Global Market Outlook on Tartaric Acid

Tartaric acid is predominantly manufactured from natural raw materials such as grapes. However, it can also be synthetically manufactured on a commercial scale from maleic anhydride

Tartaric Acid Price Trend Analysis

  • Owing to bad weather that affected the grape harvest last season the European Tartaric acid manufacturers are currently facing a supply shortage in the region
  • Supply shortage of natural raw materials such as grapes affects the tartaric acid prices immediately. Grape productions  in Europe have declined in 2017 due to bad weather conditions. 
  • The same situation is expected in 2018 and production is expected to be on par with 2018. With increasing demand and constant supply the prices are expected to follow an upward trend until 2021.

Market Overview and Trends 

  • Production Routes: Tartaric acid can be produced from two different raw materials (Fruits and maleic anhydride). Production route via natural raw materials such as grapes is preferred over maleic anhydride  owing to the restricted use of the latter in Food and pharmaceutical applications
  • Global Demand: Global demand for Tartaric Acid is anticipated to reach around 77,000 MT by 2018
  • Demand CAGR: 5.0% (2018-2021 F)
  • Demand by Region in 2017:
  • Europe – 42%, APAC – 30%, North America – 16%, Others – 12%
  • Supply: The European Tartaric acid  market is currently facing a supply deficit due to poor grape  harvest and bad weather in the region.
  • Key Demand Drivers: Beverage, Food, and Pharmaceutical are the key consumers of Tartaric Acid accounting together for about 80 percent. Construction and personal care  segments account for about 12-15% of the global demand of tartaric acid
  • Substitute: Citric Acid is a substitute for Tartaric Acid. Though adding citric acid to wine is allowed in certain locations, the EU has laws against adding citric acid in wine.