Though Germany forms the largest European market for starch derivatives, accounting for an estimated 30% share in 2016, the region’s demand for growth is likely to be modest. In terms of product type, glucose syrup is the largest variety of starch derivative utilized in Germany, with demand for maltodextrin expected to record the fastest growth between 2016 and 2021. Though food & beverage applications dominate the German starch derivatives market, fastest growth in demand for these products is likely to be witnessed by the pharmaceutical sector.
The production of starch derivatives involves the chemical reaction of hydroxyl groups of raw starches with a variety of functional groups. This helps in transforming the raw starches through the elimination of several deficiencies inherent in them and imparting beneficial properties for a range of applications. Starch derivatives comprise of a number of products with unique characteristics that include stability in fluid paste, gelatinization, outstanding fluid viscosity, chemical resistance and electrical property, among others.
The sector of starch derivatives has been evolving as a consequence of technological advancements, which has resulted in the introduction of innovative products and solutions. The market for starch derivatives has been increasing because of growing demand for convenience foods and beverages in the emerging countries. In addition, the functional properties possessed by starch derivatives has also been instrumental in promoting their use in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and bioethanol industries. Cyclodextrin, glucose syrup, hydrolysates, maltodextrin and modified starches are the various types of starch derivatives considered in this report, which are derived through the chemical, physical or enzymatic treatment of native starch.
Raw material suppliers, processors and the final product manufacturers constitute the various stakeholders in the starch derivatives industry. Major producers of starch derivatives have been engaged in the strategies of focusing on innovation in products, expanding current operations and commencing new ones and investing in products of other companies, among others. While the leading five companies account for a substantial share of the global starch derivatives market, small and medium players too have made significant contributions to the industry.
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