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Published on : Apr 25, 2016

Starch is an odorless and tasteless white powder, which is made up of helical and linear molecules. The green plants store all of its energy in the form of carbohydrate, which has large glucose units. The energy that has been stored in the form of carbohydrates is called as starch. The glucose units that are present in starch are combined together through glycosidic bonds. Starch is one of the most widely used constituents of the human food diet. 

The starch manufacturing and processing industries yield several types of sugars. Some of the other starch processing units include pastes, glue making, and adhesives. Manufacturing starch is a comparatively high in developed economies, whereas the developing countries are experiencing a significant growth in the starch production.

On the basis of product type, the global market for starch can be categorized into:

  • Native Starch
  • Modified Starch
  • Dry Starch
  • Liquid Starch

The key categorized that are considered while producing starch in the overall industry are food products and non-food products. In the food products segment, starch is widely used for beverages and food processing. On the other hand, in the non-food products segment, starch is used for glue, wheat paste, paper, thickening agent, and others.

The growing demand for adhesives in the packaging industry is one of the major factors which is estimated to fuel the growth of the global starch market in the next few years. In addition, the tremendous demand for starch as sugar in food products across the globe is further anticipated to drive the global market in the coming years. On the flip side, the growing use of polymers in adhesives is one of the key factors hampering the growth of the market. 

The increased adoption of starch in diverse industries has attracted several players to expand their product portfolio and gain the competitive advantage of the market. These players are making efforts to create a niche for themselves by spending a huge amount on research and development activities. Some of the major players operating in the global market for starch are Beneo-Remy N.V., Roquette Frères, Tate & Lyle Plc, Cargill Inc., China Essence Group Ltd., and Emsland-Stärke Gmbh.