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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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 their advantages.

Modified tapioca starch is extensively used in a range of applications, such as food & beverages, paper, mosquito coils, textiles, chemicals, construction, adhesives, and pharmaceuticals. It also has a bland taste and is thus an ideal ingredient for food and feed applications. As Asia is the center for the production and consumption trends for the global modified starch market, cassava starch in Asia is estimated to be the key driver in the future, with a prime focus on convenience foods in China and India.

Industrial application were the second-largest segment in the modified starch market and anticipated to witness decent growth rate over the forecast period

Starch has a wide range of commercial and industrial applications. Modified starch products find applications in the paper & paper cone industries, the glue and adhesive industries, sand binding manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, detergent manufacturing, and several other related industries. The construction industry requires special acid-modified starches to work as protective colloids to increase the strength of wallboards. Starch blends may be used as adhesives for the edges of wallboards. The range of industrial applications for modified starch is gradually increasing globally. Asian countries with rising income levels and industrialization are increasingly using modified starches for these non-food applications, in addition to the existing food applications.

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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.

The key players in this market include ADM (US), Cargill (US), Ingredion (US), Tate & Lyle (UK), Roquette Frères (France), Avebe U.A. (Netherlands), Grain Processing Corporation (US), Emsland (Germany), AGRANA (Austria), SMS Corporation (Thailand), Global Bio-Chem Technology Group (Hong Kong), SPAC Starch (India), Qindao CBH Company (China), Tereos (France), and KMC (Denmark).