Portland, OR — (PRESS RELEASE JET) — 09/25/2017 — Food thickeners are used in the food industry to enhance several basic properties of food products such as viscosity, texture, stability, taste, and flavor. Moreover, these substances enhance the appearance of foodstuffs and can replace high fat oils and creams in numerous recipes. These are used in a wide range of application to improve texture, food structure, mouth feel, and shelf-life.

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Rise in demand for convenience & processed food and consumer inclination towards dietary meals favor the market growth. Further, rise in health consciousness among individuals is expected to deliver a substantial growth opportunity to the global industry players. However, variation in prices and surging R&D costs associated with the production of food thickeners may impede the market growth.

In 2016, starch was the leading thickener type segment, as it is the most common food thickener used for soup, sauces, stew, and gravies. It is the most common carbohydrate in human diet and is present in large amount in staple foods such as wheat, potatoes, rice, maize, and cassava. Starch when dissolved in warm water forms a wheat-paste that can be used as a thickening, stiffening, or gluing agent.

In 2016, dairy & frozen desserts segment was the leading segment, and it is anticipated to continue to lead during the forecast period. In frozen food, thickeners produce light foam and add texture to dishes. Functional proteins, starch, and hydrocolloid help to achieve right consistency in drinks & desserts and improve the products shelf life. In 2016, plant-based sources of food thickeners was the leading segment as these thickeners are commercially important and employed in a wide range of applications.

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