Global Starch Market Outlook

The contract period for starch procurement by the food and pharmaceutical industry varies from 3-6 months 

Price locking for a bulk quantity in December would be an ideal month, since prices are expected to escalate marginally post this period

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  • The total starch production is ~85 MMT, of which, 53 percent goes into sweeteners, 36 percent into native starches, and 11 percent into modified starches. Of these, corn accounts for 68 percent of modified starches and the bulk of sweeteners as feedstock. The market for modified starch is projected to reach a value of $ 11.1 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 4.1 percent from 2015
  • North America is the largest market followed by Asia Pacific, the industry is expected to grow tremendously on account of the expansion of production facilities in the emerging economies such as India and China, coupled with increasing demand for the food, paper, and textile sectors 
  • The robust manufacturing base of the food processing industry coupled with the growing demand in Germany is expected to augment demand in Europe over the forecast period 
  • High demand for modified starch-based products from the convenience and packaged food sector would propel the growth of starches, thereby resulting in the improvement of margins of the food processing industry over the past couple of years 
  • The textile sector in China, Malaysia, and India increases the growing domestic consumption coupled with favorable regulations attract investments and strengthen the market

Corn Starch Supply-Demand Analysis

  • It is estimated that approximately 64.6 MMT of corn starch was produced in 2017. The potential suppliers are located in the US, China, certain regions of the EU and Asia. The global corn starch market is expected to grow staggering 4.85 percent in the forecast period
  • Corn starch, used as a thickener or binder, constitutes a minimal percentage of the total corn starch application. Major application of corn starch in the food sector covers a broad spectrum of dairy, confectionery, bakery, meat products and etc.
  • US and China are the major producers of corn starch, holding about 30 percent and 28 percent of the global share respectively. US-based global companies, such as Cargill, Roquette, and ADM, utilize corn starch to manufacture sorbitol 
  • Therefore, the key regions to focus are the US, China, as well as major producing countries in the EU, and parts of Asia, other than China

Global Demand by Application –Corn Starch

  • Based on the product type, the global corn starch market is segmented into modified starch, native starch, and sweeteners 
  • Of these, sweeteners are leading the global market with a mammoth share of over 50 percent in the overall market 
  • The burgeoning demand for High Fructose Corn Syrups (HFCS) in a range of food and beverages is anticipated to be pivotal to the rising demand for corn starch-based sweeteners in the near future
  • China is very significant, with respect to the corn starch market 
  • Therefore, the key regions to focus on for the suppliers are the US, China, as well as major producing countries in the EU, and parts of Asia, other than China
  • The most dominant region among these is North America, both in terms value and volume
  • The Asia Pacific corn starch market is expected to expand at the highest CAGR of 6.4 percent over the forecasting horizon