Report : Middle East and Africa Food Safety Testing Market Forecast to 2028 - COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis By Contaminant (Pathogens, Pesticides, Toxins, GMOs, and Others), Technology (Traditional and Rapid), and Food Type (Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Products, Dairy Products, Cereals & Grains, Processed Food, Fruits & Vegetables, and Others)

The rapid segment by technology is estimated to lead the market growth during the forecast period.

According to a new market research study of “Middle East and Africa Food Safety Testing Forecast to 2028 - COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis by Contaminant, Technology, Food Type and Country.” The Middle East and Africa food safety testing market is projected to reach US$ 2,434.4 million by 2028 from an estimated value of US$ 1,451.3 million in 2021; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 7.7% from 2021 to 2028. The report highlights trends prevailing in the Middle East and Africa food safety testing market and the factors driving market along with those that act as hindrances.

All companies in the food & beverages industry involves distributing, packaging, and processing of food materials. The food & beverages industry is increasingly focused on mechanical manipulation and technology to create more value-added products. Changing lifestyles and hectic schedules are leading to increased consumption of ready-to-eat meals. Many industries reported to have suffered heavy losses and stagnancy or low growth during amid lockdowns enforced worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. However, the food & beverages industry was one of the very few industries that reported growth in 2020. The growth was especially observed in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) in food products recording double-digit growth in 2020. Although the decline in foodservice demand for oilseeds and grains negatively impacted sales in 2020, the reopening of Middle East foodservice platforms and higher selling prices are expected to boost the market during the forecast period. Consumers hoarded frozen food products amid tensions around lockdown and unavailability of food products. The dairy sector witnessed high growth rates in 2020 and is expected to continue to grow during the forecast period. The dairy sector is one of the most vulnerable sectors to foodborne illnesses as dairy products harbor a variety of microorganisms. As pasteurization may not destroy all pathogens in milk, testing of milk becomes essential to ensure safety. Hence, the high consumption of milk leads to a higher volume of food safety testing, thereby driving the market further.

Turkey, South Africa, Iraq, and Israel reported a high number of COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths in the MEA. According to the International Finance Corporation, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on the economy of the MEA, which led to a decline in oil production and tourism and remittances. Due to lockdown in the Middle Eastern and African countries, various food and beverages companies remained closed. The shutdown of various food manufacturing plants in the region has affected the global supply chain and negatively impacted the manufacturing capabilities, delivery schedules, and sales of various goods. Food & beverages was one of the major industries suffering severe disruptions such as supply chain breaks and shutdowns of production plants. However, the manufacturing soon picked pace and continued growth with a high growth rate, which helped the surge in demand for food safety testing.

SGS SA, Eurofins Scientific, Intertek Group Plc, TÜV SÜD, TÜV NORD GROUP, Bureau Veritas, NEOGEN Corporation, ALS Limited and AsureQuality are among the leading companies operating in the Middle East and Africa food safety testing market.

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