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Pregelatinized Starch Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Source (Corn, Wheat, Potato, Others), Application (Food & Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Last Updated: May 29, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI106530



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The global pregelatinized starch market size was USD 1.92 billion in 2023 and is projected to grow from USD 2.00 billion in 2024 to USD 2.86 billion by 2032 at a CAGR of 4.6% during the 2024-2032 period.

The global impact of COVID-19 impact has been unprecedented and staggering, with witnessing a negative impact on demand across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited higher growth of 3.22% in 2020 as compared to the average year-on-year growth during 2017-2019. The rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.

Pregelatinized starch is a carbohydrate that is cooked and dried, then converted into powder or flaked form. These starches are produced from potato, wheat and arrowroot. It is highly digestible and primarily used in food and beverage products such as soups, beverages, baby food, and bakery products. These starches are biodegradable, and thus do not pose any threat to the environment. Moreover, pregelatinized type of starch is also considered a non-GMO ingredient.

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the food and beverages industry. The situation caused by the pandemic had an impact on the state of the industry globally. Disruptions in the supply of raw materials in connection with the closure of the borders of the regions are noted by producers who do not have their own storage facilities and who obtain raw materials in small quantities for specific orders.

Pregelatinized Starch Market Trends

Growth of Textile Industry to Foster Industry Progress

Growing application in the textile industry is also projected to drive the industry growth in future. Increasing applications, including starch graft copolymers, starch esters, starch ethers, and cationic starches will increase the penetration of the product in the textile industry. The starches are utilized in printing and wrapping textile applications and have substituted polyvinyl alcohol. The modified product is used in the textile industry for textile sizing. Cotton yarn manufacturing especially requires modified starch. As the properties of pregelatinized starch can be tailored to meet specific requirements and its chemical properties are similar to those of rayon and cotton, it is used as the adhesive component in the size mix process. Thus, it is indispensable in the textile industry. Attributed to increasing fashion trends, there has been a massive surge in the textile industry, which, in turn, has surged the demand for products, thereby aiding the pregelatinized starch market growth.

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Pregelatinized Starch Market Growth Factors

Rising Demand for Pregelatinized Starch in Processed and RTE (Ready-to-Eat) Food to Support Market Growth

Pregelatinized starches are highly functional, native or modified, granular food starches, which dissolve instantly in cold water. They have been dried, precooked, and ground into flake or powder form. The starches dissolve quickly and thoroughly, developing their full viscosity without cooking. This provides convenience for consumer foods. The global rising population is increasing the demand for processed and convenience food. It is a primary ingredient that is utilized in ready-to-eat food products. The growing demand for processed food is resulting in the increased demand for modified starch, which is expected to boost the market growth. It also offers valuable properties such as appearance, taste, and consistency in processed foods, which help increase the shelf life of food products.

Ease of Product Incorporation in a Wide Range of Applications to Stimulate Product Demand

The market is growing faster as the product improves the sensory and textural characteristics of samples while cross‐linked starch affects the baking properties of the product in numerous applications such as personal care, food and beverage, textile, pharmaceuticals, and others. It is used as one of the constituents for the manufacturing of tablets. These starches act as a binding agent or a diluting agent during tablet manufacturing. The increasing old age population and growing demand for medicines are boosting the market growth. Other properties, such as self-lubricating, use in high shear wet granulation process, usage as a disintegrating agent, and others, are propelling the market growth for pregelatinized starch. Moreover, improvement in the healthcare infrastructure among developing nations such as Brazil, India, Australia, Singapore, and others is helping the pharmaceutical sector grow, which will ultimately boost the market growth.


High Energy Requirement for Disintegration Process of Starch Molecules Is Restraining Market Growth

Pregelatinized starch goes through various processes before they are consumed or delivered to the end-user. The process requires heat treatment where the molecules of starch-containing hydrogen atoms need to be separated, which requires a high amount of energy. Since this starch is precooked to avoid a longer duration for post-cooking, they need to go through the healing process. Upon heating and dried, this starch is again converted into powder source to be served to the end-users. The loss of a large amount of energy in such a conversion process is expected to hinder the market growth.

Pregelatinized Starch Market Segmentation Analysis

By Source Analysis

Corn Hold Largest Market Share, Owing to Most Highly and Readily Available Raw Materials.

Corn is a staple food, and it is preferred across the globe due to its importance in the diets of several countries. The prices of corn starch are highly dependent upon its feedstock. Corn or maize accounts for nearly three-fourths of the total starch production globally.  Corn starch is major source of starch used in food industry as a thickening agent or binder. It is used extensively in soups and liquid-based foods such as sauces, gravies, and custards.

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On the other hand, the wheat segment grows at a highest CAGR. Pregelatinized wheat starch can be used as a thickening agent in instant food products to eliminate heating stage in the production or in manufacturing of the products sensitive to high temperature.

By Application Analysis

Food and Beverage Sector to hold Largest Market Share due to Increasing Demand for Processed Food

The global food and beverage sector is continuously evolving due to the emerging trends of premiumization, functionality, convenience, and sustainability. It is extensively used in the food industry since it enhances the consistency of liquid medium at ambient temperatures. Therefore, it is suitable for instant foods products such as soups, baby foods, sauces, desserts, dry mixes, and cake powders. The increasing demand for processed and ready-to-eat food among consumers is creating a demand for the product. With the advancement of novel technologies and innovative experiments in the food and beverage sector, incorporating this starch across various industries is increasing.

A variety of foods and beverages rely upon starch so as to deliver the additional nutrition and functional benefits that the consumers seek in order to stay healthy and keep diseases at bay. Asia Pacific and North America are among the two most important markets witnessing growth in the food & beverages market. In recent years, the demand statistics for functional foods have changed strikingly in these regions, owing to the suboptimal levels of nutrients being consumed by individuals via regular diet.


Europe is a significant region due to the presence of the cosmetic industry where the market held revenue of USD 0.40 billion in 2020.

Europe Pregelatinized Starch Market Size, 2023 (USD Million)

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The North America pregelatinized starch market is expected to grow at 3.5% during the forecast period. The demand for the product is estimated to provide a good opportunity for several market players, including new entrants. The growing demand across various industries, such as pharmaceutical, chemicals, and food and beverages, and particularly in cosmetic industries, is projected to bolster market growth. Owing to the constant demand for the starch in food and beverages industry, the market is expected to grow at a rapid pace in this sector. Moreover, various factors, such as rise in demand for cosmetic products, the trend for packaged food items is providing ample opportunities for the market to grow. North America is estimated to be the prominent region, owing to the presence of major key players in the food and beverages industry such as Nestle, Kraft Heinz, and others. These food and beverage companies always seek the product to increase their production.

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The development of innovative fortified and functional food products is a major food industry trend in Canada. This trend is driven by increased awareness among consumers about health deficiencies, heightened understanding of the possible health benefits of functional foods, development of new formulation technologies, changing consumer demographics and lifestyles, and relaxed international trade regulations. These factors have cumulatively driven the demand for starches in the country.

Asia Pacific will tend to show a considerable growth rate during the forecast period, owing to the rise in pharmaceutical sectors and development in the industrial infrastructure. Furthermore, Asia Pacific is projected to grow at an approximate CAGR of 5.0% during the forecast period.

List of Key Companies in Pregelatinized Starch Market

Companies to Focus On Growth in Their Production Capacity to Meet Global Demand

The pregelatinized starch market is consolidated owing to the presence of limited number of established and regional players. Key companies, such as Cargill Incorporated, Tate & Lyle, Visco Starch, and Grain Processing Corporation, are the prominent players in this market. These players are focusing to increase their production capacity to meet the global demand.


  • Cargill Incorporated (Iowa, U.S.)

  • Tate & Lyle (London, U.K.)

  • Visco Starch (Gujarat, India)

  • Galam (Ma'anit, Israel)

  • Banpong Tapioca Flour Industrial Co Ltd. (Bangkok, Thailand)

  • Crest Cellulose (Andhra Pradesh, India)

  • DFE Pharma (Tamil Nadu, India)

  • Karandikars Cashell Private Limited (Maharashtra, India)

  • Grain Processing Corporation (Iowa, U.S.)

  • S A Pharmachem Pvt Ltd. (Maharashtra, India)


  • January 2022: DFE Pharma expanded its nutraceutical product catalog by launching three starch-based excipients. The newly launched items are a native starch, Nutroféli ST100; partially pregelatinized starch, Nutroféli ST200; and a fully gelatinized starch, Nutroféli ST300.

  • January 2020: Cargill Incorporated started using pregelatinized maize starch as a binding agent in the granulation of active ingredients. The development suggests that pregelatinized starches are excellent bioadhesives and can be used as a matrix for slow release. The developed brand was named as C☆PharmGel.


The report provides qualitative and quantitative insights into the market. It also offers a detailed analysis of the market size and growth rate of all possible segments in the market. Various key insights presented in the report are an overview of related markets, recent industry developments such as mergers & acquisitions, regulatory scenario in critical countries, and key pregelatinized starch industry trends.

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Report Scope & Segmentation



Study Period


Base Year


Estimated Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period


Growth Rate

CAGR of 4.6% from 2024 to 2032


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By Source

  • Corn

  • Wheat

  • Potato

  • Others

By Application

  • Food & Beverage

  • Pharmaceutical

  • Cosmetics

  • Others

By Region

  • North America (By Source, Application, and Country)

    • U.S. (By Source)

    • Canada (By Source)

    • Mexico (By Source)

  • Europe (By Source, Application, and Country)

    • Germany (By Source)

    • U.K. (By Source)

    • Russia (By Source)

    • France (By Source)

    • Italy (By Source)

    • Rest of Europe (By Source)

  • Asia Pacific (By Source, Application, and Country)

    • China (By Source)

    • India (By Source)

    • Australia (By Source)

    • Japan (By Source)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Source)

  • South America (By Source, Application, and Country)

    • Brazil (By Source)

    • Argentina (By Source)

    • Rest of South America (By Source)

  • Middle East & Africa (By Source, Application, and Country)

    • South Africa (By Source)

    • UAE (By Source)

    • Rest of MEA (By Source)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 1.92 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 2.86 billion by 2032.

Registering a CAGR of 4.6%, the market will exhibit steady growth during the forecast period (2024-2032).

The corn segment is expected to be the leading segment based on type in the global market during the forecast period.

Rising demand for pregelatinized starch in processed and RTE food to drive the market growth.

Cargill Incorporated, Tate & Lyle, Visco Starch, and Grain Processing Corporation are the leading players in the market.

North America dominated the market in terms of share in 2023.

Based on application, the food & beverage segment is set to lead the global market.

Prominent manufacturers focus on the expansion of production capacity to meet the growing demand for the product.

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