Cargill, Incorporated, Buhler AG, Limagrain Group, and Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, among others, are the major players in the global masa flour market.
The global masa flour market is aided by the growth of global flour market, which attained USD 248 billion in 2020. The global flour market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.5% in the forecast period of 2022-2027.
Masa flour is a corn dough or flour made from corn using the nixtamalization process. Nixtamalization is the treatment of corn in a warm bath of alkali, a calcium hydroxide molecule derived from burnt limestone or wood ash. The lime water used to treat the maize adds calcium and releases niacin from the niacytin, which significantly increases the nutritional value of the corn.
Masa flour is used for making corn tortillas, tamales, pupusas, and many other Latin American dishes. It is gluten-free and rich in nutrients such as calcium and vitamin B. The alkaline cooking method is used to make masa flour to enhance the nutritional content of corn flour. Masa flour offers several health benefits- it reduces phytic acid and mycotoxin, improves protein quality, and increases the availability of vitamin B. It conditions the starch granules, which makes them easier to digest, and thus, is used in making healthy bread, tortillas, and cakes.
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As compared to regular corn flour, the nutrition content of masa flour is relatively high. Studies show that gluten which is present in whole grains such as wheat is hard for the digestive system. Using masa flour helps reduce gluten content in the diet. It is also a good source of iron and calcium. Nowadays, people are more health-conscious, and weight management is a significant challenge for many people. This is the crucial reason behind the increasing demand for masa flour and its products worldwide.
Headquarters: Minnesota, United States of America
Cargill is a privately held American held global food corporation that provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. The company helps livestock and aquaculture farmers, feed manufacturers and distributors of all sizes deliver better animal nutrition through unparalleled research capabilities, innovative feed and premix products and services, and digital modeling and formulation solutions.
Headquarters: Uzwil, Switzerland
Buhler Holding AG is a swiss multinational plant equipment manufacture based in Uzwil, Switzerland. It is known for plant and equipment and related services for processing
foods and manufacturing advanced materials. The organisation holds leading market positions worldwide in technology and processes for transforming grain into flour and animal feeds, producing pasta and chocolate, and manufacturing dies cast components.
Headquarters: Saint-Beauzire, France
Limagrain is an international agricultural co-operative group, owned by nearly 1,500 farmers located in Limagne Val d’Allier (in the center of France), and an international seed group present in 57 countries with more than 9,000 employees. It is specialises in field seeds, vegetable seeds, and cereal products and delivers innovative solutions based on plant genetics, to farmers worldwide.
Headquarters: Oregon, United States of America
Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods is a producer of natural, certified organic, and gluten-free milled grain products, billing itself as the "nation's leading miller of diverse whole-grain foods." Its products are distributed throughout the United States, Canada, and several other locations such as the Caribbean. It produces over 400 products, primarily whole grains that are ground with quartz millstones that come from several 120-year-old mills and baking mixes, beans, seeds, nuts, dried fruits, spices, and herbs.
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