Fruit ripening is a process by which fruits achieve their desirable flavor, color, quality, palatable nature and other textural properties. This process involves a series of fluctuations in the composition of the fruit, including the transformation of starch to sugar, that are triggered by a cascade of chemical & biochemical reactions in the fruit. The immersion& producing of chemicals during ripening process means that this process can be controlled by changing the atmospheric composition surrounding the fruit. One of the most commonly used chemicals for speeding up the ripening process is ethylene(C2H4, ethene), known as ‘the ripening hormone’. Ethylene is naturally formedthrough ripening fruits where it can trigger bio-chemical cascades and physiological responses for instance the aging & shedding of petals or additional growth in some cells. This gas is a de-greening agent that turns the peel from green to perfect yellow (in the case of bananas) and retain the sweetness & aroma of the fruit. Some other effects of gas are abortion of plant foliage & stems, shortening of stems, loss of chlorophyll, and bending of the stems (epinasty). Additionally, Carbon dioxide (CO2) gas is alternative by-product of fruit ripening process and controlling CO2 concentrations that helps tune certain properties & characteristics of the final fruit.
According to study, “Global Fruit Ripening Gas Market Status (2015-2019) and Forecast (2020-2024) by Region, Product Type & End-Use” the key companies operating in the global fruit ripening gas market are Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, Chevron Phillips, Dow, LyondellBasell Industries, Exxon Mobil, National Petrochemical Company, Shell, Total S.A., Sinopec, INEOS Group AG. Key players are continuously working towards strategic growth initiatives for instance expansion, collaboration, and merger to reinforce their position in the global market and to remain in the forefront to meet the accumulative demand for the product.
Based on type, fruit ripening gasmarket is segmented into L Grade, M Grade and others.Based on ethylene gas feedstock, market is segmented into Naphtha, Propane, Ethane, Butane and others.Based on fruit type, market is segmented into climacteric fruit and non-climacteric fruit. In addition, based on application, market is segmented into automotive industry, food packaging and others.
The fruit ripening gasmarket is driven by growth in food industry, followed by rise in use of aseptic packaging in beverage industries, increase in use in the production of polyethylene and rise in working population. However, increase in stringent government regulations on the use of petroleum-based products may impact the market. Moreover, growth in inclination towards the use of bio-based ethylene is a key trend for market.
Based on geography, the Asian-Pacific region holds major share in fruit ripening gasmarket owing to presence of major agricultural countries and increase in end-use industries such as automotive, construction, packaging, agrochemical, textile, and others in the region. Whereas, the European and North-American regions are likely to exhibit substantial growth rate due to growth in automotive industries and presence of key manufacturers over the forecast period.
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