Vegetable Capsules Market Analysis - Global Industry Size, Share, Trends and Forecast, 2018 - 2026

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Vegetable capsules are derived from pullulan, a safe, water-soluble polysaccharide. Such vegetable capsules are preservative-free, gluten and starch free, and completely biodegradable. Vegetable capsules are vital in order to get one’s daily dose of essential oils. The market for vegetable capsules is expected to grow enormously as they are rapidly replacing hard shell gelatin capsules and also helping to meet the dietary and cultural needs of vegetarians. Furthermore, various pharmaceutical companies are establishing long-term contracts with vegetable capsule manufacturers for competitive pricing, which would in turn boost the market growth.

Market Dynamics

The market for vegetable capsules is growing at a significant pace. These capsules are helpful in masking odors and bad taste; easy to swallow; and readily dissolvable. In addition, vegetable capsules can be used for a variety of products, which are moisture sensitive, hygroscopic and liquid formulations. The vegetable capsules market has completely taken over hard gelatin capsules due to various benefits associated with the former. Major consumer population have claimed vegetable capsules to be ideal for improving the bioavailability of oil soluble ingredients, superior in disintegration properties to other non-animal technologies, and extremely stable in hot climates with no stickiness attributes. Hence, these factors altogether would propel the growth of global vegetable capsule market. However, the high price of such capsules might hinder the growth of market in long run.

Market Classification and Overview

The vegetable capsules market is segmented on the basis of product type, end-user and geography. Based on product type, the market is segmented into pullulan, starch, and hard gelatin and hypromellose (HPMC). The HPMC market is anticipated to grow swiftly during the forecast period owing to its vast applications in the field of pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements. QUALI-V, manufactured by Shionogi Qualicaps, is the first HPMC capsule developed for use as a pharmaceutical product.

Based on end-user, the global market has been bifurcated into pharmaceutical companies, nutraceutical companies, cosmetic companies, and others. The nutraceutical companies dominated the global market due to its greater expansion and development around the world, specifically in regions such as China, India, Brazil, and the Middle East.

Regional Overview

Regionally, the market for vegetable capsules is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa (MEA). North America is dominating the global market owing to the presence of huge number of companies specializing in innovative delivery technologies, and rise in per capita health expenditures. However, Asia-Pacific is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR owing to the supportive government initiatives to improve medical infrastructure, increasing disease burden, and economic developments in this region.

Report Coverage


Vegetable Capsules Market

Analysis Period

2015 – 2026

Historic Data

2015 – 2016

Base Year


Forecast Data

2018 – 2026

Market Stratification

Product Type, End-User, Geography

Regional Scope

North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa (MEA)

Report Coverage

Market Trends, Drivers, Restraints, Porter's Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Analysis,

Player Profiling, Value Chain Analysis

Market Participants

Qualicaps LLC, CapsCanada Corporation, Bahrain Pharma, ACG Worldwide, Capsugel, Catalent Inc., Healthcaps India Ltd., Suheung Co., Ltd., Shanxi GS Capsule and Sunil Healthcare Limited are the key players engaged in manufacturing vegetable capsules.

Market Segmentation

Market By Product Type

·         Pullulan

·         Starch

·         Hard Gelatin and Hypromellose (HPMC)

Market By End-User

·         Pharmaceutical Companies

·         Nutraceutical Companies

·         Cosmetic Companies

·         Others

Market By Geography

·         North America

o   US

o   Canada

o   Mexico

·         Europe

o   UK

o   Germany

o   France

o   Rest of Europe

·         Asia-Pacific

o   China

o   Japan

o   India

o   Australia

o   Rest of Asia-Pacific

·         Latin America

o   Brazil

o   Rest of Latin America

·         Middle East and Africa (MEA)

o   South Africa

o   Saudi Arabia

o   Rest of MEA

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