Modified Starch Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Modified Starch Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Starch Esters & Ethers, Resistant Starch, Cationic Starch, Pre-gelatinized), By Application, By Region, And Segment Forecasts 2018 - 2024

  • Published Date: Jul, 2018
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2016
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-827-5
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014-2016
  • Number of Pages: 115

Industry Insights

The global modified starch market size was estimated at USD 8.96 billion in 2015 and is projected to exhibit a CAGR of 6.7% over the forecast period. Rising demand for convenience food and rapidly developing pharmaceutical industry in Asia Pacific are anticipated to drive market growth.

U.S. modified starch market

The market for modified starch is competitive and fragmented in nature. It comprises a large number of players concentrated in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. U.S. has been one of the leading countries in terms of starch production and consumption. High demand from various end-use industries including food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, oil and drilling, and paper is anticipated to bode well for market expansion.

Various enhanced properties such as foam films, ability to dissolve in cold water, water retention, and ability to thicken have led to widening application scope in various end-use industries including textiles, paper, paints and coatings, and oil drilling.

Modified starches are generally made from maize and wheat owing to their ease of availability and processing and low cost. Small scale mill owners play an important role by working in collaboration with large-scale manufacturers as contract manufacturers. Companies are focusing on research and development to use new processing technologies to enhance product properties and capabilities.

Modified starch is used as an emulsifier, stabilizer, and thickening agent for manufacturing bakery, confectionery, biscuits, noodles, and other convenience foods. Asia Pacific is expected to witness a rapid growth on account of expansion of production facilities and demand from food, paper, and textile sectors. This is expected to be a major growth driver over the forecast period.

Product Insights

In terms of volume, cationic starch is anticipated to witness rapid growth at a 6.9% CAGR from 2016 to 2024. This growth is attributed to unique properties like dry strength and emulsification of sizing agents, which have wide use in paper making industry as well. Its strong water retention and drainage properties will augment demand in paper industry in the upcoming years. This product holds its uniqueness for the integrated performance and acts as strengthening agent. It can be improved by pre-treating the furnish with a highly charged cationic material.

Global modified starch market

Starch esters and ethers dominated the global market in 2016. Growing consumption in bakery, dairy, convenience foods, and meat and fish owing to their ability to enhance textures and storage stability. It is also expected to grow significantly on account of growth of food and beverage industry in China and India.

Increasing meat consumption in China has boosted animal feed demand. Emerging economies such as India and China are expected to witness a significant growth in pharmaceutical industry owing to high consumer demand for sophisticated medicines. This, in turn is anticipated to propel market expansion over the forecast period.

Application Insights

Food and beverages dominated the global modified starch market and held 32% revenue share in 2015. The product is used in desserts, as a thickening agent with the addition of cold water or milk. Similarly, cheese sauce granules or gravy granules may be thickened with boiling water without the product going lumpy. Pizza toppings containing modified starch thicken when heated and become runny when cooled.

Starch is expected to witness substantial growth over the analysis period. Small mills located close to farms for starch production from root crops has helped in reducing overheads, transportation and logistics costs, and improving efficiency. India is the leading producer of textile raw material in Asia Pacific. Intervention of government policies like Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is expected to drive Indian textile industry in near future.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the global market and held around 40.0% of the revenue in 2016. Growing importance of low fat food in U.S. is expected to fuel regional market in near future. U.S. is also one of the leading producers and exporters of corn and cornstarch in the world. Hence, the regional market is expected to grow significantly. Growing awareness regarding healthy food products will further boost regional demand. Canada is the second largest contributor in North America. It is also expected to drive global demand owing to rising importance of animal feed for enhanced cattle health.

Asia Pacific is expected to showcase a wide scope of growth in the forthcoming years. Favorable government policies in agriculture trade pertaining to product promotion and attracting investments are anticipated to bode well for regional growth. Countries such as India, China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan depend heavily on agriculture for economic growth. It is a major contributor to their GDP. Asia Pacific has accounted for a major chunk of global production with rapid pace of development in emerging economies. The Asia Pacific textile industry is expected to positively impact overall market growth in near future.

Modified Starch Market Share Insights

Cargill Inc. was among the prominent market players in 2015. The company provides products for personal care, beverages, confectionery, snacks, and food. In July 2015, Cargill launched an instant modified starch called C PulpTex 12931. This product can withstand harsh processing conditions and can improve texture of sauces, condiments, and soups.

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) offers starch products widely used to extend shelf life of food products. In August 2015, ADM opened distribution and merchandizing offices in El Salvador and Guatemala to expand its footprint in Central America.

Key market participants include Agrana Beteiligungs-Ag, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Avebe U.A., Emsland-Starke GmbH, Global Bio-Chem Technology Group Company Limited, Cargill, Incorporated, and others.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2013 - 2015

Forecast period

2016 - 2024

Market representation

Volume in Kilo Tons; Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2016 to 2024

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, MEA

Country Scope     

U.S., Germany, China, India, Brazil

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global modified starch market report on the basis of product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2013 - 2024)

    • Starch Esters & Ethers

    • Resistant Starch

    • Cationic Starch

    • Pre-gelatinized Starch

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2013 - 2024)

    • Food & Beverage

    • Paper

    • Pharmaceutical

    • Textile

    • Others

  • Region Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2013 - 2024)

    • North America

      • U.S.

    • Europe

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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