Wheat starch is produced from wheat species such as Triticum aestivum, which is also known as bread wheat. Starch is one of the main carbohydrate in wheat which comprises of around 60-75% of grain and around 70-80% of flour.
Wheat gluten is a food made from gluten, the main protein of wheat. It is made by washing wheat flour dough with water until all the starch granules have been removed, leaving the sticky insoluble gluten as an elastic mass which is then cooked before being eaten.
The wheat Starch market is expected to exceed US$ 4 Billion by 2024. Today, starch has become one of the significant agro-based industrial commodities due to its wide range application in various industries. Though the extraction of starch from wheat is complex, which includes multiple steps such as steeping, degerminating, by-products recovery and so on, due to its rising demand, the wheat starch market is witnessing a significant growth. With the continuous demand from various industries which include food, pharma, chemicals, corrugating, paints and so on; the wheat starch market is thriving to touch the glory year on year.
The global wheat starch market is segmented on the basis of type, grade, end user, application, and region. The global wheat starch market is segmented on the basis of type which includes native wheat starch and modified wheat starch. The global wheat starch market is segmented on the basis of grade which includes food grade, feed grade, and industrial grade. The global wheat starch market is segmented on the basis of application in which wheat starch is used as in various application such as animal feed, drug formulations, paper-based products, textiles, and others. Wheat starch works as an emulsifier, and stabilizer for various end use industries. In food & beverage industry, wheat starch is used as a thickening agent for various food products. The global wheat starch market is segmented on the basis of end user such as animal feed, paper industries, and food & beverage industry, textile industries, cosmetic industries and others. Hence, the global wheat starch market is expected to increase significant growth over the forecast period.
The rise in health-consciousness among consumers coupled with their inclination towards organic foods for improved health has induced the demand for ingredients rich in nutritional value. Wheat gluten possesses properties similar to dietary fiber and aids those struggling with constipation or irregular digestion. It is a viable alternative to soy-based foods and meats. It also goes by the name of seitan in Asian cultures. The global wheat gluten market is projected to experience massive growth at an 8.18% CAGR during the assessment period (2017-2023).
Key applications of wheat gluten include animal feed, supplements, bakery & confectionery, and others. The bakery and confectionery segment is expected to dominate the market in the coming years, followed by the supplements segment. Preference for ready-to-eat foods is the major factor driving the growth of the segment.