Food robotics refers to the machines used in the food & beverage industry to perform various complex activities such as picking, packing, and palletizing. Various technological advancements across numerous sectors have brought fictional robots to reality. Increase in demand for enhanced productivity augments the deployment of robots to automate the tasks, resulting in robots being an integral part of various industries.
The global food robotics market size is predicted to reach over USD 4.45 Billion by 2028. This can be ascribed to the surging demand for food with increasing population and increasing demand for enhanced productivity in food processing. There has been a growing need to package food products in order to increase their shelf life and cater to the demand for ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat products. Besides, increasing investments in automation in the food industry is also the key factor driving the market growth for food robotics.
However, scarcity of skilled workforce in emerging economies is hampering the market growth. Furthermore, with the increasing functionality of robots, more industries such as the food processing industry are adopting automation with mainly low payload robots. Sections such as dairy and bakery in the food & beverage industry are minimizing human contact in the production process in order to comply with health authority standards. There is an opportunity for the food robotics market to grow with the increase in functionality of robots to include packaging, repackaging, and palletizing, which are likely to provide lucrative development opportunities for the food robotics market in the forthcoming years.
Food Robotics Market Scope
|Forecast Unit||Value (USD)|
|Revenue forecast in 2028||USD 4.45 Billion|
|Growth Rate||CAGR of 12.5% during 2021-2028|
|Segment Covered||Type, Payload, Function, Application, Regions|
|Regions Covered||North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa|
|Key Players Profiled||ABB Group, KUKA AG, Fanuc Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Rockwell Automation Inc., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Yasakawa Electric Corporation, Denso Corporation, Nachi-Fujikoshi Corporation, OMRON Corporation, Universal Robots A/S, Staubli International AG, Bastian Solutions LLC. Moreover, the additional prospective market players in the food robotics market Asic Robotics AG, Mayekawa Mfg. Co. Ltd., and Apex Automation & Robotics.|
Key Segments of the Global Food Robotics Market
Type Overview, 2019-2028 (USD Million)
- Other types
Payload Overview, 2019-2028 (USD Million)
Function Overview, 2019-2028 (USD Million)
- Other functions
Application Overview, 2019-2028 (USD Million)
- Meat, poultry, and seafood
- Processed food
- Dairy products
- Fruits & vegetables
- Bakery & confectionery products
- Other applications
Regional Overview, 2019-2028 (USD Million)
- Rest of Europe
- Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East and Africa
- Rest of South America
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Over the past few decades, food manufacturing industry has grown into rather complex processes involving preparing, cooking, sorting, packaging and palletizing. Industrial robots are increasingly being integrated in order to save time and space, as well as improving cleanliness and safety. For the packaging of food items, where speed, consistency or high levels of repetition are concerned, the food robots almost always win over humans in terms of efficiency.
The advancement in the robotic systems for food industry has not only improved the productivity, but also the food quality standards. The use of robots for various applications like palletizing, processing, pick and place, packaging etc. has proven the significance of robotics in food industry. The rising cost of human labor has relatively fueled the growth for robotics in the food industry. With the advancement in technology, the launch of collaborative robots and its adoption in the food industry has propelled the market for robotics in the food industry.
Furthermore, most food manufacturers are reluctant to adopt automated processes due to the installation cost over and above the price of the robot. The added cost to turn the individual robots into a comprehensive robotic system, peripheral equipment such as safety barriers, sensors, programmable logic controllers (PLC), human machine interface (HMI), and safety systems is a challenge for market growth. In Addition, there are engineering costs for programming, installation, and commissioning. These additional costs pose a challenge for the growth of the food robotics market. Small- and medium-scale manufacturers are reluctant to incur high initial costs of installation as it could extend the period to achieve the break-even point.
The market is consolidated as several major market players currently hold the major market share. However, the market is expected to become fragmented in the forthcoming years as several new market players are emerging from developing countries such as India, Japan, China, and other countries.
Based on the Type segment, the market is bifurcated into Articulated, Cartesian, Scara, Parallel, Cylindrical, Collaborative, and Other types. In 2020, the Scara segment accumulated the maximum market share and it is likely to continue its dominance throughout the forecast years owing to the increase in demand for automation in the food & beverage industry. SCARA robots are simply an automation trend that companies around the world are readily investing in for boosting their product sales. The major attribution for this goes to the key market players of the SCARA robot.
The payload capacity of robots is the weight, which a robotic arm can lift. The payload capacity of dependents on the task it performs. Based on the Payload, the market is segmented into high, medium, and low. The low and the medium payload capacity segments are expected to grow at faster rates over the forecasted period. Packaging, repackaging, picking, and placing applications are addressed by the low and medium payload capacity systems. The trend of using these automated systems is expected to boost the growth of the overall food robotics market.
Based on the Function, the market is segmented into Palletizing, Packaging, Repackaging, Picking, Processing, and Other functions. The packaging segment is expected to grow at a faster CAGR compared to the other applications. The demand for the packaged food is the key driving factor for the segment growth. The use of robotics systems for packaging enables an increase in production capacity, reduction in wastage, and uniformity in packaging.
Based on the Application, the market is segmented into Meat, poultry, and seafood, Processed food, Dairy products, Fruits & vegetables, Beverage, Bakery & confectionery products and Other applications. The dairy products segment gathered the major market share in 2020 and it is likely to continue its dominance throughout the forecast years. With the technological advancements in dairy industry aided by sensors, lasers, and data collection; the automated technology is cropping up on dairy farms around the world. The shift from manual to automated operations offers benefits for food producers struggling to find workers willing to do the manual labor. The robotic systems are used for various applications in dairy industry including cleaning, curd formulation, material handling, cutting, production tracking, and processing.
The Asia Pacific region is likely to account for the maximum market contribution during the forecast years. The domination of this region is largely ascribed to the rise in food & beverage sector and increase in demand for packaged food in Asia-Pacific. Furthermore, reduction in the operating costs and labor cost is anticipated to boost the demand for robotics in the food industry which will ultimately benefit the food robotics market growth. The automation in production and processing of RTE foods in the Asia Pacific region is projected to provide growth opportunities for the food robotics market. However, the European region is likely to gather noteworthy growth through the forecast years 2021-2028. The growth of the food robotics market in this region is mostly ascribed to the food safety regulations and the increasing labor costs in the region. The regulatory measures taken in the food safety in the European market are expected to drive the demand for the automated systems. The increasing labor costs in the food industry are driving the market towards the adoption of automated systems in the European market.
The major players of the global food robotics market are ABB Group, KUKA AG, Fanuc Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Rockwell Automation Inc., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Yasakawa Electric Corporation, Denso Corporation, Nachi-Fujikoshi Corporation, OMRON Corporation, Universal Robots A/S, Staubli International AG, Bastian Solutions LLC. Moreover, the additional prospective market players in the food robotics market Asic Robotics AG, Mayekawa Mfg. Co. Ltd., and Apex Automation & Robotics. Renowned companies are offering new and modern forms of food robotics solutions. Besides, the previously recognized as well as new market players are approaching the market with advanced and new strategic services and solutions and to remain competitive in the global market.