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Global citric acid market to grow
A new report by ResearchandMarkets.com reports that the global citric acid market "is expected to witness a significant growth rate" through 2027. Often used in cleaning products, this white, crystalline, water-soluble, tricarboxylic acid is derived, primarily, from limes and lemons. This makes it a very sustainable natural resource.
Over the decades, citric acid has been used in several products and in a diverse group of industries, including the following:
- Food service, where it is often used as a preservative
- Cosmetics, where it is utilized as a safe but effective exfoliant
- Pharmaceuticals, to help control pH levels in products
- In agriculture as a natural fungal agent, killing or inhibiting the growth of fungus
- In cleaning solutions, including disinfectants and sanitisers
In fact, citric acid is increasingly finding a home in the professional cleaning industry.
"This is because the key ingredients in citric acid are naturally derived, making this a very environmentally friendly product," says Lee Chen, president and COO of ProNatural Brands, manufacturer of cleaners, sanitisers,and disinfectants using citric acid as the key ingredient.
"Plus, over the years, citric acid has been evaluated many times and proven to be effective when used for cleaning and disinfecting."
Lee points out that at least one citric acid disinfectant is EPA registered and has been added to List N, a directory of cleaning agents, disinfectants, and sanitisers complied by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
To get on List N, cleaning agents must be evaluated and proven to kill the pathogen that causes Coronavirus.
As to why there is growth in citric acid products in professional cleaning, Lee says one reason is because of overusing traditional disinfectants during the pandemic.
"Facility managers and cleaning workers now want a safer, healthier, but still effective way to clean and disinfect. Citric acid is a solid alternative."
The ResearchandMarket report also indicates that the use of citric acid will be greatest in the Asia-Pacific region of the world, with most of the consumption in countries such as China and India.
Since its beginnings in 2012, ProNatural Brands has developed a full line of 100% naturally derived disinfectants, sanitisers and cleaning products with patented, citrus formulas for the foodservice, healthcare, education, and hospitality industries, as well as for the consumer market.
12th May 2022