Pea starch is prepared from yellow pea and is processed quite differently from pea flour which is a major ingredient extracted from pea. Pea is white in color and is in the form of powder which is neutral in taste. Starch can be easily identified and differentiated among other native starches as it contains high amylose content. Starch has a high gelling property that helps in the formation of gel with much less amount when compared to other starches. Thereby, it is widely utilized as an ideal gelling ingredient. Starch is also considered as a primary food ingredient for food products that need elastic texture like gummy confectioneries and glass noodles. These ingredients are also used in enhancing the texture of vegetarian and quality products.

The growth of the global pea starch market is majorly stimulated by growing consumer demand for pea protein and fiber which significantly resulted in the wide adoption of pea starch globally. The product is viewed as a new starch-based ingredient in the food and feed industry. It facilitates a myriad of nutritional benefits which are considered vital in preparing allergen-free, gluten-free, and lactose-free solutions. Pea starch also offers clean label products like meat and baked products due to its organic origins. These are produced in several regions across the globe. Canada is regarded as one of the largest exporters and manufacturers of field pea. There is a huge demand for pea starch globally. Also, the various advantages of pea starch when compared to traditional sources like maize, corn, rice, and potatoes are likely to significantly escalate the growth of the global pea starch market. It offers high stability under acidic and high heat conditions.

The global pea starch market can be segmented into end-user, function, type, and region.

By end-user, the market can be segmented into textile, pharmaceutical, paper, animal feed, food & beverage, and others.

By functions, the market is segmented into film-forming, texturizing, gelling, binding & thickening, and others.

By type, the market is segmented into industrial, food, and feed.

Asia Pacific accounts for the largest share in the global pea starch market due to the high demand for soups, sauces, and confectionery products in the region. Also, the growing usage of such ingredients in the food and beverage sector for the huge customer base present in the region will also drive the high demand for pea starch.

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North America is expected to be the fastest-growing region in the global pea starch market due to the presence of prominent market leaders in the region. Also, the growing awareness among people regarding the benefits associated with pea starch when compared to traditional sources will also boost the growth of the regional market.

Some of the significant players in the global pea starch market are Axiom Foods Inc., COSUCRA, Vestkron Milling, Emsland Group, Roquette America, Inc., AM Nutrition, American Key Food Products, Emfood Trading BV, and DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products. To cite, Roquette Frères in April 2019 introduced ‘Beaute by Roquette ST 720’. It is a kind of pea starch for the cosmetics sector.

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