The European starch industry is a long-established part of the agri-food value chain, built on constant innovation to meet societal demands and consumer expectations
A HISTORY OF INNOVATIONS
Starch has been extracted and used for thousands of years, its uses evolving through time. From the Egyptians who used it to strengthen papyrus over 6000 years ago to the early-1800s discovery of hydrolysis to produce sugars from starch for pharmaceuticals, and later food, the evolution is still constant, for this amazingly versatile ingredient.
Reference to strips of Egyptian papyrus being stuck together with a starchy adhesive date back to 4000 BC
312 AD starch was shown to provide resistance to ink penetration in Chinese paper
16th Century starch was being widely used in Western Europe, primarily in the textile industry as a stiffener
In 1811, Kirchoff discovered that sugar could be produced from potato starch by hydrolysis with acid, thus bringing into being the first starch sweeteners
DEDICATED TO DELIVER
The EU starch industry serves as a vital outlet for roughly 60.000 European farmers, sourcing the 24 million tonnes of agricultural raw materials almost exclusively in Europe.
The EU starch industry serves a great variety of outlets across Europe, with roughly 60% going to Food and 40% to non-food outlets.
Produced from EU-grown agricultural raw materials, the European starch industry is dedicated to deliver a wide variety of safe, high-quality and nutritious ingredients to our partners every day.
A CONSTANTLY EVOLVING INDUSTRY
In order to continue to meet the evolving societal demands and consumer expectations – the industry constantly innovates.
The EU starch industry invests €535M, including €75M in Research & Innovation each year
Examples of innovative solutions include the continuous development of plant-based proteins products to cater for changing consumer diets, as well as development of fibres and other alternative solutions to allow for product reformulation and sugar reduction
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In late 2023, the European Commission is due to publish its proposal for a legislative framework on sustainable food systems (FSFS). This proposal, once adopted, will likely provide the framework for a multitude of specific actions to help promote a sustainable food system going forward for years to come. It is of paramount importance to get that right.
This paper aims to demonstrate the substantial contribution so far of the EU starch industry to a sustainable food system, as well as what core needs our sector has for that contribution to continue, and even increase.