EUROPE – Sausage manufacturers increasingly prefer artificial casings, benefiting from their convenience and versatility, a new report by Research and Markets has revealed.  

The trend is particularly popular in  Europe where there is rising meat production and consumption, coupled with the popularity of ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook food products.  

According to Research and Markets, Europe sausage casings market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 4.1% during the forecast period to reach US$2.72 billion by 2030.

 In its report, Research and Markets provides an in-depth analysis of the European sausage casings market across ten major countries, emphasizing the current market trends, market sizes, recent developments, and forecasts till 2030. 

In 2023, the artificial sausage casings segment is expected to account for the larger share of the European sausage casings market. 

Moreover, the artificial sausage casings segment is also expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period of 2023-2030. The growth of this segment is primarily attributed to the emergence of vegetarian casings. 

Based on application, the Europe sausage casings market is segmented into animal-based sausages and plant-based sausages with the animal-based sausages segment expected to account for the larger share of the market in 2023. 

 The large market share of this segment is attributed to increased animal meat consumption, the rising urban population, the high popularity of collagen casings, and increased consumer preference for a protein-rich diet.  

However, the plant-based sausages segment is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period mainly driven by consumer shift toward healthy, tasty, sustainable, and environment-friendly varieties of sausages. 

 Meanwhile, food-processing companies are expected to account for the largest share of the Europe sausage casings market mainly driven by a growing preference for innovative food options, increased automation in sausage production, and maximized production efficiencies further support this segment’s leading position. 

The Netherlands is slated to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period, mainly due to the modernization of the meat processing industry, including the adoption of high-tech slaughter lines and the increasing demand for plant-based sausages. 

Although the report forecasts a positive outlook, it notes that challenges and restraints exist, primarily related to the complexities associated with using natural sausage casings.  

Additionally, the animal industry faces disease and health concerns that ultimately pose challenges to the growth of the artificial sausage casing market. 

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