Industrial Robots in Food Market Expected to Hit US$745 Million by 2026

Industrial Robots in Food Market Expected to Hit US$745 Million by 2026


by Aratrika Dutta


November 3, 2021

Global Food Robotics Market was valued at 402.2 million US$ in 2019 and is projected to reach 745 million US$ by the end of 2026, growing at a CAGR of 9.1% during the period 2021-2026. The growth rate of adoption of industrial robotics in the food and beverage industry exceeds that of traditional industries like automotive and electronics.

Food robots perform complex manufacturing processes, such as dispensing, placing food, wrapping and packaging, picking and placing products in containers, sorting raw materials, and labeling packages . They make it possible to perform repetitive and tedious production tasks at high speed under extreme conditions such as high temperatures. They also save space and time, reduce production costs and improve the cleanliness, safety and efficiency of manufacturing processes. As a result, major players in the food and beverage (F&B) industry around the world are automating the food production process using food robotics technology to mass-produce products with high precision and yields.

Rising demand for packaged food is expected to drive the growth in food robotics market size. To maximize their shelf life and meet the demand for ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat products, there is an increasing need to package food products. Mass production of packaged food products has driven the food robotics market, especially in countries like the United States, Japan, France, and Italy. Processes are automated in most large-scale food processing plants to ensure quality and consistency in stock keeping units (SKUs).

The functionality and use of robots has always been limited to heavy payloads in transportation equipment. However, with the increasing versatility of robots, more and more industries are accepting automation with mainly low payload robots, such as the food industry. To comply with health authority requirements, parts such as dairy and bakery in the food and beverage industry reduce human intervention in the manufacturing process. Thus, the food robotics market size is expected to grow with the increase in robot functionality including packaging, repackaging, and palletizing.

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