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Starches & Derivatives

Cargill’s starch portfolio addresses the formulation, cost optimization as well as nutritional needs of our customers.

Starch is the primary source of stored energy in cereal grains and comprises between 60-75% of the weight of the grain. Starch also provides 70-80% of the calories consumed by humans worldwide and occurs in nature as water-insoluble granules.

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In this section

Cargill starches are developed to meet the needs of the food industry. As a starch supplier, Cargill offers a variety of starches for use in different food applications with different functional needs.

Product Applications


  • Bakery Mixes
  • Batters & Coatings
  • Biscuits
  • Bread, Rolls and Buns
  • Breadings
  • Cakes, Muffins & Sweet Breads
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Fruit Fillings
  • Pancakes & Waffles
  • Pizza Crust
  • Tortillas


  • Extended Shelf Life
  • Fat Replacement
  • Freeze-thaw Stability
  • Moisture Retention
  • pH Stability
  • Process Stability
  • Texture & Mouthfeel

Bakery Applications - Starch


Creating Appetizing Texture and High Performance

Modified Starch Product Guide

Modified starches are hard-working ingredients that play an important role in food formulation, providing texture, controlling moisture, stabilizing ingredients and extending shelf life.


Back to Basics - Native Starches

Native Starches

Consumer demand for clean label products has caused many food manufacturers to reconsider their use of modified food starch.


Replacing Modified Starches Q & A

Replacing Modified Starch

This Q&A with Cargill technical services manager Michelle Kozora can help you transition to a label-friendly starch that doesn’t compromise product taste or quality.


Texturizing Solutions for Every Need

Stabilizer Blends and Systems

As the world's most diversified texturizing supplier, our ingredient portfolio is unparalleled. Whether you’re looking for traditional ingredients or label-friendly options, we can deliver tailored solutions that address your specific needs.


Non-GMO Ingredients

From dedicated producer programs to the industry’s broadest ingredient portfolio, Cargill is the right partner to help grow and protect brands by delivering non-GMO products to consumers. 


Some Cargill products are only approved for use in certain geographies, end uses, and/or at certain usage levels. It is the customer's responsibility to determine, for a particular geography, that (i) the Cargill product, its use and usage levels, (ii) the customer's product and its use, and (iii) any claims made about the customer's product, all comply with applicable laws and regulations.