FAS Sao Paulo reports that according to the Brazilian Food Processors' Association (ABIA), the country's food processing sector registered revenues of US$171 billion in 2021, an increase of 16.9% compared to 2020. Although the country has suffered
from the COVID-19 pandemic, the advances in vaccination and a rebound in the service sector have contributed to the industry's performance.
When it comes to food ingredients, the country is highly dependent on international suppliers
to meet its demand. Ingredients with high added value continue to present good opportunities for U.S. companies. Brazilian food manufacturers and ingredients importers constantly look for new suppliers and innovative products. FAS Sao Paulo
will have institutional booths at the Nutri Ingredients Summit (NIS) and Food Ingredients South America (FiSA) show in Sao Paulo and plans to host a Virtual Trade Event in November for food ingredients. For more information, contact us at FASsaopaulo@usda.gov.
Brazil follows international food trends and keeps looking to launch innovative products with high added value. The plant-based products have been increasingly available in the country, with a higher number of products being launched every
year. Food industries are also looking to launch products with immunity-boosting benefits. In addition, there is a growing demand for ingredients that allow manufacturers to have products with a “clean” label (with claims like
natural, organic, and gluten-free) and clear label (with information about the sourcing of ingredients, the manufacturing process, and more transparency about the ingredients). Along these lines, the United States is highly competitive with some
specific food products that can be used to produce innovative products to meet this demand.
The United States also has opportunities for more technological ingredients to be used in the feed & food industries. For instance: dairy
ingredients (whey protein, milk albumin, casein for infant formulas), alternative proteins (pea, soy, rice, and others), fibers (soluble and insoluble), emulsifier & stabilizers, flavors & flavors enhancers, vegetable fats, among others.
Those products require more research and technological efforts to be produced in a way to meet the industry demands. Since the United States has a diverse and robust food ingredients industry, the country can supply food processing companies in
Brazil with these innovative products.
Brazil is a small producer of food ingredients, which makes the country highly dependent on imports of food ingredients. China and some European countries are the major exporters of intermediate
products to Brazil intended to be used in the food & feed industries. The United States is also an important exporter of ingredients and additives to Brazil. However, in many situations, China can offer the same quality product with a
cheaper cost compared to the U.S. prices.Best Product Prospects:
FAS Sao Paulo reports that U.S. products in the market with good potential include animal feed preparations (non-pet), food preparations, enzymes
& prepared enzymes, other edible mixtures preparations of fats, oils, odoriferous substances & essential oils, milk albumin, including concentrates of two or more whey proteins, hop cones, in the form of pellets, peptones & derivatives, mucilages
& thickeners & vegetable saps and extracts of hops and products consisting of natural milk constituents.
Products not present in significant quantities with good sales potential wheat flour, malt, fresh nuts (almonds, pistachios,
walnuts, coconuts), fruits (cranberry, blueberry, cherries, pears) dairy ingredients, beans, flour, pea protein and fibers as plant-based ingredients, vegetable oils and ingredients for healthy products.