Global Tapioca Flour Market Thrives as Bakers Look for Gluten-free Options
Starch, an ancient binding and thickening agent, finds application across different industrial products. The global tapioca starch market research report states that this plant-derived ingredient is gaining quick popularity as the trend to eat clean products strengthens. Tapioca flour, derived from cassava roots, is a widely used ingredient.
Tapioca starch is composed of remarkable properties such as high freeze-thaw stability, high paste viscosity, and high paste clarity, making it important to the food industry. The global tapioca starch market has been gaining clout as the product is gluten-free, which has a high appeal to health-conscious consumers. This very property has resulted in end users replacing wheat flour with tapioca flour, especially in confectionery items.
Tapioca starch is also used in the production of pasta, noodles, and other carbohydrate-rich snacks. A rich source of energy, it is also used in the production of feed-grade chips and pallets. Expanding number of health-conscious consumers coupled with increased demand for gluten-free and plant-derived natural ingredients is expected to boost the market demand during the forecast period.
Textile and Pharmaceutical Industries Create Lucrative Opportunities for Tapioca Starch
Tapioca starch has also gained traction from the pharmaceutical and textile industries in recent years. Cassava starch serves as a filler material and bonding agent and thus is used in the formulation of tablets, capsules, and powder in the pharmaceutical industry. Meanwhile, the textile industry uses it for sizing and dyeing as it lends a brighter effect to the final fabric.
Interestingly, tapioca starch has also gained importance in the plastic industry. In order to achieve degradable plastic material, producers are incorporating cassava starch in their plastic products. Fairfield Market Research has assessed it as an emerging opportunity as the demand for eco-friendly plastic products that are partially or fully degradable gains importance.
Organic Tapioca Starch to Have High Appeal Amongst Health-conscious Consumers
The global tapioca starch market is segmented on the basis of nature, application, and region. By nature, the market is segmented as organic and conventional. The organic tapioca starch segment is expected to account for significant growth by 2026. Increased demand for organic edible products is expected to influence the segment’s growth positive over the forecast period. Organic tapioca is expected to gain prominence as it helps in gaining weight, is free from allergens, a rich source of iron, and low in sodium. All of these factors are expected to have a high appeal amongst health-conscious consumers throughout the forecast period.
While on the basis of application the market is segmented as food & beverages, pharmaceutical, animal feed paper and textile and cosmetics. Among all this segment food segment is expected to represent substantial growth over the forecast period. Increased use of tapioca starch as a natural and plant-based ingredient is expected to support the segment growth over the forecast period.
Developing Countries to Remain Integral to Tapioca Starch Exports
Cultivation of cassava is largely confined to developing countries of Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. In recent times, the export of cassava starch has reflected tremendous growth. For instance, Ghana was the second-largest cassava producer in Africa and in 2019 the value export of cassava starch was nearly US$12,000. Meanwhile, in 2020, about US$ 407,000 worth of cassava starch were exported to countries such as the U.S., Belgium, and Italy.
According to Agro Processing and Market Development Authority during the first four months of 2021, exports of cassava flour from Vietnam increased to 42.4% in terms of volume. China, Italy, and the Netherlands were the key importing countries. Globally, Europe is one of the potential consumers of tapioca starch.
The study also indicates that Asia Pacific is expected to gain relatively high incremental dollar opportunity over the forecast period. Increased consumer awareness coupled with changing consumption patterns with regards to health products is expected to drive the market growth in the region.
Global Tapioca Starch Market: Competitive Landscape
Some of the major players studied in this research report are Cargill Incorporated, Ingredion Inc, Tate & Lyle, Archer Daniels Midland Company, American Key Food Products, Ciranda, AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG, Visco Starch, Asia Modified Starch Co., Ltd., and Angel Starch & Foods Pvt Ltd.
With the growing opportunity and demand for tapioca starch, key manufacturers are redefining their product offering by launching a new product line. For instance, in Jan 2021, Tate & Lyle announced the expansion of its line of tapioca-based starches with the launch of REZISTA MAX thickening starches and BRIOGEL gelling starches. According to the company, these two products offer utmost texture and stability and find application in dairy, puddings, fillings, soups, confectionery, and sauces and dressings. In 2020, the company also expanded and established a dedicated tapioca-based texturants production facility in Thailand with the acquisition of Chaodee Modified Starch Co., Ltd.
In Feb 2021, Cargill Inc expanded its SimPure Starches product portfolio with the addition of tapioca starch to its existing corn and potato starch production lines. The newly launched ingredient finds its application in dairy, sauces, ready meals meat alternatives, and pet food.
In 2020, Ingredion Inc., one of the largest ingredients manufacturers, launched its PURITY Bio range of organic native starches, including corn starch, tapioca starch, and waxy rice starch, for the U.S. and Canada market. The organic tapioca starch was launched under the brand name PURITY Bio 301. The product is designed for various applications including dairy, soups, sauces and dressings, bakery confectionery, meat and plant-based alternative products.
Please Note: The above mentioned segmentation/companies/countries are likely to differ in the actual report as they are based on preliminary research.
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