The global industrial starches market size was valued at USD 51,496.8 million in 2021. It is expected to reach USD 83,378.17 million by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 5.50% during the forecast period (2022–2030).
Starch is a carbohydrate obtained from agricultural raw materials and used in literally thousands of food or non-food-related products. There are many sources of industrial starches, including corn, potatoes, wheat, and others. The market for industrial starch, which is heavily used in these food applications and is therefore driving the overall market, is experiencing an increase in demand due to the global economy gradually improving and resulting in an increased intake of processed and convenience foods.
There is an increasing demand for renewable bio-polymers in the global market as a substitute for synthetic polymers. One of the many natural polymers is starch, which has a wide range of uses in both food and non-food industries. In some food packaging applications, starch-based films are used as an outer layer in combination with PLA films. For instance, Mars Incorporated operates a new substance made of potato cutting waste starch to replace BOPP (Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene) packaging its candies. As a result, the market for starch in the bioplastics sector is anticipated to grow as starch is increasingly used as a filler in plastic films to increase biodegradability.
The processing of fruits and vegetables, cereals, bakery and confectionary goods, pulses, oilseeds, dairy products, carbonated beverages, fruit juices, and other food products is all included in the global food processing industry. Due to busier lifestyles and an increase in the working population in the developed nations of North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, there has been a significant rise in demand for all types of ready-to-eat or convenience food and beverage products. Thus, it is anticipated that the food processing sector will experience rapid growth and open new avenues for investment and exports for these developed nations. Due to the rising global consumer demand for clean-label food products, manufacturers are investing in developing clean-label solutions. These factors are anticipated to fuel market expansion during the forecast period.
Diabetes is a severe disorder with a link to lifestyle that is becoming more common. Since Asians have a strong ethnic and genetic predisposition for diabetes and lower thresholds for environmental risk factors, they alone account for more than 60% of the world's diabetic population. Additionally, the consumption of starch-based sweeteners has decreased as a result of consumers worldwide reducing their intake of sugar and sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup for various health and weight management reasons, including obesity and diabetes. Due to modifications in food consumption and dietary habits, there has been a global nutrition transition.
The policies regarding the provision of food and the promotion of good nutrition in different regions have evolved. This is leading to shifts in the food supply and methods of population nourishment. Food and beverage manufacturers worldwide have been substituting high-calorie sugars with low-calorie sugars through product size changes and reformulation to satisfy consumers' demand for healthier and lower-sugar food products. Starch sweeteners' market expansion is anticipated to be hampered by this.
It is anticipated that advances in biotechnology will lower production costs, meet consumer demand for wholesome food items, and open up new markets for both novels modified and native starches. The options for trading starch were expanded by the expanding microencapsulation technology, which is expected to have a significant impact in the upcoming years. The emergence of the newest fermentation organisms and a rise in the consumption of starch in developing nations like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and India may present new opportunities for the global corn starch market as a result of the field of biotechnology's technological advancement.
Due to growing environmental concerns and the scarcity of petroleum sources, the development of biodegradable materials based on renewable resources and polymeric biomaterials has increased in recent years. In order to create porous or dense materials, starch can be processed into thermoplastic materials using various industrial techniques like those frequently used for synthetic thermoplastic, such as injection molding, extrusion, and thermo molding. Temporary structural support is provided by starch-based biodegradable bone cement, which gradually dissolves after use to allow for the formation of new bone and a complete healing process. Starch-based biodegradable polymers may be required for drug delivery systems. One of the most recent and inventive developments in nano-composites is the development of biopolymers that contain starch-reinforced nanoparticles, such as layer silicate.
The global industrial starches market is segmented by type, source, and application.
Based on type, the global market is bifurcated into native and starch derivatives and sweeteners.
The starch derivatives and sweeteners segment is the highest contributor to the market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.31% during the forecast period. Maltodextrin, modified starches, and high-fructose corn syrups (HFCS) are examples of starch derivatives and sweeteners. The main factors influencing the applications of starch derivatives in the food industry are the expansion of functional food products, clean label demand, and achieving cost reduction in the production process. The food and beverage industry is growing faster than the available food application, but the confectionery and beverage industries still hold most of the market share.
Native starch has anti-staling, moisture-retention, and freeze-thaw stability, making it a thickening, gelling, and binding agent. They are also utilized in pet food, dried soups and sauces, frozen cakes, sheeted snacks, batters, bakery mixes, brewing adjuncts, and batters and bread. Additionally, some producers are concentrating on creating native starches to meet the various needs of the food industry and gain a competitive edge over rivals, fueling the market expansion.
Based on the source, the global market is bifurcated into corn, wheat, cassava, and potato.
The corn segment owns the highest market share and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.14% during the forecast period. Corn starch is greatly sought after due to its textural features, particularly its ability to thicken foods like dairy and beverages. The ingredient also gives manufacturers of gluten-free goods a leg up because starch derived from wheat presents a challenge due to the possibility of traces remaining after extraction. Corn starch is also used as a filler and sizing material in the paper industry. It also uses adhesive, foundry, air flotation, textile, and laundry industries. The clean-label movement is having a significant impact on the global food and beverage industry. Furthermore, the industry's rapid growth presents a substantial opportunity for ingredient producers to take strategic actions to meet the soaring demand.
The food processing industry uses potato starch as a general thickener, binder, texturizer, and anti-caking or gelling agent, and there is a sizable demand for it on a global scale. Additionally, it is becoming more popular in finished goods like yeast filtration, sauces, gravies, soups, noodles, processed meats, baked goods, and noodles. In place of other starches, potato starch can be used in all conventional recipes, improving functionality, and paving the way for its use in prepared foods. The market is expanding due to the demand for organic potato starch extracted mechanically from organic potatoes after a laborious process of washing and separating the starch in potato cells.
Based on application, the global market is bifurcated into the food, feed, paper, and pharmaceutical industries.
The food segment is the highest contributor to the market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.13% during the forecast period. Native and modified starches, which are used as thickeners, binders, and stabilizers in the food and beverage industry, have seen significant demand on a global scale. Aside from extending shelf life and providing the desired texture and mouthfeel, starches also play other vital roles in the industry, such as preventing unwanted hydration and encapsulating other ingredients. Industrial starches are used in soups and sauces to thicken and add texture. The rise in home cooking during the pandemic and the emergence of exotic cooking trends among consumers facilitated the market for spices, creating a significant demand for industrial starches.
The most many non-food uses of starches worldwide are in papermaking. Paper bags, tissues, packaging papers, corrugated boards, and stationery products all saw significant application demand for starches and their derivatives. As it encourages more fillers and recycled fibers, starch is used to produce the paper to help cut costs. Additionally, the high binding capacity of the starch results in a reduction in the energy used by paper mills, lowering input costs. Starch has been widely used in the paper and pulp industry as a filler to bind the cellulose fibers together while enhancing the strength of the finished product.
By region, the global industrial starches market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle East and Africa.
North America is the most significant shareholder in the global industrial starches market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.84% during the forecast period. The country's government has strict rules regarding product labeling of gluten-free ingredients, which has contributed to the United States market's significant inclination toward consuming gluten-free food. As a result, most modified food starches produced in the United States, made from potatoes, corn, and waxy maize, are gluten-free. The market share of starches derived from wheat has decreased as a result. The use of potato starch in numerous food applications is growing in popularity in the United States due to its natural flavor, texture, and practicality. In the US market, it is one of the key ingredients used to create clean-label products, such as non-GMO and gluten-free food items.
Asia-Pacific is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.11%, generating USD 22,163.20 million during the forecast period. China is the region's largest producer of potatoes, accounting for 540,000 metric tons of starch production in 2018, giving the country a sizable market share. Chinese provinces Heilongjiang, Ningxia, Gansu, and Inner Mongolia account for more than 70% of the nation's total production of potato starch. The use of modified starch in numerous applications significantly impacts the Chinese market. It helps stabilize or thicken food products, particularly sauces. Thus, the industrial starches market is expanding more quickly in tandem with the expanding market for sauces and condiments. The nation's demand for starch has been driven up by the flourishing manufacturing sectors, which include everything from the textile to the cosmetics industries.
In Europe, pre-gelatinized wheat starch is widely used in the Spanish food industry because it is thought to have health benefits for consumers, including good digestibility and moisture retention, without the need for pre-cooking or texture enhancers. In Spain, potato starch (pre-gelatinized or modified) is a common additive used in various food applications. Additionally, the nation's top ingredient manufacturers have highlighted potato starch as a widely available additive in the edible industrial starches market. Nova Casanova SL produces food ingredient players in Panish Modified starches for use in sauces, beverages, dairy products, meat products, confections, snacks, and general nutrition. The business also provides "Flosite P," a potato starch used in industrial baking to create creams and derivatives.
In South America, due to the rising demand for starch derivatives in convenience foods and beverages, the market experienced significant growth. Starch derivatives' functional qualities have also helped advance their use in the nation's bioethanol, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries. The industry has begun to adopt innovations, and many producers are creating modified starches that satisfy the needs of various markets, which is a positive development.
In the Middle East and Africa, the primary industry in South Africa is the production of both natural and modified corn starch. Although the nation also produces rice and potato starch, the volume is relatively small. Potato starch has a wide range of competitive uses in various application areas. These elements suggest that the potato starch market in South Africa is still in its infancy and demonstrates room for development and improvement. In addition, most of the nation's wheat starches are imported and costly compared to other starches.
List of key global industrial starches market manufacturers
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