The UK flavours market has held up well despite additives growing more slowly than the overall food market, with natural flavours out-performing synthetics.
According to Food Manufacture's latest market report on natural and synthetic flavours, compiled by RTS Resource, the market value of natural flavours grew 7% a year from 2002 to 2007 to £89.9m. Synthetic and nature-identical flavours grew just 1.2% a year.
The report said that actual usage of natural flavours may be greater than the figures suggest because flavours may be declared on packs as spices or extracts.
It predicted the use of synthetics would continue to fall as the total volume for all flavours grew by 1.1% a year to 2012.