December 5, 2023

Tapioca Flour Market Flourishes as Health-conscious Consumers Seek Gluten-free Options

The global tapioca starch market is experiencing significant growth as the demand for gluten-free and clean-label products continues to rise. Tapioca flour, derived from cassava roots, has emerged as a versatile and sought-after ingredient across various industries.

Tapioca starch boasts exceptional properties, including high freeze-thaw stability, paste viscosity, and paste clarity, making it a valuable asset in the food industry. Its gluten-free nature has made it particularly appealing to health-conscious consumers, leading to the substitution of wheat flour with tapioca flour, especially in confectionery products.

The applications of tapioca starch extend beyond confectionery, with its presence in pasta, noodles, and other carbohydrate-rich snacks. As a rich source of energy, it is also utilized in the production of feed-grade chips and pallets. The growing number of health-conscious consumers and the increasing demand for gluten-free and plant-derived ingredients are expected to drive market growth in the forecast period.

Tapioca Starch Finds New Horizons in Textile, Pharmaceutical, and Plastic Industries

Tapioca starch has not only gained traction in the food industry but has also found applications in the pharmaceutical, textile, and plastic sectors. In the pharmaceutical industry, cassava starch serves as a crucial ingredient in the formulation of tablets, capsules, and powders due to its filling and bonding properties. Moreover, the textile industry benefits from tapioca starch for sizing and dyeing processes, as it imparts a brighter effect to the final fabric.

An exciting development is the incorporation of cassava starch in the plastic industry to produce degradable plastic materials, aligning with the increasing demand for eco-friendly products. Fairfield Market Research identifies this as an emerging opportunity, as the demand for partially or fully degradable plastic products gains momentum.

Organic Tapioca Starch to Attract Health-conscious Consumers

The global tapioca starch market is segmented based on nature, application, and region. The organic tapioca starch segment is poised for substantial growth by 2026, driven by the increasing demand for organic edible products. Organic tapioca offers benefits such as weight gain support, allergen-free composition, iron richness, and low sodium content, making it highly appealing to health-conscious consumers.

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Among the various applications, the food and beverage segment is expected to experience significant growth due to the rising use of tapioca starch as a natural and plant-based ingredient.

Developing Countries Spearhead Tapioca Starch Exports

Cassava cultivation is primarily concentrated in developing countries, including Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. These regions have witnessed remarkable growth in cassava starch exports. For instance, Ghana, a significant cassava producer in Africa, exported nearly US$12,000 worth of cassava starch in 2019, while in 2020, approximately US$407,000 worth of cassava starch were exported to countries like the U.S., Belgium, and Italy.

Asia Pacific is expected to gain substantial incremental opportunities in the tapioca starch market, driven by increased consumer awareness and evolving consumption patterns favoring health-oriented products.

Global Tapioca Starch Market: Competitive Landscape

Leading players in the tapioca starch market include 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.

In response to the growing demand, key manufacturers are expanding their product offerings. For example, Tate & Lyle introduced the REZISTA MAX thickening starches and BRIOGEL gelling starches, expanding their tapioca-based starch line in January 2021. These products find applications in dairy, puddings, fillings, soups, confectionery, sauces, and dressings.

Cargill Inc also expanded its SimPure Starches product portfolio by adding tapioca starch to its production lines, catering to various industries including dairy, sauces, ready meals, meat alternatives, and pet food.

Ingredion Inc launched its PURITY Bio range of organic native starches, including organic tapioca starch, in the U.S. and Canada market in 2020. This organic tapioca starch, part of the PURITY Bio 301 brand, is designed for diverse applications such as dairy, soups, sauces and dressings, bakery confectionery, and meat and plant-based alternative products.

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