June 25, 2024
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The global modified starch market is estimated to be valued at USD 13.7 billion in 2022. It is projected to reach USD 15.9 billion by 2027, recording a CAGR of 3.1% during the forecast period. Modified starches are manufactured from native starches. Various processing methods, such as physical, enzymatic, wet-and-dry chemical processes, drum drying, and extrusion, are used to produce different types of modified starch products. These processes are used to change the properties of native starch, such as its freeze-thaw stability, acid or alkali resistance, and shear stability, to meet industrial requirements. Modified starches are used for functions such as thickening, stabilizing, binding, and emulsification. Apart from food products, it is also used in a wide range of non-food applications and in the animal feed industry.

modified starch market

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Restraints: High demand for gum Arabic

The application of starch derivatives is growing in the food & beverages sector. The global beverages sector is witnessing growth as an application of modified starches. However, the growth and preference of gum Arabic over modified starch act as a restraint for the growth of this market. Studies have shown that beverages stabilized with sources of gum Arabic attain better stability than those with modified starches. Apart from beverages, gum Arabic is also rising as a threat to modified starches in confectionery, where it is utilized to prevent sugar crystallization.

Opportunities: Untapped application of modified starch

Modified starch can also act as an excellent fermentation base for the bulk production of a wide variety of biotechnological products, such as organic acids, antibiotics, vitamins, and hormones. As a sole carbon source, providing energy for maintaining biological functions, starch-derived carbohydrates have a very high commercial value. Starch-derived glucose can be fermented to produce lactic acid, which may be polymerized for biodegradable films or bioplastics. Similarly, potato starch wastes may also be used as feedstock in fermentation reactions. Several polymers can be prepared using a variety of starch-based feedstock.

Hence, these untapped applications of starch need to be addressed. Expanding the commodity sources for extracting starch and combining modification processes adds a wider range of probable application fields to the existing exhaustive list. The technological potential and industrial utility of starch increase significantly by suitable modification.

Cassava is the fastest growing raw material segment in the global modified starch market

Cassava is one of the world’s major starch crops. It has a long tuberous starchy root that finds its place as an essential ingredient in many Latin American and Caribbean cuisines. Cassava is a widely grown tuber in most African and Asian countries, and it is also the most economical source of starch at a global level. It was, hence, prudent that in the wake of the forecasted shortage of corn and wheat as sources of starch, cassava (tapioca) starch would gain attention. Tapioca is the starch extracted from the storage roots of the cassava plant. The similarity of the functional properties of tapioca and corn starch has added to its advantages.

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Asia Pacific is the largest and fastest-growing region in the modified starch market and anticipated to maintain its dominance over the forecast period

The modified starch market in the Asia-Pacific region is the largest. The market is estimated to grow at a significant rate, owing to the rising demand in large economies such as China, India, Japan, and other Southeast Asian countries. The industrial organization and technology of starch processing are changing rapidly in the region. Unlike other regions where starch is processed almost entirely by large companies, in Asia Pacific, starch processing is done by small and medium-sized firms. Historically, native starch has been largely used for food products in the region. The industrial applications and technologies involved in starch processing are changing rapidly in the Asia Pacific countries. Modified starch is increasingly being demanded by many industries in the region. Various industries are incorporating modified starches in their manufacturing processes and products.