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Extrusion cooking is one of the most popular processes to prepare snacks and ready-to-eat foods by using a variety of ingredients such as corn, tapioca, oats, potatoes, wheat, etc. After extrusion, these snacks are processed and converted into semi-cooked or pre-cooked food products. This helps in the elimination of toxins and micro-organisms produced naturally while making these snacks healthier as well as safer for consumption. In recent years, extruded snack foods have witnessed strong growth in the MENA region. According to the latest report by IMARC Group, titled “Middle East and North Africa Extruded Snack Food Market: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026”, the MENA extruded snack food market reached a value of US$ 2.26 Billion in 2020.
In the MENA region, rapid industrialization and urbanization have resulted in a significant shift towards western food cultures. This remains one of the primary forces catalyzing the growth of the market. In addition, the region represents one of the fastest growing populations across the globe. This coupled by low median age groups and rising disposable incomes have positively influenced the growth of this market. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the MENA extruded snack food market to exhibit moderate growth during the next five years.
This report provides a deep insight into the MENA extruded snack food market covering all its essential aspects. This ranges from macro overview of the market to micro details of the industry performance, recent trends, key market drivers and challenges, SWOT analysis, Porter’s five forces analysis, value chain analysis, etc. This report is a must-read for entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, consultants, business strategists, and all those who have any kind of stake or are planning to foray into the MENA extruded snack food market in any manner.
The Middle East and North Africa extruded snack food market was valued at US$ 2.3 Billion in 2021.
We expect the Middle East and North Africa extruded snack food market to exhibit a CAGR of 4.20%
The introduction of healthy snacks with gluten-free and low-calorie content to cater to the changing
consumer dietary preferences, is primarily driving the Middle East and North Africa extruded snack
The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the shifting consumer preferences from
conventional brick-and-mortar distribution channels towards online retail platforms for the purchase
of extruded snack food items.
Based on the raw material, the Middle East and North Africa extruded snack food market has been
segmented into potato, corn, rice, tapioca, and mixed grains. Currently, potato represents the
largest market share.
Based on the distribution channel, the Middle East and North Africa extruded snack food market can
be bifurcated into supermarkets/hypermarkets, convenience stores, specialty food stores, online
retail, and others. Among these, supermarkets and hypermarkets account currently for the majority
of the total market share.
On a regional level, the market has been classified into Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Iran, Israel, and
others, where Saudi Arabia currently dominates the market.
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