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Global Corn Gluten Meal Market Segmented By Organic and Conventional Nature in Unprocessed corn gluten meal, Granulated corn gluten meal and Pelletized corn gluten meal form
The corn gluten meal is an accidental herbicide. In early days, corn gluten meal was used as an animal feed. The byproduct of corn starch industry, i.e. corn gluten meal contains almost 60 per cent proteins and 10 per cent nitrogen. It has low water solubility and imbalanced amino acid composition - because of which it is used as a feed for livestock, aquaculture, and pets.
When the Iowa state university was looking for a turf-grass disease solution, instead it found out natural pre-emergent herbicide property of the corn gluten meal. The USA has the patent for it since 1991.
The enzymatic hydrolysis or microbial fermentation of corn gluten meal results in corn peptides which are high in the bioactive property. The bioactive property such as anti-obesity, antimicrobial, hepatoprotective, antioxidant, antihypertensive, metal-binding activities, and others have gained attention from the food and pharmaceutical industry, and animal husbandry.
The timing of usage of corn gluten meal as the pre-emergent herbicide is very critical. Otherwise, it ends up fertilizing weed instead of inhibiting the growth. This becomes the major constraint for the corn gluten meal in the agricultural industry.
The Animal husbandry consumption driving the corn gluten meal market
The corn gluten meal is the co-product of corn milling industry which is rich in crude proteins, energy and pigments. These are used as an animal and aquaculture feed. It is also gaining popularity in the pet animal food segment due to its high protein digestibility. The corn gluten meal has shown a tremendous demand owing to its functional value, in the animal husbandry. This is fueling the growth of the corn gluten meal.
The rising demand for the corn gluten meal from the agricultural segment
The natural pre-emergent herbicide characteristic of the corn gluten meal is serving a really good purpose by replacing synthetic herbicides. These corn gluten meals are also not harmful to farmers or animals when it is used as a herbicide. Along with this, due to high nutritional value, it can be used as fertilizers. This is helping to grow the horizon of the corn gluten meal market.
The food and pharmaceutical industry consumption driving the corn gluten meal market
The food industry is demanding for corn flour for the snacks owing to its rich protein content. The functional value (bioactive property) of corn gluten meal enhances with the microbial fermentation. These bioactive peptides moderate many physiological and biochemical activities in the human body.
Thanks to these properties, the food and the pharmaceutical industries are investing in the research and development of uses of corn gluten meal in result driving the corn gluten meal market.
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Tate & Lyle PlC., Baolikang Biologicalfeed Co., Ltd., Shandong Rongfeng Bio-Technology Development Co., Ltd., Agri International LLC, A.M Food Chemical Co., Ltd., Qingyuan Foodstuff Co., Ltd., Tereos Starch & Sweeteners, Gulshan Polyols Ltd, Cargill Incorporated, Agrana Group are some major players in the corn gluten meal market.
The corn gluten meal market has shown a healthy CAGR from the last few decades. It will witness prominent growth shortly due to its diversity of applications. The existing players and new players will have a fair opportunity in the corn gluten meal market.
North America is dominating in the corn gluten meal production as well as consumption. Approximately 60 per cent corn crop is used as an animal feed in the USA.
The European markets have shown a great amount of consumption of the corn gluten meal followed by South Korea, Japan, and China.
In the Asian markets, India is known for producing high-quality corn gluten meal. The consumption of corn gluten meal has shown a positive outlook in the Asian, Middle East and African markets too because of its multi-purpose use.
The demand for the corn gluten meal remained stable even during the global pandemic situation owing to its application in animal wellbeing and the agricultural sector. The supply side could not cater to this demand due to shut down. This remains a temporary and a moderate impact on the industry. In the forecasted period, the corn gluten meal market will witness a positive outlook.