Pulse Flour Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

Pulse Flour Market is Segmented by Category (Organic Flour and Conventional Flour), Product Type (Bean, Chickpea, Lentil, and Pea), Application (Bakery, Extruded Snacks, Pet Food and Feed, and Other Applications), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle-East and Africa). For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of value (in USD million).

Market Snapshot

Pulse Flour Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 -2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: South America
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 7.97 %
Pulse Flour Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The global pulse flour market is projected to record a CAGR of 7.97% during the forecast period 2022-2027.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the pulse flour market can be largely characterized by unprecedented disruptions in supply and demand, which posed hurdles for all stakeholders, including consumers. Further, the pandemic resulted in increased pulse flour prices. For instance, in India, the price of white urad dal flour was USD 1.21/kg before the pandemic, while it increased to around USD 1.27/kg during the pandemic. Further, the unavailability of labor at mills was among the major reasons for the price hike of pulse flours, which was worsened by the increased transportation prices of both raw materials and milled flour. As a result, the prices of food grains, including flours and pulses, rose by 15-20% in many countries.

Pulse flour, a gluten-free functional ingredient, is being driven by its increasing demand in various food and animal feed industries. The high demand for pulse flour is majorly due to its higher nutritional properties as compared to other grain flours.

Government initiatives for pulse harvesting are also resulting in increased growth and volume of pulses, further driving the market. The growth of the pulse flour market is witnessing a huge boost with the rising number of new pulse flour-based products that have been launched in North America and Europe over the past few years.

Scope of the Report

Pulse flours are flours made from pulses such as chickpeas, lentils, lupin (also commonly called lupini) beans, and multiple varieties of peas, among others. The global pulse flour market is segmented by category into organic flour and conventional flour. The market is also segmented by product type into bean, chickpea, lentil, and pea. Based on application, the market is segmented into bakery, extruded snacks, pet food and feed, and other applications. By geography, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of value (in USD million).

By Category
Organic Flour
Conventional Flour
By Product Type
By Application
Extruded Snacks
Pet Food and Feed
Other Applications
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Growing Demand for Organic and Gluten-free Flour

The rise in consumer awareness regarding gluten sensitivity has propelled the demand for gluten-free flour globally. Pulse flour, being a gluten-free ingredient, has seen increased preference among consumers in recent years. Although the prevalence of celiac disease is approximately moderate globally, the number of Americans giving up eating gluten has increased over the last decade. According to the Mayo Clinic, 3.1 million Americans follow a gluten-free diet, and 72% of them are classified as PWAGs or “people without celiac disease avoiding gluten.” Therefore, manufacturers are offering a wide range of gluten-free products using gluten-free ingredients, such as pulse flour, which range from low to high nutritional value. Further, companies have been extensively involved in the research and development of such products to cater to organic and gluten-free industries and thus, remain competitive in the market. For instance, Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients upgraded its Nutrition and Taste & Color solutions with an organic pulses flour range.

Pulse Flour Market: Gluten-Free Foods Market, in USD Million, Global, 2017-2021

North America Holds the Largest Market Share

Lifestyle shifts and increasing environmental awareness, such as veganism and consumption of non-GMO, gluten-free products, and the growing demand for natural and healthy ingredients have been driving the pulse flour market. For instance, Nutriati launched a proprietary chickpea ingredient for plant-based meats, named Artesa Textured Pulse Protein, which is a combination of Nutriati’s Artesa chickpea flour and carefully sourced yellow pea protein that is manufactured following the tightly-controlled final ingredient specifications. The key driving factor for the market is the increased demand for pulse flour in bakery applications, as it is gluten-free, offers better hydration and softness, and nutritionally enriches the products.

Pulse Flour Market : Market Share, in %, by Geography, Global, 2021

Competitive Landscape

The market studied is highly competitive in nature due to the presence of domestic and international players. Some of the key players in the pulse flour market globally include Archer Daniels Midland Company, AGT Foods and Ingredients, Anchor Ingredients, Avena Foods, and Ingredion Incorporated Food Company. The key players are majorly focusing on product development and innovation to meet consumers’ needs by offering a variety in taste and in the product quality to maintain premiumization.

Recent Developments

· In 2021, Limagrain Ingredient introduced Uniflour 35501, a new heat-treated pea flour, to meet the needs of calves and piglets for milk replacers.

· In 2021, Ingredion launched pulse-based ingredient solutions, including Homecraft Prista P 101 pea flour, for plant-protein-based applications, including instant and ready-to-eat (RTE) products.

· In 2020, Buhler collaborated with the Food Application Center (FAC) in Minnesota, United States, where it will hold discussions with food and feed industry customers, startups, members of academia, and other partners to develop sustainable solutions for the North American market. Moreover, Bühler is expected to utilize the new state-of-the-art application center to turn the crops of raw materials, such as pulses, ancient grains, beans, oats, and others, into flours, snacks, extruded products, and even plant-based protein products.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 By Category

      1. 5.1.1 Organic Flour

      2. 5.1.2 Conventional Flour

    2. 5.2 By Product Type

      1. 5.2.1 Bean

      2. 5.2.2 Chickpea

      3. 5.2.3 Lentil

      4. 5.2.4 Pea

    3. 5.3 By Application

      1. 5.3.1 Bakery

      2. 5.3.2 Extruded Snacks

      3. 5.3.3 Pet Food and Feed

      4. 5.3.4 Other Applications

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. France

        3. Germany

        4. Russia

        5. Italy

        6. Spain

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. Australia

        4. India

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Strategies Adopted by Key Players

    2. 6.2 Most Active Companies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)

      2. 6.4.2 AGSPRING

      3. 6.4.3 AGT Food & Ingredients

      4. 6.4.4 Ingredion Incorporated

      5. 6.4.5 The Buhler Holding AG

      6. 6.4.6 Avena Foods Limited

      7. 6.4.7 Groupe Limagrain

      8. 6.4.8 Ardent Mills

      9. 6.4.9 Anchor Ingredients Co. LLC

      10. 6.4.10 Diefenbaker Spice and Pulse (DSP)

    5. *List Not Exhaustive


**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Pulse Flour Market market is studied from 2016 - 2027.

The Pulse Flour Market is growing at a CAGR of 7.97% over the next 5 years.

South America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

AGT Foods and Ingredients, Anchor Ingredients, Avena Foods, Ingredion Incorporated Food company, Archer-Daniels-Midland Company are the major companies operating in Pulse Flour Market.

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