Payload||Low Payload, Medium Payload, and High Payload|
|By Function||Palletizing, Packaging, Pick-and-Place, Cutting & Slicing, Grading & Sorting, Butchery, and Others|
|By Application||Dairy, Beverages, Bakery & Confectionery, Meat, Poultry, & Seafood, Fruits and Vegetable processing, Oil & Fats, and Other End Users|
|By Geography||North America, Europe, Asia Pacific,
Latin America, Middle East and Africa
|Key Players||Kawasaki robotics, ABB, Fanuc Corporation, KUKA AG, ABB Ltd., Yaskawa Electric Corporation, NACHI-FUJIKOSHI Corp., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Pro Mach Inc, Bosch Packaging Technology, GEA Group AG, FANUC America Corporation.|
By Type: –
By type food robots are divided into articulated robots (scara, six-axis robots, and other articulated robots) delta & parallel robots, collaborative robots, cartesian robots, portal robots and others. The articulated robots held largest market share in the year 2022. Articulated robots have multiple interacting jointed arms equipped with different kinds of grippers and tools. Articulated robots have 3D movement and could move in 3D frame additionally they offer high degree of flexibility. Such capabilities make them a perfect fit in food industry giving them the largest market share.
Furthermore, the delta and parallel robot type is also estimated to showcase substantial growth in the forecasted period. Parallel robots have extremely light and fast-moving arms which are suitable of grading and sorting applications.
By Payload: –
On the payload basis food robots are divided into low payload, medium payload, and high payload. The low and medium payload robots held dominating market share in the year 2022. Food industry generally perquisite high frequency production. Refraining from heavy load handling in most of the manufacturing processes. Typically, the palletizing function only has involvement of heavy weight handing, which medium payload robots can perform without difficulties as they are capable of holding 10kg -100 kg of mass.
Heavy payload robots have major application in meat industry that too for butchering functions robots are used to handle cattle carcasses. Such robots are capable of handling weights above 100kg. Some of the robots recently released by Kawasaki robotics could hold weights ranging in thousands. For instance, robots named MG10HL and MG15HL by Kawasaki have maximum load handing capacity of 1000 kg and 1500 kg respectively.
By Function: –
On the basis of functions food robotics could be divided into palletizing, packaging, pick-and-place, cutting & slicing, grading & sorting, butchery, and others. Palletizing was the most dominant function in the year 2022. Most of the processing plants were procuring food robots to automate palletizing function. With humans in palletizing function risk of sever accidents is involved as the volume and weight of pallets in food industry is substantially high. Heavy load robots are extremely efficient and effective for performing this function.
Packaging segment also held considerable market share owing to robots capabilities in performing packaging at vigorous speed with virtually zero errors comparing to humans. That’s the reason more than 90% businesses have integrated robots for packaging.
By Application: –
According to applications food robotics market is divided into dairy, beverages, bakery & confectionery, meat, poultry, and seafood, fruits & vegetable processing, oil & fats and other. In the year 2022 food robots had largest application into beverage industry. Bottling process is high frequency procedure with some of the bottling facilities in this industry handing. For instance, coco cola bottling plant situated in U.K can produce up to 3.5- to 4 thousand 330 ml cans a minute and 3,280 bottles ranging from 500ml to 3l – of soft drinks a minute across nine lines. Handing such shear volume and frequency is off limit to human capabilities. Thus, robots are extensively employed in beverage industry.
Fruits and vegetable processing sector is estimated to showcase considerable growth over the forecasted period. This sector has enormous growth potential especially in developing economics. For instance, according to a report by ministry of agricultural India is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world after China. It accounts for about 15 per cent of the world’s production of vegetables. Asia Pacific region has good growth prospectus in fruit and vegetable processing.
By Region: –
The regional segment is divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. The European region currently dominated the food robotics market. According to Statista, European region food processing market was valued at USD 2337 billion in the year 2022 which is more the twice the size of U.S. market. Moreover, food market in this region is estimated to be the most developed. These factors have propelled food robotics demand in this region. Some of the biggest food processing industries are based in this region including. Even the biggest Food robotics manufacture ABB robots is based in Switzerland.
Asia Pacific is estimated to showcase fastest growth over the forecasted period. This region is the biggest food market in the world valued at a staggering USD 4616 billion in the year 2023. The food processing market is not that developed in comparison to Europe but with exponential economic growth. The food processing industry is estimated to show exceptional growth over the forecasted period. Propelling the demand for food robotics.
Food Robotics Market Competitive Landscape:
The competitive landscape of the Food Robotics Market industry was analyzed thoroughly. Key players dominating this market were based in small number of countries mainly japan, US, Switzerland, and Germany. This market is fragmented as large number of players have identical product offerings. Moreover, in this report top players like Kawasaki, ABB and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation were studied for their competitive MOAT’s and weaknesses.
The major players in this market: –
Yaskawa Electric Corporation
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Pro Mach Inc.
Bosch Packaging Technology
GEA Group AG
FANUC America Corporation
Recent developments: –
Recently in Jan 2023 soft robotics announced its collaboration with NVidia to produce gripping robots.
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