Starch and modified starches have a broad range of applications both
in the food and non-food sectors. In Europe in 2002, the total consumption
of starch and starch derivatives was approximately 7.9 million tons, of
which 54 % were used for food applications and 46 % in non-food applications.
The largest users of starch in the EU (30 %) are the paper, cardboard
and corrugating industries. Other important fields of starch application
are textiles, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, construction and paints. In
the medium and long run starch will play an increasing role in the field
of “renewable raw materials” for the production of biodegradable
plastics, packaging material and moulds.