According to a recent Fact.MR analysis, the starch-based edible coating market is expected to grow by over 4,000 tonnes in volume sales in 2019 over 2018. Increased demand for fresh, ready-to-eat, and minimally processed foods, as well as their expanding importance in the preservation of fruits and vegetables, drive sales of starch-based edible coatings. According to the survey, farmers are increasingly using cornstarch-based edible coating to maintain the postharvest quality of fresh produce, which is fueling the growth of starch-based edible coating market.
Cornstarch-based edible coatings accounted for more than 60% of the market’s overall volume sales in 2018. Corn starch reinforced with glycerol and nutmeg oil nanoemulsion is popular among food manufacturers because it allows them to improve the functional and mechanical properties of edible films. Fatty acids have been incorporated into maize starch-based variations to reduce their hygroscopic nature and increase water vapour permeability, according to key participants in the starch-based edible coatings industry.
Emphasis on Postharvest Quality Management of Horticultural Produce Fuelling Adoption
As the world’s population grows, so does the demand for food. As a result, the agriculture sector is focusing more on reducing postharvest losses in order to improve food availability and accessibility.
To meet the production and distribution demands of fresh produce, agricultural sectors are increasingly implementing innovative post-harvest technology. Postharvest food loss reduction has been considered as an important factor for ensuring global food security.
This has led to the adoption of starch-based edible coatings, which have been identified as a promising postharvest treatment for horticulture items such as vegetables and fruits.
Furthermore, starch-based edible coatings reduce post-application residues, making the product more readily consumable, which has boosted their popularity among horticulturists.
Shift from Synthetic to Edible – A Key Packaging Industry Trend
Consumers’ increased preference for healthier, more environmentally friendly foods has prompted packaging producers to explore creative and environmentally friendly ways for extending the shelf life of food goods.
A important sales driver for starch-based edible coatings is the adoption of edible films and coatings as an alternative to the currently used blend of synthetic and biodegradable chemical substances.
Starch-based edible coatings are rapidly emerging as a viable and ecological alternative to synthetic packaging materials due to their important properties, such as a barrier to oxygen and humidity.
Leading players are investing heavily in research and development, which has resulted in major advancements in starch-based edible coatings that are functionally equivalent to their synthetic counterparts.
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