Cargill has recently partnered with Starpro, the leading food grade tapioca starch producer in Thailand, to expand its specialty tapioca starch offerings in the Asia Pacific region, supporting the product processing requirements of food manufacturers and meeting the sensory expectations of consumers.
Franck Monmont, Managing Director of Cargill Starches, Sweeteners and Texturisers Asia said, “Food manufacturers in Asia are faced with the challenge of meeting rising consumption demand, especially within the convenience and foodservice categories. As leaders in the modified starches industry, this partnership with Starpro will allow us to leverage our collective strengths more effectively to generate greater opportunities for growth, as well as support new innovations and solutions in the future. Our ambition is to be the partner-of-choice for customers in the region, by combining deep market and technical knowledge, a robust product offering and cost optimisation through local manufacturing.”
Johnney Hsueh, Consultant with Starpro added, “Through this cooperation between Cargill and Starpro, we look forward to promoting the wider use of quality modified tapioca starch among food manufacturers across the world.”
The agreement will cover a full range of locally manufactured modified tapioca starches for the food industry across markets in Asia Pacific as well as globally, excluding Thailand and China. In addition to this high quality tapioca starch range, Cargill also offers a wide portfolio of starches and starch-based texturising solutions across different raw materials that provide multi-functional properties to meet the varied needs of Asian customers’ food processes and cuisines.
Monmont added, “Texture is a critical element in the Asian palate. From instant noodles to packaged foods and snacks like Chinese sausages, gyozas and Japanese mochi, as well as beverages like the perennial favorite bubble tea, Asian consumers are known to seek out textural experience in their foods. As a non-GMO botanical with unique textural properties such as chewiness, springiness and a clean taste profile, tapioca starch is well suited to help food manufacturers meet the product expectations of Asian consumers.”
This new agreement with Starpro is the latest move by Cargill to grow its specialty starch portfolio in Asia-Pacific, after the announcements of the expansion of a cold-water swelling starch line at its sweetener plant in Pandaan, Indonesia, as well as the construction of a modified starch plant in Songyuan, China.