Food processing technologies that are designed to sterilize liquid foods above a certain temperature by heating, and killing the germs and spores present in it, are known as UTH (Ultra-High-Temperature) processing. This technique is also known as ultra-pasteurization or ultra-heat treatment. Though mainly used in the milk production, this processing is also applicable to juices, stews, cream among others. The market for UHT processings is being propelled by a surge in consumption for UHT processed products owing to the extended shelf-life. Reduction in logistical convenience, cost-effectiveness, the nutritional benefits available in UHT processed milk such as vitamins (B12, C, & thiamin), protein, calcium, and folate, are other factors which further drives the demand of the global market. Additionally, the lack of refrigeration facilities in the developing region of Africa and Latin America, has further increased the daily requirement of UHT treated products, and is fuelling the market demand. Moving forward, increasing adoption of UHT processing in the food & beverage industry is further expected to augment the market growth over the forecasted period of 2017-2015.
The major application of UHT processing mentioned in the report includes fruits & vegetable juices, milk, soups, wine, and others such as stews, yogurt, cream, honey.Out of these, the milk segment leads the market and is estimated to have a high growth over the forecasted period. The reason may be attributed to the most potent form of sterilization processed in milk, by raising its shelf life capability to 6 months approximately. Demand from regions which lack proper infrastructures for refrigeration and impact from tropical weathers is anticipated to further expand the consumption rate of UHT processed milk over the projection period. The UHT processing market is segmented by type of equipment operation which includes direct, and indirect operation.The indirect UHT processing equipment, anticipated to lead the market is highly preferable owing to its being cost and energy-efficient system over the forecasted period. Moving forward, based on end-product form, the UHT processing market is analyzed as a liquid, and semi-liquid forms. A a huge number of liquid products such as yogurts, creams, soy milk, being UHT processed globallyare expected to drive the liquid segment to witness a rapid growth during the projection period.
Further down, the globalUHT Processings market has been geographically segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa region. In addition to this, owing to a huge consumer base for UHT processing products in Europe, the region holds the largest market share. There is a huge preference for UHT processed milk among the population of France, Italy, and Germany, which boosts the growth of the European market. Though in Spain the market for UHT is more popular owing to its climatic impacts.However, Asia-Pacific is estimated to witness the fastest growth in the global UHT processing market over the projection period. Growing awareness among consumers in countries like Australia, China, and New Zealand regarding the benefits of UTH processed products, is anticipated to fuel the market demand of the Asia-Pacific region. However, high capital investment of UHT processingmay pose a threat to the global market over the projection period.
Some of the key players in the global UHT processing market include Alfa Laval, Elecster, Freedom Foods Group Limited, GEA Group, Mahanand Dairy, Miraka, Shanghai Jimei Food Machinery, and Tetra Laval.
Global UHT Processing Market: By Type of Equipment Operation
Global UHT Processing Market: By End-Product Form
Global UHT Processing Market: By Application
Global UHT Processing Market: By Geography