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Taste Masking Services Market

Taste Masking Services Market: Industry Trends and Global Forecasts, till 2035 - Distribution by Type of Formulation ((Solids and Liquids), Type of Techniques (Coating, Microencapsulation, Organoleptic Method, Hot Melt Extrusion and Inclusion Complexation), Scale of Operation (Preclinical / Clinical and Commercial) and Key Geographical Regions (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World)

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Taste Masking Services Market Overview

The global taste masking services market is estimated to be worth USD 248 million in 2024 and is projected to reach USD 475 million by 2035; it is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.1% during the forecast period. The new research study consists of industry trends, detailed market analysis, key market insights, market impact analysis, market forecast, and opportunity analysis. The growth in the opportunity for drug developers over the next decade is likely to be the result of the anticipated increase in the demand for oral therapeutics. 

Oral solid dosage, including capsules and tablets, are the popular form of drugs used worldwide to treat a broad range of diseases. Even though the demand for biologics is increasing rapidly, the oral solid dosage captures the largest share in the pharmaceutical industry, estimated to reach more than USD 900 billion by 2027. Despite its immense popularity in the healthcare sector, there are many concerns associated with the widespread adoption of solid oral dosages. One of the major concerns is that orally administered dosage forms have active pharmaceutical ingredients that possess an unpleasant taste/odor. This unappealing aftertaste of oral solid dosage form reduces patient compliance, specifically in geriatric patients and pediatric populations. Recently, Adare Pharma Solutions and International Flavors and Fragrances hosted an event where they reported that 30%-40% of the pediatric population refuses to consume oral solid dosage forms, and nearly 26% of the geriatric population reportedly face difficulty in swallowing oral solid dosages, particularly tablets and capsules. It is a well-known fact that there are a multitude of receptors present on the tongue, and it is difficult to block these receptors pharmacologically.

To overcome this concern, numerous pharmaceutical companies adopted novel techniques and flavor masking agents to minimize the bitter taste of oral solid dosage drugs. Flavor-masking agents are compounds that mask the bitter taste of certain therapeutic drugs. These flavor masking agents include coatings, sweeteners, microencapsulation, and hot-melt extrusion. Various studies reported that adding flavor masking agents or including taste masking technologies in oral solid drugs can enhance patient compliance from 53% to 90%. 

With the increasing demand for flavor masking technologies, pharmaceutical companies are actively increasing research and capital investment to develop pleasant-taste drug formulations, palatable oral solid drugs, as well as various taste masking agents to improve patient compliance. Despite increasing research on taste-masking agents, there are several challenges associated with the overall process and assessment of taste-masking formulation. Some of the common challenges include variation in taste, intensity in different active pharmaceutical ingredients due to different chemistries and identification of globally accepted tastes.

Owing to the ongoing efforts for the enhancement of oral drug formulation palatability and patient compliance, the taste masking services market is going to witness substantial growth during the forecast period.

Taste Masking Services Market Segmentation Insights

The market research report presents an in-depth analysis of the various firms / organizations in the taste masking services industry across different segments, as defined in the table below: 

Taste Masking Services Market: Report Attribute / Market Segmentations

Key Report Attributes Details
Historical Trend 2019-2023
Base Year 2023
Forecast Period 2024-2035
Market Size 2024 USD 248 million 
Market Size 2035 USD 476 million 
Type of Formulation 
  • Solids 
  • Liquids 
Type of Techniques 
  • Coating 
  • Microencapsulation 
  • Organoleptic Method
  • Hot Melt Extrusion 
  • Ion Exchange Resin 
Scale of Operation 
  • Preclinical / Clinical
  • Commercial 
Key Geographical Regions 
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Rest of the World 
Key Companies Profiled
  • AbbVie
  • Catalent
  • Fertin Pharma
  • Lonza
  • NextPharma
  • Patheon
  • Quotient Sciences
  • Senopsys
(Full list of key companies captured is available in the report)
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  • Market Landscape
  • Product Competitiveness Analysis
  • Partnerships and Collaborations
  • Patent Analysis
  • Market Forecast and Future Opportunity Analysis

One of the key objectives of this market report is to provide a detailed taste masking services market forecast analysis in order to estimate the existing market size and future opportunities. We have provided informed estimates on the likely evolution of the market in the short to mid-term and long-term for the forecast period till 2035. Our year-wise projections of the current and future opportunity have further been segmented across types of formulations (solids and liquids), types of techniques (coating, microencapsulation, organoleptic method, hot melt extrusion, and inclusion complexation), scales of operation (preclinical / clinical and commercial), and key geographies (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World). In order to account for future uncertainties and to add robustness to our model, we have provided three market forecast scenarios, namely conservative, base, and optimistic scenarios, representing different tracks of the industry's growth.

The opinions and insights presented in this study were also influenced by discussions conducted with multiple stakeholders in this domain. The report features detailed transcripts of interviews held with the following individuals (in alphabetical order of company / organization names):

  • Head of Business Development, Mid-Size Company, Germany)
  • Director of Technical Operations, Large Company, US
  • Business Development Associate, Mid-Size Company, US)

Taste Masking Services Market Share Overview 

Market Share by Type of Formulation 

The global taste masking services market is segmented into solid and liquid dosage forms based on the type of formulation. According to our projection, it is estimated that liquid will capture 59% of revenue share by 2035. This can be attributed to the fact that liquid dosages are less expensive, easy to administer, and simpler to develop.

Market Share by Type of Techniques 

The global taste masking services market is segmented into coating, microencapsulation, organoleptic method, hot melt extrusion, and ion exchange resin. According to our projection, it is projected to capture 40% of overall revenue share by 2035. Microencapsulation techniques are likely to grow at a CAGR of 8% during the forecast period. Microencapsulation is also being explored for oral proteins and peptides, majority of which are still under development.

Market Share by Scale of Operation

Based on the scale of operation, the global taste masking services market is divided into preclinical/clinical and commercial operations. According to our research, the commercial operations are likely to capture 56% of the market share by 2035. This can be attributed to a huge number of approved drugs requiring taste masking.

Taste Masking Services Market: Key Insight

The market report features an extensive study of the current market landscape, market size, market forecast and future opportunities for companies offering taste masking services and technologies. Some of the key insights from our analysis are mentioned below:

Taste Masking Services Market Landscape 

Currently, 50 taste masking service providers are claiming to provide services for taste-masking and taste-assessment development as well as commercialization of taste-masked formulations. Overall, the market is highly fragmented, featuring the presence of established and small companies; the majority of the taste masking services providing companies are based in developed nations, primarily the United States. It is worth highlighting here that close to 20 companies in the taste masking services market offer proprietary technologies related to taste masking and taste assessment, aiming to overcome the bitter taste of active pharmaceutical ingredients and enhance patient compliance as well as acceptability.

These taste masking service providers also offer assistance in the assessment of taste masking agents, aiming to develop innovative technologies suitable for a broad range of drug formulations with different types of APIs.

Market Trend Analysis: Development of Novel Taste Masking Technologies

In recent years, the key players in this domain have increased their efforts to develop novel taste masking technologies for concealing the bitter taste of drugs, which are anticipated to drive the market during the forecast period. The bitter taste of therapeutic drugs can be concealed by using a variety of approaches, including additives, ion-exchange coatings, conventional granulation, amino acids, spray polymerizing with lipids inclusion complexation using cyclodextrins, freeze-drying technique, and multiple emulsification. In addition to additives, several players engaged in the taste masking services market are driving new technologies, including micro-emulsion, microencapsulation, hot melt extrusion, and various other technologies to overcome the bitter taste of medicines. Driven by the ongoing trends in this field, the market is anticipated to grow at a steady rate in the future. 

Partnerships and Collaborations have Further Fueled the Growth in Taste Masking Services Market 

Several strategic partnerships have been witnessed between key players in this industry to expand taste masking capabilities to achieve drug formulation palatability and marketing success. Industrial leaders are actively seeking age-appropriate and patient-centric dosage forms as well as novel biopharmaceutical excipients.

Majority of the instances associated with partnerships have been in the form of acquisitions of either assets or complete acquisition of the company. Furthermore, 53% of the partnerships and collaborations have been international agreements between key industry players. 

Taste Masking Services Market Drivers 

Several factors are propelling the growth in the demand for taste masking services. Some of the significant drivers include the growing focus on the creation of palatable and patient-centric formulations for the geriatric population as well as pediatric populations. Further, the expanding pharmaceutical research for the development of novel oral solid drugs increases the demand for taste masking services to enhance the acceptability of formulation by patients. The increasing research for advanced oral solid drugs is likely to drive the taste masking services market during the forecast period. 

Furthermore, developing flavor-matching placebo formulations requires adherence to stringent regulatory guidelines and good clinical practices. Driven by the aforementioned challenges, several pharmaceutical companies took a paradigm shift to outsource taste masking services to third parties.

Regulatory Support to Improve Acceptability in Drug Formulations 

Notably, centralized regulatory agencies such as the European Medicines Agency and the US Food and Drug Administration are increasing their efforts related to assessing the palatability of different taste-masked drugs. Adherence with regulatory guidelines mandates the use of taste masking additives and services to ensure that oral solid dosage drugs are palatable and easy to consume. The growing support from regulatory authorities for making drugs palatable using taste-masking agents and technologies is driving the market. 

Global Taste Masking Services Market Size

The global taste masking services market is projected to be worth USD 248 billion in 2024. Driven by the increasing demand for oral solid drugs, the companies involved in oral solid dosage manufacturing are looking for innovative technologies to improve palatability and reduce aftertaste of medicines.

Further, in terms of type of formulations, liquids are likely to grow at a CAGR of 7.9% from 2024-2035.

Regional Analysis: North America Emerges as the Hub of Taste Masking Services Market; Asia-Pacific to be the Fastest Growing Market

It is worth highlighting here that the majority of the taste masking services providers are headquartered in North America. Presently, North America is anticipated to capture the largest (48%) share of the taste masking services industry, and the trend remains unchanged during the forecast period. Furthermore, in recent years, North America is likely to witness various research and development activities as well as investment by key players in the industry to enhance efforts for developing innovative taste masking technologies to overcome the issue of after taste of drugs.

In coming years, the market in the Asia Pacific region is likely to expand at a higher rate, owing to the increasing participation of key players and ongoing support from the regulatory authorities.

Leading Companies in Taste Masking Services Market 

Examples of key companies engaged in offering taste masking services (which have also been profiled in this market report; the complete list of companies is available in the full report) include AbbVie, Catalent, Fertin Pharma, Lonza, NextPharma, Patheon, Quotient Sciences, and Senopsys. This market research report includes an easily searchable excel database of all the companies providing taste masking services worldwide.

Taste Masking Services Market Report Coverage

In addition to other elements, the study includes:

  • A detailed assessment of the current market landscape of taste masking service providers, providing information on the type of service(s) offered (taste masking and taste assessment), the scale of operation (preclinical / clinical and commercial), manufacturing scalability, other service(s) offered along with information on the type of formulation (tablets, granules, capsules, suspensions, solutions, syrups, emulsions, semi-solids, and others), end users (pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and others), techniques used for taste masking (hot melt extrusion, microencapsulation, coating, ion exchange resin, and others), branch of healthcare (pediatrics, geriatrics and others) and regional capability. In addition, the chapter provides details on the year of establishment, company size, and location of headquarters of companies providing taste masking services.
The image provides context of Taste Masking and Taste Assessment. Problems related to medication non-adherence is critical to healthcare, with taste of oral drug formulations playing a key role in medication acceptance and compliance to treatment regimen This image provides list of Taste Masking and Taste Assessment Service Providers. Currently, 50 companies, worldwide, claim to provide services for taste masking and taste assessment; these services serve as a viable solution for non-adherence to orally administered drugs The image provides details on the current Taste Masking and Taste Assessment Service Providers market landscape. The taste masking and taste assessment market is fragmented, featuring the presence of both established as well as small companies; majority of the companies are based in developed nations, primarily the US
  • A detailed assessment of the current market landscape of taste masking and taste assessment technology providers, providing information on technology name, type of service(s) offered (taste masking and taste assessment), techniques used, type of formulation (tablets, capsules, liquid, powder, and others), end users (pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and others) along with information on patent, availability of technology for partnerships and licensing. In addition, the chapter provides details on the companies providing technology platforms for the purpose of taste masking and taste assessment, along with information on their year of establishment, company size, and location of headquarters.
  • Elaborate profiles of key players engaged in providing taste masking services; each profile features a brief overview of the company, its financial information (if available), service portfolio, technology portfolio, and an informed future outlook.
  • Elaborate profiles of key players engaged in providing technology platforms for taste masking and taste assessment; each profile features a brief overview of the company, its financial information (if available), technology portfolio and an informed future outlook.
This image provides list of Taste Masking and Taste Assessment Technologies. Around 20 companies claim to offer proprietary technologies related to taste masking and taste assessment, in order to overcome the bitter taste of APIs and thereby enhance patient acceptability and compliance The image provides details on the current taste masking and taste assessment technologies market landscape. These technologies can be used improve the taste and palatability of different types of oral drug formulations; a number of these technologies are being used by different end users and are also available for licensing 	This infographic looks at the competitive landscape of Taste Masking and Taste Assessment Service Providers. In pursuit of a competitive edge, stakeholders in this field are actively engaged in upgrading their existing capabilities and enhancing taste masking and taste assessment service portfolio
  • An in-depth competitiveness analysis of taste masking service providers based in different geographies, by taking into consideration the company strength (based on its experience), service portfolio (service(s) offered, scale of operation, type of formulation, techniques used for taste masking, branch of healthcare) and regional capability (operational area of the company).
  • A brief description of various types of partnership models (namely asset acquisition, manufacturing agreement, research and development, and technology licensing agreement) adopted by stakeholders engaged in this field. It is worth mentioning that the data captured during our research was analyzed based on several parameters, including year of partnership, type of partnership, purpose of partnership, type of service(s) offered, scale of operation, type of formulation, and geographical location of players involved in a partnership.
  • An insightful analysis of the patents filed / granted for taste masking and taste assessment since 2017, taking into consideration various relevant parameters, including type of patent, publication year, geographical location, CPC symbols, emerging focus areas, leading players (in terms of number of patents granted / filed in the given time period), patent characteristics and geography. In addition, the chapter includes detailed patent benchmarking and an insightful valuation analysis.
  • A case study on companies providing pharmaceutical excipients employed for taste masking, featuring a detailed analysis based on several parameters, including company’s year of establishment, company size, location of headquarters, functional properties of the excipients and type of formulation developed using those excipients.
This image looks at the patents related to Taste Masking and Taste Assessment. Over time, the intellectual property related to taste masking and taste assessment techniques has grown at a commendable pace, with patents being filed by both industry and non-industry players This infographic looks at the various partnership deals inked by stakeholders in Taste Masking and Taste Assessment domain. The rising interest in this field is also reflected in number of partnerships inked by stakeholders in the recent past; majority of the instances were related to acquisition of either assets or complete acquisition of a company This image provides details on Taste Masking and Taste Assessment market size. The opportunity within the taste masking market is likely to be well distributed across various type of formulations, techniques, scales of operation and key geographies

Recent Developments in Taste Masking Services Market

Several recent developments have taken place in the taste masking services industry. We have outlined some of these initiatives below. These developments, even if they took place after the release of our market research report, substantiate the overall market trends that have been outlined in our analysis.

  • In July 2023, Aenova entered into a strategic partnership with Galvita in order to improve the development, formulation and production of oral dosage forms. Additionally, the partnership focuses on faster oral disintegration, better taste masking and higher drug loading.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1: What is taste masking of pharmaceuticals?

Answer: Taste masking refers to the addition of sweeteners, coating, microencapsulation, and hot-melt extrusion to subdue the conventional taste of pharmaceutical compositions.

Question 2: How big is the taste masking services market?

Answer: The taste masking services market size is estimated to be worth $248 million in 2024.

Question 3: What is the projected market growth of the taste masking services market?

Answer: The taste masking services market is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.1% during the forecast period 2024 - 2035.

Question 4: Who are the leading companies providing taste masking services?

Answer: AbbVie, Catalent, Fertin Pharma, Lonza, NextPharma, Patheon, Quotient Sciences and Senopsys.

Question 5: How many companies are currently engaged in providing taste masking services?

Answer: Presently, 50 companies claim to offer services for taste masking of pharmaceuticals.

Question 6: How many patents have been filed/granted related to taste masking and taste assessment till date?

Answer: To date, over 460 patents have been filed / granted related to taste masking and taste assessment.

Question 7: Which region is the hub for companies engaged in the taste masking services market?

Answer: North America emerged as the hub for companies engaged in providing taste masking services for drug compositions, with 40% of the companies established in the region.

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