Industrial uses of Starch

Starch is widely used in our day to day activities.

Bakery Products
Many bakery products including bread, depend for their elasticity, shape and rising characteristics on wheat gluten, a key co-product of the starch industry. Other starch derivatives, such as physically and chemically modified starches and glucose are used as well, for example for cake and biscuit fillings.

SPAC Starch Products India LTD manufactures large varieties of starch which is used for bakery purpose.

Industrial Application

One of the earliest known industrial uses of starch was to ‘size’ and stiffen textiles. This is still true, but today starch does much more : it is added to individual yarns to increase mechanical strength and resistance to friction wear, and helps resist moisture penetration. And it can serve as a stabilizer and filler for coloured inks when fabrics are overprinted.

The detergent industry uses starch products for the production of biodegradable, non-toxic and skin friendly detergents. Starch products are also used in an array of less obvious applications : in fermentation – for the production of amino acids, organic acids, enzymes and yeast, by the chemical industry – for the production of surfactants, polyurethanes, resins, and in biodegradable plastics. But also in the construction industry – for concrete admixtures, plasters and insulation, as well as in oil drilling, mineral and metal processing.

Confectionery & Chocolates

The sparkle of boiled sweets, the chewiness of toffees, the brittleness of chewing gum coatings, the energy of dextrose-based confectionery, tooth-friendly sugar-free confectionery – all are at least in part the result of carefully tailored made starch products.


The sweetness, and even certain nutritional qualities of soft drinks, fruit drinks, brewing and alcoholic beverages are often derived from starch products, for example glucose and fructose syrups. This is also true for the colour consistency of cola, beer and even whisky and cognac, all of which incorporate small amounts of starch-derived caramel colour.

Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics

Starches are a source for use in pharmaceuticals and make a variety of contributions – from binder to sugarless sweetener – to products as disparate as toothpaste, tablets, emulsions, lotions, liquid medicines and creams. Human well-being and, indeed, survival are also dependent on the role starch plays in the production of antibiotics, vitamins, penicillin, dialysis solutions, enteral nutrition, drip-feed systems, and even blood plasma substitutes. Starch is also used quite extensively in cosmetic, make up and healthcare products.

Paper & Board

Starch products are used in paper bags, tissues and packaging paper, corrugating board, and stationery – for, for example, wet end addition, size-press and surface coating. It would be virtually impossible to make paper in all its current varieties and qualities without the help of starch products, because internal strength and surface “feel” both depend on it. Starch also improves the printability and writing properties of paper. It is added at several stages of the production process : while the paper is still a cellulose pulp, when it is passing through the drying rollers, and as a final coating to meet the many special requirements of printer.

Typically printing and writing papers contain 4.1% starch, paper board 2% starch and domestic and industrial papers 1.9% starch.The growing use of recycled paper requires more and more starch quantities to avoid deterioration of the quality of fibres during recycling.

Processed Food

Jam, jellies and fruit preserves Glucose syrup inhibits sugar crystallisation, improves taste and consistency and enhances the spreadability and flavour of jams, jellies and food preserves.

It also enables producers to reach optimal sweetness levels, and enhances fruit flavours.

Deep-frozen foods

Frozen fruits, especially strawberries are too sweet when frozen in concentrated sugar solutions. Fruits frozen in glucose syrups have improved thawing characteristics. Glucose syrups also promote film build up and are therefore ideal for increasing the storage life of deep-frozen fish products. Finally, starch products prevent rancidity, oxidation and colour changes in deep-frozen foods.

Instant soups and sauces

The thickening properties of native and modified starches are used in canned, aseptic packaged and instant soups, and in the gravy and sauces for canned and frozen meat preparations. Modified starches together with glucose are also used in ketchup, sauces and mayonnaise to regulate viscosity and as a sweetener.

Meat and fish products

The production of dry sausages, frankfurters, salamis, brine cured hams, surimi, all require the use of starch products. They enhance flavour, reduce nitrate and nitrite levels, improve colour and reduce water retention. Also, starch products prevent damage to the fish protein when surimi is deep-frozen.

Dessert & Dairy Products

The sweetness, various textures, stiffness, viscosity, stability and even flavour and appearance of a very broad range of desserts and dairy products, including custard creams, puddings, flans and ice creams are all obtained with the help of starch products. Starch products also make the production of cholesterol-reduced butter possible by encapsulating the cholesterol and enabling it to be extracted from the milk products.

Pet Food

The high protein content of starch co-products makes them a very good meat substitute for pet food, while native and modified starches are used as binders and thickeners. Other starch products are also used as basic ingredients, for example as a source of fibres, or for the sweetening and colouring of pet food.

Animal Food

Carefully formulated animal feed and health-promotion products obtained from starch help farmers meet today’s very high consumer standards. The starch co-products are a natural source of very digestible protein. Other starch derivatives are used to help the digestibility of the animal feed, while some contribute to the protection of the animal’s liver functions. Due to their nutritive value, starch products also make an ideal milk substitute for calves.


The high purity and bacteriological quality of the starch industry’s products has led to their incorporation in aquafeed, as a replacement for fish meal. Starch products are commonly used for their nutritive value, particularly as a source of proteins and carbohydrates or for their vitamin content. They are particularly suitable for feed intended for young fish. In addition, starch and starch derivatives are used as processing aids, as a binding agent, as a thickener, to stabilise the viscosity of the feed, etc.



SPAC Starch has served the Tapioca Starch industry for the past 20 years. Today, we are the leaders in Indian Tapioca Starch industry, with fully integrated facilities including a effluent treatment plant. SPAC Starch Global capacity plant can turn out 30,000 tons of starch per year and is a very modern plant.



SPAC – A Starch Manufacturer and Supplier

SPAC Starch Products India Ltd was formed in the year 1997, specialized in processing Tapioca Starch and Modified Starch and lately Maize Starch. Since our establishment, we are working as a prominent manufacturer and supplier of Starch derived from Tapioca and Maize along with modified starches like Oxidized Starch, Cationic Starch, Carboxy Methly Starch, Spray Starch, Pasting Powder Cold & Hot, White Dextrin, Thin Boiling Starch, apart from supply of Maize Gluten, Corn Gluten, Maize Fiber, Dry Thippi, etc. Our specially produced Starch is used for different applications in pharmaceutical, adhesive, textile, paper and food industries. We believe that purity is one of the significant attribute of our products that distinguish them and makes them more preferable in the market. In order to maintain purity and consistency in the quality of Starch, we have outfitted sophisticated technology and machinery in the production plant.

Glance at SPAC 

SPAC Infrastructure
Our modern technology allows us to convert tubers to starch powder in 30 minutes. Our factory is located in a region where tapioca roots are cultivated in plenty. Scientific methods in cultivation are adhered to by our farmers. We extend a free training and visit facility round the year as a social obligation to farmers.Qualified Field Inspectors, Quality Controllers and Hygienic conditions are additional factors that help us deliver the Best Product.