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Global Softgel Capsules Market by Source, Type, Application, Distribution Channel, By Region/Country; A Report by Absolute Markets Insights

Published On 21 Nov 2022 09:28 AM


The global softgel capsules market was worth US$ 7.62 Bn in 2021, estimated to grow at a CAGR of 7.9% over the forecast period (2022 – 2030). People across the globe are turning to softgels in the supplement industry despite having what seems like a limitless variety of options—tablets, liquids, capsules, and functional meals. According to the study, customers chose softgels above other delivery methods because they are simple to take, simple to swallow, and convenient. Additionally, the softgel's safety, effectiveness, and quick action were all priorities for the consumers polled. Although softgels are frequently more expensive than alternative options, this needn't be a barrier; according to studies, more than 25% of consumers who prefer softgels are willing to spend a higher price for them. Moving on to manufacturing, softgels have number of advantages, starting with the availability of a huge range of shell colours, forms, and sizes to provide product distinctiveness in the market. Softgel capsules can hold a wide range of substances that are partially solid, liquid, gel, or paste-filled. Softgel capsules' interior fills can be made of micronized materials, but tablets and hard-shell capsules demand higher particle sizes.

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When creating a softgel, it is vital to blend some substances into an oil basis because they don't always mix well when in powdered form. Therefore, top market companies are spending more in research and development to address this problem. For instance, businesses have created a range of CoQ10 products without crystals that dissolves the powdered ingredient into a solution by mixing it with a natural solvent. Instead of a suspension of powder in oil, the outcome is an actual softgel-ready component. Thus, with improvements in manufacturing, it is anticipated that the global softgel capsules market will expand in the years to come.

Source Outlook

The softgels capsules market source segmented is bifurcated into gelatin and vegetarian. Gelatin segment had the highest share in the market in the 2021. Gelatin makes up the majority of the components in soft capsule shells; it comes naturally from animal collagen. Gelatin is primarily utilised in the manufacture of capsules because of its physicochemical, biological, and structural qualities. Gelatin is non-toxic, highly soluble in bio- logical fluids, has very good rheological properties, and is an excellent film-former with a good strength-to- flexibility ratio. To identify specific bio-performance challenges, progress has recently been achieved in the development of liquid and semi-solid formulations in a soft gelatin capsule. On the hand it is estimated that the vegetarian softgel capsules will experience a huge demand with the rise in awareness about plant based softgel capsules. Thus, with these advancements the global softgel capsules market will experience a huge growth in the upcoming years.

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Application Outlook

In the last few years, people across the globe are getting highly aware about the importance of multivitamins and supplements for healthy lifestyle. Multivitamins have been the go-to supplement to fill nutrient gaps for the last few decades, and they do provide a strong health boost for those lacking in certain nutrients. Soft gelatin capsules containing vitamins and oils show promise as anti-microbial, antifungal, and antiviral agents and can have therapeutic effects. Softgel dosage forms creation and shelf-life stability optimization which are difficult tasks because of the dynamic character of the dosage form. Soft gelatin capsules are very easy to swallow and unlike chewable or liquids they are also easily swallowable. Various soft gelatin capsules are available in the market for delivery of multivitamins like Vitamin A (from beta carotene, fish liver oil), C (as ascorbic acid), vitamin D-3, E, B1, B2, niacin, B6, folic acid, B12, biotin, pantothenic acid, etc. Vitamin C softgel capsules are available in combination with multivitamins and minerals. They support immune system, protect against damaging free radicals, help to support collagen production and iron absorption. Thus with the rising awareness about health and dietary supplements the global softgel capsules market is anticipated to surge in the upcoming years.

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Region Outlook

Based on the region segment the Asia Pacific region is anticipated to be the fastest growing region in the softgel capsules market in the upcoming years. In the last few years, there has been rising awareness about the various benefits of soft gel capsules. Moreover due to the rising disposable income amongst a huge population in countries such as India, China, Japan and many others haves led to the rise in demand for soft gel capsules. On the other hand, the leading players in the market are looking forward to expand their presence across Asia pacific region through mergers and acquisitions to strengthen their market position and establish a strong brand presence. Thus in the upcoming years Asia Pacific region is estimated to be a potential region for softgel capsules market. 

The key market participants operating in the global softgel capsules market are:

  • A DCC Health & Beauty Solutions Company.
  • Aenova Group
  • Amster Labs Unit-ii.
  • Catalent, Inc
  • Delpharm – DELRIV
  • Ernst Pharmacia
  • Sigma Softgel & Formulation.
  • Soft Gel Technologies, Inc
  • Other Market Participants

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Global Softgel Capsules Market

By Source

  • Gelatin Based
  • Vegetarian Capsules

By Type

  • Chewable Softgels
  • Suckable Softgels
  • Twist-off Softgels
  • Meltable Softgels

By Application

  • Health and Dietary Supplements
    • Minerals
    • Vitamins
    • Omega 3
    • Enzymes
    • Others
  • Prescription Medicines
    • Antibiotics
    • Antivirals
    • Others

By Distribution Channel

  • Online
  • Offline
    • Pharmacies and Drug stores
    • Hypermarkets and Supermarkets
    • Others

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By Region

  • North America (U.S., Canada, Mexico, Rest of North America)
  • Europe (France, The UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, Nordic Countries, Benelux Union, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Rest of Asia Pacific)
  • Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Kuwait, South Africa, Rest of Middle East & Africa)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)

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