Global Industrial Starch Market by Source (Wheat, Potato, Corn, Cassava, Others); by Starch Type (Acid Modified, Unmodified, Ethylated, Native, Cationic, Oxidized, Others); by End-user Industry (Pharmaceuticals, Animal Feed, Food & Beverages, Others); and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, MEA); - Global Forecasts 2021 to 2027

Date: Nov 2021 Report Id: 130 Category: Food Additives Report Format: pdf-img excel-img ppt-img word-img

The Global Industrial Starch Market was valued at USD 99.34 Bn in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 169.24 Bn by 2027, with a growing CAGR of 7.7% during the forecast period.

Global Industrial Starch Market Overview

Starch is a polymeric carbohydrate composed of many glucose units linked together by glycosidic linkages. Most green plants such as grains, legumes generate this polysaccharide for energy storage. Globally, it is believed to be the most common carbohydrate in human diets and is contained in large amounts in staple foods like wheat, potatoes, maize (corn), rice, and cassava. The starch used in industrial applications such as pharmaceutical, food & beverage is known as industrial starch.

Industrial Starch Market

Global Industrial Starch Market Dynamics

The rising demand for industrial starch from the food & beverage manufacturing sector is anticipated to drive the industrial starch market growth in the near future. Starch is used as an additive for thickening, preservation and quality enhancer in baked foods, confectioneries, pastas, soups and sauces, and mayonnaise. For instance, in 2020 the global bread & bakery consumption reached 105 million tonnes. Thus, the increase in consumption of bakery foods is expected to foster the demand for industrial starch during the forecast period.

Additionally, the growing demand for paper boards in the e-commerce sector is anticipated to support the industrial starch market throughout the forecast period. For instance, the global e-commerce sales nearly reached to 4.3 USD trillion in 2020. Moreover, the use of chemically modified starch in packaged foods is expected to increase the sales for industrial starch in the coming years. Food grade starches are chemically modified mainly to increase paste consistency, smoothness, and clarity, and to improve cold storage stabilities. The use of food grade starch in food industry is expected to increase the industrial starch market demand. Nevertheless, high manufacturing costs and decline in the use of corrugated boards may hinder the industrial starch market growth in the near future.

The Global Industrial Starch Market Segmentation:

By Source

  • Wheat
  • Potato
  • Corn
  • Cassava
  • Others

By Starch Type

  • Acid Modified
  • Unmodified
  • Ethylated
  • Native
  • Cationic
  • Oxidized
  • Others

By End-user Industry

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Animal Feed
  • Food & Beverages
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa

The unique insights provided by this report also include the following:

  • In-depth Value Chain Analysis
  • Opportunity Mapping
  • Sector Snapshot
  • Key Players Positioning Matrix
  • Regulatory Scenario
  • Strategies Adopted-benchmarking Heat Map
  • Market Trends
  • Covid-19 Impact Analysis
  • Product Comparison
  • Pre & Post COVID-19 Impact on the Industrial Starch Market
  • Competitive Landscape

Based on source, corn segment is expected to bolster the market demand during the forecast period as corn starch is majorly used in processed foods

Based on source, the market has been segmented into wheat, potato, corn, cassava, and others. The corn segment in industrial starch accounted for the largest market share in 2020 and is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period. Corn is used as a thickening agent in sauces, gravies & others. Additionally, it is also used in bakery products manufacturing. For instance, Europe is a region where breads are a part of staple food. Corn starch is majorly utilized in processing of breads, and mayonnaise. For example, every year, Europe consumes 9.1 million tonnes of starch. Native starches account for 31% of the 9.1 million tonnes of starch and starch derivatives consumed in Europe, whereas modified starches account for 18% and starch sweeteners account for 51%.

Based on the end-user industry, the food & beverages segment in the industrial starch market is growing at the highest CAGR during the forecast period owing to increasing adoption of ready to eat foods

Based on the end-user Industry, the market has been segmented into pharmaceuticals, animal feed, food & beverages, others. The food & beverages segment growing at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The growth is mainly attributed to adoption of ready to eat foods. Additionally, it is used as a binder in pharmaceutical applications. For instance, starch is majorly used as a binder in the wet granulation process of screening, and massing which is a crucial stage in the production of tablets, capsules, and other solid dosage forms. Baked foods such as, wafers, biscuits, pies, bread, cakes, and sausages require heat resistant starch for their shelf-life. As a result, crosslinked starches are utilized as they are more resistant to oven baking temperatures ranging from 120 to 230°C. Gelatinized starches are also included in ready-to-eat cereals such as corn flakes. The texture and quality of the product are determined by the temperature, humidity, and degree of stirring.

Based on region, North America held the largest market share during the forecast period owing to the presence of several food manufacturing and processing companies

Based on region, the global industrial starch market is bifurcated into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America holds the largest market share in the industrial starch market due to the presence of top industry players such as Cargill, Ingredion, and others. In the US, potato starch is mainly used in manufacturing of canned soups mainly due to its high viscosity. For instance, the major brands for soup manufacturers are present in the U.S. It is estimated that more than 1.18 billion wet soup packs are manufactured and sold each year in the US. Potato starch is also used as a base for thickening agents in products like pie fillings, puddings, and pastry and in this region.

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of Industrial Starch market dynamics such as drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges


  • Growing demand for processed foods (ready to cook)
  • Increasing demand for industrial starch form the bakery sector


  • High capital costs in R&D
  • Poor resistance to external factors (Heat, moisture)


  • Growing consumption of casava starch


  • High raw material costs

COVID-19 Impact on the Industrial Starch Market Analysis

The supply chain for the raw materials was severely affected during the lockdown situation. However, processed & packed foods made by using industrial starch such as corn & potato starch were constantly on the verge of growth. Due to the presence of e-commerce giants such as Amazon, Walmart the demand for packaged foods was in high. Moreover, China was the largest in terms of global corn trade. For  instance,  according to China Custom, China exported 623,095 tonnes of corn starch in 2020. In March, 2020 China exported corn starch volume of 110,031 tonnes. Nevertheless, the export volume of corn starch started to decline since April due to the pandemic COVID-19, and April witnessed a MoM decline of 20.82% or 22,904 tonnes. Since April, the price of corn had increased swiftly, boosting domestic price of corn starch to go up, which reduced the export advantage of domestic corn.

Note: A detailed analysis is specific to the Industrial Starch market will be provided in the report

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of key trends in the industrial starch market

  • Growing demand in paper corrugating for e-commerce industries
  • Increase in demand for processed foods in North America

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of recent news developments and investments

  • In March 2021, Ingredion (US), a global ingredient solutions provider, introduced ULTRA-TEX 1311 modified potato starch, a new addition to its extensive line of potato-based solutions for the United States and Canada. The waxy, quick starch provided food manufacturers a new method to develop premium products with increased product attraction and significant cost savings. ULTRA-TEX 1311 modified potato starch can be utilized in a wide range of traditional and alternative formulations to generate varied textures
  • In February 2021, Cargill announced Sim-Pure starches. Tapioca starches were added to the company's existing ranges of corn and potato starches. The new tapioca starches allowed manufacturers to produce attractive textures while engaging to consumers' needs for simple, familiar ingredients.

Company Profiles and Competitive Intelligence

The key players operating in the industrial starch market are:

  • Tate & Lyle PLC
  •  AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG
  • Grain Processing Corporation
  • Roquette Frères
  • Tereos Group
  • Royal Cosun
  • Altia Industrial
  • Cargill, Incorporated
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Ingredion Incorporated
  • Global Bio-chem Technology Group Company Limited
  • General Starch Limited
  • Eiamheng
  • Coöperatie Koninklijke Avebe U.A.
  • Galam GroupCorporation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The global Industrial Starch market was valued at USD 99.34 Bn in 2020 and is anticipated to reach USD 169.24 Bn by 2027.
The Industrial Starch market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.7% during the forecast period.
North America is expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period.
A few key players include, but are not limited to Tate & Lyle PLC, AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG, Grain Processing Corporation, Roquette Frères, Tereos Group, Royal Cosun, Altia Industrial, Cargill, Incorporated, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Ingredion Incorporated, Global Bio-chem Technology Group Company Limited, General Starch Limited, Eiamheng, Coöperatie Koninklijke Avebe U.A., Galam Group
High Capital costs is the major restraining factor that hampers the growth of the market.
Author Credentials

Priyanka has been writing chemicals & material market research reports for the last 12 years. A post-graduate, her specialization is in the chemicals sector. Preparing end-to-end reports covering minute details for market insights, competitive intelligence and trend analysis in the CMFE sector.

  1. Market Introduction
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    3. List Of Assumptions
    4. Market Structure
    5. Scope of the Study: Segmentation 
    6. Timeframe, Currency and Limitations
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    2. Market Sizing Approach
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    1. Market Summary
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    3. Regional Snapshot
    4. Country Snapshot
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    3. Pain Point Analysis
    4. Company Market Share Analysis, by Region
    5. Strategies Adopted-Benchmarking Heat Map
    6. Regulatory Landscape
    7. PESTEL Analysis
    8. Regional Lifecycle
    9. Competitive Benchmarking
  5. Market Overview & Competitive Landscape
    1. Competitive Landscape
    2. Investment Scenario by key Players
    3. Key Player Overview
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    7. Recent News
      1. Product Launches & upgrades
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      4. JV & Partnership
      5. Recognition and others
  6. Market Segmentation (Market Size and Share Analysis)
    1. Global Market Size & Historic Growth
    2. Market Size by Source
      1. Wheat
      2. Potato
      3. Corn
      4. Cassava
      5. Others
    3. Market Size by Starch Type
      1. Acid Modified
      2. Unmodified
      3. Ethylated
      4. Native
      5. Cationic
      6. Oxidized
      7. Others
    4. Market Size by End-use Industry
      1. Pharmaceuticals
      2. Animal Feed
      3. Food & Beverages
      4. Others
      5. Others
  7. Market Dynamics
    1. Market Drivers
    2. Opportunities
    3. Value Chain Analysis
    4. Pricing Analysis
  8. COVID – 19 Opportunity Mapping
    1. Key Drivers & Anticipated Revival Period
    2. Key Trends Analysis
    3. Impact on End user Industry
    4. Opportunity Analysis
  9. Regional Market Analysis
    1. North America
      1. US
      2. Canada
    2. Europe
      1. UK
      2. Germany
      3. France
      4. Italy
      5. Spain
      6. Rest of Europe
    3. APAC
      1. China
      2. India
      3. Japan
      4. South Korea
      5. Rest of APAC
    4. Latin America
      1. Mexico
      2. Brazil
      3. Argentina
      4. Rest of LATAM
    5. Middle East & Africa
      1. GCC
      2. Rest of MEA
  10. Company Profiles
    1.  Tate & Lyle PLC
      1. Company Fundamentals
      2. Financial Analysis (Subject to Availability)
      3. Product Portfolio
      4. SWOT Analysis
    2. AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG
    3. Grain Processing Corporation
    4. Roquette Frères
    5. Tereos Group
    6. Royal Cosun
    7. Altia Industrial
    8. Cargill, Incorporated
    9. Archer Daniels Midland Company
    10. Ingredion Incorporated
    11. Global Bio-chem Technology Group Company Limited
    12. General Starch Limited
    13. Eiamheng
    14. Coöperatie Koninklijke Avebe U.A.
    15. Galam GroupCorporation

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